One of the most popular dramas from this season, Shitsuren Chocolatier, had the airing of its final episode last night and I managed to watch it before I had to go to school today. While I enjoyed the series as a whole and am strongly considering reading the original work I still felt a little disappointed by Episode 11. This was mostly due to the fact that the episode’s climax felt somewhat lacking and also because I wasn’t able to fully understand why it ended the way that it did. By no means am I saying that Episode 11 was horrible or even that it was bad, I would have to say that it did barely just scrape average in my eyes. If you want to keep reading please keep in mind that there will be some spoilers in the rest of this post so do so at your own risk.
This series actually ended kind of closely to how I thought it might end a couple of weeks ago. Sota had a lot of choices about which girl he could end up with as his girlfriend and seemed to change his mind quite a lot about who he was gunning for through-out the season. A few episodes before the end of the series he ended up with Saeko, which had been his fantasy for years but things didn’t turn out the way that he wanted them to(or at least the way he thought he wanted them to). In the last episode Saeko reveals to Sota that she is pregnant(to her husband) and tells him that she wants to go and get back together with her husband. This ends up pushing Sota into a strange spiral of depression that almost is enough to make him quit being a chocolatier.
Kaoruko and Erena both confess to Sota that they like him too but in the end he decides that he doesn’t want to be with either of them(he actually more or less gets rejected by both of them but it was kind of a mutual thing in both cases). He ends up meeting Saeko one last time to give her the chocolate bar that he made for her and tell her that he won’t be able to meet her again because he has finally realised that to succeed as a chocolatier he is going to need to be able to be inspired without her help – especially considering the fact that she will have a family in the near future. This is one of the two big decisions that he makes in the final episode. The other is to go back to Paris and restart everything again. He doesn’t explicitly say what he wants to do there other than that he wants to be alone for awhile and there was kind of a “I need to do some soul searching” vibe mixed in too.
I really don’t understand why Sota would think it’s a good idea to go back to Paris. He was there for 5 years already and it sounds like that’s where he honed all of his skills up to be a great chocolatier. Now he owns his own store, so why does he have to repeat that all over again? Is there anything he can really gain from returning to Paris for an extended period? I can see one plus and that’s that he wouldn’t ever run into Saeko in Paris but even so I could count the amount of times I’ve ran into ex-girlfriends somewhere on my fingers and I don’t live in a city anywhere near as huge as Tokyo. This is probably my main gripe with the last episode. Him getting dumped by everyone was kind of expected and I don’t think there was anything illogical about that. But if you have your own opinion to share go ahead and write it out below in the comments, I read someone else’s review for the last episode in Japanese and it was totally the opposite of what I thought so even if your opinion is completely different than mine please don’t be afraid to give your 2 cents. That’s all I really have to say today, tomorrow I’ll probably be writing about Inpei Sousa’s final episode after I’ve watched it.