Last Cinderella: Ep 8
I have to say…this episode is definitely my favorite for Hiroto x Sakura. Yeah, I was biased towards Rintaro x Sakura (and still am, but less so now) but I also had a sorta logical (GASP!) reason. Before, Sakura & Hiroto seemed way too much like a brother-sister pair, I couldn’t really see where exactly their feelings stemmed from, or just why Hiroto suddenly love Sakura with all his heart. Also, Sakura’s prolonged honeymoon phase in this relationship was going on way too long.
But now? Omg, they are like on a whole new level. Their chemistry is so much better now that Sakura is much more comfortable with Hiroto. Now they can walk hand-in-hand like a normal couple! They can BOTH initiate kisses without bumping their faces! They can cutely flirt without being too exaggerated! It is so different seeing these two together now, it makes this ship much more enjoyable to watch.
^I guess the reason that they kept Hiroto’s hair long was for the hair-cut scene in this episode!
…And if you were wondering, no, Hiroto & Sakura didn’t sleep together this time around. Looks like they will wait ’til the next episode!! (if the previews are not trolling us!) Somehow Hiroto manages to get drunk on this one special night and instead spills out his life story to Sakura. I guess it is fitting for this couple to not have things go as they planned. They were gonna get it on, but instead they ended up having an even more intimate and personal moment that brought them much closer together. (even though Hiroto wasn’t sober during that moment O_O ) Anyways, considering how indebted and guilty Hiroto feels towards Choko, I wonder if his loyalty to Sakura will soon come into conflict with his ‘responsibility’ towards Choko. I think part of the reason Hiroto can’t let go of what happened with Choko is that Choko herself also blames him and holds him responsible for what happens. How can he move on when Choko can’t?
I loved Hiroto’s little speech about why he likes Sakura so much. I was disappointed with him in episode 7 for not fessing up to Sakura and pushing Rintaro towards Choko, but now I have no doubt he really loves her. He says that he feels like he can be a better guy whenever he is with Sakura. And that even though things may not work out between them, he will try hard so that they do. OMG………..I’M SWAYING TOWARDS HIROTO…
I think this is also one of my favorite episodes for Sakura’s character! Somehow she really balanced her character with the right amounts of humor, seriousness, cute moments, etc. Episode 7 felt like an exaggeration of her oyaji side, her bickering with Rintaro, and her fangirling over Hiroto. This time though, she got it just right. I thought it was both hilarious and endearing when she was snooping on Rintaro and his ex, HAHA. It was also funny when she was waltzing around her hair salon because Hiroto was there! That being said, I don’t know what changed but she really showed that she can be more mature when she is with Hiroto, there are no more squirmish moments.
^top left pic: Poor Rintaro, surrounded by Choko & Kasumi. RUN!!!
Now that I think about it, after all I’ve written about this episode….maybe it was actually better than I initially thought it was. But initially, I was really disappointed because I felt like I was just trolled again! The character development for Rintaro is basically nil. Rintaro’s ex-girlfriend, Kasumi, is not a rival at all, she is out of the game in one episode. Kasumi just waltzes into Rintaro’s life, expecting him to still be pining after her just because she tells him she could never forget him and still loves him. The funny part is that Rintaro always has a look of doom whenever he is with Kasumi. And you know things are getting bad when Kasumi is in Rintaro’s apartment, FOLDING HIS LAUNDRY like she lives there.
BUT I do find it interesting that Kasumi witnesses Choko’s jealousy (and deduces her feelings for Rintaro) but then tells Rintaro to go be happy with SAKURA. OHOHO!?!?!? Kasumi says that the reason they broke up is that she knew Rintaro was drifting away from her since he wanted to be by Sakura’s side. AND she says that he is always much happier when he is with Sakura. OMGGGG. Maybe Kasumi’s character wasn’t a total waste of time after all!?!?? What makes this even better is that Rintaro doesn’t even try to deny it. O_O He also stares at Sakura & Rintaro’s lovey dovey picture with a smoldering gaze of jealousy. SOMETHING IS BREWING..
I also thought it was sweet that Kasumi recognizes Sakura’s inner beauty. Even though Kasumi is the equivalent of a “suteki joshi” (pretty much an “ideal woman”) she says that Sakura is beautiful and that she is no match for her. Kasumi admires how Sakura hardly wears any makeup or anything and yet she is radiant. It reminds me of that time verrry early in the drama when Rintaro once called Sakura a beauty!!!!! IS THERE A CONNECTION HERE…
Oh..I forgot to mention..Choko attempts to push Kasumi down a staircase but is stopped by Sakura. OMG…so Choko will also resort to violent methods to get her way. I am more scared for Sakura now. I think Sakura also has an inkling about Choko’s darker side, but she hasn’t put the dots together about Choko’s jealousy of her relationship with Rintaro. So hopefully she gets the hint really soon so that she can avoid Choko!
Ok, so now that Hiroto & Sakura’s relationship is better than ever, and they are finally gonna sleep together in the next episode………..I have this strange foreboding feeling that maybe they will have a new major obstacle. And maybe even break up!!! O______O”” Wow I know I said I wanted the honeymoon phase to be over but now………….I’m not so sure! This episode has proven Hiroto & Sakura’s chemistry to me and now I am kinda supporting them!?!?!?
^ I love this scene! (credit linked)
I know I shouldn’t trust these previews anymore but…the preview for episode 9 shows some major developments..
1) Rintaro is aware he likes Sakura.
2) Sakura & Hiroto sleep together.
3) A proposal from Hiroto!
4) Choko might reveal the truth to Sakura.
5) Sakura walking away crying. I suppose this is because maybe she has found out the truth from Choko!!!!!!!!!!!