Hakushaku to Yousei – 01
ED: “my fairy” by Edgar J.C. Ashenbert (エドガー・J・C・アシェンバート) : Midorikawa Hikaru (緑川 光)
「あいつは優雅な大悪党」 (Aitsu wa Yuuga na Daiakutou)
“He’s a Huge Refined Scoundrel”
While the “official” start of the fall season is this Wednesday, Hakushaku to Yousei (Earl and Fairy) breaks ahead of the pack with a special early broadcast premiere. The regular broadcast on AT-X starts Friday, October 10th @ 10:00AM with a reshowing of the first episode, but here we have a sneak peek at what this series has to offer a week and a half in advance. (Note: Chiba TV will premiere on Tuesday, October 7th @ 25:15.) From my understanding, the exact length of this series is still unconfirmed, but early reports indicate that it will likely be one season long (i.e 13 episodes).
After watching the first episode, I’m still not sure what to make of fairy doctors who come from a fairy country ruled by Lord Ibrazel, a.k.a. the blue knight earl, but the story revolves around a fairly doctor named Lydia Carlton, who inherited her mysterious powers from her mother. With her talking, newspaper reading cat Nico (which normal people can’t see), Lydia boards a ship headed to London so that she can see her father, but runs into a brown-haired, purple-eyed man asking her to help him escape from a man named Huskly. Seeing the rope burns on his wrists and hearing how he’ll be killed if he’s caught, Lydia decides to help the stranger escape, only to later find out that he’s really a blonde-haired earl named Edgar J.C. Ashenbert. Shocked by this revelation and by how he knows her name, Lydia learns that Edgar purposely let himself be captured in order to get close to her, and that she’s now onboard another ship. Over dinner, Lydia is confused as to why Edgar is flaunting her in front of the other guests, but is more surprised to find out that Edgar is a descendant of the blue knight earl, who can take a wife back to the fairy hometown. Edgar later reveals that he knows about Lydia being a fairy doctor, and needs her help finding the treasured sword Mellow that his ancestors hid, since he doesn’t possess the powers they did. Most of all, he needs to recover the sword before Huskly and his group do, who are currently pursuing their ship.
While the premise doesn’t sound overly interesting to me, I think it’s mainly due to the fact that I don’t know what to expect from a series about an earl and a fairy doctor. As such, I can see this series turning out to be a real sleeper this season or one that’s easily forgotten. With that said, the main appeal of this series to me is the fact that Mizuki Nana stars in it, whose portrayal of Lydia is reminiscent of the two female leads she played in Allison & Lillia. Edgar on the other hand is played by Midorikawa Hikaru, who’s hot off the CODE GEASS cast as Li Xingke, but is probably more well-known for his roles as Heero Yuy in Gundam Wing and Zelgadis in Slayers. Aside from those two, there’s also Sugita Tomokazu (Kyon in Suzumiya Haruhi) as Edgar’s attendant Raven, with Miyano Mamoru (Setsuna F. Seiei in Gundam 00), Kamiya Hiroshi (Tieria Erde in Gundam 00), Koyasu Takehito (Mu La Flaga in Gundam SEED), Oohara Sayaka (Milly Ashford in CODE GEASS), and Ookawa Tooru (Roy Mustang in Full Metal Alchemist) set to appear later on. Their respective roles can be found below.
Aside from that, I noticed that the opening sequence mainly features scenes from this episode, which will hopefully change for regular broadcast. I haven’t heard of AciD FLavoR before, but I find the opening song “FEELING” quite catchy after listening to it a few times. There was no ending sequence this time around, but the the ending song played through the last part of the episode. Because of this, I refrained from posting a video on it, but will note that “my fairy” is performed by Edgar’s seiyuu, Midorikawa Hikaru, whose singing I haven’t been a huge fan of in the past — I don’t particularly hate Hikaru’s singing, but I’ve never taken notice to it either. From what I’ve seen so far, I quite like the shoujo-style character designs (especially Lydia), but I don’t think I would’ve bothered with this series if it weren’t for the cast to draw me in. The setting reminds me a lot of Hatenkou Yuugi, but the story thus far comes off a bit more serious and intricate. Since this first episode was mostly an introduction to the story, I’m going to watch a couple more before I make a decision about this one.
- Lydia Carlton (リディア・カールトン) : Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)
- Edgar J.C. Ashenbert (エドガー・J・C・アシェンバート) : Midorikawa Hikaru (緑川 光)
- Raven (レイヴン) : Sugita Tomokazu (杉田 智和)
- Ermine (アーミン) : Oohara Sayaka (大原 さやか)
- Nico (ニコ) : Yuuki Hiro (優希 比呂)
- Kelpie (ケルピー) : Koyasu Takehito (子安 武人)
- Tomkins (トムキンス) : Chafuurin (茶風林)
- Paul Ferman (ポール・ファーマン) : Kamiya Hiroshi (神谷 浩史)
- Ulysses (ユリシス) : Miyano Mamoru (宮野 真守)
- Prof. Carlton (カールトン教授) : Ookawa Tooru (大川 透)
- Huskly (ハスクリー) : Yasumura Makoto (保村 真)