To clarify, this is not really a review. This is a rant because this drama did NOT end right. I was so addicted to Last Cinderella for the first 10 episodes, rooting for the 2nd male lead. Not knowing that the he WAS only the 2nd male lead. I am devastated. The two leading characters should not have ended up together. For the record, I have nothing against noona-dongsaeng relationships if there is chemistry. However, in this case there was zero chemistry. Here’s the breakdown + spoilers included.
Toyama Sakura (Shinohara Ryoko) is a 39 year-old-going-on-40 hairstylist who has been working at the same salon for 8 years or so. She hasn’t dated in 10 years. According to the drama, she is turning into a man due to overwork and hormonal imbalance. Hard-working and pure-hearted, she has been the assistant store manager for many years. Despite this, the hair salon company keeps appointing others as the head manager of the store.
This time is no different, as they appoint Sakura’s “enemy,” Tachibana Rintaro (Fujiki Naohito), to the position. Tachibana is the same age as Sakura yet he is an 100% chauvinist and teases Sakura incessantly. However, throughout the plot, they bicker and build a strong platonic relationship. They become next door neighbors as well and often help each other out. They meet for baseball and tell each other their problems.
Saeki Hiroto (Miura Haruma) is a 24-year old BMX biker. Hiroto is rich man’s son who is rebelling. He hurt his younger step-sister when they were only children. As a result, he feels like he owes a debt to her. The younger sister is in love with Tachibana and tells Hiroto to make Sakura fall for Hiroto, so Tachibana is not distracted by Sakura. Thus begins a relationship between Sakura and Hiroto despite their 15 year age difference.
The relationship between Hiroto and Sakura is so fake. Every scene when they are together depicts them acting cutesy and cuddly. I don’t see how they have anything in common besides the fact that Sakura is obsessed with Hiroto’s youthful body. The drama spends three episodes dragging out the time before Sakura and Hiroto have sex. Absolutely zero chemistry. Absolutely no tension. They never have a real conversation about their future, interests, or life together. So unrealistic. It’s all fun and games and going to have babies together.
Meanwhile the relationship between Sakura and Tachibana is so organic and so fun. They are good friends who bicker and help each other out in times of hardship. I was truly rooting for this couple. Down to the very last second I hoped Sakura was running to him to be with him. But alas, the writers are crazy and did not actually watch the drama. They couldn’t see how far they built this lovely relationship. They threw it into the dirt because they want to break the mode and go for the age difference.
The only shaving grace in this show is HOW HOT Fujiki Naojito is with stubble and his ragged look.
Shame on you drama. You sucked.