Last Cinderella

Last Cinderella (2013)

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Sakura is a single 39-year-old woman. She works at a beauty salon as its vice manager. Sakura makes customers pretty, but she isn't interested in making herself pretty. She envies falling in love, but at the same time is afraid of falling in love. One day, at a party, Sakura meets Hiroto, who is much younger than Sakura. Hiroto is a bike rider and is attracted to Sakura.
Meanwhile, Rintaro is a read moremanager at beauty salon where Sakura works. Rintaro likes making biting remarks, drinking alcohol and using his scissors.

  • Native title:

    ラスト シンデレラ
  • Also Known as:

    Rasuto Shinderera

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DramaNoona
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Dec 22, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
This was recommended to me by someone on My Drama List, and boy am I thankful they did! It was also my very first Japanese drama, as well as my first introduction to Haruma Miura (who will promptly be showing up on the Noona Killer list). I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show and really wanted more episodes! I would have been in drama heaven if there had been an episode showing the read more happy couple after she said yes to the marriage proposal! But even without that, this has made it into my top five favorite drams!

I’m still so new to the dramaverse that I’m sure my ratings will change and evolve as my journey continues, and I’m still hesitant to give things a 10. However, I was really tempted to give this one all 10s. I’ve just completed watching this and so I’m riding the good drama high, but I’ll do my best to give a decent review that is only slightly tempered by my utter love for this show.

As I’ve stated several times throughout my blog I’m a huge-huge fan of the Noona Romance. This satisfied all of my Noona Romance needs! So far of all the Noona Romances that I’ve watched this is absolutely my favorite! It easily and comfortably dealt with mature themes of attraction and sex. It addressed the concerns and obstacles that face a Noona Romance with great emotion and class. The budding romance between Sakura and Hiroto was so fantastically adorable, sweet, and just the perfect amount of awkward. It had everything that I’ve come to love in my Noona Romances, and all of it was very well done.

Sakura was well written and well executed. I really loved that the part wasn’t portrayed as unattractive, they showed her as more just having given up on love and herself. She was both confident and bold, yet naïve and innocent. Sakura’s chemistry with Hiroto was so cute, it slowly built as she let herself fall in love with him. It was so good. The other male lead, Rintaro Tachibana, didn’t quite strike the same chord with me. I thought the role was nicely written, but I had trouble seeing his feelings as love for Sakura. Throughout the show the dialogue kept enforcing that being comfortable with a person could substitute love, but even so I wanted to feel more from him in regards to his feelings for Sakura.

I did want to see a little bit more of an initial reaction when Sakura found out about the basis for her relationship with Hiroto. It seemed that she just brushed it off. I’m not saying I wanted a weepy main actress to throw herself into depression or anything, but I wanted more substance to that interaction.

The supporting cast of Sakura’s friends and Chiyoko were very well done too. They were solid and interesting characters who I was very interested in seeing what happened. All of their stories intertwined nicely. I like how this drama addressed life lessons/choices that were very specific to women close to forty, and dealt with those issues in a great way. I also liked Chiyoko, well I loved to hate her, but she also grew and evolved on her own journey and I enjoyed watching that.

All in all, if you are a fan of the Noona Romance genre then this is an absolute must see!

Noona’s Rating
Overall: 9 (rated 5 stars on DramaFever)
Story/Writing: 10
Cast/Actors: 9
OST: 8
Sets/Costumes: 8
Feels: 10
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Starae
11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Jun 25, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
First let me say I have never watched anything like this before, and I really think it's unique compared to the majority of dramas out there.

What I liked best about this drama was the characters, you could really feel the close friendships they had with each other and it helped to make it a really realistic story.

The second thing I liked the most was they made you fall in love read more with both of the male leads causing you to be torn with who you want her to end up with and they really throw you for a spin up until the very end. I left watching this feeling completely satisfied with the ending and I would recommend anyone to watch it that likes a good, realistic and mature comedy/romance.

The only negative thing I would have to say about it is, for me, it started out a bit slow and the female lead was really annoying at first, but it got better as it went on.
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Spinster started with dating. Similar embarassing situations (in OMD some scenes are over the top), funny... OMD is shortened +200 drama (2004), so the movie isn't comprehensive enough. LC is far better IMO.
Recommended by loranar
Both are noona romances. Where older women date younger men and realize they can find love in unexpected places. There are also 2 male leads who seem suitable for our heroine.
There are also other stories surrounding the main couple. The storylines of a few of the secondary characters are also similar.
Recommended by shountz

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    arbutus 17 days ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed this drama from start to finish... Honestly, I was dreading the day when I would reach the final episode. The plot is simple, but do not underestimate it. Many plot twists occurred which I enjoyed and sometimes did not expect. At first, I did not think I would like Hiroto and Sakura together, but I ended up liking them as a couple (Sorry to those of you Sakura x Tachibana fans!)! All the characters were great and well developed, so I was easily interested in them. The mature elements in this drama which I did not think I would like, actually ended up being a part of this drama which I thought was quite new to me (and not in a bad way). I am not a big fan of anything with too much mature content, but this drama made it a thing of humor, so I was quite pleased. Before I forget, I love humor (as I mentioned earlier) and if any of you are like me, you will laugh a lot while watching this! There were so many funny jokes and moments that made me smile! Another thing I must say, if you love Miura Haruma, then this is definitely worth watching (he looked so great in this and his acting was great too! this was my first time seeing him in a drama, by the way!)! Last thing: Although many of you stated you did not enjoy the ending, I must admit I think it ended very well! Long comment made short: Watch this drama!

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    Maria 29 days ago
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    fireflower Jun 24, 2014

    Just finished this. I love it!! 9.5/10

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    Twyx Jun 18, 2014

    Ok... Miura Haruma in this drama is SO HOT! the only reason why I kept watching the drama. But it seems that everyone of you here enjoyed it a lot XD

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    AmyLovesDramas Jun 15, 2014

    This was such a cute drama! It made me love Miura Haruma even more! <3

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    iamsarah Jun 8, 2014

    My first romantic J - drama I loved it:)

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    dramafreak007 Jun 3, 2014

    Loved this drama. I didn't have high expections, but this was better than I expected.

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    dramafreak007 Jun 3, 2014

    Loved this drama. I didn't have high expections, but this was better than I expected.

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    apple_pendragon Mar 8, 2014

    I really loved this drama, including the ending, but the last two episodes were kind of slow.

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    orangetree Feb 7, 2014

    I totally agree. It indeed has the Sex in the City aura.

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    ItsukaKitto87 Feb 3, 2014

    "Anego" meets "Sex and the City"

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      soumatra Feb 19, 2014

      loved anego, by the same lead actress (10 years younger this time)
      the most funny thing about her, in real life she married a guy 24 years older lol

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    I loved this drama! I watched it all in one sitting! I teared up, laughed, my heart broke and I whaaaaaaat-ed a lot in this drama. This is my most favorite drama and beats the K-dramas that I've been watching lately.

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    holldoll32 Jan 5, 2014

    isnt there a song from here thats also in rich man poor woman? or has the same singer?

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    steph_ravita Jan 1, 2014

    Completed. I loved it. Great drama!

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    steph_ravita Jan 1, 2014

    I haven't had a lot of luck with J-dramas. Usually I find them too over-the-top and somewhat unappealing but this one has changed my outlook. I LOVE IT. Even though I don't particularly like his character, Miura Haruma is just too adorable and provides such excellent eye candy. I like how everyone here is close to their character's age and pulls it off well.
    This drama is just what I needed after too many attempts with some other Asian dramas. Romance, comedy, all around cuteness, 11 episodes! It has those laugh-out-loud moments and can we remark on how casual they are on the touchier (literally) subjects like sex? It's really a refreshing drama for someone like me who was stuck in a k-drama lip touch slump for a long while. I'm at episode 9 but so far, I definitely recommend!

Details

  • Country:

    Japan
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    11
  • Aired:

    Apr 11, 2013 to Jun 20, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Thursday
  • Network:

    Fuji TV
  • Duration:

    46 min.

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  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 3,090 users)
  • Ranked:

    #668
  • Popularity:

    #41

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