「case1 Dancy Conspiracy」
From looking at the first episode. Yup, that looks like the Victorians. That there looks like the River Thames. And did I just see Buckingham Palace? Princess Principal feels like steampunk, 19th century London through and through. In other words, I feel right at home! Both literally and figuratively.
Winding back time from case13 to case1, turns out Dorothy is older than the rest of the cast. Whad’ya know? More importantly, she seems to have lived in the same orphanage as Ange at some point, and is not afraid to go beyond her comfort zone in preserving cover for her identity. I usually disapprove of smoking. Heck, Stilts gave us all an earful on the matter, and I suspect Passerby had to hide his gentleman’s pipe. However, Dorothy looked absolutely spiffing having a good old smoke. And pretty darn fine dressed for a top priority mission, if I may say so myself.
One thing to note is that Ange had complete control over the situation. The way she deceived and manipulates everyone, from Mr Morgan to the spy agency really highlighted her extraordinary capabilities in espionage. In her hands, tools like the Cavorite sphere are seen to have practical applications beyond flying, such as sending emergency messages in morse. What I presume to be a poisonous pill is utilised to stain the princess’ dress, so that it could be obtained for the purposes of bypassing Mr Morgan’s bodyguard. She was able to succeed where Dorothy fell short, going far and beyond in obtaining the secret key from Mr Morgan.
The ultimatum she subsequently poses to the agency was so extreme, yet rational considering the dire circumstances. The agency had no choice but to yield to the Princess’ demands without having time to thoroughly think out the situation. Through the ensuing panic, nobody from the agency picks up on Ange’s misdemeanours. Despite any possible suspicions that may have arisen, Ange played her cards almost perfectly, to the point she came out with the decks stacked in her favour.
Either ways, I have no idea who exactly Ange is backing or what her exact agenda is. Shrouded in the secrecy of her enigmatic mannerisms, she could be luring either the Princess or the agency to their destruction. Maybe even both. Regardless, I shall presume that she clearly paved a way towards her reunion with the Princess with some ulterior motive in mind. This episode even tells us that Ange’s real name is Charlotte, while the Princess’ real name is Ange. If you look closer at the royal family photograph, you can see that the little girl has the same eyes as both Ange and the Princess. I don’t think that having the exact same eye design is a coincidence, especially if the brief flashback is anything to go by. I’m willing to place my bet that Ange is the original Princess, with the current one being a semi-permanent body double. We’ll see how that one goes!
Princess Principal oozes passion and style, but doesn’t get so caught up in a way that would make it lose substance. I’m completely rocking the steampunk and the way in which it adds to the series! There is much detailing on the intricate mysteries and as we progress further down the line, they only seem to get more complex and intriguing. The revelations we got completely change the meaning that the series initially set out in the first episode, as we’re further wrapped up in a super thrilling spy adventure where it’s actually difficult to predict what comes next. Although most people in the spy agency got their guesses completely wrong as to how the Princess might have figured out their plans, the old man leading the operation correctly raised the possibility of a mole. To me, it seems like he has potential to turn into the antagonist standing in Ange’s way later in the series, seeing how close to the mark his shrewd deductions were.
Let’s just say I’m fully excited for Princess Principal after two fantastic episodes, and I look forwards to seeing how Studio 3hz continue to raise the bar as things start to build up!