Princess Lover! – 04
After having spent part of morning rejecting a prototype motorcycle that his grandfather’s scientists developed, Teppei spends his afternoon with Charlotte and Sylvia thinking about how he’s going to host his own party. When he notices that Seika hasn’t been around recently, her friends explain that she’s busy as a top designer and model, and Seika she does show up, Teppei finds out that she’s going to be presenting her new collection. In addition, she’s going to be interviewed about her school life, and she’s roped Nezu Haruhiko into going so that he can tell the interviewers about her. Still curious about why Seika sees him and his family as enemies, Teppei decides to visit his grandfather that night to find out. The next day, Teppei discovers that Haruhiko is sick, so he goes in Haruhiko’s place to the fashion show. Seika is shocked to see him there, but she recognizes that she has no choice but to use him for the interview, so she takes him along.
The interview starts poorly because Teppei hasn’t been coached about what to say or do, and Seika stomps on his foot every time he says something not to her liking. In retaliation, Teppei badmouths her, but he eventually changes his tone and turns those words into praise of her leadership, causing her to blush. Afterward, over dinner, Teppei reveals to Seika that he knows why she hates the Arima family. The previous night, his grandfather had explained that many years ago, he had been so focused on work that he neglected his wife, and she ended up having an affair with Seika’s grandfather. As a result of this, his grandfather had kicked her out of the Arima family and cut business relations with Seika’s family. This effects Seika especially because Teppei’s grandfather refuses to display her clothes in his department stores. To make things right, Teppei has brought with him a letter signifying that he’s now an executive of the company, and he’s going t o allow her clothes. Seika is excited about this, but she makes it clear that he still has to host his own party to join the society club.
I would say that I didn’t think much of this episode because I can’t stand Seika, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. She was still annoying this week, so even though I can understand her character a bit more now, I still don’t like her. The bigger problem, however, is that this episode was weak because it felt very girl-of-the-week, where the main character has to solve a girl’s problem and in the process she falls in love with him or at least opens up to him a little, and it all gets neatly resolved in one episode. It’s not very compelling storytelling, and it felt like they were just trying to get Seika’s story done and out of the way because she’s not really in contention for Teppei. I’m not going to complain here too much because, as I said, I’m not a fan of her character, so I’m glad it’s over (for at least the time being), but I do hope that Charlotte and Sylvia’s stories are more involving and better developed. The good thing is that the preview indicates that next week’s episode will be about them, and it looks like Teppei and Charlotte might come close to a kiss.