I’m just going to be focusing on Princess Asseylum here, the embodiment of all that is good and pure in this anime. The light motif continually surrounds her with sunbeams being her personal spotlight and well, I mean you can just look at the princess with her literally shiny blonde hair, iridescent eyes, fair complexion and that pure royal white dress that screams alert, this is our heroine our dearest strong and innocent princess!!!
The only issue I have with dear Princess Asseylum here is, I can’t decide if I like her or not.
Every word out of her virtuous and upstanding mouth is just more evidence for her noble character, and it’s made clear from the start that Princess Asseylum has no qualms about risking her safety to stop the war. Fuck me, she’s simply the personification of goodness. The princess doesn’t discriminate, she merely optimistically and bravely seeks peace between two warring civilizations. I don’t dislike her for being the generic mary sue-esque heroine who sacrifices her life eventually while bettering the world. She didn’t annoy me with any lengthy speeches of her ideal outcome of peace. I’m just going to frivolously say that Princess Asseylum was perfect, and that’s what bothered me. Now, the princess’ obvious foil would be Rayet, whose pessimism, pettiness, and darkness only served to further illustrate the brightness, strength, and optimism of Princess Asseylum. Poor Rayet. Even as she was deeply envious of the princess she knew that attempting to murder her was illogical, and would only serve to make others further empathize with the princess. When you’re up against someone so perfect, you can only stand on her side, or lose. You can’t outshine her.
I can’t go back to being a Martian, but i’m not Terran either. But you… you revealed yourself as a Martian! In spite of that, you were accepted! You made a place for yourself! In spite of what you are! My father is dead because you came here. This war started because you came here. We were betrayed because you came here. I’m all alone because you came here. In spite of all that, how can they not hate you?!
Ya know, Princess Asseylum obviously had good intentions and all for world peace, without knowledge of the insidious political plottings at the backdoor. Logically, she has only been making the right and courageous decisions so far, and Rayet’s stupid idea of trying to murder her (and shutting down their source of power, Aldnoah, by doing that) is made to look petty in comparison. Rayet, along with the dumb PTSD showoff guy, are both negative people with defeatist attitudes and cynical mindsets. Rayet obviously craves attention and love from others, but she can only watch as the beautiful and kind-hearted princess receives them unconditionally with her innocent smile and bright laughter. Rayet doesn’t have boundless waves of optimism or any noble intention like Princess Asseylum does. She effectively hates everyone after her countrymen Martians, who taught her to hate Terrans, killed her father. But at the end of the day she just wants a place to belong to.
No one can win against perfection. It’s in our nature (well, at least in mine) to probe for flaws and lies in the face of purity and goodness in others. Whether it’s disbelief or jealousy, it stems from the self-centred root of the human who wants to be the best. Naturally then, since Princess Asseylum is invincibly constructed with honour, bravery, and selflessness, Rayet her flawed foil can only quietly sow the irrational seeds of deep hatred and feed them with pangs of sharp envy as she watches the princess get loved and accepted by everyone. Rayet can never match the princess and Rayet will never be as loved, because she simply doesn’t have such endearing qualities. And thus I believe that there is never a need for her to emulate the princess to obtain the exact same validation by others; for everything of the princess that Rayet is not, she has something different to strike out on her own with.
I bet it’s kinda clear that i’m circle-jerking myself. It’s a small circle of just me and Rayet. My friend today just told me that if you want to don’t want to give a fuck about others, you have to give a fuck about not giving a fuck. Writing this might not give a sense of closure, but even reinforce certain perspectives that you don’t want to keep around. But whatever, this is fun.
Okay that’s all for our dear Princess Asseylum! Aldnoah Zero was quite a good anime, thankfully our first main character Idaho was interesting with his cold logic and accurate insights, if not I would have dropped it. He made one point that I thought was damn right about wars:
Wars break out even when there’s no hatred. Territories, resources that you want to own. Ideologies, religion, pride. Wars are fought over such objectives all the time, meaning that the war will end when these objectives are met. That or… the war will end when the human cost outweighs the gains. Anger and hate are nothing more than tools to tilt the war in your favour.
OH LOL BTW have I mentioned that the ending of this anime is hilarious? Biggest TIFU by Slaine ever. Fucking ridiculous how he saved his enemy due to blind pity, allowing that enemy to kill the love of his life Princess Asseylum just moments later. And then Slaine kills Idaho b-because he tried to h-hold his princess’ hand on his dying breath! The atrocity!
Whoops, just caused the princess i’ve loved and been searching for the whole anime to die. Let me kill the guy she’s closest to, because damn, how dare he try to touch her hand.
I was looking forward to a badass collaboration between Slaine and Idaho, but guess not. At least Idaho died well, having lived however the hell he wanted to. He did freely follow Yuki’s advice till the end, acting on his 17-year-old prophetic and genius instinct to save everyone, didn’t he? Make decisions as circumstances dictate. If you have to, trust your gut and make the call.