What They Say
Join Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty as they are appointed to be guardians of a sealed key which could control a parallel universe inhabited by characters of well-known fairy tales. A rebel clan, lead by a she-devil Cinderella, desperately searches for the key. Cinderella, with her magical power, finally tracks the key down in the real world where we live and sends her gang over. To protect Sota, a tenderhearted boy who keeps the sealed key in his body, three Musketeers travel from the parallel world. They make a vow to destroy Cinderella's evil plot.
Ah, now we're talking - a Ringo story, with Souta's admirer trying to find a way to make herself less dependent on the magic-users around her. Not easy, when your magical talent is roughly zero...
Ringo's gotten herself lost while the gang were travelling through a forest, and while she's getting ever more worried by her predicament, the others are having great trouble tracking her down. Even worse, there's a monster on her trail - fortunately, Hamelin's on hand to save her, but he's not too impressed with her inability to defend herself and warns her to go back home to Erde. Not that that's about to happen. The gang are still trying to reach Cendrillon's castle, and with Red's old magic school in the area they decide to drop by and see if the principal there has any information she could share. Their visit coincides with the school's Element Festival, and the gang are invited to stay and take part - but seeing all the other kids around her freely using magic just makes Ringo feel inadequate. Meanwhile, Gretel and Randagio have snuck onto the school campus, and are looking for a way to get their hands on Souta...
I admit it, Ringo is easily my favourite character in the show. There's just something about the way she behaves, and chases after Souta, that I find hugely enjoyable to watch, so I've been both a little frustrated that she hasn't had all that much screentime lately - and very pleased that this episode finally goes some way to sort that oversight out. It's only natural that she'd want to play a part in the gang's adventure, rather than just being the one they have to keep saving, but at least for now she's setting her sights a little higher than her abilities. You do feel a little sorry for her, but as ever with Fairy Musketeers her efforts are shown more in a comic light - she's not the sort to let a little failure dent her enthusiasm, and I can see this being a subject that the series is going to come back to.
Also fun to watch are Randagio and Gretel turning up to make their usual hash of trying to capture our heroes - like Ringo, this pair down lack enthusiasm, but they're sadly let down by their tactics. Or lack of them. One of these days they'll maybe get their act together, but in the meantime we get to snigger at their consistent failure. Works for me. On the downside, we're still meandering through the countryside with very little sign that the gang are really going anywhere.
There's plenty of fun to be had from the journey itself, but I'd much prefer the story to get down to business than continue with all these side stories. That's a minor criticsm, though - at heart, Fairy Musketeers is just intended to be watched for some lighthearted fun, and it certainly delivers on that front.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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