Last Cinderella: Ep 2
Last Cinderella makes me happy.
I am still loving Sakura! She is the kind of character that makes me smile because she is so earnest and goodhearted, yet also very blunt and tough. She is not always lamenting over her woes as an unmarried-almost-40-woman, but there are also moments when we see her vulnerability. Sakura may not have a partner or a promotion in her job, but I think she is still living her life to the fullest in her own way. Anyways my favorite parts are actually when we see the cracks in her armor because, as tough as she may be, she is still insecure in other areas of her life.
One thing I noticed is that some people are comparing Sakura’s character to Hotaru’s character in Hotaru no Hikari. I think Last Cinderella’s script really slipped up by having Sakura talk in an old-fashioned way (when she’s just chilling at home) because that gets dangerously close to Hotaru’s way of talking. Anyways, although Sakura & Hotaru are similar in their himono-onna-ness, they are different in personality. Sakura is much “rougher” and tougher than Hotaru is. She has no problem with getting in someone’s face and insulting them whereas Hotaru is more gentle. Also Sakura doesn’t have to put on a facade when she’s at work, instead she openly shows her true personality and ossan-ness. Everyone already knows her true self (except her weaker side) so she doesn’t have to hide it. There is no, ‘oh no what if someone sees me in my sweats’ dilemma. She is past that!
As for Fujiki Naohito’s character Rintaro, I have concluded that he is a jerk. T_____T I didn’t exactly catch on in the first episode, but now I see that just like Sakura says, he has a bad personality indeed. There are so many moments in this episode that scream “I’M NOT A GENTLEMAN” that I cannot ship Rintaro with Sakura at this point. So I think I’m neutral for now. Rintaro is like a kid that has a crush on a girl, but he hides his crush by picking on her. Every time Rintaro opens his mouth, it’s to put down Sakura. I think they are trying to make Rintaro’s crude jokes humorous but they are not in the least funny. T_____T”
HOWEVER. Rintaro clearly cares for Sakura! Whenever he sees Sakura with Hiroto, he acts nonchalant but he grimaces a bit. Also he
gazes stares at Sakura as she happily fawns over Hiroto’s text messages. So there are hints that beneath Rintaro’s teasing he is worried for Sakura…but of course he would never admit it!
Part of what makes episode 2 so interesting is that there are still mysteries surrounding the main characters. I am not surprised that Rintaro has a dark past with his ex-girlfriend, but I am wondering exactly what happened and how that affected who he is today. Also I wonder, why did he come to Sakura’s hair salon? He says he got assigned there, but surely he must’ve had the option to turn down this job position? What if he CHOSE to go there?
Also there are juicy secrets of RINTARO AND SAKURA’S PAST TOGETHER. There is this awesome scene when Rintaro totally cuts his crap-talk and gives Sakura his honest opinion. He says that Sakura is a beauty and that she is too scared to jump in since she was hurt before. At this moment, Sakura remains calm but after Rintaro leaves, we see her eyes tear up (AWESOME MOMENT, my favorite moment of the episode!). OMG!!!!!!!! DID SOMETHING HAPPEN BETWEEN THEM?? Maybe it was just me but I got the feeling that they are not just bickering buddies, they must’ve had some sort of fall out or something in the past. Anyways I also find it interesting that Rintaro emphasizes that Sakura is a beauty. This makes me wonder if maybe she was different back in the day?
And lastly, Hiroto. The guy that all of you are intrigued by. I find his back story to be not that compelling…of course he is the prodigal outcast son of a rich family. He is not a successful BMX biker and therefore turns to his sister (I THINK Choko is his sister, I got those vibes) and his…girlfriend or whoever she is..for money. I am curious about Hiroto’s mysterious girl that he always sleeps with, I wonder if she is his girlfriend or his money-supplier or what. Anyways, as cute as Hiroto’s smiles are, (*SWOONS*) I am not quite feeling the chemistry between him and Sakura. Sakura and Rintaro feel so natural together, but when Hiroto and Sakura are together I just go “meh”. Granted, they are supposed to be kinda awkward together because Sakura is keeping her distance from him. But still, I am not satisfied by their chemistry just yet.
One of my problems with Sakura’s character is that she falls for Hiroto WAY TOO EASILY. Why does the older woman character in these dramas ALWAYS fall for the younger guy right off the bat? They always make it seem like the older heroine is so out of touch with a love life that she will just fall for any guy that hits on her. (lol except maybe not in Ohitorisama) NO! THAT IS NOT THE WAY! NOT ALL OLDER SINGLE HEROINES SHOULD BE NAIVE AND INNOCENT!!!! I sound kinda cruel but I am waiting for Sakura to find out the truth about Hiroto!
There are lots of cliches–Rintaro & Sakura living next-door to each other! Rintaro & Sakura letting out their frustration at the batting cages! Hiroto cutely wiping ice cream off of Sakura’s mouth! The inevitable kiss-under-the-sakura-tree scene! The “catch the Sakura petal in your palm” scene! BUT!!!!! IT’S FUN. AND THAT’S WHAT MATTERS.
Another scene I liked was Shima’s scene with Miki’s husband. Shima didn’t know that the guy she was cheating with was actually her friend’s husband. I liked the moment when she tells him that Miki would never cheat on him, so he better not cheat on Miki either. She says to erase her number, and that it’s over. GOOD JOB SHIMA! As for the preview which shows Shima and Miki’s husband still meeting each other, I feel like they may not be cheating…actually they may be trying to fix the husband’s……problem……if you know what I mean.