Princess Lover! – 09
While Sylvia and the others return to the Arima mansion, Teppei and Charlotte are still in the Arima Hills building where multiple explosives have been planted. Charlotte isn’t worried because she’s with Teppei, and while the two are trying to figure out what to do, Josephine briefly calls Teppei via the intercom system to taunt him. Over at the mansion, Yuu explains that a number of the bombs are being taken care of by the Arima security forces, but that still leaves two which need to be disarmed. When Sylvia decides to volunteer to go back to take care of one of them, Seika insists on going as well. That leaves the final bomb for Teppei and Charlotte to disarm, but they run into all sorts of trouble along the way. They first come across two of Charlotte’s captors, and Teppei is able to knock them out while they’re thinking about Charlotte. They are then stopped in a passageway blocked by a shutter door, and when Teppei struggles to break through, it’s Charlotte who is ultimately successful using a chainsaw.
Meanwhile, on their way back to Arima Hills, Sylvia tells Seika that her feelings now are similar to those that she felt towards her mother. When her mother died, Sylvia couldn’t do anything about it, but there are things that she can do now. Seika connects this to Sylvia liking Teppei, and Seika admits to liking him as well. The two then arrive and head inside the building towards their assigned bomb. Upon finding it, they have to decide whether to cut the red or blue wire before the timer runs out, and Sylvia finally cuts the red one based on how it was her lucky color for today. Fortunately, it was the right choice. Teppei and Charlotte, on the other hand, have run into more trouble. They come across the leader of the trio who captured Charlotte, and he tries to shoot them. He hates Teppei because of his status, but Teppei manages to block the bullets with his wooden sword, and he knocks the guy out with a punch to the face. When they reach their assigned bomb with too little time to disarm it, Teppei throws it instead into a garbage chute, and that protects him from the ensuing explosion.
In the aftermath, Teppei and Charlotte meet up with Sylvia and Seika, and Sylvia immediately tells Charlotte about Hartmann’s death. Charlotte admits that she had tried to like Hartmann since he was her fiancé, and while she couldn’t in the past, she can now that she knows he tried to save Sylvia’s father and Teppei’s grandfather. A car then arrives to pick up Charlotte, and after she leaves, Sylvia explains that Charlotte did actually care for Hartmann. Unbeknownst to everyone, the driver of Charlotte’s car is actually Hartmann in disguise.
This episode suffered because it wasn’t as crazy amusing as last episode, or maybe the novelty’s just worn off. The whole bomb disarming thing felt unnecessarily prolonged, though I will say that Seika panicking was very cute and probably my favorite part of the episode. The big revelation of course is that Hartmann is indeed still alive. I should have known given how they moved his body last episode, but how the hell did no one there recognize him as the driver? He didn’t even really disguise his voice.
Anyway, on the relationship-level, this shouldn’t really change anything because Charlotte essentially had an emotional break from him upon learning that he’s dead. And assuming that Teppei now has to save her again, he and Charlotte will just get even closer, leaving Sylvia and Seika (and Yuu) on the sidelines. On the story-level, this worries me a little because it means that the plot is moving away from anything love-triangle related and more towards a standard hero-saves-the-girl-and-they-live-happily-ever-after type story, and I don’t know how interesting that’ll be. I’d love to see a good plot twist, and there are still three more episodes for something to happen, but I’m not getting my hopes up.