Princess Principal chooses to give us an old school taste of life, and we see a spirited Chise vigorously embark upon her daily activities. In short, it was heaps of fun! As far as I could tell, the atmosphere and cliques genuinely felt like something out of ‘Boy‘, one of Roald Dahl’s autobiographical novel, truly a testimony to the impressive job done by 3hz. What’s more, I appreciate how the series does not shy away from the bullying culture. Although it’s improved since the Victorian times, it’s still an issue that persists even to this day. Studies have shown that within Europe, UK schools are the worst for bullying, and the children are among the unhappiest in the world.
A Day in the Life of an Albion School Girl
- I’m sad that Chise doesn’t like black pudding, but I can see how it’s not for everyone. Nukazuke doesn’t look like it would be for me, but I might have opted for the onigiri myself.
- So jealous that Chise’s handwriting is better than mine!
- Cricket is not a sport I find interesting, with the British Premier League taking up most of my time and attention (and despair). That said, Chise landing a clean hit on the ball from an unorthodox samurai stance was super awesome.
- At least it’s not a triangle.
- Japanese art has certainly come a very long way. Just a reminder we went from that, to anime!
- Teatime is quintessentially British, and therefore a must.
- I’d like to call A&E. Charlotte just sent Lily to the Shadow Realm.
I’ve challenged a person in my class to a duel, so I believe I’m qualified to talk of the matter. During secondary school, I was talking with a teacher when a person told me to ‘Shut up’ for no particularly good reason. I immediately rose up from my seat to challenge this upstart chap to a duel. If memory serves me correct, I asked him to ‘1v1 me outside the classroom’, only for my teacher to have me sit back down. Ahhh, good times.
On a much more serious note, those group of guys were a bunch of arrogant and entitled toe-rags. First off, they snuff out the life of a small creature that’s done nothing wrong just to piss off Chise, then go as far as rigging the duel. Considering how she sliced and dodged bullets using her bare blade, I suppose there wasn’t too much as stake. But I’m proud that Chise stood firmly by her code of honour, cleanly beating those smug pricks at their own game in spite of some underhanded methods.
Truth be told, although I really enjoyed how the episode delved into Chise’s experience as a foreigner in Albion, it touched upon some sensitive issues that made me feel uncomfortable. But that is not to say they should be swept under the rug. Not at all. The correct course of action would be to tackle them head on, because ignorance falls short of what I expect from myself.
I asked my father about racism towards the Oriental denomination within British Society. Much to my surprise, or should I say naïveté, it was still a prevalent issue back in his days. I wouldn’t call this a matter of agenda, so I’d put it down to the contrast in ethnicity and culture, which can be pretty jarring for long-time island dwellers. In spite of the few who are intolerant, one can hope that the vast majority will eventually come to a mutual understanding, as society becomes increasingly multicultural.