Film Friday- Earl and Fairy

Film Friday- Earl and Fairy

The Earl and the Fairy (Hakushaku to Yōsei) is a completed series of light novels written by Mizue Tani and published in Japan by Shueisha. An anime adaptation was broadcast from September to December 2008. An anime adaptation of the light novels was announced in February 2008. It ran from September 2008 through December 2008. There are 12 episodes. Kōichirō Sōtome directed the anime while the series composition was done by Noriko Nagao. The animated character designs will be done by Maki Fujii while the animation will be done by Artland. The anime is licensed by Discotek Media.

Characters

Kelpie
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu

An impolite and arrogant water horse[Celtic folklore] who aggressively pursues Lydia. Bound by the moon spell, which drives away unwanted advances from fairies, Kelpie must bring Lydia the “moon” in order to win her over, although it’s clear to everyone but Kelpie she has no interest in him. He follows Lydia all the way to London to bring her back to Scotland. Despite his aggressiveness, Kelpie genuinely loves and cares for Lydia, and comforts her when she’s confused (though she protests at times). His true form is that of a black horse, while his human form is that of an attractive young man with dark hair and eyes (his pupils are white swirls). His eyes are able to bewitch both men and women alike, and he has relatively strong magical powers. He has the ability to purify water and cleanse toxins.”Kelpie” is the name of his species, and not his given name Cain. He and Lydia first met in Scotland. At the time, a middle-aged woman came to Lydia with her tale of a young man whom she was in love with. Lydia discovers that the man is a Kelpie; the younger brother of the Kelpie that wants to marry Lydia. After being convinced of their love, Lydia eventually aids the woman and younger Kelpie in their relationship. Despite first appearances, Kelpie (for the sake of the rest of this article, Kelpie shall refer to the main story’s Kelpie) demonstrates considerable concern for Lydia. He has saved Lydia (and inadvertently, Edgar and Co. as well) on several occasions, and has gotten hurt on one occasion in her defense. He recuperates quickly when in water. At least twice, he has tried to protect Lydia by taking her from Edgar’s side, as he believes that her being by Edgar is dangerous for Lydia. He is also considerate of Lydia’s feelings; rather than blaming her when she broke the spirit of their deal (that she would stay in the fairy world with him if Kelpie would save Edgar), he told her that he would wait until she no longer had anything holding her back in the human world. He continues to stand by Lydia even after she chooses Edgar over himself, and once told Lydia that she is the first fairy doctor to have obtained a Kelpie; (Kelpies are, as a rule, feared by most other beings as they feed on almost anything they can kill, including fairies). When Edgar first meets Kelpie, he takes an instant dislike to the fairy because of Kelpie’s good looks. Because Edgar believes that most of his own allure comes from his charming looks and silver tongue, he’s wary of other men with similar beauty. Typically Kelpies will take a female human form. Kelpie’s own male form with his dark locks of hair may be a nod to the Manx [Glashtyn].

Ermine
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

Raven’s half-sister and Edgar’s dear friend. Edgar would do anything for her if it will make her happy. She is a beautiful woman who has fine fighting skills (though she is not on par with Raven), with short black hair, snow-white skin, and a womanly allure that “is not dimmed by her wearing male clothes” most of the time. She was in love with Edgar, and the Prince used this fact to his advantage and turned her spy against Edgar. Later, she confesses her betrayal to Edgar and commits suicide by jumping into the sea. Later, she is revived by the Selkies on Ulysses’s command, and becomes a Selkie. After reuniting with Edgar’s group, she serves him for a further amount of time before betraying him yet again. The reason for her betrayal is yet unknown, but she claims to Kelpie that her soul’s master is and always will be Edgar. In addition, she attempts to discreetly tip the scales in Edgar and co.’s favor when she can, such as by dropping hints to Kelpie; she tells him that there’s a reason why she must not be kicked out of Prince’s organization yet, but does not state it openly. While she does not openly express her affection for Raven, she has been shown to worry about him. Later on, Ermine relates to Lydia that when they were still under the Prince’s organization, she was the woman “given” to Edgar (as his sexual partner). Edgar, however, refused to touch her because he understood that it was the Prince’s way of training Edgar’s sexual inclinations to match his own. When the Prince realized this, he raped her in front of Edgar.Lydia believes that Ermine is the one whom Edgar truly loves (she bases this conclusion on a few things, like how Edgar is never flirtatious towards her – Lydia takes this as a sign that Edgar loves her so deeply he cannot bring himself to be shallow with Ermine – as well as him muttering her name before falling into sleep while holding Lydia). As such, even after she is vaguely conscious of her feelings towards Edgar, she continues to reject acknowledging them as it would be too painful for her to be with Edgar if his heart is with another. However, it was truly hinted in the light novel how Edgar had only considered Ermine as family, wanting her to be a woman just like others.

Paul Ferman
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya

Paul is a human in his late-twenties who is trying to become a great artist. He was invited to Edgar’s ball, and met Lydia there. While helping Lydia, getting Kelpie off of her, the moon ring accidentally slipped onto his finger, and wouldn’t come off. He seems to be on friendly terms with Lydia, though it makes both Kelpie and Edgar uneasy. His inspiration for art are the fairies, and he has always loved them but cannot see them, so he doesn’t know if they are real or not, but likes to believe they are. His father was killed by the Prince’s organization, and he has since joined an organization – the Scarlet Moon – that opposes the Prince’s. Paul had once aspired to be a poet, but after meeting Edgar as a child, he is persuaded by Edgar to pursue painting instead. Paul is devoted to Edgar for that piece of advice and encouragement. Later, Edgar tells Lydia in private that he persuaded Paul to do so because his poetry was so horrible that he would never make a living through it, while bad art could find at least find a buyer or two. However, despite his slightly dismissive words, Edgar remains a faithful customer of Paul’s. After finding out that Edgar had inherited the Prince’s memories, he still decides to be loyal to Edgar, and states that Edgar was merely another victim, who sacrificed himself to protect his friends.

Professor Carlton- Lydia’s father
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa 

He cares for his daughter deeply but isn’t above calling her a tomboy. He works as a professor in a London university, specializing in gems and minerals. Unlike the “younger” generation of researchers, he is not only knowledgeable on the scientific aspects of his specialization, but is also heavily interested in the romantic aspects of it; he has extensive knowledge on several famous gems and their stories. He is accepting of the slightly dangerous nature of Lydia’s job, and respects her decision in working as Edgar’s consultant. He is, however, extremely suspicious of Edgar’s intentions towards his young daughter, because he believes that noblemen would not seriously pursue women born into the lower classes. Because he has been living apart from Lydia, it comes as something of a shock to him that she is already of marriageable age. When he went to Mannon Island, he found Edgar and Lydia escaping from pursuers. Edgar takes the opportunity to glibly proclaim his undying love for her and ask for her hand in marriage, although Lydia immediately and heatedly protests the joke. This apparently “shocks” Carlton into realizing that Lydia has grown up. Lydia has observed that his constant protests that she is “still a child” may reflect this. However, he has lately approved of Lydia’s and Edgar’s engagement. He eloped with Lydia’s mother, Aurora, but the circumstances of their courtship are unknown to Lydia (who is understandably curious). In a sidestory, however, it transpires that he merely intended to “rescue” Aurora from her dismal fate in the Makhil family, and that Aurora was the one who proposed to him. He is extremely embarrassed about having been proposed to (instead of the other way around, as was the norm at the time), and intends to carry that particular secret to his grave.

Aurora- Lydia’s mother 

She died before the beginning of the series. Lydia looks up to her, and she is the inspiration behind Lydia’s determination to become a good fairy doctor. Aurora was born in the Highlands, to the McKeel family (which has deep connections with fairy folk). However, she later learns that she was not her parents’ true daughter, but a changeling. This is because of a deal that was made with a family of fairies. According to lore, a Seer sleeps in the Highlands, who will one day awake to lead the battle against the “Prince of Disaster”. In order to awake however, he requires life energy that is more potent in women, and more importantly, women carrying fairy blood. In order to ensure that such a woman is available for the Seer’s awakening during times of crisis, the McKeel family has for generations traded their first-borns with a particular fairy family’s first-borns, and essentially cross-mated them, thereby strengthening the life energy of the resulting offspring. Aurora was one such changeling, but she rejected her fate and instead fled her homeland with Professor Carlton. She died young, supposedly due to an illness. However, unknown to even Professor Carlton, she had once ventured into the Highlands and opened the Seer’s coffin (19 years before the beginning of the series), and as such had her life drastically shortened.

Tompkins
Voiced by: Chafurin

Edgar’s kind butler who gives him advice regarding his love life here and there. He has Merrow blood, and his face vaguely resembles a fish’s. He also states that he has a fin on his back. When he met the leader of the Merrows for the first time, the leader mistook him for his ancestor, and said that “he is almost human now”. He takes pride in being able to accomplish any task related to his duties that Edgar gives him, no matter how rushed the deadline or how ludicrous it is.

Ulysses
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

A mysterious, young blonde man who has the power to see and communicate with fairies, just like Lydia. Unlike Lydia, however, his fae powers do not stop there, and he has been shown to be able to command fairies such as spectral hounds, a type of Unseelie Court (malicious fairy). This is later revealed to be because he is of the Blue Knight Earl’s direct bloodline. He was, however, not recognized as an heir because his parents were not wed. He has, in fact, attempted to obtain the Sword of the Merrow before (and hence establish himself as the Blue Knight Earl). But because he interpreted the last line of the fairies’ riddle as the Merrow requiring a blood sacrifice in exchange for the sword as Edgar did initially, he was washed out to sea by the Merrow. He was the one to command the Selkies to revive Ermine as a Selkie when she committed suicide by jumping into the sea.

Jimmy

Has the appearance of a young boy with glasses and dark hair, but is really the favorite servant of Ulysses, being a member of the Unseelie Court. He is a spectral hound, and can shapeshift at will.Before Lydia and the others knew what he was, he spied on them by acting as a messenger and friend of Slade and the Scarlet Moon organization, under Edgar.

Prince

A character shrouded in mystery. The original Prince was created in the Highlands, by making a human baby drink the essences of powerful Unseelie Court. By doing so, the human baby was infused with the knowledge and ability to manipulate Unseelie Court, as well as their arcane magic. As a human, the Prince ages; however, through the use of Freyr (a red gem created by a powerful wyrm), he is able to transfer his memories and abilities to the next Prince, a candidate who is chosen and carefully groomed. The candidate is forced to learn and memorize all the current Prince’s knowledge as well as mannerisms. As the grooming process goes on, the candidate eventually begins to lose his original personality. As such, when the Prince’s memories are transferred, the candidate effectively believes himself to be the true Prince. The “Prince” (really the current generation Prince) is the main antagonist of much of the beginning of the series, although he only makes his appearance in one of the later novels. He is apparently heavily disabled (he moves in a wheelchair and is wrapped in bandages due to burn scars), and as such only sends his henchmen at the beginning. Later, when Edgar inherits the Prince’s memories out of necessity, he instead begins to be hunted by those who seek death of the Prince. He also battles with the Prince’s memories within him, and is deeply uneasy that he would eventually change into the Prince.

Gladys Ashenbert

The last of the Ashenbert main bloodline. (Ulysses is considered to be from a side-branch of the main family.) She is mentioned several times throughout the series, and died about a hundred years before the beginning of the series. As a woman, she was never officially recognized by the King of England as the Earl of Ibrazel.It is revealed that she made herself into a “living sacrifice” in order to strengthen the London Bridge’s barrier against Unseelie Court.

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