Last Cinderella: Ep 10
This episode was painful to watch, everything bad that could’ve happened happened. Thankfully there is only one episode left because Last Cinderella has gone into la-la land.
^THEY LOOK SO GOOD TOGETHER! WHY, OH WHY AM I BEING TEASED BY RINTARO X SAKURA?
…………BYE HIROTO, I BE ON RINTARO’S SHIP.
I shake my fist at Last Cinderella because it is giving me the futile hope of Rintaro x Sakura. And this is the episode before the finale!!!!!!! WHY IS IT GIVING ME THIS HOPE NOW, OF ALL TIMES!?!?? In these last few episodes, I’ve warmed up to Hiroto & Sakura’s ship because they can be cute together, their chemistry has been growing, and Hiroto really does love Sakura. But I guess in the end, I still end up shipping the underdog. I have a thing for the silent-protector-childhood-best-friend character, and Rintaro certainly fits the bill. The sad thing is that Rintaro is so perfect (he no longer has that biting tongue from the first few episodes, thank goodness) that he will probably remain the second lead.
“Up until now, I’ve thought that your feelings are the most important…I will make you happy. I will protect you. So…let’s go together.”
There is some awkwardness in Sakura x Rintaro’s scenes, but Rintaro really made up for it. Probably the most natural scene is when Sakura & Rintaro laugh together after they escape the thugs. The part where Rintaro defends Sakura is just…long and cheesy…but afterwards, Sakura totally shows how much she cares for Rintaro. And she even RESTS HER HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER. AHHHHH! Even though Sakura claims she feels no romantic feelings for Rintaro (which I believe), I think what Ken says strikes home. There are different kinds of love and Rintaro’s way of loving Sakura is by being by her side.
No, I’m not just a fickle shipper that easily gives up on Hiroto. I do have a reason, that being that I lost all sympathy for him the moment he lied to Sakura about this whole thing being a sham. Yeah yeah..Hiroto thinks that Rintaro has replaced him, that Sakura will be better off with Rintaro, and that Choko will be safe. But REALLY!?!?! We went through all this, and then he just ruins it all for Choko who is clearly manipulating him? UGHH. I felt like crying towards the end of the episode, not out of sorrow for Hiroto/Sakura/Rintaro, but because I was so frustrated that everything has boiled down to this. All of Hiroto’s efforts, all for naught. I think Hiroto will still win over Sakura in the ending, simply because there is not enough time for substantial development of Sakura & Rintaro’s transition from friendship to romance. But I can’t ship Hiroto, all he did was shoot himself in the foot.
As for Choko, we all knew she would pull this trick out of her butt sometime. She is so possessive over Hiroto and Rintaro that I wouldn’t be surprised if she crashed Sakura’s wedding (if Sakura is getting married) or pulled some strings to keep Sakura from going to New York with Rintaro. I’m pretty sure she will end up alone since she is only making things worse between her and Rintaro/Hiroto.
Shima is still one of my favorite characters and I really wish her massive omiai had happened earlier on in the drama. It was really hilarious and adorable when she went on a date with her chosen omiai partner! There is not much life in this episode, but Shima really livens up the mood a lot. I also think she is getting at something when she says that it doesn’t matter how a relationship starts; if it is meant to be, it can still work out in the end! It must be foreshadowing, eh?
On the other hand, Sakura is a weeping willow throughout this whole episode. In her defense, she tries to follow her intuition and decides to trust that Hiroto wasn’t totally acting. But then the ending scene kinda ruined it, I mean Hiroto was so bad at lying that even Sakura should’ve picked up on it!! Even though she tries to trust Hiroto again, it seems that doubt is now clouding her view of him. She doesn’t want her fears to be confirmed, but when Hiroto starts to do so, she easily believes it since she already had the suspicions about it.
This was a disappointing episode for me because it felt like Last Cinderella started piling on as many cliches as it could. Even though I was glad to see Rintaro finally getting some love, I couldn’t really feel too happy about it because I know that he has very slim chances of being chosen by Sakura. If all this had happened earlier on, maybe I wouldn’t have had AS negative of a view of the episode because then there would still be enough time for Sakura to give Rintaro a chance!
Considering that the whole plot of Last Cinderella is about Hiroto x Sakura, that there is not enough time left for Rintaro x Sakura to get into a relationship, and that the popularity of Last Cinderella is mainly fueled by the Miura fangirls, I think Hiroto will be the winner in the finale. That’s ok, that just means that Rintaro will be free for me instead. 😛
For these polls, the questions look similar, but the difference is between who you think Sakura WILL choose, and who Sakura SHOULD choose.