Review #2: "Shitsuren Chocolatier" - A to the R- A- S- H- I !!!
[Review] Shitsuren Chocolatier This drama is something I unwittingly in Souta, as well as a sub-plot between Souta's sister and another chocolatier, Olivier. In my opinion, Souta and Kato Erena's relationship was the most. Shitsuren Chocolatier also received both a drama CD and a Live-Action Bittersweet Ending: No pun intended. Domestic Abuse: Saeko's marriage with her husband starts to sour when they get into arguments, culminating in him hitting her. "Heartbroken Chocolatier") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated [ 1] It was adapted into a Japanese television drama in January . Plot Christmas after she broke up with her boyfriend and they begin their relationship.
But Not Too Foreign: In the drama series, Olivier was made into half-Japanese and half-French. He's fully French in the original series, however, and he was probably turned half-French because his actor, Junpei Mizobata, is fully Japanese. This was Lampshaded by Kaoruko: Kaoruko is very pessimistic and often has negative comments.
Saeko's marriage with her husband starts to sour when they get into arguments, culminating in him hitting her. Chocolate is a big theme in this series, naturally, so there is extra focus on it. There's a variant of the classic Foot Popping kiss in the drama.
LTFG: Shitsuren Chocolatier (The Finale)
Souta has an Imagine Spot where he pushes down Saeko to make out with her, and as Saeko gives in, she raises her leg. Souta and Erena bond over commonalities such as being unable to date the people they're in love with, and also become friends with benefits. Olivier can get very passionate about his love for anime and manga.
Olivier sometimes speaks in French, especially in the manga. Saeko is often laughing or smiling in her appearances, though it's pretty much a mask for her insecurities. In the drama, it's only when Matsuri talks about her "boyfriend" that Olivier realizes he likes her. Souta gets upset when Saeko becomes interested in The Rival chocolatierie, Ricdor.
Kaoruko also gets quite jealous whenever she's reminded that Souta loves Saeko. Souta has several daydream scenarios about what he'd like to happen with Saeko. Kaoruko's daydreams are more negative, as she pictures Saeko or Souta failing miserably.
Saeko gets a haircut when she decides to take a job at Choco la Vie. Saeko is insensitive, bordering on Idiot Ball sometimes. Girl, do you think it's a good idea to have someone you broke up with cater at your wedding? Saeko is naturally cute, and Souta often refers to her as his "fairy. Souta is in love with Saeko, and Kaoruko loves Souta in spite of knowing this. Meanwhile, Sekiya becomes interested in Kaoruko.
Matsuri herself is dating her friend's boyfriend, while Olivier has feelings for her. Saeko tends to be fanservicey since the story is told in Souta's perspective.
It's played up even more in the drama, where she's played by the extremely attractive Satomi Ishihara. Nice Guys Finish Last: In the drama, Souta has a dream where Olivier informs him he can't always be the good guy to win Saeko over.
Funny Foreigner tendencies aside, Olivier can be insightful sometimes, to the point of Brutal Honesty.
He questions Souta's feelings for Saeko, and also straight-up tells Kaoruko he can't support her feelings for Souta simply because it's Souta's devotion to pleasing Saeko that is making their store successful. Furthermore, when Saeko tries to tell Olivier what she feels for Souta, he pretends to not know Japanese very well.
Olivier is very fascinated with otaku culture, to the point that Souta was able to bribe his way into working in his family's chocolatier through a manga magazine.
This aspect of him was played down in the drama. In the drama, Saeko's wardrobe mostly consists of pink.
In an aversion to this trope, Souta is given the title "Chocolate Prince" and is uncomfortable with it, until he understands that the Japanese tend to nickname someone a "prince" if they're an expert at what they do. He believes Olivier fits the image more, as he comes from a higher social standing and comes from a family well known for their chocolate.
Olivier is French, but in the drama adaptation, he was made into half-French to make the fully Japanese Junpei Mizobata playing him more believable.
Saeko has a huge dating history since Souta first met her. Being unable to make chocolates just because the woman you wanted to impress most isn't around to taste it anymore?
That makes it even more unlikely to view a character like Souta favourably.
On the other hand, Saeko appears at first glance to be a dimwit who's oblivious to others' feelings and simply does what she likes.
Her antics in leading Souta on were indeed not acceptable for a married woman and you really wonder if she just enjoys the attention Souta showers on her or she felt something for him. I tend to believe the former because when Saeko's husband questioned her why she still cared so much about how she looks and if she still wants to attract men despite being married, Saeko was stumped for a moment. No doubt her husband was a bit too much in saying that people still can look great even if they are marriedI believe it hit the jackpot too because Saeko has enjoyed the attention from the opposite sex all along and being married probably wasn't going to change how she felt about this issue.
Nonetheless, it took the last few episodes for the viewers to finally see how Saeko is. No doubt she may appear like a thoughtless person most of the time, the insights she gave Matsuri and Kaoruko about love and dating were indeed spot-on. She's not as stupid as she seems but underneath that ditzy appearance, she does use her brain, just that it's not apparent to those around her.
That's why her husband took for granted that she will be OK with staying at home as a housewife and he doesn't need to pay too much attention to her now that they are married. And that's also why Saeko's mother seemed to think that her daughter has no future and cannot survive on her own if she leaves her husband.
I still think Saeko was being really cruel to Souta for leading him on all this while but then again, you feel a little sorry for her because she's accepting reality because of her circumstances, not because she wants to return to her husband out of her own will.
As for Olivier and Matsuri, I found their relationship's development a bit bland and uneventful it was almost a given that they would be paired up together except for the part when he confronted her about her intention to visit her ex's place to collect her belongings. Olivier was right about it when he said that Matsuri was opening herself to potentially retracting her steps to that painful relationship if she met the ex alone at his apartment.
No matter how hard she tried to convince him, I'm glad Olivier put his foot down and threatened to break up if she went ahead without him tagging along. Matsuri knew jolly well what might happen and yet still tried to convince herself that it won't head that way but thankfully, Olivier knocked some sense into her.
This development was a bit different from the norm when usually the new boyfriend would get jittery over his girlfriend meeting the ex and yet does not do anything to stop it. Erena probably didn't expect that she would fall for Souta when she raised the suggestion of them developing a sexual relationship just to satisfy each other's needs.
No doubt Souta's concern and gentleness in helping her get over her heartbreak was a factor in making Erena fall for him, I think his devotion towards Saeko was also what swayed her heart.
In a way, Erena is somewhat like Saeko in the sense that she may appear to be bold, open and a bit loose when dealing with men but deep down, she's a frank girl who thinks the best of others.
[Review] Shitsuren Chocolatier
Souta was at fault for giving his friends that impression because he had talked about Erena as a mere sex partner. He could have positioned Erena as a close friend which would have prompted his friends to view her with more respect.
Kaoruko met Erena on the same night as Souta and was disgusted at how they could have slept together on that very night without knowing much about each other. Souta didn't help things by lying to Kaoruko that he did nothing with Erena. Of course, this would have made Kaoruko misunderstand that Erena is a loose woman who sleeps around.
At the same time, Olivier heard a lot about Erena from Souta but he had always been led to believe that Souta thinks of her as someone no more than a sex partner. In such circumstances, what kind of impression do you think he would have about her if he never knew her personally? And because of this type of mentality, Souta didn't think that he owed Erena an explanation when Saeko turned up at his doorstep and he had to stand Erena up.
He just dragged things on until Erena decided to show up and find out what was going on but was dealt with the truth in a harsh manner through Kaoruko. Then again, she would be better off without a guy like Souta because he clearly doesn't deserve her. Not having the courage to face Erena is not an excuse for this type of behaviour.
As for Kaoruko, I really felt sorry for her when Souta had the cheek to scold her for speaking ill of Erena. Of course, her view of Erena was flawed but who was the one who had contributed to that impression? If Souta had treated Erena seriously and respectfully like a friend, I'm sure Kaoruko wouldn't view Erena with so much ill will even though she is in love with Souta. No doubt Erena is her rival in love, what irks Kaoruko is probably the fact that Erena and Souta's relationship is a warped one according to her values and she cannot understand why they would still sleep together even though Erena knows jolly well that Souta loves Saeko.
That was why she didn't see the logic in Souta skipping such an important function to celebrate their business taking off and going to Erena who had just fallen out of love.
To her, Erena should be nothing more than a sex friend so why would he care for her feelings? However, to Souta, Erena had become more than a sex partner and was his close friend. The gap in their perceptions led to Souta saying such harsh words to Kaoruko which I thought was really uncalled for. You can be unhappy about how she talks about your friend but you don't have to be so nasty about it. At the same time, Kaoruko is a character which people can relate to easily.
Other than the part where she said that she loves Souta but doesn't want to be in a relationship with him, I think that's something which is a bit hard to understand. Maybe she wants to be with him but knows that chances are so slim that it's better to be beside him as a working partner.
As for her interaction with Sekiya, I thought it offered some comic relief and the advice given by Saeko e. In the end, Kaoruko may not have ended up with any guy but at least she got a new friend i. Saeko and managed to learn to come to terms with her weak points when it comes to romance.
Like what I mentioned before, I have never been convinced that Matsujun can act because I've found his body language a bit exaggerated at times and he tends to exert too much force when conveying certain emotions. However, when he does his monologues for Souta and puts on a more serious face when pondering about his relationships, I think he has showed that he can manage a more subtle style of acting which can grow on people.
And his image this time looks quite good because there are times when his hairstyles and clothes worn in dramas are too similar with his usual styles which don't go down well with me.
On the other hand, I don't really like the day-dreaming scenes which called for more exaggerated acting. Ishihara Satomi did well in making Saeko a detestable character right from the start. I don't know how guys actually view a woman like Saeko but from a woman's point of view, someone like Saeko is a common enemy among her peers, just like how Kaoruko views her.
Manipulative, act-cute, pretentious, the negative descriptions keep coming out. However, you can't deny too that she looked so cute and appealing as Saeko so it's not difficult to imagine why Souta is besotted with her.
I liked her scenes towards the end of the drama where she enjoyed the short-lived and fantasy-like happiness with Souta and yet was fully aware that she had to return to reality one day. In the past, I never paid that much attention to Ishihara but I think she's showing that she can manage a variety of roles and can look plain and pretty at the same time.
That is an advantage she is clearly making full use of these days. Mizukawa Asami was great in showing the insecurities of Kaoruko who wants to be more experienced in dating but is clueless about it. I thought her scenes with Ishihara Satomi were quite interesting but it sure took them a long time to bond.