I’ve learnt not to hold my hopes up too high for any drama even if the first ep provides a good, solid base. The second ep tends to drop from the first ep and this was exactly the case here. Ep 1 scored 14.4% in ratings while this ep drop slightly taking in 12.7% of the ratings. It is very rare that will you find a drama that progresses naturally at a perfect pace. Most dramas either move too fast or move too slow, and so far this drama is lingering towards the latter. Ep 1 provided an amazing staging to lead the drama onwards and while this ep carried it on well, it walked very slowly and this in turn made whatever developments the ep had feel quite lacking. I kept wanting to push the drama to walk faster to actually include some significant development but right until the last minute, it kept going at that very slow pace. It’s still early stages so hopefully the drama will be able to pick up its pace with the eps that is come.
While the drama gave out very straight-forth personalities to our characters, things seemed to have taken a turn here. Saeko and Sota aren’t the sort of people that they were. It’s like they have taken a 360 degrees in personality shift. Saeko was written to be an innocent-yet-not-so innocent girl who was just using Sota as a rebound to aid her broken love life. Sota was only ever a classmate and a friend to her and nothing else but now, after she got married, he holds a much more important position in her heart. She is actually feeling down and a tinge of jealousy because of him, like she has feelings for him. She is constantly waiting for his message and gets disappointed each time when she sees no messiage from him. I just don’t understand the feelings right now. While it is inevitable that these feelings would develop down the lane when Saeko and Sota spend more time in figuring out their feelings, having it occur now is just very undeveloped. Saeko and Sota have yet to show any growth in falling for each other but with such a huge development like this, the drama is going to have to work extra hard in proving Saeko and Sota’s relationship.
Saeko still remains to be the driving force for Sota’s action but she leading him to make wild decisions, even if it is an indirect influence. While I admire his perseverance in winning Saeko’s heart, I just want to see him live for himself. I want to see him enjoy his chocolate career because it is something that he loves and not because it is something that Saeko loves. I want to see him have a life that doesn’t revolve entirely around Saeko. He even hooks up with Kato Erena (Mizuhara Kiko) in order to change himself and prove his worth for her. That was just a bad decision for him to make. I kept on hoping that he would stop himself but he shattered my hopes. He is changing himself to be her ideal guy rather than allowing Saeko to see his true self and accepting him for who he is. The question of love is constantly popping up. What is it that he loves about her? Why does he love her? What is so powerful about her that makes him willing to literally dedicate his life to her? The answer is relatively simple; you love someone because you love them. It doesn’t require any reason and I get that but if the drama wants to sell this relationship, it has to go prove to us, as viewers watching this, what is it about Saeko and Sota that makes their relationship special.
In terms of characters, I enjoying Kaoruko much more than Saeko. At least her feelings aren’t changing abruptly. She is a genuine friend and co-worker who wants Sota to be happy. She keeps her feelings towards him inside herself and instead supports him in his pursuit of Saeko. She is the all-round good friend and I like that from her. She has another side to her that I am anticipating to develop. I also quite like her relationship with Oliver though I doubt they will end up together. I will be happy regardless of whether she ends up with him or Rikudo Seinosuke (Sato Ryuta)’s apprentice Sekiya Hiroaki (Kato Shigeaki ), who, btw, is another eye candy. There’s all these delicious eye candy here, and it’s not just chocolates!
Again, the editing of the drama isn’t well done. It’s much better compared to the previous ep but it is still so choppy! It is essentially a cut and paste of one scene to the other without aligning them properly next to each other. There are one second black screens before the next scene appears which is so annoying. Arghhh, I am so annoyed by this and if this continues, it is really going to affect my drama experience!
While this ep was not great, it was quite fun to watch. Hopefully the next ep picks up pace and appear more alive because if it keeps at this rate it is going to be one boring 10 eps! And it would be a huge waste of the wonderful acting. Well, may next ep be better.