If the awkward hugs and lame-sauce kisses of most K-Dramas have left you feeling disappointed one too many times, this week’s drama, Last Cinderella, is guaranteed to set all those past wrongs right.
Last Cinderella tells the story of an almost 40-year-old tomboy, Sakura Tomoya (Shinohara Ryoko), who’s lacked any sort of love-life for the past ten years. What seems to be a doomed love life is suddenly revived when 24-year-old Hiroto Saeki (Miura Haruma) appears, as if by magic, and sweeps Sakura off her feet. Unsure if she wants to pursue a relationship with a man fifteen years her junior, Sakura is encouraged by her two best friends, Shima Hasegawa (Iljima Naoko) and Miki Takenouchi (Otsuka Nene) to at least give him a chance. Only Sakura’s, Rintaro Tachibana (Fujiki Naohito), is leery of Hiroto’s true motives but even he can’t deny Sakura is in desperate need of true love and affection.
In may ways, Last Cinderella feels like you’re watching an adult manga come to life, as the character development and storyline progress in much the same way as they would in a manga, with just enough adult-themed scenes sprinkled throughout to keep you on your toes. If you’re overly sensitive to adult-themes and scenes, you’re probably going to want to skip this drama altogether but if you’re not opposed to things heating up now and then, Last Cinderella is certainly worth your time. The actors are adorable, the story, though not all that original, is well-developed and the ending will leave you with a healthy dose of happy warm-fuzzies. As a bonus, Last Cinderella is only eleven episodes long which means you can marathon the entire drama with ease and still have time to partake in all of your Christmas festivities. *Woo-hoo!* MERRY CHRISTMAS!