Princess Principal has a less exciting outing this week, as we get some focus on Dorothy and her background.
Dorothy is sent on a mission to retrieve a cipher from a dead man. Control doesn’t know anything about the body containing it except for the fact that it will eventually come to the morgue, which isn’t much to go by. The reason for choosing Dorothy is that according to their intelligence, the Duke of Normandy also wants that cipher and has an accomplice over there who will retrieve it for him. The accomplice so happens to be Dorothy’s father.
We see how cruel Control can be: they’re sending Dorothy to her father despite most likely knowing about the two’s relationship. Dorothy ran away from her father because he turned into a drunkard who would beat her up after he had an accident resulting in him losing a hand. Dorothy doesn’t like her old man, but still has to go on the mission.
Being her father, Danny gives information about the dead man to her, and also tells her that they’re gonna be rich if they give that man’s tooth to a certain man. There’s an interesting ordeal here: will Dorothy make away with the cipher and ditch her dad, or hand it over to him and possibly compromise the mission?
Dorothy gets the cipher, copies it, and gives the original to her father. Surrendering it to her father means that the Duke will gain access to that information, which probably isn’t the best outcome. Now it depends on what exactly that cipher was, but she still handed over some information to the enemy to avoid being beaten to a pulp.
There’s zero focus on the consequences of this action of hers though, which is disappointing.
Dorothy is getting closer to her comrades, especially Beatrice this episode since both share the pain caused by a bad father. Dorothy reveals her past to Beatrice, allowing the latter to be learn more about Dorothy than the other girls. Dorothy has also most likely gotten soft toward Beatrice here, even though she, along with the Princess, is still a bit suspicious.
Ange and the Princess continue to keep their plan relevant as we see the two discussing their strategy to take over the Kingdom. The Princess has the pure intention of wanting those separated by the wall to be reunited again, but the action of taking over the Kingdom and becoming queen itself isn’t pure at all.
Ange and the Princess also want to stop this life of lies and open up to everyone about their relationship. Dorothy has opened up to Beatrice without any lies and that’s a start, though she’s still quite reserved about her life to others.
One more thing here is that all the girls here are related to the Kingdom side of London (except for Chise, though Japan did originally come to renew their treaty with the Kingdom). The Princess and Beatrice are from the Kingdom itself, Ange used to be there before the wall, and even though Dorothy left her house to go to the Commonwealth, she used to be on the Kingdom side of London and got separated from her family because of the wall. All these girls have, in a way, betrayed the Kingdom, as they were once a part of it and are now working against it.
Overall, this was a slightly disappointing episode, mainly because it lacked the excitement the previous entries had. Though not all was lost as we got to know Dorothy (or Daisy) better, we haven’t learnt what led her to this spy agency and previous spectacles didn’t make us very curious either. But this episode does make us want to know what happened after she left her house.
Overall, the lack of an exciting mission made this entry slightly disappointing, though not all spy missions involve dangerous life-threatening situations and an enemy to fight. This episode’s mission was also different in that it didn’t involve the whole cast. Princess Principal hasn’t seriously entered its plot yet, and we wonder when it’ll get down to it.
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