This is one of my favorite Candy Candy original art: a beautiful drawing by Igarashi Yumiko based on Kyoko Mizuki’s masterpiece, Candy Candy.
All the important characters are depicted here. Just looking at it, it’s clear who are the two intended main protagonists. At times, I’m still shaking my head when people insist Albert is not a main character, but so and so is. Uh hum…
Look at the picture here, buddy. It can’t get any clearer than this! There’s no question as to who the female protagonist is, but for the male? It has to be Albert aka William Albert Andrew aka Prince of the Hill. He is displayed prominently in the drawing, and there’s no reason why he should if he is not the main hero in the story. There are two pictures of him as opposed to one for the other characters, not to mention the size of the drawings. It’s also interesting how Igarashi chose to illustrate Albert in the poster, depicting his appearance in two of the most important events in the story: his first meeting with Candy as Candy’s Prince of the Hill, which essentially is the catalyst of the story, and the final scene in the manga where he finally reveals himself to Candy as her prince. It sort of conveys the idea, that underneath the layered intricate plots, the main story is really about Candy and Albert, or specifically about them finding their ways back to each other.
And if there’s still any doubt with respect to the ending of the story (I blame the anime 100% for causing this. It misled its viewers by removing/adding scenes that weren’t part of the original storyline.), just remember this: In romance/shoujo, > 99% of the time, the main protagonists always end up together. Hence, that clearly suggests: Candy and her Prince of the Hill = Candy and William Albert Andrew. They’re the ultimate One True Pairing (OTP), and 100% canon. 😀
So… If you claim to be a Candy Candy fan, please do yourself a favor: read the manga. Then the truth will set you free. 😉