Princess Lover! – 08
Armed men led by Hartmann’s assistant Josephine shut down Arima Hills and take him, Sylvia’s father, and Teppei’s grandfather hostage. Charlotte gets captured too, and when she questions her captors on why they’re doing this, one of them explains that there are a lot of people who do not think favorably of the Arima financial combine. They’re hoping that there’ll be immediate negative press about this, but the media only reports the power outage thanks to the work of Seika from behind the scenes. What’s more, Yuu and the other maids have swung into action in a computer room, and Yuu is able to regain control of the surveillance cameras long enough for Teppei to see that Charlotte is being held. He decides to go to Arima Hills to save everyone, and he takes the special legged motorcycle with Sylvia who had heard about what happened and insisted on coming along. They are followed by armed men bent on taking them down though, so Teppei activates the motorcycle’s leg missiles to get rid of them.
When the two arrive, they make their way into the building and take out whatever guards they come across, eventually meeting up with the Arima security people. They are then alerted to the fireworks outside, signaling the arrival of an idol group that immediately starts singing. It’s all part of Seika’s plan, and she’s brought a helicopter to help Teppei and Sylvia. In the meantime, Charlotte is hearing the life story of one of her captors who grew up poor near the Arima Hills building, and seeing it every day generated resentment in him. Charlotte admits that she doesn’t understand what he went through, but she feels that he shouldn’t blame them or himself. He laughs, however, at her suggestion that they could try to understand each other and feels that everything she says is nonsense from her affluent point of view.
Over in the reception room, Hartmann tries to struggle with Josephine, but he gets shot and appears to die. Josephine then explains to Teppei’s grandfather and Sylvia’s father that their organization is called Truth, and their goal is to humiliate. She’s done for now though and decides to withdraw everyone. Before leaving, Charlotte’s captor reveals to her that there are bombs placed around the building. Sylvia and Teppei meanwhile encounter no more gunmen and reach the reception room to find Teppei’s grandfather and Sylvia’s father safe and sound. Upon hearing the bad news about Hartmann, Teppei becomes extra concerned about Charlotte and runs around trying to find her. She’s at this moment depressed about what her captor had said to her, but she brightens up when she hears Teppei calling for her. The two are soon reunited, and after the initial wave of emotion, Charlotte remembers the bombs.
Well, if you were expecting a classic love-triangle relationship drama, then this episode will likely disappoint you, but if you’re in it for pure entertainment, then this episode was hilarious and awesome in a very absurd sort of way. I mean, it featured a computer room full of maids hacking away, comedic perverted terrorists, motorcycle leg missiles which led to this absurd scene, the semi-random appearance of an idol group singing a very familiar song (which I’ve been told is on the OP single), and Sylvia even dived out of a helicopter and tore her clothes off mid-air, only to be fully dressed again by the time she landed.
It was all great fun, but as a result, the story leaves a bit to be desired, even past the lack of developments on Sylvia/Charlotte/Teppei love triangle. In particular, everything about Josephine and her side’s motivation seemed petty and stupid, and I groaned when Charlotte’s captor was talking. I do think though that there’s a possibility they’re setting Charlotte up to renounce her wealth/status so that in the end she and Teppei can live more like his parents did.
Of course the big development relationship-wise was that they appear to have killed off Hartmann. Bang, one shot while he was struggling with his evil assistant, and no more fiancé problem. If only all stories like this could get resolved so easily. It’s not even like Teppei and Charlotte needed the help since, as shown by their reunion, they’re very clearly in love with each other. It’s very hard to see how Sylvia has any chance anymore, and if Hartmann is out of the picture too, then it should be relatively smooth sailing. There is always though the chance though that Hartmann isn’t really dead and is the actual villain behind all this, but even if that happened, I doubt it would impact Teppei and Charlotte’s feelings for each other.
In any case, this isn’t over yet since those bombs are still around, and maybe next week’s episode will be more relationship focused.