I have a new obsession. Yay. And… SPOILERS for the Manga
I wanted to try reading Akagami no Shirayukihime for a very long time and I finally did (thanks to the anime), but I’m usually not much of a fan of these historic love stories. This one is awesome, though. The main pairings are pretty obvious: ZenxShirayuki and KikixMitsuhide. I didn’t expect KikixMitsuhide to be that obvious, since it’s just a side-pairing, but since Kiki already said she wants to propose to Mitsuhide when the time calls for it… I take it.
Talking about proposals. This is where this manga took a turn to the… worse, I guess. For a while the story was going into the direction of facing the proposal-problem. What I mean is, Shirayuki doesn’t possess the social status to marry a Prince and Izana is very aware of that. This is the reason he wanted to send her away at first and when he couldn’t get rid of her, he tried to force Zen into meeting with other more suitable marrige partners. He did warm up eventually and doesn’t really seem to mind her that much now that he knows her better.
This might be cliché, but who cares? It’s cute. Here’s what I don’t like: Suddenly Shirayuki is being sent away to study, after she just very recently moved into the castle. Basically, all the proposal-build up has suddenly vanished, because marriage is off the table for at least 2 years. On the other hand, the plot twist to send her away was so sudden, especially since she’s only started living inside the castle recently, I’m positive this was not planned that way and was initiated on very short terms due to reasons unkown, but possibly has something to do with the publication. You know, the manga is successful and is being made longer or rating have gone up/down/whatever. Stuff like this. This is me guessing.
Either way, the current arc feels too abrubt and we’re skipping a lot of time right now, it doesn’t really seem to very well thought out, too. From reading, it feels like Shirayuki has been living in the castle for what? A few weeks maybe? Well, it’s been nearly a year and after she went to study with Ryuu it’s already been half a year as well. We do know now, that Zen wants to move away from the capitol and support his brother from a different place, most likely Wilant Castle, where Shirayuki intends to go next.
Great, we have them together again soon! You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to this, the current 2-year-apart-arc is not very climatic, it doesn’t really build much up, it’s just there. The good news is, at Wilant Castle we have Zen’s Mom who will hopefully breath a bit fresh air into the entire thing. Would be funny to have his mom loving the idea of a marrige and his brother hating it. Even though Izana doesn’t really “hate” Shirayuki anymore, with him out of the picture Zen certainly has more room to act – if his mom let’s him, that is.
You know what I’d really like to see? There’s an old german movie trilogy about the austrian empress Sissi and I don’t know exactly how historically correct this was done, but I know empress Franz was supposed to marry Sissi’s sister, but instead fell in love with Sissi and married her against the wishes of his mother. In the movie, he basically used the ball/birthday party to simply present Sissi as his fiancé in front of all these royal people and overruled his mother’s influence this way.
I can totally see Zen pulling something like this off, maybe getting the idea thanks to the incident with Prince Raji who assumed Zen wanted to marry Shirayuki in front of Izana and everyone was dead shocked, even though it was wrong at that time and Zen corrected it. That would be fun! 😀 However, it’s probably not in Zen’s interest to get on his brother’s bad side, considering their relationship, I guess Zen won’t do anything without Izana’s approval. I can see Zen proposing and then later seriously talking to his brother without him knowing about the proposal, though.
There’s quite a few options they can take now. Personally a scenario where Shirayuki honestly doesn’t want to marry Zen, because it would limit her study time and her time she can spent on her job in general. A proposal will mean she will have to decide which is more important to her: the job of her dreams or the man of her dreams. This has to happen, even more so after she willingly left his side for 2 years and then decided it would be fine to move away for him for an infinite amount of time. Her work is very important for her, but as the wife of the second Prince of the country, she will has to be more careful what she does, where she goes and she will have to show herself at representative meetings and stuff. I think they will end up married, but I want to see this conflict. It’s begging to be done.
I hope we get the rest of the 2 years done and get back to where we left off.