Hanasakeru Seishounen Episode 10 – Cross Days!
Some must be wondering why I’m suddenly blogging HanaSei. Well, I like the prologue part of the manga and now the anime is doing the mini prologue arc. Besides, the community for HanaSei is rather small. So yeah, it gives me an excuse to do blab about it some more and share the bonus character images plus info I got from the OST.
I totally enjoy this episode. It’s the first of two parts (possibly three) covering the proloque arc of the manga. The proloque part is very relevant in relation to current and future events of the story. I supposed you can say that it lays the background of what’s to come and connects the relationships of various characters, particularly that of Harry, Kajika and Rumaty. I’m straying quite close to spoiler territory here. By next episode, things will perhaps become clearer as to Harry Burnsworth true connection to the Kingdom of Raginei. I think most can pretty much guess what *that* connection is. Fred’s thoughts hinted just as much and there are even hints from the family photo of Fred, Kathleen and Harry. Exciting ne?!
Before I blabber on about episode 9, who the heck are Fred, Kathleen and Mahaty? Fred is Frederick Burnsworth and Kathleen was Fred’s wife. Harry Burnsworth is their only son. This means Fred and Kathleen are also Kajika’s grandparents. At the current point of the story, Kajika’s grandmother had passed away 3 years prior. Mahaty was the Crown Prince of Raginei and also its eventual King. He was also Rumaty’s grandfather. The proloque is about how the fate of these three people came together and leads to huge implications for the future.
Mahaty is darn cute and fearless. I can definitely see where Rumaty gets his genes from. As I mentioned, him meeting Kathleen (or is it Catherine) was kind of fated. Isn’t Kathleen a bit older though? Mahaty was just 15 yrs old at the time. So, how old was Kathleen then? You see where I’m going with this train of thought, don’t you? I supposed Frederick was around the same age as Kathleen. But Mahaty was born to be a King and he possessed all the traits to be a great King. The only thing he didn’t have was a lack of exposure to other cultures and customs, hence the culture shock of being in a foreign country. It was funny to see his reactions to the western culture which he deemed as vulgar…lol. Kathleen obviously got the short end of the stick but I so enjoy their bickering. Speaking of genes, I so thought that Kajika’s feisty traits came from her grandma. They’re much alike.
Even back then, there were assassins going after the Crown Prince, very much like what’s happening to Rumaty in the present timeline. There were plotters within the royalty that wanted to see the end of the monarchy for their own selfish political gains by mostly selling out the country’s vast oil resources. Mahaty was very much against outsiders exploiting Raginei’s assets. He was about to ascend the throne and is already promised in marriage at a tender age of just 15 when he met Kathleen and Fred. That meeting as we’ll see later on, will changed their lives and somewhat mirrors the meeting between Kajika and Rumaty. It’s what shocked Fred when he saw the picture of Rumaty and gave him a heart attack. He thought that Mahaty has return to fulfill his promise. Kajika x Rumaty, Mahaty and Kathleen? It was too much of a coincidence. What is that promise then? We’ll find out soon enough.
Where does Harry figure in all this? I think that after all this time, he’d already known the truth of his own background and his parents kind intentions. But what about Rumaty? For Harry to throw Kajika into the game and involve a prince of Raginei who is possibly its future king…one really must wonder what his own intentions are. The one person that’s standing outside the box looking in and somewhat slowly connecting the dots is our dear Li Ren. He’s pretty much aware how touchy the subject concerning Harry’s background is and forebade Toranosuke to dwell on it. But with Fred’s sudden illness, one can’t help but feel that Fred might let Li Ren know something if only for Kajika’s sake. I think he saw through Kajika’s feelings and how important Li Ren really is to Kajika. More tension for Li Ren then. Pity, Kajika lumps him as the big brother type. He has a long way to go to prove that he’s more than just a brother figure to her. I do get the feeling that Harry wanted Li Ren to step forward abit more but Li Ren hasn’t taken the bait yet. Now with the Raginei connection swirling in the background, competition is going to get even tougher.
More episode screencaps
Grand dad and grand daughter reunion. Kajika throwing a childish tantrum at Li Ren. If only Li Ren heard what she told Fred about him…wonder how he will react to that.
BONUS PICS from the OST Booklet. Click on the individual pic for a bigger resolution and check out the character & seiyuu info.