Princess Lover! – 02
Teppei is shocked to see how big his new house is, and he’s not used to having maids wait on him hand and foot. His main servant is Fujikura Yuu, and he confides in her his uncertainties about having a fiancée he doesn’t know very well. All he could tell from facing off against Sylvia was that she seemed sad. Yuu attends school with him the next day at the prestigious Shuuhou Academy, and everyone is interested in him because of the Arima name. In trying to escape from the attention, Teppei accidentally bumps into a girl and hits his head. The girl turns out to be Houjouin Seika from the society club, and after the two pick themselves up, she inspects Teppei and expects him to know who she is but doesn’t hold it against him when he doesn’t. Yuu then finds Teppei and brings him to see the ecstatic principal before taking him to his classroom.
During break time, Teppei is suffocated by classmates who want to get to know him because of his family, and all this commotion attracts Charlotte’s attention. Recognizing Teppei, she is so happy to see him again that she jumps on him, and the two take a tumble that ends with him on top of her. By chance, Sylvia comes by to see Teppei at this very moment, and she catches him and Charlotte in this compromising position. Sylvia runs out embarrassed, and Teppei is still in shock, but Charlotte isn’t bothered at all. Teppei eventually reveals to Charlotte that Sylvia is his fiancée, so Charlotte proposes going to reconcile with her. She thus drags Teppei to the building where all the fencers are practicing, and Teppei watches as Sylvia loses her foil in a fight. He observes that she’s probably lonely because there’s no one there who can make her go all out, so Charlotte proposes a match between him and Sylvia.
This episode turned out to be more what I originally thought that this series would be like, which is a nice way to say that there wasn’t any action and there instead more of the harem romance comedy stuff that you’d expect, such as having the male lead be discovered in a compromising position with another girl by his fiancée. I had no problems with that though and found this to be a fairly entertaining episode; I even laughed when it appeared that Teppei had a Newtype reaction to the feel of Charlotte’s breasts pressed against his back. Charlotte is actually turning out to be quite a fun character to watch because she’s much smarter than she seems and likes to play coy, but all of the main girls so far have proven to be interesting. Right now the story seems to be going towards a love triangle, but if they develop Yuu and Seika a little more, it could certainly get more complicated (of the two, I favor Yuu). Of course I still think Teppei will end up with Charlotte; the key is how they get there.
My main complaint about this episode was the inclusion of a totally unnecessary two-minute flashback to last episode. They could have just flashed images of Charlotte and Sylvia, and we would have understood that Teppei was thinking about them. There’s no need to waste all that time on it and make it feel like there was some poor planning involved. In any case, next episode looks promising because Teppei will probably fight Sylvia again, and Seika appears to be getting more involved in the relationship web with this dance that they’re having.