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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
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  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fairy Musketeers

Fairy Musketeers Episode #10

By Bryan Morton     April 01, 2009
Release Date: January 12, 2009


Fairy Musketeers
© TV Tokyo
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.

The Review!
The gang continue to meander towards the place of King Fernando's imprisonment, aka Cendrillon's castle, but keep getting distracted along the way. This time, it's a village's guardian spirit that's the diversion - the spirit takes the form of a plant that, legend says, hasn't blossomed for a thousand years. Just the sort of problem that Briar Rose may be able to solve, if she could just wake up for long enough

Red and the others are relying on King Ferdinand's pet, Kyupi, to lead them to Cendrillon's castle, but it has to be said that he's not the most reliable of guides - one whiff of a carrot, and he's off on a little sidequest of his own. There's tension in the group, too, as Briar Rose's tendency to attack anything that dares to wake her up is causing more injuries to the gang than any nightmarian attack has managed to so far. Souta's curious as to why she has two such different sides to her personality, but it seems that Red and Snow White don't really know that much about her - something Souta's determined to correct. The gang soon arrive at a small village, where a single flower is said to be able to bring prosperity when it blooms - something it has so far stubbornly failed to do, for a thousand years. Souta and the others are keen to do what they can to help, but how..?

Before anyone pulls me on it, while Crunchyroll's subtitles refer to Cendrillon, I believe they should be referring to Cinderella, but to avoid any confusion I'm sticking with what appears on my screen. Cendrillon has a problem at the moment, in that Red and her friends and allies are protected from her scrying - she knows they're coming to get her, but can't find where they are to head off the threat. As Snow White learnt last episode, though, if you can't do things with magic you just have to do it the old-fashioned way, and so Randagio is sent to search for our heroes the hard way.

Not that she needs to worry too much - between being led astray by Kyupi's love of carrots, and being distracted by little problems in every visit they pass through, the gang aren't making that much progress in getting to her. This is the problem I was grumbling about last episode - I've got limited patience for filler, but it feels like we're being subjected to a long run of it, when I'd really rather the show got to the point. But I'm not going to repeat myself any more than that, so let's move quickly onwards.

The thousand-year bud is the main event, though, and is used as an excuse to give Briar Rose some much-needed character development. When even the characters in a series admit they don't know much about one of their number, you know that something needs to be done - initially it's Souta who tries to take the lead on this, but he quickly gets stonewalled by the sleepy one, who essentially tells him to mind his own business, and it's left to events to show us a little of how she ticks. While Red and Snow White have well-defined personalities, Briar Rose is almost a blank slate, but as she dozes her way through the episode (with it becoming apparent that her sleepiness may be a deliberate front) you do get a few glimpses of the powerful magician underneath, enough so that I'd like to see more, dammit. This show can be such a tease at times.

In summary:
While this episode may not go very far in terms of advancing the overall storyline, it's still very much enjoyable, and gives one of the weaker characters a chance to impress. A little. Hopefully these 'filler' episodes won't last for too much longer, though.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Apple Mac mini with 1GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

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