Akagami no Shirayukihime (Manga spoiler chapter 68)

I have a new obsession. Yay. And… SPOILERS for the Manga

giphy4I 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.

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2 thoughts on “Akagami no Shirayukihime (Manga spoiler chapter 68)

  1. -fuji-lawliet- says:

    Thank you so much for your thoughts about Akagami no Shirayukihime and the direction the manga is going in! I completely agree. Shirayuki leaving for 2 years (or possibly more now) was a huge surprise, and I didn`t like it one bit!!! :@

    But I must say, that I`m glad Zen x Shirayuki is still going strong. I`m just hoping Akiduki Sorata doesn`t throw too many things into the mix before resolving the marriage proposal and having Zen propose to Shirayuki! (I`d love more Kiki x Mitsuhide too and I`d like to see how Kiki proposes!!) I`m glad Obi is still in the mix too, since he`s so loyal to both Zen and Shirayuki, and the whole group, but I`m kind of scared that too much ObiYuki will take over ZenYuki…. :S

    Oh and the crowning of Izana and seeing Izana`s fiancee (Haki) was nice too 😉

    After chapter 84 (up to date), do you have any more thoughts about where the manga is going? It kind of feels like it`s the same `we who hate the royal house of Clarines want the royal family to die!`kind of thing………..

    Anyway, do you think it would end up as you said? Where if Shirayuki is proposed to, she`ll have to choose between the job of her dreams, and the man of her dreams (Zen)??? D:
    If it comes to that… well of course I think Zen would wait for Shirayuki, even if she were to decide to pursue her career first and get married later… but the conflict that would create would be so…. heartbreaking (?)

    Thanks for your AnS summary!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I highly appreciate it.
      As for where we stand today… not really much further than at the time I wrote the original entry, sadly. When Shirayuki finally made the shiny stone things, I though we would be finished now and Shirayuki and Zen could finally meet again, yada yada, but nooo~ now we have some crazy lunatics who want to kill Zen for reasons-we’ve-already-seen-more-than-enought-of. I agree it kinda seems old by now, but I guess it was also the most common practice back in the old days? I mean, people tried to either kill or marry each other (or both, sometimes =P) to gain power all the time. This is why I generally do not read much middle aged settings, because I often feel like the motivation is lacking. It’s always being jealous of royal/noble power, trying to gain power and so on. AnS has never really dodged the problem at all, but so far Shirayuki and Zen were just too darn cute to care. Now, after MORE than 2 years, actually, it may be close to 3 years now, of basically no interaction between those two, the shortcommings are getting more obvious, because the strong point of this manga, the romance between Shirayuki and Zen, is not existent right now.
      Even a manga as great as Fullmetal Alchemist only dared to take away it’s best part (aka Ed) for roughly about a year or so and had it reintroduced with a pretty amazing bang. I think separating Shirayuki and Zen was alright, but it’s seriously been much too long by now.
      I highly appreciate the KikixMitsuhide fanservice we’re getting right now, because that was LONG overdue anyway and we’re finally seeing some actual progress here. I totally ship them, I mean how can you not? It’s very satisfying to see them getting somewhere at last. Besides shipping KikixMitsuhide, I’m a huge Mitsuhide fan, he’s my favorite supporting character. I’ve never been that much of an Obi fan, I’m on Mitsuhides side. He’s the carefree type who gets serious when needed, I like that. I don’t think ObiYuki will be an actual thing, ZenYuki is too established by now for Obi to intervene. We know he likes her, but we also know Obi knows his place and he backed down in favor of Zen more than once before Zen and Shirayuki confessed their mutual love for each other.

      About Shirakuyi’s possible choice between Zen and her job of dream… I think it’s possible, if they want to go for another dramatic turn to prolong the finish, but I’m pretty sure they’ll work this problem out, even if it occurs. I think it’s very well possible it’s not even mentioned, even though it should be a problem and should be adressed. I mean: when Shirayuki marries Zen, and she will, she will become a woman of much higher social status. She’ll be the wife of the one who’s first or second in line for the throne, depending if Izana has an heir or not and I’ve actually totoally forgotten if he already has children. I remember he’s married. Either way, Shirayuki will have a very high social status and women of that status don’t do normal work. We’re still in a manga, so it could be entirely different, but I doubt she will have the time to go and study some stones for months and months to come, because she will has to fulfill her dudies as the bride/wife of a prince and this means she will have to represent her country together with Zen. Her dudies will change and her priorities will have to change, too. Maybe they will let her do some light work, because she loves it so much. YOu know, like… working part-time?

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