Princess Lover! Episode 06: “Steam, Crying, and the Lucky Pervert”
Summary: Teppei’s party turns out to be a trip to a hotspring. Seika, Sylvia, Charlotte, Yuu, Seika’s two close friends, and three boys all come along. While the girls enjoy the hotspring, the boys try to devise a plan to sneak a peek. All the boys but Teppei fall in their attempts to sneak onto the girls’ side. Teppei manages to sneak over, enraging Seika. Yuu claims she would have shown him if he would of only asked. Everyone goes on to enjoy their trip at the hotspring. That night the girls admit that they all like Teppei and promise not to have any resentment towards whomever he ends up liking. Seika also says that she’ll formally allow him into the Social Club when they get back from their trip.
Princess Lover! Episode 07: “The Fiancee and the Flower Petal”
Summary: In the middle of the school day a man parachutes onto campus from a blimp. He introduces himself as Hartman Vezelheim. He’s a wealthy businessman from Hazelrink, Charlotte’s home country. He’s also her fiancee. Charlotte seems uncomfortable around him and Sylvia is annoyed that she’s never heard of him from Charlotte. After he leaves, Arima promises to take Charlotte to have dinner at his estate soon. She’s excited and looking forward to it.
That night, Sylvia overhears her father discussing political matters on the phone. She confronts Charlotte about it at school the next day. Apparently one or both of their countries have been stockpiling nuclear weapons. Charlotte claims to know nothing about it. Later, Charlotte gets a text message with a time for dinner at Arima Hills from Teppei. She gets ready but Teppei isn’t responding to her calls because he left his phone on vibrate.
He runs into Hartman with his assistant Josephine. They have a scheduled meeting with Teppei’s grandfather. He suspiciously keeps referring to Teppei having a date. At the meeting Hartman, Isshin, and Sylvia’s father Vincent, discuss the nuclear weapons situation. Hartman had been working on building a resort on land belonging to both countries but claims a close associate of his started working for an unnamed third country. The weapons stockpile was supposed to cause unrest between Hazelrink and Fil’mesh. Hartman says he has already begun an investigation but the information has already leaked to the general public.
Charlotte arrives for her date in Teppei’s suite at Arima Hills but he isn’t there. She calls him and this time he sees her call and immediately calls her back. When she goes to pick up her cell phone, she’s shocked and the electricity goes out in the building. Teppei soon receives a text message telling him that not only have they killed his parents, but they also have the girl that loves him. Sylvia arrives home where her sister, Maria, tells her where her father is and his recommendation that she go to Teppei’s house.
Princes Lover! Episode 08: “Paradise and Reality”
Summary: A group of special ops men go through the now electrically disabled Arima Hills and tie up all the staff. Armed with rifles, they storm the room that Isshin, Hartman, and Vincent were talking in. Leading them is Hartman’s assistant, Josephine. She admits to being with the 3rd country, the Pruss, and their only goal is to embarrass them. Charlotte is also tied up and held by three of the special ops agents. One of them confides that he was born poor and resents the Arima Group. Charlotte asks why he didn’t try and reach out to her but he says that would have only made his situation seem more pitiful.
At his house, Teppei meets with Yuu and the other maids, who are all trained hackers. They manage to regain control of the security cameras to see what is going on inside Arima Hills. After finding out the locations of those trapped inside, Teppei decides to infiltrate. Sylvia catches up with him at his house and goes with him. Yuu sends Arima Special Police to meet them there. They break in with the help of Yuu and the maids’ hacking skills.
In the conference room, Hartman decides to take a stand and tackles Josephine. He’s shot in the back as a result.
Seika, who had been controlling the news coverage to keep the Pruss from taking credit or spreading information about the event, meets them on the roof by helicopter. The Pruss decide to evacuate, feeling they’ve accomplished what they wanted but have also lost control of the building to Yuu. Teppei checks in to find his grandfather and Vincent alright but is told that Hartman was shot. He goes and finds Charlotte, tied up in the suite. She tells him that the man guarding her told her before he left that there was a bomb in the building.
Yuu notices an electrical device set up to a computer in the Arima Hill’s lobby. The electricity once again goes out in the building.
Thoughts: First, if you look at the screenshot for episode 06, you’ll see one of the problems I have with this series. Unlike the first episode, characters have gotten highly angular in appearance. Also, Charlotte and Sylvia’s character designs seem interchangeable. Their bangs are the same, they just face a different direction. Everything you see from a straight-on perspective is the same, except for color. When the girls all agreed to play nice with one another, it seemed like a nice sentiment, but it’s boring. Half the fun of Shuffle! was watching Kaede freak out at Asa.
I want to see Sylvia freak out at Charlotte. Actually, I’d like to see Sylvia do anything except let emotionally dependent Charlotte steal her fiancee.
The next two episodes were actually interesting. There was a lot going on and some slight political intrigue. Although, I have to say, stockpiling nuclear weapons onto shared territory of two neighboring countries to start an arms race between them and potential war, pretty smart. Doing it all to ’embarrass’ them, randomly kidnapping to get media coverage to embarrass them? Seems pretty pointless, stick with the covert nuclear scheme.