Aside from hearing Shouta Aoi’s angelic voice, I don’t know that I expected too much from this series. Since it was billed as a comedy, I certainly believed it would hold true to that and it did not disappoint.
Out of fear for his eldest son’s safety, the King of Granzreich hires Heine Wittgenstein to the position of Royal Tutor, a job for which only the best tutors are chosen. In order to prevent inequality in their education, he asks Heine to educate all four of his younger sons with the hope of turning them into suitable candidates for the throne.
Heine arrives at Weisburg Palace but is quickly intercepted by the guards, who mistake him for a child due to his diminutive stature. Fortunately, the Queen Mother rescues him and escorts him into the Palace where she reveals that all previous were quick to resign the position, though she does not seem to understand why. Heine then enters a room where he meets his new students.
The fourth price, Leonhard von Granzreich, is the first to greet him. Though initially cordial and seemingly sweet, Leonhard quickly changes his tune, declaring that he hates tutors “more than anything.” He regards Heine as a commoner and adamantly refuses to follow his orders. Thus, Heine secretly nicknames him the “Everest-Proud Prince.”
Just then, Heine is cheerfully greeted by the fifth and youngest prince Licht von Granzreich (voiced by my darling Shouta ^_^) who immediately dubs him “the little professor.” As he feels his full name is too long, he insists on being called “Lichie,” though I have yet to hear anyone actually call him by that name. Secret nickname: the Playboy Prince.
Though proclaimed as flirtatious, the third prince, Bruno von Granzreich, states that he finds his youngest brother more obscene than seductive and apologizes for the former’s “outburst”. Having previously attempted to research Heine and finding no personal details on the new tutor, Bruno inquires where he attended university. Heine reveals that he never did, resulting in Bruno rejecting him as a tutor. Secret nickname: the Browbeating Brainiac Prince.
Bruno then introduces the eldest of the four, Kai von Granzreich. Though the silent second prince appears laidback, he regards Heine with a piercing, deadly gaze and thus secretly dubbed “the Glaring Prince.”
Heine announces that he intends to interview each prince, most likely to assess their individual characters and gauge their academic needs. Having initially gathered information via newspaper clippings and prior grades, he reiterates his desire to interview them for the purpose of preparing lessons. The princes all decline, though Licht merely out of sibling loyalty. Realizing their steadfast stubbornness is what drove away the previous tutors, Heine refuses to back down and persists, stating that fulfilling his duties is his only concern. Leonhard then threatens that they will boycott the lessons and drive him out, but Licht soon runs off claiming there is a guest waiting in his room. Bruno begrudgingly agrees to an interview, but tells Heine not to be late. Kai barely manages to say “Get lost” before exiting himself, leaving only Leonhard to face the new tutor.
Heine’s research states that Leonhard’s beauty has earned him the nickname “the White Lily of Granzreich,” though he never boasts his appearance and appears humble and kind. However, it is very clear that Leonhard does not intend to maintain this façade in front of Heine. The prince continues insisting that he hates teachers, but when Heine presses, Leonhard becomes childish saying he hates teachers “as much as carrots and bell peppers.” He attempts to cover this by claiming to be a “magnificent adult,” stating that he resists his favorite dessert sachertorte as proof. Further prodding reveals he hates teachers because none have truly paid attention to him but rather to his father’s mood, supposedly caring more about their job than their student. Leonhard also declares that he hates studying, as such he’s taken to literally running away from his lessons, which seems to have resulted in superb athletic skills. He seems to have a hair trigger even at the very mention of studying.
When Heine’s competency test is brought out, Leonhard’s speed is proven, though the pint-sized tutor shows he can easily keep up with this flight risk of a prince. In the ensuing chase, a book is knocked off the desk which Heine discovers to be Leonhard’s diary. The prince attempts to retrieve it, but Heine rolls under the sofa and begins reading. The entries all seem to contain daily “regrets” such as not thanking the maid who brought his mélange or spilling tea on a book borrowed from Bruno, each one ending with Leonhard declaring himself a lost cause or wishing he was dead. Revelation of the diary’s contents proves to be enough of a bribe for Leonhard to give in and take the test. Surprisingly, once he starts, he actually seems to take the test seriously and further reading of the diary shows he secretly wishes to change himself.
Once Leonhard finishes the test, Heine calls him to the reception hall later that afternoon, stating he will only begin his lessons if he can manage to wrangle all four princes together. Heine leaves and shortly after a maid brings sachertorte to Leonhard, at Heine’s request. Leonhard accepts the treat, but stubbornly refuses to make such an exception again. The tutor then decides to visit Bruno next, who secretly and coldly declares “You have nothing to teach me.”
Aside from introducing the primary characters, as any good premiere episode should, this episode seemed to focus mostly on Leonhard. I initially expected the other three princes to spread out over the next few episodes, though after watching the preview again, I suspect the three may be crammed into one episode as a means to get to main plot faster. Although I was initially lead to this series by my love for Shouta Aoi, I was captured by Heine’s casual sense of humor even before my beloved Shouta spoke a single word. I was, of course, happy to see Shouta’s character, though I do hope we see more from him besides flirtation and childlike cheerfulness.
I’m eagerly awaiting the next episode. The full number of episodes still has yet to be revealed, but I hope it will be a good long while.