Princess Lover! – 12 (END)
After seeing Teppei fly off the train, Charlotte notices that Josephine is still alive despite her wound. Hartmann then frees her from the ropes tying her and reveals that he plans to portray himself as the hero. Charlotte is more concerned about Josephine though and carries her to get some treatment because that’s what Teppei would do if he were there. As it turns out, her guards from before went to medical school, so they are able to operate on Josephine. Teppei meanwhile wakes up to find that he’s alive and on a motorcycle with Alfred and Sylvia. After leaving Alfred behind, Teppei and Sylvia are able to catch up to the train, and Teppei boards it and separates the front of the train from the rear cars. He then finds Hartmann and Charlotte, and he tells Hartmann that, back during the pickpocket incident, his grandfather had really been challenging Hartmann to climb up and follow the right path. Hartmann doesn’t want to listen to anything Teppei says though and instead blows up the front of the train. He also reveals that he’s responsible for what happened to Teppei’s parents, and though learning this pains Teppei, he decides to forgive Hartmann. Since Hartmann still isn’t coming around, Teppei knocks some sense into him, and moments later, the entire train explodes. Teppei and Charlotte jump out and are caught by Sylvia on the motorcycle, and Hartmann meanwhile gets saved by Alfred. In the aftermath, Charlotte is happily reunited with Teppei, and Hartmann goes to Josephine’s side. When Teppei and company return to school, they all attend a dance party with Seika.
Well that was a pretty poor ending. For one, I got annoyed with how Teppei had to get all preachy with Hartmann. I can understand what they’re trying to do in portraying how Teppei has matured as a character, but Hartmann really just deserved to die. In fact, everyone survived, and it was ridiculous because they went as far as to make the random perverted guards into doctors just so that they could save Josephine. Even if I was okay with Hartmann living though, it irks me greatly that he gets magically redeemed with pretty much no consequences after struggling against Teppei all the way up to the point the train exploded. That’s just bad character development and poor writing. As for the very end, they imply that Teppei is ending up with Charlotte, but they really made it as open-ended a harem an ending as they could. I would say it was frustrating not to see something a bit more concrete, but by that point I had given up caring. Heck, I get the feeling that even if they got married, Charlotte would be okay with sharing Teppei with the other girls.
This series showed some promise in the beginning, but the final few episodes really soured me on it. I enjoyed the hot springs episode and the over-the-top eighth episode, but that’s because those managed to be entertaining in amusing ways. They failed though when they tried to be serious with the kidnapping and hero/villain plot and extended it all the way to the end of the series – they should have just stuck with the humor and relationship drama and built something around that. All this is to say that I ultimately can’t in good faith recommend this series to anyone unless they’re really desperate to see some fanservice and have the uncensored DVD version.