My first impressions of this series are fairly average. The story is strictly set from the perspective of Princess Nike of the Rain Kingdom. She’s been betrothed to the Sun King in exchange for her province’s sovereignty. Almost the entire episode is spent with Nike’s introductions to the sun kingdom. As Nike gets use to the kingdom, so are we also introduce to the main story setting.
The prologue opens with the Sun King asking Nike to raise her head. She does, and is completely shocked at what she sees. This serves as an interesting first reaction impression to go on as the story flashes back to Nike’s arrival a few days earlier. Having sent her entourage back immediately on the boat, Nike’s free to wander the kingdom on her own. Naturally, being a princess from a smaller kingdom, she’s robbed and she passes out from hunger and she’s saved by a friendly family which was all pretty generic.
Other than the filler introductory bits, I think the important part to note is really that despite the Sun King’s rule that he led to the stability and prosperity of his kingdom, there are those who seek to oppose his marriage with Nike. We also find out that despite spunky presence as a princess of another kingdom, her province isn’t faring very well on its own – as seen in the exchange rate between the two currencies when Nike tries to purchase some fruit.
Although there are rumours exaggerating the power and presence of the Sun King, when Nike finally lays her eyes on her “destiny” she realizes that he’s a small pre-teen boy sitting atop a throne. She’s utterly shocked because that little boy is supposed to be her new husband. Honestly, I think the big reveal was a little anti-climactic because Nike’s reaction scene is repeated twice and we could have honestly done without the twenty minutes of filler in between. However, we did get to see a bit of Nike’s powers over the wind, and in the previews, King Livius mentions that he wishes to see her summon rain. The boy king reminds me quite a bit of Ciel from Black Butler so I’m not entirely impressed with the character designs. I don’t see anything particularly interesting about Still World Beautiful as of right now. It will probably pick up in pace when Nike actually begins to interact with Livius. As to whether or not you should watch this, it’s up to preference.
What are you pondering today?