Thursday, 12 February 2015

J-Drama | Just Watched: Heartbroken Chocolatier (Shitsuren Chocolatier/失恋ショコラティエ)

Well, I tell a lie. I've not really "Just Watched" this series, more like I watched it almost a year ago now (!!!) and forgot I had this post in my drafts ahahaha. Then again, the timing with Valentine's Day just a couple of days around the corner is just too perfect to miss (o゚▽゚)oニパッ

Even though I watched it so long ago, I still remember it really well. Which kind of just goes to show that I must have really liked it if I still remember it to this day! Without further ado, on with the review of the Heartbroken Chocolatier!

I couldn't find an actual trailer, apologies!

Sota (Matsumoto Jun) is head over heels in love with a girl in the year above at school, Saeko (Ishihara Satomi), who doesn't return his feelings. However, as she loves chocolate, he tries to get close to her by attempting to make the perfect chocolates for her, and even receives a kiss at Christmas. However, she rejects his gifts of chocolates the day before Valentine's Day, saying she wasn't even aware they were dating, leaving Sota heartbroken.

In order to make her return his feelings, Sota decides to move to Paris to study under the greatest chocolatiers, at Saeko's favourite chocolate shop. His dream is to make Saeko the perfect chocolates, so that she'll fall in love with him. A few years later, he returns from Paris and opens up his very own chocolate shop with his old friend Inoue Kaoruko (Mizukawa Asami) and his half-Parisian half-Japanese chocolate making partner Olivier Tréluyer (Mizobata Junpei). Saeko is really happy he's home, and is so impressed by his chocolate making skills that she even asks him to make her wedding cake... wait, WHAT?

I both loved and hated this series. But the reason why I didn't like it is also a testament to how well written the characters were; they actually acted like people (selfish, selfish people ahaha), and while I hated a few decisions that they made, ultimately it reflected the characters personalities, rather than trying to be a sugary sweet drama series (although I tend to see that more in k-dramas).

It's actually a lot funnier than I was anticipating, but then again I wasn't sure what to expect when I saw the series was set in a chocolate shop, or when the title already had the word heartbroken in it. There is a LOT of unrequited love in this series. Like, a lot a lot ahaha. And it features Kiko Mizuhara in it, who's definitely been more of a hot topic of late... G-Dragon, anyone?

All in all I'd recommend it, even if the main character does bang on about the girl he has a one-sided love for just a little too~ much in my opinion. It's sweet, it's funny, and you do feel for the characters even if they do do hurtful or selfish things sometimes, 'cause at the end of the day they're going through a rough time. Unrequited love is never fun! (´。_。`)ゞぅぅぅ…

Have you watched Heartbroken Chocolatier? And also, Happy Valentine's Day! (。・ω・。)ノ♡

Coming soon: Boku no Ita Jikan review!
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