While I’m following almost twelve different kind of anime this summer season I have to say Akagami no Shirayuki has become a new favourite of mine and it is a personal delight to follow the series on a weekly basis. I felt like my week long trip to New York came at a good time because I would not have been able to deal with the cliff-hanger from episode six. There is SO MUCH Zen and Shirayuki development in these two episodes and most of it is pushed forward by palace drama.
The crown prince of Clarines returns to the palace and stirs up a whole new kind of conflict when he turns his attention to his younger brother’s red-haired sweetheart. Initially Izana comes off as a cold-heart prince jerk and you really feel like he’s quite the heartless bastard when it comes to affairs in court and even his little brother. However as Zen slowly reveals his back story and more of Izana’s history, growing up around the palace, the audience is given a full spotlight on Izana’s true personality. Izana isn’t heartless. At seventeen, he already had a full grasp of politics enough to manipulate greedy lords out of their positions. He really has his people in mind and it’s interesting to see that that’s where Zen gets his motivation to become a good prince. Izana is just the type of king who would be completely willing to make personal sacrifices and tough decisions for the sake of his people. I’m dying out of curiosity to see him potentially fall in love but knowing him, he’d probably marry for political advantage.
I was surprised Izana went to such lengths in order to press Zen and push Shirayuki. Zen can’t stomp his foot, throw a tantrum and demand his way. Part of the difficulty of his relationship with Shirayuki is that because Zen is such a good prince he is constantly shackled by the courtesies of court and responsibilities of loyalty. He can’t blatantly throw Prince Raj out of the kingdom no matter how much he wants to and he can’t whine his brother into submission when it comes to his love life. I didn’t expect to see Prince Raj return to the palace but it was definitely a pleasant surprise because he is SO FUNNY and his hilarious reactions and dialogue provide some much needed comedic relief in the midst of this sibling court drama.
My favourite moment of these two episodes is still when Shirayuki climbed a tree to get to Zen on the second floor. SERIOUSLY Zen, you could have met the girl halfway, but you were totally dumbstruck weren’t you? Also, the hug was too sweet.
Although Shirayuki and Zen really haven’t professed their love to each other, the fairy tale elements of the story allow for a lot of leeway for romantic moments and I can’t wait to see Shirayuki and Zen actually spend time together as a couple versus little meetings around the palace at the end of the day. I do have a feeling the series is building to a big ball/dance party finale because the opening shows us the beautiful Second prince and new princess of Clarines twirling away on the dance floor… It’d surely be a great way to end a shojo kingdom romance such as this. One of my close guy friends said it best when he said, “Zen does chivalry right… and it’s nice to see it done right.”
Episode 6 Screenshots
Episode 7 Screenshots
What are you pondering today?