Hey guys! Do you remember what day it is? It’s Christmas Eve! On the day before Christmas I bring to you a review of The Royal Tutor. Known in Japan as Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine, Bridge brought to us a manga adaption about a tutor and his comedic journey of teaching four princes.
The 12 episodes were directed by Kikuchi, Katsuya (Idol Memories) and give us insight into the lives of princes while keeping a lid on the mysterious past of Heine.
Enthralled From The Start
It didn’t take long to grab attention as from the outset we were informed that there was something mysterious about the tutor, Heine Wittgenstein. The story drip feeds you hints about his past before the full reveal and the consequences. Although I didn’t find the reveal that unexpected, I still enjoyed the guessing and I had got a few things slightly wrong.
While you’re trying to figure out exactly who Heine is, the four von Grannzreich princes will capture your attention.
Kai is the eldest voiced by Asato, Yuuya. He’s a prince who is often misconstrued by people. A classic case of judging the book by the cover. The same can also be said for Leonhard (Hirose, Daisuke), the not quite youngest.
The other two are closer to what you see is what you get. Bruno, the second eldest, played by Adachi, Yuuto is the studious one. Licht, the youngest, is the polar opposite and doesn’t have a clue when it comes to studying.
More Than The Facet
In the brief sentences used to describe the princes, I’ve given to you their initial impression. Each of them will become something more. The series begins with looking at Licht, played by Aoi, Shouta (Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation). Seeing the way that Heine interacts with Licht will give you a good indication of what is to come.
The most interesting part of the series is that one size does not fit all. Heine (Ueda, Keisuke) had to find a unique way to interact with each of the princes.
While you’re enjoying the evolving storylines, make sure you take a moment to focus on the art too. The sense of royalty in the palace contrast beautifully to the areas outside. It’s really nice to view and even the chibi moments fit well. Interestingly, the colour red comes to mind when I think of the palette of this show. I think the red curtains really caught my attention!
Overview of The Royal Tutor
I really enjoyed the OP music and the use of tarot style cards to showcase the princes. The ED was equally charming though none of them stuck with me after watching it. We’ll forget that live action version exists though.
It’s one of those series that I forget how much I enjoy and I would love to watch it again. If you ask me what my favourite anime series were of the year, I’m very sure I would end up forgetting about The Royal Tutor. Not really sure what that says about it but whenever I do remember it, I smile.
It’s hard to fully appreciate the joy this series brings in words, but it goes on my recommended list. This review is a little sparser than normal because so much comes from experiencing the journey and I don’t want to spoil anything.
I started watching The Royal Tutor on April 6, 2017 and finished it June 21, 2017 with English subtitles and Japanese voices. At the time of writing you can watch this series on Crunchyroll.