I’m struggling a little to decide what to blog about, so decided to go with another old one. Pretear is a series based on a manga. It is also a combination or re-working of several fairy stories into one basic love story.
The main character of Pretear is a high-school girl named Awayuki
Himeno. Himeno’s father, Kaoru, is a poor,
struggling romance author and artist who fell in love with and married a rich
woman named Natsue. Natsue has two daughters Himeno’s age, Mayune and Mawata, from a previous marriage. Himeno
and her father become part of the life of this rich family in their massive
mansion. Mayune actively hates Himeno
and goes out of her way to make Himeno’s life miserable. Mawata is so consumed with her own loneliness
and sense of loss from losing her father, that she’s not interested in much
around her and mostly ignores Himeno.
This is the state of affairs as the story begins. And at this point, into Himeno’s life come seven
“Leaf Knights”. The Leaf Knights and
their powers are: Hayate : wind; Sasame :
sound; Kei : light; Go : fire; Mannen : ice; Hajime : water and Shin :
plants. The Leaf Knights fight to keep
life force (referred to as ‘leaf’) flowing in all living things. They battle life-force-sucking creatures or
demons who are controlled by the Princess of Darkness, Fenrir. Three
of the Leaf knights, Mannen, Hajime and Shin, are little kids because the
original three Leaf Knights that held those powers died in their battles to
seal Fenrir away. Now Fenrir is breaking
free and the Leaf Knights are looking for the “Pretear”, a girl who can combine
powers with them and make both them and her more powerful in their battles
against the forces of Darkness.
Himeno, of course, is the Pretear. Hayate doesn’t accept her at first, feeling that
they can fight fine without her, and you find out why he's so against it later. Also, at first Himeno is unwilling to get
involved with them. So they take a little
while to get used to each other and begin working together and combining their powers. Hayate is the last to accept Himeno. About the time they do begin melding, Fenrir breaks free and attacks in force.
At this point, Himeno finds out the big Leaf Knight secret.
Fenrir was at one time the Pretear, a girl named Takako. She fell in love with Hayate, who didn’t
return her feelings. So, spurned, she
fell into despair and vowed to destroy everything they held dear – she became
Fenrir. When Himeno learns all this, her own questions
and inadequacies surface and she becomes unable to combine forces with any of
the Leaf Knights. They all begin taking
a serious beating from the forces of Darkness.
In addition, Sasame admits that he has always loved Takako, even knowing
she loved Hayate, so he deserts the Leaf Knights to side with Fenrir and become her right-hand
man and a knight of Darkness. Fenrir of course doesn't trust him and it's not until he's killed that she realizes she loves him also.
At the series climax, Fenrir has won all the battles and
come close to destroying everyone and everything, including turning Mawata into
a center and force for darkness. All
looks lost, with Sasame dead in the battles and Hayate soon to be dead. But at the last minute, Himeno gains power
from all the Leaf Knights and transforms into the White Pretear, with almost
unlimited power. In the end she saves
her family, Takako, and all the Leaf Knights, including resurrecting Sasame. She herself appears dead but Hayate wakes her
with a kiss. The series ends with a huge
happily ever after, Sasame and Takako together and Himeno and Hayate together. They all live happily with Himeno’s now
combined and happy family in the big mansion.
Yes, this is a harem anime, and a take-off of Snow White and
the seven dwarfs and being awakened with a kiss, with elements of Cinderella
and her evil step-sisters, but for all that, it’s fun to watch and entertaining. And best of all, nobody dies. It’s not at all a bad series to spend some