Last Cinderella, episode 4

No Itazura na Kiss this week, which makes me infinitely sad but there is still Last Cinderella….I guess?  I’m growing more frustrated with our heroine, not for her obvious flaws but the overwhelming inconsistencies in her characterization…It just feels like the writers are attempting to do so many things with her, noble things perhaps, like break stereotypes, bring certain issues to light, have people relate to her—but none of these attempts are very successful, imo. Sakura feels less like a character to whom one can relate and more like a hodgepodge of necessary character traits. But I’m still hoping that the drama will iron out the wrinkles in her characterization; I already see light in Hiroto and Choko, whose backstories actually interest me now.

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What happens when you have a one-night stand ? BABIES.

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Classic Sakura move of pulling out the pregnancy test in front of Rintaro. At least Rintaro is cool about it – gotta love a guy who takes the possibility of his crush being preggers in stride.

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She hasn’t taken the test yet but she is already considering maternity leave.

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She is terrified of taking it though, like every woman would be in her situation, but she actually takes it one step further by procrastinating with it for so long, I begin to lose hope there is any sense in that silly head of hers.

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Things you don’t ask your younger boyfriend of 4 days…”Do you like children?”

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Oh God no, no no, please don’t tell him . I’m feeling so much second-hand embarrassment for Sakura, it’s reaching galactic proportions.

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But thankfully she doesn’t tell him, opting out instead for “if I bought you pre-pickled meat would you eat it?” (the subbers were clearly having a ball translating that)

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“Ah, I get it. That’s for my libido, isn’t it? You are so erotic, Sakura”. You’re erotic. I’m so using that from now on.

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Sakura gets sick and doesn’t get to go on sexy Onsen trip with Mr. Dashing Smile, to enormous relief of everyone, except for Mr D S himself.

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Miki’s loser of husband is strangely too involved in Shima’s affairs and just seeing them together frustrates me to no end. What is the loser trying to achieve out of all this? And why is Shima not smart enough to realize they are all getting themselves in tremendous trouble by meeting like that behind Miki’s back? Can these grown-ups…I dont know…Act like grown-ups?

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Onsen trip is made worthwhile by Mr Dashing Smile breaking out into a song.

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Sakura is right as rain the next morning but prissy about missing sexy Onsen times with Rintaro.

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“You still haven’t done it?” Trust Rintaro to be there and actually spur her into action.

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But I guess it’s telling how disappointed she is when she finds out that she is not pregnant despite dreading taking the test so much. An unfortunate accident wouldn’t have been so unfortunate for her, huh?

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Sakura’s friends insist on meeting boy toy and he readily agrees, casually mentioning that he broke it off with Momo. Momo is not too disappointed in seeing hardworking boxer briefs for the last time.

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Well, well. Finally a moment when I started to feel like Hiroto is playing his game right. He throws a hissy fit over Sakura being intimate with Rintaro, which granted is not so far off from the truth…except he has absolutely no right to throw fits.

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A genuinely lovely scene between Rintaro and Sakura; stalker girl watching over them notwithstanding.

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Predictably, the pregnancy issue comes up again as Sakura finds out that she has a hormonal imbalance which might prevent her from conceiving. She also suddenly remembers her childhood dream of becoming a mother. How extraordinarily sad.

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Rintaro is simply adorable with his crush. Taking baseball hits for her, playing dead…

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Sakura and Co are scheduled to meet Hiroto at Sobar (only bar and eatery in Tokyo apparently, but the name is nice. Also, I’m craving soba noodles.). Choko intercepts him however, and commands to come see her at once or she doesn’t know what she might do to herself. Uh-oh.

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Hiroto takes her threat very seriously and dashes off.

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The bottle of wine flies off into a wall from their tussle, producing a nice and dramatic splutter on the wall.

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“This reminds me of something,” says Choko and undresses. This is not good.

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Choko yells “it’s all your fault” and Hiroto looks shaken for once and proceeds to apologize and embrace her.

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So yes, definitely not siblings.

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On the other hand this is a lot more exciting and intimate than his bed scenes with Momo.

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Sakura is sad she’s been ditched but she reasons her way into forgiving him anyway.

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Next episode:

Actual kissing. Not without Sakura still being unbelievably awkward.

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Hiroto falling for Sakura, finally.

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I don’t know what happens but it looks badass.

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I’m definitely way more excited about the next episode because it seems like Hiroto is starting to develop genuine feelings for Sakura (is it too late though?). Coupled with a glimpse into his past (and what appears to be a major fuck-up on his part) that we got in this episode, I’m definitely warming up to him. Rintaro is leagues ahead of him on all fronts though, so it’s still quite a journey for Hiroto. It’s kind of hard to beat Rintaro’s secret crush outwardly masked by his casual but steadfast treatment of Sakura. By all means, I should have been on their shipping train long ago, but alas. Not yet. Not when there is hope yet and Hiroto is sporting a sexy bloody lip in the preview.


6 thoughts on “Last Cinderella, episode 4

  1. “On the other hand this is a lot more exciting and intimate than his bed scenes with Momo.”

    AHAHA YES, IT WAS. It was so much more charged than any of his scenes with Momo. O_O

    I don’t know if it was just me but I laughed when Rintaro got hit by the baseball. >_>””

    • I think it could’ve been even more charged if they were siblings…But I highly doubt the drama would ever go in THAT direction.

      Ha, yeah, I don’t remember if I laughed then but I remember chuckling at Sakura when she was yelling at Rintaro to look at the pregnancy test and telling him to go away at the same time. Sakura can be such a woman sometimes (in a genuinely adorable way).

  2. ラスト・シンデレラ 五話しはいち言です。すごい!
    Just watched the raw for episode 5 and I must say I think everyone’s gonna like what they see. I just about laughed my ass off at the antics of Sakura and kin. And Hiroto’s facial expressions and reactions were priceless. I won’t spoil it for the rest but this show is way better than I ever expected for a Jdrama. I’ve been on hiatus from japanese productions for a while and I’m glad I decided to tune into this one. Well worth it.

    Happy watching everyone!

  3. I’m still watching and…enjoying this way more than I should. I’m darn sure it’s the shallow end of my brain doing things, it is rare to have a drama where I find both of the guys so ridiculously hot and their characters not annoying enough for me to ignore the HOT!

    I’m all for Hiroto to fall for Sakura plot-wise, but thus far, I really do not see what he sees in her for the growing of affection…I want to say I’m open to the leap of faith that it is perhaps cuter/more unimaginable thus fascinating for a 24 yo to witness a 39 yo woman to be so naive and innocent and ignorant !?!?!?!??!…but sadly I just can’t (oh, but she is nice, and kind….but do a 24 badass playboy suddenly care?! ). I’m not annoyed by her per se, if I transport all her characteristics to a 20 yo shell, it’s still…unattractive, to me, but I’m not the rarest of unicorn: a 24 yo genius biker hottie filthy rich boy looking like a Harumakun.

    • I guess episode 5 did not disappoint too much? I still haven’t had the time to watch it yet and InK takes priority anyway! Yeah, I doubt this drama will give me that natural, tangible progression of Hiroto falling for Sakura (the way InK is doing for example with Naoki) but I’m just happy it’s happening anyway because come on, that’s the only reason we are all watching this drama anyway, isn’t it?? I don’t see why 24 yr would care in the first place about someone so blatantly naive (plus it annoys me because she is putting on that innocent front for Hiroto, I really would like for him see more of her real self the way Rintaro does). No, no haha 24 badass playboy doesn’t suddenly care, you are so right. I could see him caring if she was some sort of 40yo femme fatale or the very least her REAL LOUD NO-NONSENSE SELF but she isn’t even that so yeah, can’t see it.

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