Titled “The Castle by the Sea”, we see Anne get a new goal!
In Westol, Anne, Lid Pod and Challe are eating at some establishment when the hostess talks about sugar candymakers. She informs them of a Duke named William who, due to some political conflict, is taking up residence in the aforementioned Castle by the Sea. He’s looking for candymakers to make a piece, and the hostess tells Anne if she can wow him, she’ll most definitely gain the recognition she deserves.
Well, she, Challe and Lid Pod all travel to this castle along with a sugar candy Anne made of Lid Pod. When she’s allowed to present it to the Duke, Challe and Lid Pod had to stay behind. Duke William seems to like it, as he tells Anne to stay and make another piece for him. The piece in question is resembling a fairy woman who has portraits littered all throughout the castle grounds.
Well, just as Anne is celebrating, we see a sight I really wish I wouldn’t see again. Jonas is here too. He, along with two other candymakers who are friendly with one another, have all been invited to stay because of their skills. The other two friends seem to believe Jonas’ lie about the competition they both had — and they believe Anne to be the real liar.
Well, we see a bit of backstory. Firstly, Challe offhandedly tells Lid Pod that the castle feels nostalgic to him because he grew up in one very similar to it. Anne, when she sees her reflection in some water she was using to wash her face, feels a bit self conscious about herself; she finds herself very small and scrawny, not like a beautiful woman. (I mean, come on Anne, you’re 15. Of course you aren’t physically mature like a 25 year old. Give yourself a break. And, we shouldn’t even be worrying about it to begin with at your age!)
Challe approaches her and tells her that the water is still all over her face, and Anne says she’s forgotten a towel to wipe it. Challe, being the smooth man he is, wipes her face with his glove, as if he’s caressing her. I swear, he’s gotta know that he’s trying to be mysterious and attractive.
Well, when Anne brings her rendition of the fairy lady to Duke William, he informs her that she and Jonas will be the only two candymakers staying until they make him a piece that is satisfying enough. When he learns of this, Jonas is very unhappy.
And I am too, for having to see more of Jonas.
Opinions / Analysis
Bro pleeeeeeease stop making me see Jonas. He’s like a repeat villain at this point. I can’t believe how annoying he is — I almost didn’t think it was possible. Cathy, Jonas’ worker fairy, is in love with him; but even she deserves better!
Challe is doing Challe things, being mysterious and broody and also the main love interest. I just wish we saw a bit more of their relationship progressing.
Also, I wish we saw generally more personality or something of Lid Pod. At least make him more integral to the story, no? He’s just sort of there for no reason.
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