“If I can learn something today that I did not know yesterday…” – Shirayuki
Really was there every any doubt that Shirayuki wouldn’t pass the Court herbalist test? Technically I expected the test itself to encompass more than one challenge and overall more complex but the herbalist test gave Shirayuki and Zen another opportunity to spend time with each other.
Coincidentally enough, Shirayuki bumps into the actual court herbalist yet again before her exam and is re-motivated to make it. The test requires maintenance of an herb garden. Shirayuki and one other apprentice are the only ones who notice that some herbs have been mis-planted and therefore exude toxins from their roots. Shirayuki goes above and beyond to replant the entire garden when she picks out the problem. She even gets the prince to get down and dirty into the gardening process hahaha, only Shirayuki. Naturally, she passes the test with flying colours and is apprenticed to the young herbalist prodigy, Ryuu.
When Shirayuki first apprentices under Ryuu, she realizes a lot of soldiers or other palace officials are apprehensive of Ryuu because of his natural interest in poisons and quiet demeanour. Shirayuki reprimands him for such preconceptions and her outgoing and friendly attitude moves the young boy.
As part of settling into the palace life, Shirayuki goes through Prince Zen’s old medical records and realizes how many trials he’d endured to build up an endurance to poisons. She’s heartbroken from the records and it’s Ryuu who runs to get the prince when she begins to cry. I really enjoyed the intimate moments between Shirayuki and Zen in every episode but this one has to be my favourite thus far.
Episode five showcases Shirayuki’s first case outside the palace as an official court herbalist. One of the military forts under Zen’s jurisdiction mysteriously stopped sending reports. As a result, the prince personally went to investigate. When he finds out all the soldiers have fallen ill, he calls in Shirayuki to help cure them and figure out the problem. To be honest I found the progression of the story in this episode painfully simplistic and completely disinteresting. I didn’t think the circumstances of the problem pushed Shirayuki’s limits to its extremes.
The ending moment when Zen visits Shirayuki in her bedroom, he implores her to better take care of herself and kisses her hand sweetly. TOO CUTE OMG I DIED AHHHHHHH How adorable is this fairy tale fantasy anime?
The big conflict will emerge in the next episode when Zen’s older brother Izana, the crown prince of Clarines, returns to the palace. I’m curious as to whether he’ll be dashing and flirty or just a jerk in general…
What are you pondering today?