The Royal Tutor – Preview
The Royal Tutor:
Original Air Dates: April 4th, 2017 – ???
Synopsis: Heine Wittgenstein is a professor of small stature but renowned for his accomplishments. Due to his abilities, Heine finds himself offered a position by the King of Grannzreich himself: the position of Royal Tutor. For the king has need of four of his younger sons to become educated, should anything happen to the eldest prince. But as Heine learns upon his first day, these four are anything but normal princes, with exceedingly ‘distinct’ personalities. Can Heine, the professor of diminutive stature, manage to teach these unruly four?
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: While The Royal Tutor starts off serious, the second you catch a glimpse of the royal princes, there’s no doubt that you’re watching a show aimed at a female audience/fans of the bishonen genre. Every single one of them is drawn and depicted in a style that has girlish tastes in mind and even our minuscule tutor could easily be labelled as a shota cutie.
Tom: The visuals aren’t quite so bishonen extreme as one might imagine, but there’s definitely a tint that gives the whole thing a shoujo/bishonen feel that could turn male viewers away. That said, what’s here doesn’t seem so squarely directed at the female viewer. Rather it all feels a bit bland. At least at first. As the episode moves on from introducing its five male leads and into some actual comedy, the entire thing gains a bit of life. Things namely pick up once we get to know one of our four princes, showing that the comedy and life blood of the series is likely in the hands of these four absurdly dysfunctional individuals.
Linny: The premiere and series summary make it obvious that the story is going to be about Heine, our tutor forming a bond with each of his aloof and irresponsible students as he brings out the best in them through unconventional methods. The comedy is somewhat predictable but should still entertain newcomers to the genre or please even knowing fans as we get to see new sides to this seemingly arrogant and unlikable bunch.
Tom: The Royal Tutor hinges on its cast. The character with the most screen time here is Heine, the instructor. While his mismatching deep voice and child-like design are amusing, they’re not laugh out loud so. He’s mostly salvaged by his later demeanor and chibi-form whenever tackling the princes in a more physical capacity. We also really only get to explore one of the four princes, Leonhardt, whose entire tsundere-esque persona makes or breaks the episode.
Linny: You get a bit of exposition concerning the persona of each prince through Heine himself as he mentally draws summations of each during his first meeting with them. They range from weirdly quiet and aloof to completely playful but irresponsible. Like Tom mentioned, a large portion of the episode ends up focusing on Leonhardt, the second youngest prince and could possibly be the main reason you end up sticking with the show. Compared to the dry and bland jokes in the first half, Heine and Leonhardt’s interactions are full of exaggerated physical comedy. Watching Heine trying to gauge Leonhardt’s extreme aversion to the word ‘study’ makes for one of the most hilarious scene in the episode. The jokes in this second half may still feel trite to some, but the execution should save it for others.
Tom: I was initially lukewarm on The Royal Tutor. It started slow and seemed content to wallow in an overly long introduction between Heine and the four dysfunctional princes. But once we got to some actual comedy, my interest perked back up and I found myself lost in the absurdity. If the show can keep its jokes flying and squander less of its run time on set up, then The Royal Tutor should be an enjoyable watch for the season. I’m cautiously optimistic.
Linny: The Royal Tutor’s first half isn’t the strongest and I’d highly recommend that you stick with it all the way to the end of the episode to get a true taste of what the show has to offer. If you find yourself unamused even by the more outrageous comedy in the second half, then it should be safe to conclude that it’s just not for you. However, for fans of the bishonen genre who have been waiting for a new offering, or just new fans of the comedy genre, The Royal Tutor does enough to keep you engaged and maybe even win you over with its more physical comedy.
The Royal Tutor is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com