I finally had the time (and motivation) to continue my anime watching. I was stuck in episode 4 forever since last year or maybe even the year before. Yep. It was that bad. Lack of time and lack of motivation were the causes, I think.
At the same time, as I mentioned in another post, I began another round of reading of the manga and will blog about it in a different post. I welcome anyone to join me in my watching and reading so that we could have a (thought provoking) discussion, picking and dissecting the series to pieces to our hearts content. So don’t be shy. 😀
Back to episode 3…
Episode 3 is still focused on the friendship between Candy and Annie, but we see more characters development in this one.
Candy, Annie, and the rest of the children at Pony Home are surprised by Mr. Brighton’s sudden visit. He even prepares BBQ for the kids, something Candy and Annie were gushing about earlier as they relate their story of spending the time at Mr. Brighton’s place to their friends.
Annie, being Annie, is upset, and she asks Candy to teach her to climb tree although Annie is afraid of height. Candy, being Candy, assures Annie there will be no adoption. She will make sure she will not be adopted. (Oh Candy… if you only knew… but then if you went with the Brighton, you wouldn’t meet your prince. Instead it would be Annie? Nah… The prince wouldn’t care much about Annie ;))
But they are horrified to find Candy airing ‘her’ soiled bed sheet. They find out that it’s just an act but are not pleased with the way she acts. So they withdraw their plan to adopt her. Candy is happy with the outcome and raves about it to Annie. (Candy… you’re too kind and naive… really… but that’s probably why all the boys like you???)
The Brighton changes their mind and this time they express their wish to adopt–who else–the sweet, gentle Annie. And Annie, being Annie, accepts in a heartbeat. She wants to have mama and papa. (But Annie, don’t ever you think that Candy also wants to have mama and papa?)
Poor Candy is heartbroken. She ruined her own chance to be adopted so she could be with Annie, but Annie didn’t hesitate at the first opportunity to leave her. (Don’t worry, Candy… You’ll have a prince to console you soon :D)
This episode further deviates from the manga, and more filler scenes are included. In the anime, the Brightons’ original intention is to adopt Candy, not Annie. This is quite surprising as episode two seems to suggest the reverse.
Facing the fact that the she could be adopted into a good family, Candy seems to hesitate about her resolve of staying in Pony’s Home, but once she notices Annie’s forlorn face, all her hesitation is gone, and she sabotages her own adoption. While Annie, being placed in the same exact situation, succumbs to her dream to have loving parents and leaves Candy. This part is not shown in the manga, and it depicts the major difference between the two girls. Unlike Annie, Candy is willing to sacrifice her own happiness for the happiness of others. This is the Candy we know and love.
I admit I was rather annoyed at Candy’s behavior in episode 2 that seems selfish. But episode 3 does a good job offering a plausible explanation for that. Now I know the main reason why Candy wants to stay in the orphanage and why she doesn’t want to be adopted–it’s all because of Annie, as simple as that. Her wish is actually to stay with Annie forever–a naive wish. So it makes sense for her to act like she did in episode 2 since she feels betrayed. Obviously, Annie doesn’t share the same wish with her, and Candy, whether she likes it or not, accepts that in the end. In this case, I can see clearly how the author uses Annie’s departure as a device that stimulates character growth (change) in Candy. Without Annie, Candy is forced to see beyond life in the orphanage. On the other hand, if Annie were to stay, I believe Candy is not going to change, living in her own ‘utopia’ world. And I also think that this particular event in her life might dictate how she would treat her friends in the future.
Overall, I enjoyed this episode more than the previous one. The main message that I gathered from this episode is that there are things in life that you can’t control: you can’t control circumstances but you can certainly control your attitude toward it. The Brightons find out that Candy doesn’t want to be adopted, so they let her go. Candy learns and accepts that she can’t force Annie to stay by her side, so she lets her go.
Way to go, Candy! You’ve grown up.
Now you’re ready to meet your prince 😉
So what do you think of the episode?
Next episode will be interesting, as you know someone is going to make an appearance 😀