First Look: The Royal Tutor

Alternative title: Oshitsu Kyoushi Haine
Manga Adaptation by Bridge
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

Heine Wittgenstein is a tiny little man who has been summoned by the king to tutor his sons. This is no easy task as the princes are all spoiled brats who have chased away their previous tutors. It’s up to Heine to get to know the princes and adapt his teaching methods to get through to them.

Jel’s verdict: Barely Passing

I was hoping this show would at least be a little funny and I’ll admit there were a couple of decent visual gags, but for the most part I was bored to tears. You can figure out what’s going on within like the first two minutes, and yet it slowly plods along until you meet the princes. At worst, I was even getting angry as this first episode decided to focus on the most spoiled of the 4 princes. I don’t know if it was just my mood that day or what but I had zero tolerance for his childish behavior. Needless to say, I wasn’t enjoying myself.

For those of you mostly interested in a show about pretty boys though, there’s a few glimmers of hope. The art is really nice to look at. I like the multiple layers of shading on the characters, last seen in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress or any anime made before 1998. The lavish palace setting looks gorgeous as well, making this one of the better looking series we’ve seen this season. While I was very annoyed with our Prince of the Week the conclusion of the episode was kind of sweet, and maybe once Heine has had a chance to tame the cast a bit this will settle into something pleasant to watch. Personally, I don’t have time for all that but it’s not like Royal Tutor is completely without merit. If you’re inclined to like shows in this genre, it might be worth a look.

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