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How ESCAFLOWNE #10 Looks Different When You're Older

Episode #10 - - Watch & Learn. His hair ain't greyed!

One thing that unavoidably changes when you revisit story? Your sense of the characters' ages. Heroes that once seemed like adults will look like kids, mentors that once seemed like all-knowing sages will now seem like regular people just figuring things out as they go…

I’m thinking about this particular topic for a couple of reasons. Obviously, the first is that Prince Chid, adolescent ruler of Freid, gets introduced in this episode, and the whole conception of his character is meant to lightly satirize monarchial government. Why would any rational adult take orders from a child, regardless of his last name? And so on.

The second reason is that, having watched the whole series already, I know that the twist about Allen being Chid’s father is coming down the pike. Aside from seeing how that explains the psychic link that Hitomi finds, this added knowledge honestly doesn’t change the contexts of any of their dialogs.

What has changed, however, is my view of Allen.

When I was 13, Allen was the dashing older man in this group. Whatever indiscretions he made had to be in some far-off past. Now, I keep wondering how old he’s actually supposed to be. Early 20’s? Mid 20’s? His romance with Hitomi starts looking less appropriate, the closer he gets to 30. Furthermore, I get the sense that his leadership position and being “the older guy” aren’t roles he’s been in for that long. And if you do the math, he couldn’t have been that old when he fathered little Chid here. The guy who once looked like a callous baby daddy now looks more like a young guy who made a stupid mistake and is still trying to learn how to handle it honorably.

None of that is textual, of course. These are just my projections on the material. And if we’re doing a running comparison here, those projections are what have changed the most in this re-visit.

Look up this episode, "The Blue-Eyed Prince" and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the previous episode here.

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Marshal Victoryon Nov. 18, 2013 at 2 p.m.

This is one of the things that made the show.The heroes had feet of clay like the rest of us.Each had a thing that kept them from being the perfect hero.It didnt truely cross over to soap opera levels but almost.

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