Last Cinderella: Ep 4
More great interactions between Sakura & Rintaro, plus we get one step closer to the truth about Choko & Hiroto’s past.
Surprisingly there isn’t much screen-time for Hiroto in this episode. His fans might be disappointed, but I’m actually satisfied with his scenes in this episode because they showed his darker side. Up until now, Hiroto has been a smooth playboy with a hidden past, a bit cocky yet also with a conscience. It is fun seeing him being cute and playful and all, but I much prefer his broody and angsty self. HEHEHEH. I also think this is really what Miura needed–the chance to make Hiroto into something more than just a playboy. His ending scene with Choko left me on edge because I was so curious about what happened between the two of them. He obviously cares more about Choko than he usually lets on, but is it out of guilt or out of his deep connection with her?
As for Choko, it is clear that she is stalking Rintaro and that she has some sort of traumatic past that influences her behavior. I feel kinda bad for her since it seems like her only happiness in life comes from Rintaro, and it is only an obsession and an unrequited love. Anyways her big reveal is…her scars? O_O Is this what she was referring to when she told Hiroto that he knows why she can’t get together with Rintaro? Now that I look back at that scene, maybe Choko was pointedly saying this to Hiroto on purpose to imply that it’s all HIS fault. It also explains why Hiroto does these ‘jobs’ for Choko and will always answer her every call. But then again, it also makes me more confused because the two of them had no hints of animosity before this and Choko’s scars wouldn’t necessarily prevent her from being with Rintaro.
A lot of people are still speculating over whether or not Choko & Hiroto are siblings. I’m pretty sure they are, especially since the preview for the next episode says that they are. O_O I feel like Hiroto’s kissing Choko’s scars was more of an act of gentleness and a way of saying “you’re beautiful the way you are, with the scars”. And this is random, but is it just me or does anyone feel like Momo might get in the way of our love square? She is so sure that Hiroto can never love someone..maybe when she sees Hiroto beginning to fall for Sakura (which will most likely happen in the future episodes) she will get jealous and meddle between the two of them??
Rintaro & Sakura together are pretty much the spirit of the show. I absolutely love the opening scene when Rintaro & Sakura bicker together and then Rintaro discovers that Sakura is going to take a pregnancy test. But even though the bickering scenes are great, I mainly enjoy the scenes where the two of them are more serious with each other.
Sakura & Rintaro look at the results of her pregnancy test together (which already says a lot about how close they are!). When they find out it is negative, Sakura seems more disappointed than relieved. In actuality, this is not about whether she can dodge being pregnant with an unplanned baby, but rather whether or not she has a good chance of getting pregnant at her age. This pregnancy test reminds Sakura of her desire for children and the possibility that she may never have them if she remains single. Sakura doesn’t even have to say anything, but Rintaro already knows this all!! I love the moment when Sakura tries to act like her ‘normal’ self with a cheery and rough exterior, but Rintaro obviously knows that she is not happy. It’s moments like these that make me feel like maybe Sakura’s usual self is just a front to hide her real worries & insecurities over her future.
And my most favorite scene of all is when Rintaro & Sakura have a heart-to-heart talk together. I really love their conversation because there is no banter, no facades, just their raw and vulnerable selves.
I admit that acting-wise, Shinohara Ryoko isn’t at her best in this drama, but this scene definitely gives me a taste of who I know her to be–a great actress that can really tug at your heartstrings. I thought it was really sad when Sakura talks about how she wanted to be a mom, but now it is difficult for her to get pregnant at her age. Rintaro is also more affected by Sakura’s predicament than he lets on, since it relates to his experience with his ex-girlfriend. The feeling I got from this scene is that feeling you get when you are serious for a split-second with a friend that you normally joke around with. That intimate moment when you stop joking around and acting like everything’s ok, and you honestly talk about what’s on your mind.
So I know a lot of us are Rintaro-fans, but is it because he’s Fujiki or because we really love his character? For me, at first it was because he was Fujiki and because he has great chemistry with Sakura. But there was no moment where I really fell for his character, until NOW! I can even pinpoint the exact moment when I fall for Rintaro, when he pretends that he’s hurt and jokingly says that he has to play baseball with the kids. I think that’s so sweet!!!!!
^Sakura is lucky to have 2 best friends that live nearby.
It was great discussing Sakura in my previous post, and here is what I’ve concluded:
- It is realistic for someone to be of a mature age, yet also be immature when it comes to love.
- It is unrealistic for Sakura to tolerate Hiroto’s cheating since she has only known him for a really short time. On the flip side though, this is also her chance at a fresh love with a young one and perhaps she didn’t want to let go of Hiroto so easily.
- Sakura’s character isn’t totally unrealistic because 1) I relate to her. 2) Some of my readers also relate to her.
- I’m glad that Sakura doesn’t fit the stereotype of the mature and ideal woman who is stylish, experienced in love, successful in work, etc. etc. Sakura is young at heart and I like it that way.
- Sakura has her flaws, but overall I admire her character. Maybe I’m just projecting my own struggles onto Sakura’s character but..it is really hard when everything around you is pressuring you to beautify yourself even though you are comfortable the way you are. It is a great feat for Sakura to be comfortable enough to embrace her “ossan-joshi” self and live comfortably the way she is.
I am rooting for Sakura because I want her to prove all the haters wrong! She can find happiness! She doesn’t have to change her hairstyle or her clothes to be a ‘mature woman’! She is an awesome ossan-joshi-himono-onna!
I was looking around, reading comments about Last Cinderella, and I realized that there is a lot of negativity surrounding this drama, particularly towards Sakura, the cliched feeling of the drama, etc. etc. Even though I still enjoy Last Cinderella a lot, I felt like all of the negativity and bitterness just dampened my spirits. This made me reflect more on my own negativity towards other dramas. Of course, we all want to rant about dramas that are frustrating us. I admit that I am no exception and I will often nit-pick and gripe about certain characters or things that annoy me. And yes, I also criticized Sakura for being so naive and accepting of Hiroto. That being said, now I want to be a bit more positive about a drama rather than criticizing it to no tomorrow. Not that I’m going to ignore all the bad parts, but I just want to be more optimistic in general.
Anyways, Last Cinderella is still inching along but I still find the pacing to be entertaining enough. I just feel like the episode needed a bigger breakthrough between the characters to get more oomph. I’m glad that they are not having long flashbacks or anything like that to reveal the characters’ past. It is much better showing their pasts in small increments as we gradually get to know the characters. I like the way that Rintaro casually mentions his ex-girlfriend, the way he says it you can tell that he actually really needs someone to talk about this to but he is also holding back. Obviously whatever happened with his ex-girlfriend affected him a lot and he won’t be revealing it all in one sitting. I’m waiting for him to open up about his past as the drama progresses. I also like the mystery surrounding Choko & Hiroto, I just hope that the big reveal will be really good and not too anticlimatic.
Lastly, I’ve been looking everywhere for the awesome ballad that I always hear in Last Cinderella. (NOT the opening theme song, this is a different song off the OST) I love it whenever this song plays.
Last Love by Rihwa