Every so often I like to go back to a series that I initially dropped and/or dismissed and also went on to receive acclaim from people I trust. Even one with impeccable taste like me can be occasionally wrong. I had nice success with Aquarion EVOL and Sengoku Collection last year and AKB0048 earlier this year. About a month ago I did this with Majestic Prince, which I initially dropped after a couple of episodes for probably dumb reasons. Better late than never, I suppose. It’s not so bad to be wrong when you end up liking something.
There’s plenty to enjoy in Majestic Prince. It’s definitely one of the better arguments for CG in anime, with ridiculous, fast-paced robot battles. The drama is also solid and has a nice win point for humanity, considering how underpowered they are compared to their foes. But, really, I enjoyed Majestic Prince most because the main pilots, Team Rabbits, are such a good group. They have a background typical of the genre: raised to be child soldiers who are humanity’s greatest weapon against a seemingly unbeatable enemy. However, rather than being morose and serious, Team Rabbits is a bunch of dorks and goofballs. There’s always enough room for the drama to breathe, but you can always count on a silly face from Tamaki or a dopey comment from Izuru to keep things light enough. Perhaps my favorite moment from Majestic Prince is a good example of this.
(By the way, I don’t think I should have to point this out for this or any other 12 Days moment, but just to avoid any complaining: SPOILERS in this post, read at your own risk.)
Quick setup: One member of Team Rabbits, Asagi, has been troubled. He’s been less certain of his role on the team and even thinking about retiring from the robot fighting. (In anime, teenagers must always fight the looming threat of retirement, you see.) Asagi has also received a bit of a shock after stumbling upon some things that lead him to the true nature of his existence — that not only was he genetically engineered, but also that his boss, Simon Gato, provided the paternal DNA for both him and Izuru, and Princess Teoria, a defector of the race Team Rabbits is fighting, provided the maternal DNA. They’ve been brothers this whole time without realizing it.
Asagi is understandably reeling from this and visits Izuru, who is recovering in the hospital after a bout of robot-induced weirdness. Asagi wants to tell Izuru everything, but he can’t bring himself to say it because he was requested not to speak a word. Izuru is so silly and carefree, however, that not saying a thing makes Asagi feel worse, so he finally spills his guts about everything. (Though at first Izuru though Asagi was confessing to him. He blushes and everything. It’s quite adorable.)
Izuru tries to process this information. He weighs it on his mind for a few seconds, and then he gets the biggest shit-eating grin on his face before …
At that point I burst out laughing. Thinking about it still makes me smile. It’s such a goofy reaction, but it’s also so affirming at the same time. This is probably the most Izuru thing Izuru does in the whole series. I like him. I like everyone in this show.