Heine’s Final Lesson – The Royal Tutor Says Goodbye?
I was really hesitant to watch this episode ’cause I just knew I was going to cry. I didn’t even make it five minutes in before the waterworks hit (I actually had to pause and catch my breath ><). I was hanging on to hope that the princes would find a way to keep Heine from leaving, or at least find a way to stick it to Count Rosenberg for butting in. What I didn’t foresee was finally seeing the princes’ elder brother Eins, though I hoped on some level he had nothing to do with Rosenberg’s interference.
After hearing from their father that Heine has resigned his post as Royal Tutor, the princes are in utter disbelief, having just learned that the rumors of Heine’s criminality were caused by a misunderstanding. Viktor explains although Heine was innocent of the initial charges, he still injured guards and was imprisoned, and that the princes’ futures could be hindered if it was thought that they were groomed by a tutor with a criminal record. And it was for that reason that Heine decided to leave if his past ever came to light. Viktor then dismisses the boys for their final lesson with Heine. The princes despair over their tutor’s impending departure and spend the night postulating how to keep him from leaving.
The next day, they arrive at the reception hall where they find Heine waiting for them, who tells them he’d been out making preparations for leaving the palace. He then begins their final lesson, commending them for completing their assignment but expresses disapproval at their shaking down the article’s author. Bruno asks why Heine asked them to look into the article, and amidst their protesting his criminality, Licht accidentally lets it slip that Viktor told them the full story. Heine then reminds them that he’d told them to make judgments as candidates for the throne, telling them to imagine the criminal is someone else and asks what they would do if a formerly imprisoned man had slipped into the palace. Though hesitant to answer, Licht admits that he would have the man thrown out, which Heine deems the correct response. He advises them in the future to “get to the bottom of the truth and make decisions without being blinded by emotions.” He also reminds them that he did not slip into the palace and his only goal was to groom them into worthy candidates for the throne.
Leonhard still doesn’t understand Heine’s reasoning, and Heine tells him that while he is a dunce, he’s smart enough to know it for himself and that he has the strength to conquer his own weaknesses. He adds that the former flight risk has a powerful imagination and that he could use both his strength and imagination to save the kingdom. To Licht, he says that even though he was a handful and bills himself as a playboy, he never boasts about being a royal and treats everyone equally, believing the youngest prince could create a kind kingdom without discrimination. Knowing Bruno works harder than anyone, Heine once again protests being called “Master” but commends the boy’s drive to learn and impart his knowledge to others, believing Bruno could lead the kingdom correctly. Finally, he turns to Kai, remarking how the silent prince was able to drastically change the staff’s impression of him. And despite a boundless obsession with soft things, Heine reminds Kai that he has an understanding and the strength to keep moving, which he could easily use to protect the kingdom. Heine reminds them all that he took the job to turn each of them into a worthy king, declaring that Granzreich has a bright future with them. And thus, he calls an end to his lessons. The princes tearfully bid their tutor farewell while the ever-lurking Count Rosenberg watches from an upstairs windows, once again remarking that Prince Eins will become king.
That night, King Viktor visits the heartbroken princes to inform them a new Royal Tutor will be chosen by the council in two days. After he leaves, the brothers reject the idea of a new tutor, convinced the council will choose someone more like their previous tutors. Feeling no one is more fit for the position than Heine, they decide to speak to the council themselves and make a case to have Heine reinstated. Over the next two days, the princes put their heads together to build their case. The day of the vote, Viktor finds Heine back teaching at the church he’d built. He tells Heine about the council meeting that afternoon, saying he’s leaving the decision to them since he can’t think of anymore more fit for the job. Heine insists he isn’t fit and Viktor reminds me of their dream of making a peaceful and prosperous nation. He declares that he won’t let Granzreich fall into such poverty again, and thus can’t leave the throne to a king who would abuse his authority to protect nobles’ privileges. He adds that meeting Heine allowed him to change the kingdom and changed his sons as well, who were once spoiled and self-centered, though Heine insists it is for that reason that he doesn’t want to jeopardize their futures with his past. Before leaving, Viktor tells the tiny professor that his sons seem to be plotting something for the meeting and invites Heine to find out what it is for himself. The tutor refuses, urging Viktor to stop the princes from doing anything foolish.
Later that afternoon, Count Rosenberg presents a candidate for the Royal Tutor position: a graduate from Granzreich University at the top of the politics department with a doctorate in political economics who also tutored the sons for foreign dukes. The council members seem to approve of this nomination which pleases Rosenberg, hoping a controllable tutor would allow him to control the younger princes. With no other nominations on the floor, the chairman moves to vote on Rosenberg’s candidate when the four princes suddenly enter the room. Though Viktor reminds them they don’t have the right to choose the Royal Tutor, Rosenberg suggests hearing them out, convinced the princes aren’t capable of making a proper nomination. The council agrees, informing the boys that the vote will be fair even with their nomination.
The princes nominate Heine as their candidate, to the surprise of many council members. Naturally, Rosenberg informs the council that Heine resigned due suspicions about his past and rumors of a criminal record which causes a bit of a stir. Unbeknownst to them, Heine slips into the upper balcony amid the council’s disapproving murmurs. The princes asert that Heine is an exceptional tutor but when they admit he didn’t attend university, the council begins to protest, asking why the position should be given to a criminal with no degree. Despite a hotheaded outburst from Leonhard, the princes recall their past encounters with Heine and gather themselves. The chairman advises them to be more aware of their positions as heirs to the throne, but Kai informs him they’re doing this because they’re aware of their positions. He adds that everyone has marks on their past, and that even the council members are no different. The others remind them that they shouldn’t judge someone from just one angle because even one error in judgment could cost the country dearly, taking Heine’s lessons to heart. The princes passionately expresses their dreams for the kingdom: wanting the people to be able to enjoy freedom and follow their passions, to choose their own paths in life even if they choose wrong, to have the chance to start over, to make the kingdom one where people can help each other. Explaining that it’s because of Heine they can think thusly, they fervently reiterate the dream shared by Heine and their father: for everyone to have a warm place to sleep, plenty of food, and equal access to education in a peaceful and prosperous nation.
Much to their surprise, the council applauds them, and even Heine is moved to tears. After the meeting, Viktor approaches Rosenberg and the two are then interrupted by Prince Eins’ surprising arrival. Dodging his father’s greeting, Eins expresses his own surprise at his brothers’ maturity and hope for the kingdom’s future. Viktor returns to the council room for the vote and Eins turns to Rosenberg, telling him to keep his nose out of it and that he’ll become king through his own power.
Sometime later, the four princes gather in the reception hall to greet their new Royal Tutor: Heine Wittgenstein.
I was in tears throughout this whole episode, and I was ridiculously happy to see Heine come back as the Royal Tutor. I didn’t notice it the first time, but Viktor telling his sons when the new Royal Tutor would be chosen was more or less a vague invitation to plead their case for Heine, as was him telling Heine that the princes were plotting something. And I was honestly very relieved to hear Eins tell Rosenberg to butt out. It was bad enough that Rosenberg was trying to sabotage the princes, but knowing Eins had nothing to do with it reasserts the selfishness behind Rosenberg’s movements.
I still have hope for more to this anime. The fact that they finally introduced Crown Prince Eins, and cast someone as well-known as Daisuke Ono to voice him, kinda implies that they will continue with the story, especially now that Heine’s back as the princes’ tutor. I’m very eager to see more of Eins and to find out what he’s really like. Telling Rosenberg to butt out kinda makes you think he could be a nice guy, or that he just doesn’t like dirty tricks. And I won’t go as far as to say I hope we never see Rosenberg again, but at the very least hope that he stops trying to sabotage the younger princes. Even knowing this episode has a happy ending, I still cried watching Heine say goodbye, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Whether the anime continues or not, I will in the meantime put my effort into (possibly) finding the stage play when it premieres. This has truly been a fun ride and I would highly recommend this anime to anyone who likes a little comedy and gorgeous princes.