Episode four took the princes into the town. It thankfully spread its focus across all four of the princes individually and I’m finding that I much prefer episodes where it’s not focused on a single prince. Heine is still as much of a mystery as ever but in this episode he finds acceptance from the princes. It’s an odd episode without much character development to its name but instead it’s happily plodding along the road carved out before it. I’m feeling more and more like this series is best watched in quick succession, but at the same time there’s nothing much at the end of one episode to make you want to jump into the next.
However, episode five was completely different. We were, once again, almost completely focused on Leonhard but we also met the King. An ultimatum was offered to the prince who had to increase his score in order to keep his chance to inherit the throne but the entire concept seems a bit odd. He’s the fourth in line for the throne, four older brothers and presumably when they get married and have children that pushes him ever further away. I find the premise of this show very strange still but at the same time I don’t think you’re supposed to consider the overall arc in that much depth. The king also looks extremely young to have six children. We got another hint at the mystery of Heine with a very small amount of development. The ending was intriguing and made me want to watch the next one to see if we learnt any more.
The next episode took this series to a whole new level. It was an episode focused on Licht and resolved some of the questions I had from early in the series when we were first introduced to him. It was an interesting episode with a foray into the father-son relationship that exists between Licht and Viktor, similar to how we saw Leonhard’s perception of his father in the previous episode. We got another small piece of information about Viktor and Heine’s relationship but we also began a new arc. A new character was introduced, Count Rosenberg, and with his introduction the series was push forward to something other than a Slice of Life series. It’s still pretty light on the surface but there’s a much darker undertone surrounding the series now.
Whether we’re half way through or not, I’m unsure, this sort of development would make sense both a midway point and a longer series. It’s definitely made the series a lot more intriguing and I’m really looking forward to next week’s episode.
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?