Not a lot of action happens in this episode because our girl is hovering between 2 options. 1) She could try and date the younger guy or 2) Stay away from the ‘child’. She does make a decision by the end of episode 2, thanks to the encouragement of many. As for the whole drama, there are stuff I can’t wait to see blossom and there are elements I want to see less of. Fair enough.
Episode 2: Not a recap, just jumbled thoughts.
Hiroto: “Sakura-san, will you please go out with me?”
What a nice thing to wake up to, confession from a candy boy, wearing nothing but his black boxer. Now, it would be perfect if he’s more buff. 😛 Slightly embarrassed, Sakura walks home in hasty, dodgy steps, trying to divert attention away from her bed hair and old school outfit. She comes home and bumps into Rintaro, who is currently moving in his stuff to the apartment next to hers. Neighbors? AHA! So typical but it never gets old. I love neighbor hijinks! Somehow, she ends up being his coolie, obediently carrying his boxes inside, while he sits at a counter to read the newspaper and munch on some nuts.
They go out to eat later, which is when Sakura’s intention imparts on us. Like a mind-reader, Rintaro tells her to pay for the meal as consultation fee because he knows she wants to talk about her date last night. He tells her honestly that the boy might be after her money, those lame excuses from dramas. She jumps out of her seat when her phone rings and ‘Hiroto’ is shown the caller. She meekly rejects him.
But our young boy is persistent in his mission. He sends her sweet text messages all day, bringing a glow to her face even when she’s adamant about not dating him. Receiving text messages from someone is enough to warm her heart at this point. She knows they won’t work out anyway. “What do you like about me? There are younger and cuter girls after you.”
Hiroto: “Young girls are boring. Adult women are way better.”
Sakura: “Then…you could go hit on some other adult women too?”
Aha! She got him there.
What I didn’t like: Shima-Miki-Husband storyline. I’m glad Shima didn’t sleep with Miki’s husband, Kohei, last episode. We were fooled when the screen froze during their passionate make-out session. Luckily, Miki called her husband in time to stop further immoral act. They try again in this episode and still fail because Kohei confesses that he’s nervous about doing ‘it’ when he hasn’t done ‘it’ in years. Shima: “Do you feel guilty towards your wife?” He replies nonchalantly, “No.” And I’m raging behind the screen because he deserves to be kicked in the head. Consciously making the decision to cheat. Ugh.
And surprise surprise, Shima finally meets Miki’s husband and the two are flabbergasted, awkwardly trying to eat dinner while Miki cooks more dishes in the kitchen. It’s such a silly scene when they duck their heads under the table to carry on the conversation. Like that would make them seem less suspicious? Shima can’t continue eating in this messy situation and begs to leave, citing the excuse that she’s already drunk. The husband, Kohei, has the nerves to pout at her exit. Man, I’m not sure what the director is trying to convey because cheating is horrible but a happy song is played in the background, rendering the whole scene out as a joke.
This storyline I’m not fond of, unless the writer has some twist about the trio in which Shima shifts and plays the advisor, helping to rekindle the dying flame between Miki and Kohei. *fingers-crossed*
There’s also the mysterious background of Hiroto, and his secretive connection to Chiyoko. Are they past lovers? Since this is a Cinderella story, I’m guessing he’s a rich boy, out living on his own because he wants freedom. Chiyoko’s parents’ reaction to Hiroto says as much. If he were poor, I doubt the mother would ask him to stay for dinner.
Sakura petal on her hair. The director did this purpose. Contrasting the men in a simple way. While Rintaro allows her to rely on her own hands, Hiroto personally picks out the petal. And of course, we know which way makes the butterflies flutter.
Another scene which reinforces this idea is the baseball scene below, which is also my favorite moment!
They continue to my favorite thing about this drama. Usually in scenes like this, where the female lead has troubles hitting the ball, the male lead would move over to her side and hold her hand, adding a touch of skinship to cater the audience. But Rintaro stays in his cube and directs her instead. She then successfully hits the ball the next time it comes at her. I like that Rintaro encourages her to do things on her own and be bold when it comes to trying out new things (dating Hiroto.) Yet, when the fingers are pointed at him, he can’t carry out his own wisdom.
Rintaro: “You’ve just gotten used to being hurt and giving up, haven’t you?”
Me: “Same can be said about you Mister!”
Lordy, the kisses in Jdramas…their lips barely touch!
And because this is cute: