“I am afraid of losing…” • AIPT

Spoiler Warning: This review discusses specific plot developments from the first four episodes of The Requiem of the Rose King.

Although the quality of the animation leaves much to be desired, the The Mass of the King of Roses The anime has so far provided an impressive character drama. Nowhere has this been more evident than with Richard and Henry, a pair of lovers so star-crossed that they can’t even see themselves for what they are. Episode four is about the pseudo-couple and the time they spend alone in the rain, confronting their feelings for each other and expressing their feelings for themselves. Has this week’s release succeeded in adapting some of the most notable manga movies?

Richard and Henry’s love story is compelling in how typical it is. Not only in the sense of the archetypes they individually fit as characters, but in the sense of the details they tell (and most often don’t) tell each other about their stations in life. This goes beyond mere obfuscation or truth and enters an area where the lack of a strict definition becomes an integral part of the basis of their relationship.

Take Henry, for example: in dramatic irony, he is the man Richard seeks to kill. He’s a royal who wants nothing more than to be one, has disappointed his family and tried to cede power at every opportunity. Politically, he is a unique character in that, amid so many vying for power, he is the one least desirable.

But for Richard, he was defined by two primary descriptors: shepherd and traveler. When the two meet for the first time, Henry’s identity as the patron indicates the possibility of life outside of war. It’s a ploy designed to protect Henry, but it’s equally compelling as a catalyst to get Richard himself back. Obsessed with revenge because Richard because of his romance with his father, almost all of his actions are about preserving his father’s legacy. Would Richard really be out of his royal context?

For Henry, the answer is yes, and he’s tackling this straight on without quite knowing it. When Richard asked if Henry wanted to know his past, Henry refused. Henry is concerned with who Richard is, and this concept of existence is specifically separate from marital status or gender (which is critical in relation to Richard’s own issues of identity). Henry is not only interested in Richard’s background, but changes his background in his search for Richard and happiness. Once the war affects where the two can meet Henry, he changes from a shepherd to a traveler, an immigrant whose explorations reflect Richard’s attempts to cement his place in life after the death of Richard the Elder.

What does it mean to love someone without knowing anything about them? at massThis question can be answered in a myriad of ways, but it can also be reprimanded. Richard and Henry don’t know all the details of each other’s family history and greatest feelings, but they do know how to act around each other as well as the way actions make them feel. If two people spend time closely together and allow themselves to be vulnerable in each other’s presence, do they really know nothing about each other even if they don’t share all the details of their personal history?

As in the manga, the time Richard and Henry spend together in the cabin waiting for the rain to pass is pivotal. They are isolated, both geographically and socially, from the rest of the world and their respective obligations. It’s a completely confined scenario where characters can play with each other and evolve in ways that would be completely impossible in their daily lives. Although their parting near the end of the episode is inevitable, it also carries with it the promise of an inevitable reunion. The tension between a couple’s happiness together and the stress of their lives as individuals is fun and motivates big investments to keep watching.

Visually this episode is mostly solid. The studio is still clearly operating under severe limitations but they have managed to create an end product that mostly looks good regardless. The use of silhouettes and strategic movement very much matches the mood, and some of the shots are really great. The most memorable setting in the episode is of Richard silhouetted against a blue starry sky; It truly epitomizes how Heavenly Henry found Richard’s presence. It also paints Richard in a gentle light that contrasts well with the more brutal side of Richard we already know.

In general, this episode is very interesting. Richard and Henry are pretty much separated from the rest of the cast and given time to just be together and think about questions about who they really are. This is not dealt with in a shallow way either. The show is not immature enough to act as if their other aspects or stations in life do not matter at all, but rather highlights a much more meaningful truth: although shaped by their circumstances, every man possesses some inner self that indicates there is something more .

Episode 4: “I’m afraid I’ll lose the answers I got and…everything else.”

An emotional high point in the series, it raises poignant questions about who these characters are and who they could be.

Closed setting allows for excellent character building

The episode addresses questions of identity and being in a mature way and without imposing overly perfect answers

The soundtrack and overall sound design continue to impress

There are some pretty pictures all around

The animation is clearly made cheap and still has weak moments

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