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The Premise: Koyurugi Souta has loved Yoshioka Saeko since high school, and finally manages to convince her to go out with him two weeks before Christmas. By the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, she’s back with her ex-boyfriend and Souta is bereft. An impulsive trip to Paris turns the confectionary school graduate into a talented chocolatier, and six years later, he’s back in Tokyo to win Saeko’s heart once more. It would probably be easier if she wasn’t engaged to be married in a matter of days.
Seriously speaking though, there’s a lot to look forward to in this drama. The chocolates alone are inspiring, and there’s some great physical comedy and wordplay as well. The chemistry between Matsumoto Jun and Ishihara Satomi could light up a billboard, and there’s a clear camaraderie among the supporting cast.
Why You Should Stick Around: As I’ve gotten older, I noticed I have less patience for romance dramas that are completely linear in their development. I want stories that will surprise me, keep me guessing, make me throw things at the screen in frustration and excitement. Shitsuren Chocolatier has done all of these things and more.
Yes, the characters are strange. Souta constantly dances along the line of Nice Guy behaviour, and Saeko is manipulative. Everyone is in love with someone who doesn’t love them back, and I still have no idea how it’s all going to end. But if nothing else, the series is genuinely entertaining. Everyone knows what unrequited love feels like, and you’re guaranteed to find at least one character you can relate to.
I especially appreciate how the show doesn’t shy away from calling these characters out on their less-than-stellar behaviour. Nothing ever works out as perfectly as they want it to, because selfish decisions rarely do, and the characters grow as they learn from those mistakes.
And oh, the chocolate. If nothing else, this viewer has definitely appreciated the behind-the-scenes look at how those gorgeous chocolates are made every day. Seeing Souta’s inspiration for new recipes was particularly interesting to me–chocolatiers are artists too, and their art is consumed in the most primal way.
Next month on Series Spotlight: We used to be friends…a long time ago.
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