I’m still motivated to continue watching the anime. But I have to say that episode 2 isn’t as moving as the first one – I was mostly annoyed with Candy to be able to enjoy the show.
The episode focuses on the friendship between Candy and Annie.
At night, Annie doesn’t return to the orphanage. Candy is very upset and expresses her dislike openly to Ms. Pony and Sister Lane when they’re talking about the possibility of Annie being adopted by Mr. Brighton. Side note: Candy’s ‘sinister’ look is particularly terrifying 😀
This episode is filled with scenes that are not in the manga, and these scenes somehow answer questions that are left by the manga, which makes the story flows better in the anime. Now we know that Mr. Brighton has seen Annie first before he comes to the orphanage to adopt her. This episode also shows how deep Candy and Annie’s friendship is. They are completely unhappy when they are far away from each other.
I do feel that Candy in the anime is a bit selfish, especially in this episode. I know that she doesn’t want to show her weakness or rely on others. But Annie is her friend. Candy should have been more considerate and not only think about what she wants. And insisting to live in the orphanage for the rest of her life is a bleak wish (not to mention foolish), though it may sound touching in the beginning. I’m not sure why Candy is so attached to the orphanage. It maybe because of her naive way of thinking. Compared to Annie, it’s obvious Candy is rather immature.
One major deviation from the manga that I picked right away is the age. In the manga, Candy and Annie are only six when the Brightons come and adopt Annie. This is interesting. So it looks like Candy is older when she meets her prince in the anime. If that’s the case, does that mean that the age difference between Candy and the prince (Albert) is closer than in the manga?