Akagami no Shirayukihime Episode 9: Feelings That Connect And Reach
I’m going to be completely honest, I find it pretty hard to write about this show every week. With episodic and slow shows like these, for me, I would rather watch than write about it because I can’t find too much to write about. Maybe that’s just me. I know after that incident with Atri, I know that Zen would have some trust issues. But seeing who he is now, I know he’s overcome that. But I guess that just makes Shirayuki a lot more special to him. Because if she were different it would have turned into another Atri incident. Shirayuki is probably Zen’s first real friend that’s not royalty or someone assigned to him (not like Kiki and Mitsuhide aren’t real friends). So yeah, I can get why he values her so much. And I got a little sad when we saw the arrowhead from Atri’s arrow in his desk.
And with Shirayuki, she basically feels like crap because she thinks she causes Zen problems. And she wanted to go to Laxdo to see how everyone was doing, but didn’t as she doesn’t know how to ride a horse, and also…she’s still drunk. So Obi mentioned he went there and gave her some messages and gifts from the soldiers and Shirayuki is happy. Obi had also caught someone suspicious observing Shirayuki. And here’s something I guess I’m not too…thrilled about?
The fiancee thing. Yeah people are going to be paying more attention to Shirayuki now. I feel like this fiancee thing is just something to push Zen and Shirayuki’s romance forward. It actually reminds me of The Hunger Games, where Katniss and Peeta had to pretend the “star-crossed lovers” thing and it all escalated to an “engagement” and “baby” and then all that corny shit I hated. I felt like the romance was forced. And I hope that won’t be the case here. I’d like their romance to be more natural, and so far it is. The difference with this and The Hunger Games is that Zen and Shirayuki actually have chemistry. And I’m sorry if I’m going off topic, but I just don’t want forced romance.
As of right now, I’m feeling a little…unsure? about this show. I don’t know if unsure is the right word. I liked the show from the beginning. Really, I loved it. But I always had the lingering thought in the first few episodes of the show just in what direction this show was going to take. It’s very slow and really focuses on the characters, but sometimes I feel like the delivery isn’t strong enough. I don’t feel invested enough, even though I want to. It’s just…slow. I want something interesting to happen. I’m okay with slow shows as long as they have a plot to follow, but Akagami no Shirayukihime does not have that, and I’m not used to those type of shows unless they’re comedy. I don’t hate the show, but the love and wonder I felt about this series in the beginning is slowly dwindling away.