Princess Lover! – 05
With a holiday coming up, Charlotte asks Teppei out on a date and gets Sylvia’s permission since Sylvia is technically still Teppei’s fiancée. Sylvia acts like it doesn’t matter to her, but her father notices her acting strange later because she’s not talking about Teppei like she normally does. Her father just wants happiness for her and as long as she has that, he doesn’t mind if she forgets her home country or him or her mother. Sylvia later calls up Charlotte wanting to talk about Teppei, but after a long silence, all she can manage to do is to send her regards. The next day, Charlotte and Teppei spend their time together in Osaka, and she makes him treat her as a normal girl instead of a princess. After introducing Charlotte to takoyaki, the two talk about the cooks in their family, which in Teppei’s case was his mother. They then board the famous ferris wheel, and in continuing to talk about his mother, Teppei reveals that she died with his father. Charlotte feels that he shouldn’t talk about his mother in the past tense since she’s still in his heart, and as long as he’s alive, those feelings aren’t things of the past.
Because Charlotte starts feeling cold, the conversation turns to her dislike of winter, so Teppei tells her all the things that make winter in Japan nice. Charlotte thinks that if Teppei shows her what makes it enjoyable, then she’ll come to like it too, and the two pinky-swear on the promise. Afterward, Charlotte asks Teppei about marrying Sylvia, but he’s unsure, so Charlotte tells him about their childhood together and how Sylvia lost her mother to an accident. Sylvia had missed her mother greatly and had even tried writing to god to get her back, and hearing all this causes Teppei to reflect on how the rich don’t have it all either. After getting off the ferris wheel, Teppei figures out what he should do for the party he has to host. While he’s getting excited about it, Charlotte surprises him by hugging him from behind because she wants him to make another promise to her: not to forget her. When Teppei questions why she’s suddenly bringing this up though, she acts like it was nothing and tells him to forget it.
Not surprisingly, this turned out to be a fairly story-heavy episode, but all the dating, promises, and jealousy is the great stuff that love triangle romances are made of. Based on how Charlotte acted this week and how her intent was only to borrow Teppei from Sylvia, it sounded like she won’t be sticking around for long and fears that she’ll have to return home, perhaps to her own arranged marriage or something. That might also explain why, even though you’d think that she wouldn’t want to mention her rival in love during a date, she brought up the topic of marrying (her friend) Sylvia and why she talked about Sylvia’s past. It’s still relatively early, but I can already think of a lot of different scenarios where Teppei would have to “rescue” her to fulfill his winter promise or where the fulfillment of that promise will be her last great memory of him before having to leave.
Of course, there’s also Sylvia, so it’s probably not that clear cut. Speaking of which, I’m not quite sure where they’re going with the stuff about Sylvia’s mother and that somewhat touching flashback scene. It seemed like just another thing that she and Teppei can relate on, but that locket is likely important. On a somewhat different note, I had to do a double take when I saw the dark void under Charlotte’s nightie in the first half of the episode. I assume it’s bare butt fanservice that got censored and will be available on the DVDs, but given that, I hope whatever is next episode gets the same treatment.