Saltorine is the princess of a peaceful and wealthy kingdom, however, she’s never even seen outside the castle walls. She’s desperate to see the world, even if it is full of man-eating ogres!
Peach Boy Riverside (Episode 4) – The Princess and the Peach
Saltorine has everything she could possibly want, well, other than the freedom to make her own path. Life is good, but it’s boring. She feels like her choices have been taken away from her. So, when a traveller comes to town and helps her avoid the guards for a while, she demands to hear about the outside world. Mikoto is happy to oblige, especially as Saltorine is willing to give her food and a place to stay. The next morning Saltorine barges into Mikoto’s room and is surprised to find out that Mikoto is a boy.
Meanwhile, a group of ogres have their eyes on the kingdom. Their leader barges into the king’s throne room and makes him an offer, although it’s more like a threat. He will destroy their entire kingdom unless they sacrifice thirty people to the ogres each month. The ogre leaves them to consider his offer, but on the way out he spots Mikoto and decides to run, abandoning his threat. However, Mikoto sensed the ogre and isn’t one to let them get away. Saltorine gets a strange urge to see what’s going on and witnesses Mikoto’s bloodlust for herself.
What did you think?
I’d imagine the first thing you’re thinking here is – episode 4? What happened to the first three episodes? So, I started watching this series in the order the episodes were released. Episode 1 throws you into the depend and leaves a lot of details out. That was when I discovered that the director, for some bizarre reason, released the episodes out of chronological order. That’s right. Episode 4 is actually episode 1. So, here we are.
Ironically, I still feel like there is quite a bit of information missing. Saltorine starts recalling a story about an old man and an old woman. The old man goes into the forest for wood and the old woman goes down to the river for water. Then, it skips to an ogre and apparently, we all know what happens next… We really don’t. I understand this is based on a legend, but I really feel like we should be brought up to speed on that before you assume we know it. Otherwise, it was a fun episode and makes me want to see more. I shall continue to watch in chronological order, but keep the release order in my thoughts so I can see if it really wouldn’t have worked cut up like that.
What have you learnt?
We learnt the bare minimum needed to understand what was going on without getting much more information about Saltorine and Mikoto. It works better as a first episode than episode 1 did, but I wouldn’t say it was that revealing. If anything, I feel like this episode could have been cut completely if it wasn’t going to be the first episode. Having to come back afterwards would have been frustrating. I’m curious how this would fit after episode three which is actually the eighth episode…
I know, it’s pretty confusing, so here is the full chronological order for the series. At least that way you can decide how you want to watch it.
4, 1, 2, 7, 11, 12, 5, 6, 3, 8, 10, 9
That’s right, it ends 8, 10, 9. Part of me wants to watch it in the order it was released just to see how much that would mess with things, but I also want to enjoy the series. Decisions, decisions! I’m sticking with chronological order. My gut tells me this isn’t going to be clever enough or put together in a way that will make sense in this wacky order. This should be interesting, at least.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 4 – The Princess and the Peach
- Episode 1 – The Ex-Princess and the Harefolk
- Episode 2 – Ogres and Humans
- Episode 7 – Species and Belonging
- Episode 11 – Ideals and Reality
- Episode 12 – Resolutions and Goodbyes
- Episode 5 – Frau and the Vampire
- Episode 6 – Carrot and Millia
- Episode 3 – Sally and a Crossroads
- Episode 8 – Companion and Companion
- Episode 10 – Horror and Resentment
- Episode 9 – Mikoto and Mikoto
- Series Review