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Akagami no Shirayukihime is basically a love story anime
series which is adapted from a manga. It occurs in
a time and land where commoners live in various kingdoms which are ruled by
Princes. The story follows a particular girl named
Shirayuki and a Prince named Zen.
Shirayuki is a girl with a gift for plants and healing, whose dream is
to become an herbalist. She seems to be
the only person in her land with bright red hair, so she comes to the notice of
the Prince of her kingdom, Raj, who decides to make her his concubine.
Shirayuki cuts her hair short and runs away. While fleeing she comes across Zen, an adventurous Prince of the neighboring kingdom. Zen is accompanied by two people who are both his guardians/retainers and his friends,
Kiki and Mitsuhide. Raj sends poisoned apples to Shirayuki, thinking that she'll have to come to him for the antidote. Zen is poisoned by one of the apples instead of Sihirayuki, and she goes to recover the antidote. She and Zen manage to successfully get hold of the
antidote from Raj and cure Zen, and Shirayuki decides to accompany Zen-tachi back to their
kingdom to pursue her future.
In Zen’s kingdom, Shirayuki works to pass the herbalist entrance
exam and become a court herbalist. She
succeeds in this and becomes friends with another young court herbalist named Ryuu. She enjoys her training as an herbalist,
her life in the castle, and her friendship with Zen, but she has an uphill
battle for acceptance by others in the Court, including Zen’s older brother,
the ruling Prince, Izana. Being a commoner, most of the Court
discourages her friendship with Zen.
The story here in this short anime series is basically a
slice-of-court-life story. Various obstacles
are encountered and surmounted, by both Zen and Shirayuki. For
example a man named Obi is hired to frighten Shirayuki away from Zen, and
instead he becomes Zen’s retainer and Shirayuki’s guard. On
another occasion, Shirayuki goes with Zen-tachi to another town and discovers that
the outbreak of disease in the guards in the castle there is not accidental but
is being caused deliberately. She
successfully figures out the disease and cause while she’s treating the sick
soldiers and then finds a cure for them.
Several story arcs demonstrate her herbalist skills.
Both Shirayuki and Zen mature and learn during the series,
and as the series goes along they finally realize they love each other.
The series ends without really exploring how that will work between the
Prince and commoner, but it ends with them happily continuing on their daily
lives, knowing they love each other.
Another season is planned so perhaps they’ll go into this more.
I enjoyed this series even though it was really predictable. The anime style is nice and the character
interactions are fun enough to watch to keep me watching. There’s no seriously deep meaning or
conflicts or tragedy, just a nice handling of everyday difficulties by some
mostly likable characters. I imagine I’ll
watch the second season if they have one.
Knights of Sidonia second season picked up pretty much where
the first season left off. In this current season Nagate is still the main character and is Sidonia’s premier warrior. Izana is still his best friend, but that begins to change and Izana changes from a hermaphrodite into a female as her feelings for Nagate grow. The
original season story can be found in my post about season 1 http://alter-ego-reality.blogspot.com/2014/06/knights-of-sidonia.html.
Early in the season, Captain Kobayashi’s actions are
questioned by the Immortal Council running the ship, and when they decide to
get rid of her, she stages a coup, helped by the renegade scientist Ochiai,
and kills the entire Immortal Council.
This gives her free rein to run Sidonia in any fashion she chooses, and Ochiai
works with Kunato Industries to continue developing Gauna hybrids. Ochiai is essentially the series bad
guy. He should have been executed for directly
causing Sidonia almost to be lost back in the Fourth Defensive War, but
because part of Sidonia’s computers and memory systems could only be accessed
through his brain, he was kept alive.
His clone is working with Kobayashi.
Hoshijiro’s gauna form that was brought back to the Sidonia by
Nagate after her death is taken by Kunato and impregnated with human DNA in
order to create Tsumugi, a gauna-human hybrid that has the shape of a young
woman in a dress and is the size of a mecha.
Tsumugi can be ridden like a mecha and is an expert at fighting gauna,
rivaling or exceeding Nagate’s abilities.
Her personality is child-like and sincere and she develops feelings for
Nagate. Nagate for his part, likes her and accepts Tsumugi's affection even though she's not human. In addition, although Tsumugi
is huge, she can interact at a human-sized level by extruding a tentacle that
the show’s producers managed to make amazingly expressive and cute despite
being alien. Tsumugi, Nagate and Izana quickly become
In this season, Izana is almost killed in battle and loses
an arm and leg which are replaced by prosthetic ones which give her special
abilities. Izana and Nagate decide to
share quarters and find housing in some of Sidonia’s nice older dwellings. Midorikawa moves in with them when she find
out, as she is also attracted to Nagate.
Tsumugi’s tentacle can reach the dwelling also, through Sidonia’s ventilation
system, so the series becomes somewhat of a harem series at times, and it's fun to
watch almost always.
Captain Kobayashi’s plan is to attack and take a planet
called planet 9, ostensibly in order to set Sidonia up for an effort to completely destroy
gauna. To do so, she falls in with Ochiai's plans to use gauna as weapons. The last several episodes of this season are
battles to take planet 9. Izana goes out
with a reconnaissance squad as Sidonia approaches the planet, and the squad is essentially destroyed when Hoshijiro’s
other gauna form (the red battle form) shows up again and takes everyone
Tsumugi and Nagate come to the
rescue. Tsumugi is better than the
Hoshijiro gauna and bests it, but then is taken by surprise and most of her
life force is absorbed by the gauna. She
is then rescued by Nagate after he rescues Izana and another pilot. So they win the battle for planet 9.
This season didn’t disappoint me and I find myself hoping
they will do another one. Besides the
unique universe they created for the series and how much I like the character
style, the interactions between the characters are really good and lots of fun
to watch. They take the time to develop
the relationships, between Nagate and Izana, as well as with Tsumugi and
Midorikawa. It’s just a really good
series that’s creeping up toward my all time favorites list.