Candy Candy Manga Rambling Part II: Prince on the Hill – Beginning and the End?

WAAC-1iPrince on the Hill. If you’re a Candy Candy fan you must know about this iconic character from the series. He’s the handsome teenage boy, whom a six-year-old Candy met on Pony Hill. He represents the image of a prince charming little girls dreaming to meet someday, an unattainable childhood dream, a fantasy, at least that’s what we are led to believe by Mizuki until we find out the truth when we reach the last few pages of the manga.

Throughout the story, Prince on the Hill appears in person only twice. In the first and last chapters. Evidently, his appearance marks the beginning and the end.

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4 thoughts on “Candy Candy Manga Rambling Part II: Prince on the Hill – Beginning and the End?

  1. It took me some time to reply your post, because you describe so accurate and in depth the Role of POTH in this story that all the ideas I had in my Mind tried to set them 😉 . FYI I loved and enjoyed your analysis so much! ❤ Well, here I come with my opinion about it: I appreciate how you tried to get Albert´s POV, It´s not very common but we need it to get the complete overview.
    When I read the Manga, I understood He felt some kind of empathy when they met for the very first time, also he was very kind and thoughtful to her ( we couldn´t expect less from him, he´s got good feelings, we as readers don´t know this yet, but throughout the chapters will discover his attributes). Besides her reaction made he stayed a little bit longer having both a happy moment, I agree with you 100% !!

    Later when they become Friends in Lakewood, He looked her with affection, She was having very hard moments living with Eliza and Neil. He was aware all her suffering at Leagan´s, despite she´s optimistic, but Albert realizes how hard she work there and admires her goodness and courage. Unfortunately as a Vagabond he can´t do much for her, until the Cornwell Brother´s and Anthony wrote him a Letter in order to adopt her as William the Patriarch…
    To this Point no matter the age Gap or their respective backgrounds, they share a friendship, always they are to each other in their times of need (specially hers)…Well It´s really funny to read that even Terry was a kind of Link between them and their encounter in London 😉 The red thread of destiny. Partners in Joy and sorrow for years building a strong relationship.

    Although the amnesia´s Arc is a great maneuver. It brings us the change of Albert´s feelings toward her, Albert is in a vulnerable situation, no past, no future, only his Present, and at the same time He has the chance to discover Candy once more, the whole package, and he can´t help fell in Love with her. I would like to adress the page where he thinks Candy could be a good Wife, because her good Heart, but with a degree of sadness from his side (Well that´s my perception) like "you can be somebody´s else wife but no mine..he couldn´t express his love to her in that Point due to Candy´s brakeup with Terry was recent, but at least was a good Hint 🙂

    Finally when he reveals as William Albert she is totally grateful, and my Dear Illusion, It´s important to point out that that´s the only time when Candy address him as Uncle William and she didn´t do it again, so the Uncle´s issue is solved. After he stood up for her against Aunt Elroy and they go out to the Mansion´s Garden comes also one of my favourites Pictures…same you already posted, Candy mesmerized by Albert´s Charm, if I´m right, she also adds he´s Handsome ❤ ❤ ❤

    And the best is yet to come, the last pages !!!
    I want to add some Thoughts which came to my Mind when I was reading you post.
    Candy got over her sorrows, Terry is now a memory, she could recovered, She´s now with her Friends, being also a member of Andrew´s Family, an independent young Lady so it´s the perfect time for the final revelation. Just Candy and Albert, no Witnesses ,no one else knew about Pony´s Hill and its meaning.
    This was their moment, both are free from the Weight of the past, no more secrets if a new stage in their Lifes is to come.
    Nothing but perfection in the ending…

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to express my Thoughts about it 😀

    • Hello Lucy. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my in-depth analysis from Albert’s POV.

      Exactly. At their first encounter, there’s already a bond between them despite them being strangers. In the end, they do somehow find comfort from each other.

      Yep… Terry as the link between them? Isn’t it quite interesting and funny also? I didn’t really put too much attention before but when I re-read that part again… it’s rather hilarious how things work. And later it’s sort of through Terry again that Albert and Candy end up closer than ever, which happens after Terry chose Susanna. So if you look it from that perspective, Terry is almost like the ‘middle man’ for them.

      As I already mentioned this in another reply, the amnesia arc is a device used by Mizuki to bring Albert and Candy together. That’s very clear. There’s no other purpose than that. Albert is too sensible of a man to allow himself to fall for Candy–so the only way it could happen is when his memory is wiped clean. And it’s very clear in the manga that he has fallen for Candy so deeply. Although I begin to lean toward another plausible scenario that I never really thought before–I’ll talk about this in another post. Yes, once he regains his memory, just like you said, he never thinks he’d have a chance with her.

      Ah yes… you’re right she never refers to him as Uncle again after the revelation. That’s very significant. And that scene when the two go off frolicking on top of a tree… and people say they’re acting like brother and sister… well I’d be very worried if I saw siblings act like them. No really I would. I’d be extra suspicious of their feelings for each other. When they’re still 6 years kids old that might be okay, but we’re talking about a man in his late twenties with a woman near 18. The feelings between them at that time are definitely not fraternal.

      Oh yeah the last page… Yes, you’re right. Candy is reminiscing the past. It’s a memory now for her. She already bid her farewell to Terry when she saw him in Rockstown.

      And like you said. The ending is perfect just as it is. They know they belong together and they’re ready to take that step and begin a new stage in their relationship.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Lucy. Very well thought out.

  2. Later I wrote my last reply , I realized how important was the Amnesia Arc, It was a great Idea how Muziku figured it out. The relationsship between Albert and Candy had to take the next step, but how?!?!?! At this point of the story they have a friendship, He was her Legal guardian and when he leaves London to travel to Africa, he was aware he met Candy at Pony´s Hill but no one knew about it, perhaps George ( what do you think?) also he knew his duties towards her, protect her and make her happy, but as a true Friend.
    Besides Albert has the huge responsability to take soon total control of Andrew´s Family, not an easy task !
    So the amnesia gives the perfect twist that we, as readers, enjoy so much!! We also have the chance to recognize a young, handsome and tender Albert, little by little emerging as the true male protagonist :3 and for a while he´s free of all the responsabilities I mentionated before. Therefore it´s time for him to know better this Candy, not as a friend, not as her protector but as a young woman making her own way in life , carefree, free -spirited, good -hearted and he falls in love because he has no past…

    I hope not be redundant, but I really want to say what meant for me the amnesia arc 😉

  3. Hi, Forever! Interesting post and I love it. Now that I know I have adequate time to sit properly and leave comment, .. please bear with me 🙂

    I should warn you that my comment may be influenced by my knowledge of CCFS. It’s pretty hard to separate the two sources I know dearly. I try not to mix it, though.

    On their very first encounter.
    As I know the reason he was there in Pony Hill, I would say that yes, he was not just there magically, there’s something made him “getting lost” at Pony Home surrounding, he stayed there for a while to enjoy the scenery, and then whoosh … a little girl ran very fast like a bullet up to the hill trying to hold back her tears. And then she cried hard.
    It’s true what you say, Forever, there’s something in this little girl that made Albert approach her. Otherwise, he could keep hiding and being unnoticed. Little Candy was too preoccupied to sense him anyway. IMO, I think he approached her because he felt a sympathy to her as he himself was also on his gloomy mood.
    So, that fateful day, two strangers found solace in each other company. And unconsciously, they also gave each other “hope” for better tomorrow.

    Forever, I like the way you summarise how Albert found his way back to Candy. That both of them seemingly had to experience a near death experience. We could say that Universe always conspire to reunite them. There’s a red string of fate ( I quote this term from CCFS) between the two. Quite opposite with Terry and Candy, isn’t it? They kept chasing each other, but something/someone was always kept them apart. This is an important message on this story, I might say. When it’s meant to be, it will be.

    Come to think about it, someone has to be ignorant to refuse to believe Albert was Candy’s predestined love. If we see a chain of action and reaction from this story, Eliza’s trap in St. Paul was a trigger for Candy and Albert’s destiny. Thank you, Eliza! 🙂 . Because of her trap, Terry left Candy. Candy being Candy, sure she wouldn’t let someone sacrifice for her. So, following Terry’s step and inspired by Albert’s letter from Africa, she went to America. Can you imagine if Eliza didn’t successfully trap them, what happened to amnesiac Albert? No candy would save him at Chicago Hospital. 😦 .

    Forever, I used to think that George fetched Candy up the day after she came back from Rockstown. At least in manga, it looks like that. However, when Albert and Candy sat by the fireplace at Lakewood cabin, warming themselves after Stear’s boat sinking, Albert said “What happened to Terry is relieving, right, Candy? From the magazine, it’s said he has come back to Stratford”. — something along those lines. So I believe, some time had passed after Rockstown. Maybe a couple of weeks? As the result, I also believe Albert had got information that Candy left Rockstown without talking to Terry. Probably that’s the reason Albert was in Lakewood? To contemplate what to do next to Candy? 😀 **just my wild imagination**

    Their encounter in Lakewood was quite emotional for Candy. She looked so shocked to Uncle William revelation. It’s contrast to what she appeared when she’s realised Albert was POTH. It’s like she became confused to know that the man she had been looking for ( and had been capturing her heart) was her “adoptive father”?

    Again, I like what you said in summary, Forever. You say Albert fell in love with Candy when they lived together. Then to save her reputation and felt a little chance to be reciprocated, he left her. She chased him to Rockstown. Later, after Uncle William’s revelation, time had passed, their relationship had been developing. However, Candy might be confused with their status. And probably Albert had been busy to work. So, she left. This time he’s the one chasing her to Pony Home. To reveal his final secret. If at that time, Albert wasn’t sure about her feeling to him, I guess he wouldn’t dare to risk it by telling her that he’s POTH. Right?

    Albert and Candy indeed are meant to be together. Too bad some people can’t see the beauty of this story. She’s perfect to him as he’s perfect to her. Candy is a healthy, cheerful, and free spirited lady. Yes, she’s a rebel, but she can act like a lady when she wants. Remember that none imagined her a lowly orphan at St. Paul? Even Terry believed she came from a very wealthy family. So Candy would undoubtedly be a fine matriarch to support Albert. And Albert, 🙂 what’s not to love from Albert? Hehehehe. He has been giving her support and comfort, at last he could also give Candy a family. Being married to Albert, she and Annie would actually be a family. And even though Candy had been adopted by The Andrew for years, The Leagans’ bad influence had denied her what she deserved. She most likely never enjoyed the great name of Andrew ( except her special room at St Paul). So being married to Albert, she got what she deserved. I know that material things never be Candy’s priority, but looking at the whole story, don’t you think she at the end got her own good karma?

    Gosh, I should stop. Hehehehe. Thank you for this post, Forever. I do like it very much.

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