The first thing that catches the eye in this series is the colours. It might just be that I watched drab shows last season, but the colours really stood out to me as vibrant and beautiful. The scenery was gorgeous and it brought a smile to my face to see it.
We start off with the tutor, Heine Wittgenstein, on his way to the royal palace. The setting looked to be a traditional Victorian England but, from the names, it appears it’s more German in origin. As the voice over informs us of the current situation, Heine arrives at the palace and is greeted by the two guards and we instantly get a sense of him. Heine is a man who appears to have some form of restricted growth condition and, as such, gets taken for a child a lot of the time. It’s interesting to see his reaction to it; you get a sense that it’s something that he has to deal with a lot and possibly even uses to his advantage.
Heine has been given the title of “Royal Tutor” and has to teach four of the five princes. The king has five sons, one daughter, and is happy that his first born son is fit to rule. However, should anything happen to the oldest son, he wants to make sure the other four are capable of ruling too. Heine’s job is to ensure that they will be. They don’t want to be taught.
We learn that they’ve had a lot of tutors before, they’ve all quit for one reason or another. It’s a moment that reminds me a lot of The Sound of Music and I did wonder if he was going to end up saying “Okay, we’ll just be friends” like Maria did to the children that insisted they didn’t need a governess. Happily he doesn’t, instead it seems he has some ulterior motive for teaching them,. It’s not just about the prince’s tuition, he’s been promised something if he can complete this task.
Although all four princes were introduced, and we got a good sense of each of them, this episode focuses primarily on Leonhard Von Grannzreich who, at 15 years old, wants to be an adult but acts like an arrogant child. It’s an interesting scene between Heine and Leonhard though I can easily see the next episode being the same tone with the three other princes. Only time will tell, but if it is then it won’t be a bad thing, it helped progress both Leonhard and Heine’s characters in a rather pleasant way.
A good start to the show and I hope it keeps up. I’m looking forward to watching more.
The “Royal Tutor” is a special tutor carefully selected for the task of teaching the prince, and a title given only to the best teacher in the nation. Heine Wittgenstein has been called to the kingdom of Grannzreich to take on the role of the Royal Tutor. He’s been ordered to raise a worthy candidate for the throne, but he’s greeted with four princes of completely different, unique personalities… all brothers, no less! How will Heine handle these four brothers who were too much for all the previous Royal Tutors, prompting them all to run away from the job?
The kingdom of Glanzreich is at the height of prosperity. The palace employs a tutor to give its princelings an exhaustive education and groom them into fit candidates for the throne, and the prestigious post of royal tutor is bestowed upon only the best and brightest teachers from throughout the kingdom. When Heine Wittgenstein arrives at Weisburg Palace to take charge of four picture-perfect princes as the new royal tutor, he quickly learns that he’ll have his work cut out for him–for looks and reputations can be most deceiving indeed. Can Heine whip them into shape?