Last Cinderella: Ep 3
Major developments in this episode: 1) Hiroto looks way better with his hair tied up. 2) Sakura and Rintaro care about each other!!!!
So, the main question I had when going into this episode was, what will Sakura do when she finds out Hiroto might be “cheating” on her or that she is not his only woman. She sees Hiroto & Momo (I don’t remember if this is her name or not) kiss. The real clincher isn’t that they kiss, but that Hiroto SMILES after the kiss. I should think that Sakura’s spidey senses & intuition should’ve kicked in and made her question his real motives. Unfortunately I think she was more focused on the hurt of just seeing him with another woman, rather than questioning what the heck he was doing with Momo. Anyways, just the fact that Sakura is so hurt by seeing Hiroto kiss with Momo shows that she does have feelings for him.
AND YET…somehow she lets it slide!!!!! The good part is that she confronts Hiroto about the kiss. The bad part is that she just lets it go and tries to smooth things over with him, rather than putting her foot down and showing him that she’s not gonna be toyed around with! That being said, even though Sakura is a really naive character, I don’t think she’s SO naive that she has no suspicions about Hiroto. She clearly forces a smile when she accepts Hiroto’s request for time to work things out with Momo.
I AM A FICKLE SHIPPER. I SAID I WAS NEUTRAL BUT ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE FLASH OF A SMILE FROM FUJIKI AND I HAVE JUMPED ON HIS SHIP.
You know how I was complaining about Rintaro’s bad personality in my last post? Well now I like his character way more than I did before!!! Maybe it’s because he has toned down his crude jokes towards Sakura in this episode, or maybe it’s because we can see more and more how much he appreciates Sakura.
Anyways, my favorite scene with Rintaro actually isn’t one with Sakura! It’s the one when Choko asks him if he has someone he likes. He replies that he does, but she’s no longer in his reach. I assume that this means his love is dead. That was a perfect moment because of Fujiki Naohito’s acting. The way he looks like he’s about to tear up, but he holds it back and smiles was so perfect! It was all so quick (and I actually noticed it more the second time that I watched it) but it said so much. It’s possible that the person he’s referring to is also the woman that Choko was talking about in episode 2, the one she said hurt Rintaro a lot. So if Choko knows it, then I guess it’s not much of a secret? I wonder if Sakura knows about it or not?
I was just kidding when I said I was a fickle shipper. Nawww I’m not THAT fickle, I actually really love Rintaro’s chemistry with Sakura! My favorite scenes with these two are when they are suddenly serious with each other. Like the moment when Sakura goes, “Oi. Win.” and then Rintaro goes “yeah!” and makes a fist pump. Sakura smiles knowingly and Rintaro dashes off to win his hair styling competition. SHORT MOMENTS LIKE THAT are even better than the much longer bickering scenes. Those moments show how beneath all of the arguing they still have a deep mutual understanding of each other.
The scene when Sakura kneels to beg Momo to be Rintaro’s model felt a bit….blah. It just didn’t feel like it was executed as well as it could’ve been. But it does show that Sakura cares about Rintaro enough to even forgo her pride for him. AND AFTERWARDS Rintaro talks about how Sakura, the baka, got it all wrong and was still lowering her head for him. He’s unaware of it, but his words are oozing with fondness and affection towards Sakura!!!
^Hiroto looks much better with his hair tied up!
I’m still waiting for the chemistry to develop between Sakura & Hiroto. They are giving off brother-sister vibes that does not translate well into romance. T_T Of course they have their cute moments but it still feels kinda forced. Also their relationship has pretty much remained unchanged since episode 1, so I think they need something big to happen to change things up. Like Sakura beginning to get closer with Rintaro, or Hiroto falling for Sakura, etc. etc.
I think we’ve all come to the consensus that Miura isn’t quite pulling off the sexy-playboy character yet. T_T Don’t get me wrong, I loved him as Kazehaya in Kimi ni Todoke! The thing is that his acting in Kimi ni Todoke was much more natural since the Kazehaya character was more in his comfort zone. Hiroto’s character is harder for him to portray since he is trying to make the leap from boy to man. He improved some in this episode but he still has a ways to go.
^GEE I WONDER WHERE CHOKO IS…..
Choko is still meddling but I have to admit I am kinda curious about where she is coming from. She implies that she can’t get involved with Rintaro because of her family restrictions. (they are a rich family so they probably want her to marry a rich guy or something) I felt bad for her in the scene when she tells Hiroto that he knows the best why she can’t get with Rintaro. The usual unrequited feelings thing, right?
BUT THEN….Choko PROJECTS RINTARO’S PICTURES ONTO HER BEDROOM WALL IN THE DARK, AND HUGS THE WALL. UM……………I’M PRETTY SURE THIS IS GOING BEYOND THE UNREQUITED FEELINGS…………..
So what is she? Is she secretly stalking him? Is she obsessed with him? Is he her fantasy that she uses to escape from her life at home? HMMM!
I’m glad that this episode focused a bit less on Sakura’s friends side stories, but somehow it feels like the episode didn’t accomplish much. There was no major break through, no important development. It is like we haven’t even moved forward from where we left off in episode 2. Sakura should’ve gotten a wake up call in this episode, but it didn’t happen. I’m hoping that they won’t drag on Sakura’s lovey dovey phase too long, I want her to be more realistic and really consider whether Hiroto is right for her. At this point it feels almost like a fling, she is not really thinking about whether they can have a long-term relationship. Of course, maybe she doesn’t expect a commitment ( marriage) in the first place since she knows Hiroto is young and does not have the same mindset as her.
However, I’m glad that this episode gave Rintaro more screen-time because I think he deserves to be on equal footing as Hiroto. I’m REALLY HOPING that both guys are lead characters because it would suck big-time if one guy is labelled as the second lead, AKA the guy doomed to never get the girl! I refuse to believe that Rintaro is a second-lead because he has so much chemistry with Sakura that there is no way they can’t develop it into something more! And we already know that Hiroto will fall for Sakura, and that Sakura already likes Hiroto so…….
Both guys must be lead characters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They have to be!!!!!!!! Anyways, anyone with me on team RINTARO?