Rich, handsome young men, each with his own distinct personality…this type of bishounen cast is a staple in shojo manga. And if you like yours with a generous helping of chibi humor, you should definitely check out Higasa Akai’s The Royal Tutor. Read on for my review of Volume 11. (For my reviews of other volumes click here.)
Back Cover Blurb
Some unexpected guests to the royal palace have the princes on their toes! Between acting as gracious hosts and testing their language skills, what additional lessons will the prospective heirs to the throne learn from their visitors?
The previous volume ended with an intriguing scene of Rosenberg at Prince Eins’ residence. This volume opens with the continuation of that scene. The interplay between Eins and Rosenberg insinuates quite a bit about Eins’ reliance on the count. The Black Prince may have a flawless reputation, but the king’s concerns about his suitability for the throne are grounded in something quite real, judging from the anxiety both Rosenberg and Eins exhibit.
However, Akai-sensei remains coy about the specifics of the eldest prince’s fatal flaw and quickly shifts the focus back on the princes whose failings we are all too familiar with. Much of the early volumes were Heine’s individual and collective lessons for the princes. Now the fruits of that work manifest as Leonhardt entertains Fosein’s Prince Claude; Bruno receives his schoolmate Smerdyekov as a guest in Wienner; and Kai cheers on buddy Elmer in a grueling training exercise. Granted, they still have a ways to go, as evidenced by their dismal knowledge of the fairer sex in “My Ideal Princess!” but clearly their worlds are expanding as they forge and deepen bonds beyond their family circle.
Not that the other royal relatives are absent in this volume. Beatrix drops in on two chapters and cute Adele features largely in the Fosein state visit. The king and granny also make appearances as needed. While the characters do have a tendency to get carried away (as when Leonhardt discovers the true reason behind Prince Claude’s visit), family interactions remain characterized by genuine concern and warmth—with the exception of Eins, who always seems the odd prince out.
The volume concludes with both Kai and Bruno back in Wienner, improved from their time away yet having lost none of their affection for Heine or their kin. Things are looking well for Heine’s students, which casts an even darker shadow on Eins’ hidden struggle.
Extras include bonus manga on the inside cover, bonus story, and first page printed in color.
This installment seems dedicated to showing the progress of the more socially awkward princes of the family. Licht has never had trouble in this department, so we have a collection of vignettes of Kai, Bruno, and Leonhardt interacting with members of the family and new friends. Most of it is light-hearted fun, even the state visit from the Fosein royals, but the chapters do demonstrate how Heine has strengthened them as competition for Prince Eins, whose loyal Rosenberg is likely to make a move to counter this development.
First published at The Fandom Post.