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.
What happens when you have a one-night stand ? BABIES.
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.
She hasn’t taken the test yet but she is already considering maternity leave.
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.
Things you don’t ask your younger boyfriend of 4 days…”Do you like children?”
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.
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)
“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.
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.
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?
Onsen trip is made worthwhile by Mr Dashing Smile breaking out into a song.
Sakura is right as rain the next morning but prissy about missing sexy Onsen times with Rintaro.
SILLY, RIDICULOUS WOMAN, TAKE THE TEST.
“You still haven’t done it?” Trust Rintaro to be there and actually spur her into action.
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?
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.
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.
A genuinely lovely scene between Rintaro and Sakura; stalker girl watching over them notwithstanding.
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.
Rintaro is simply adorable with his crush. Taking baseball hits for her, playing dead…
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.
Hiroto takes her threat very seriously and dashes off.
The bottle of wine flies off into a wall from their tussle, producing a nice and dramatic splutter on the wall.
“This reminds me of something,” says Choko and undresses. This is not good.
Choko yells “it’s all your fault” and Hiroto looks shaken for once and proceeds to apologize and embrace her.
So yes, definitely not siblings.
On the other hand this is a lot more exciting and intimate than his bed scenes with Momo.
Sakura is sad she’s been ditched but she reasons her way into forgiving him anyway.
Actual kissing. Not without Sakura still being unbelievably awkward.
Hiroto falling for Sakura, finally.
I don’t know what happens but it looks badass.
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.