The World is Still Beautiful focuses on Nike, he fourth sovereign daughter of the Rain Dukedom, and on King Livius I, the king of the Sun Kingdom. Livius asked for the hand of one of daughters of the ruler of the Principality of Rain, and Nike ended up being chosen to become his bride after losing a game of rock-paper-scissors. It’s not exactly love at first sight when the two of them meet, and it almost looks like nothing will come of their relationship; however, after Nike saves Livius by summoning rain to put out a fire that was set in his room, he decides to keep her around; Nike officially becomes Livius’ fiancee.
After the kiss that Nike and Livius shared at the end of Episode Nine, things have gotten a little awkward for Nike. At one point when Nike and Livius are out for a walk together, they encounter Kitora and Nike’s father. When they go to Nike’s father’s office, Livius learns that while Nike’s father holds the title of duke, it’s actually Nike’s grandmother who runs things in the principality. We also learn a little bit about the history of the principality, background on Nike’s grandmother, Nike’s mother, as well as background on Nike and Kitora. We also learn that Nike had been sent to the Sun Kingdom without her grandmother’s knowledge.
Later, Kitora asks Nike to meet him in a remote place and he gets into an argument about Nike being engaged to Livius, and he ends up using an imported incense that he has immunity to in order to knock Nike out. Kitora and the grandmother lock Nike in a tower where her power is suppressed, and Livius is told that Nike has fallen ill and will need to stay in the principality for at least a month in order to recover.
The plan is to hypnotize Livius so that he’ll forget about Nike and leave without her. However, the plot doesn’t go as planned…
Well, I was right when I predicted in my last writeup that the grandmother had some kind of involvement in the plot. However, I hadn’t predicted that she was the mastermind behind it. I had assumed that Kitora was the mastermind and that the grandmother was going along with it.
At this point, I have to say that I don’t care for either Nike’s grandmother or Kitora that much. I’m hoping that something will happen within the next couple of episodes to change my opinion of them. I found myself getting pissed off at both of them and rooting for Nike to find a way to get herself out of her predicament so she could save Livius from her grandmother.
Probably my favorite part of this episode was getting all the background information that was provided. While a lot of was revealed, it was done in such a way that it didn’t feel like “info dumping.”
I also have to say that I came to really like Nike’s sister, Kara. Unlike most of the others in the royal family, she’s willing to think for herself and not simply do whatever the grandmother tells her to do. I’d imagine that Kara is probably the sister that Nike is the closest to.
From what I saw in the preview for Episode 11, it looks like there’s going to be some kind of confrontation between Livius and Kitora. I can’t wait to see not only how this story arc will end, but how the series as a whole will come to an end.
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