Last Cinderella: Ep 1
Am I watching to drool at Fujiki Naohito’s handsome smile? NO! Am I watching to ogle at Miura Haruma’s hot
butt body? NO. I am watching for Shinohara Ryoko. And yes, I am a girl. I admit it, I have a major girl crush on Shinohara Ryoko that even rivals my girl crush on Amami Yuki. AH WHY IS SHE SO GORGEOUS?!?!?! So of course when I heard about her newest drama Last Cinderella, I HAD TO WATCH. And it does not disappoint! (And, by the way, having Fujiki Naohito & Miura Haruma in the show doesn’t hurt 😉 )
Shinohara Ryoko is charming as Sakura, a woman in her late 30’s (or early 40’s? not sure) who is unmarried and has lost her feminine touch. She is a himono-onna but the show doesn’t emphasize that concept–instead it calls her a “ossan joshi” or an “old man lady”. It is a bit like a himono-onna but..more extreme? O_O One day Sakura finds one lone hair on her chin. She freaks out thinking that it is the start of a beard aka facial hair, and is convinced that she is doomed. Her two best friends decide that she is just like an ossan because of her old guy-like behavior and her lack of romance. So, in case you are wondering what the difference is from Shinohara Ryoko’s character in Anego, it’s that Sakura is not very refined at all, and she seems to have less experience with romance.
Just with episode 1 alone, Sakura’s character is very well-developed (she is after all, the main character!). She is cheerful and super cute, and despite her “ossan joshi” status she is very comfortable in her own skin. Thankfully this is not the kind of drama where the heroine has to get a make-over. She is fine the way she is! However the episode also shows how Sakura isn’t fully satisfied with her life, especially since she failed to get promoted at her hair salon. She decides that her work has failed her, and she doesn’t want to live like an ossan joshi for the rest of her life. She is determined to find herself a MAN!
Enter love interest #1: Fujiki Naohito as Rintaro, the new manager of Sakura’s hair salon. Get this–they are coworkers, childhood friends, and bickering enemies. (GEE I WONDER WHERE THIS IS HEADING…) Rintaro & Sakura are a fun pair because they are always making jabs at each other and they know each other like a book. Sakura is also comfortable enough to splat a cake right in Rintaro’s face. AHAHA. I am already kinda shipping Rintaro & Sakura because I have a thing for the ‘platonic friendship turns into romance’ plot. The only thing is that it has already been done before. Hopefully the drama can take it beyond the cliche and put a fresh spin on it.
Already though, the love triangles that are forming (or love square?) seem a bit cliched. Sakura’s love rival, Chiko, is definitely gonna be a pain in the butt. From the moment I saw Chiko’s pink, sparkly, overly pretty self, I knew something was up. Of course Chiko senses the good chemistry between Sakura & Naohito and is determined to meddle with them! She invites Sakura to a goukon and then gets one of her friends, Hiroto, to seduce her. T__T
So, we got the platonic friend, the meddling love rival, and…….THE YOUNGER GUY! Not much is known about Hiroto except that he is somehow connected with Chiko, he is good with the ladies, and he is a biker. = PLAYBOY. At first I was way too distracted by Miura Haruma’s hairstyle which looks like an utter fail in comparison to Fujiki Naohito’s. I really did not understand why people were raving over Miura Haruma when (IMO) Fujiki Naohito is so much more handsome! (YES I AM BIASED) BUT THEN………….THIS HAPPENED: (YES YOU SHOULD WATCH IT..)
OMGGGGGG. The scene when he epicly walks towards Sakura in SLO-MO to some epic music…………. *MELT* I ADMIT IT………..HE WAS HOT. COME ON RINTARO YOU GOTTA CATCH UP NOW!
Long story short, he seduces Sakura and calls her his Cinderella. The episode ends when she wakes up in the morning to find herself in bed with him….and he confesses and asks her out. Omg, I hope that Sakura isn’t gonna get her heart broken!
Last Cinderella is a more ‘adult’/mature drama so some people might not like how it is more explicit than some other Japanese rom-coms. But to me it is fun and fresh, and a nice change from other rom-coms that tried to be all mature but ended up being fluffy and idealistic (*COUGH* KEKKON DEKINAI RIYUU). Don’t worry there’s nothing R rated or anything. O_O Even though Last Cinderella has its share of cliches, it executes the storyline really well with its fast pacing, awesome music, and quirky scenes. Put everything together and we have a really enjoyable drama!
Anyways is it just me or…..does Shinohara Ryoko look even younger in this drama?!?!? At first I thought it was just because of her new hairstyle but now I really feel like her face is a bit slimmer or something. How in the world does she look even younger when she’s getting older? HOW DOES SHE DO IT!?!? AHHHHH.