There’s fake it ’til you make it. Then there’s being downright illegitimate. If I’m a tad touchy on how the laws of succession work, I feel it’s my responsibility coming from a country ruled by the crown. In fact, the very realm and monarchy that serves as the inspiration for the setting of Princess Principal! People might or might not deserve to be kings and queens. For example, a certain prince comes to mind as being is a complete joke, yet he’s next in line for the throne. But that’s unfortunately how it works. Royalty is something you’re either born or married into, and cannot be passed around at will.
But dangnabbit. Insane is what I would be if I didn’t call this one heck of an amazing episode.
The Princess and the Pickpocket
The Princess and the Pickpocket got me thinking. What if stories from the Black Lizard Planet and Ange’s lies, are life experiences expressed in a very cryptic manner? It is commonly said that the best kind of lies are mixed with truths. Not that I would know too much about that matter. Y’all heard it folks, Zaiden is an honest chap.
Anyway, our longstanding suspicions were all but confirmed: Charlotte and Ange switched in the midst of a revolution. Which also means in hindsight, Operation: Changeling unknowingly sought to replace the fake princess with the real one. That said, I really appreciate how the information we got was conveyed through Ange telling stories to the little girl. I actually expected to find out through a flashback following a heart to heart conversation between the Princess and the Principal.
While I couldn’t really imagine how it could be worse than a sheltered royal like Ange being suddenly turned to the vile streets of Victorian London, Charlotte deserves full recognition for surviving through some royal political instability. As Ange simply put it, one wrong move could have seriously spelled Charlotte’s demise. So she had to put in the blood, sweat and tears in order to keep up her potentially fatal façade of being Princess. Both received the short end of a stick, and had to make remarkably strenuous adaptations to survive such a cruel world. That is what makes the scenes between them and their reunion so heartfelt. They acknowledge… empathise with the ordeals and suffering the other had to endure, while loyally maintaining the close ties of love and affection they had fostered in earlier years. Watching the two playing a piano duet at the end of the episode really put the cherry on top of the icing.
- Funny that Ange spent days painting a picture in front of the building being spied on without drawing any suspicion. I mean, why draw when you can paint? I reckon it ties into the lesson she taught the little girl, about approaching from the front to create a blind spot.
- At least she apprehended this abusive jerkwad, and gave the orphaned children a lifeline. But you know that orphanage at Stanford Hill she referred them to…. could it possibly be a gateway into the Black Lizard Planet? I sure hope Ange hasn’t plunged these children into the hellish world she had to live through.
- I love Angie’s grey hair as much as the next person, and couldn’t imagine her without it. But there’s a huge question to pop regarding how it changed from her natural blonde. If I had to guess, possibly a side effect of her extensive Cavorite usage?
P.S. Thanks to Passerby for helping cover, and allowing me to enjoy my holiday in Japan!