Snow White with the Red Hair focuses on Shirayuki, an herbalist in a small village who has to flee because Prince Raj wants her to become his concubine due to the unusual color of her hair. During her journey, she becomes friends with Prince Zen, who ultimately helps Shirayuki to win her freedom from Raj.
Episode 8 starts off with Zen assigning Obi to serve as Shirayuki’s bodyguard. Now that people think that Shirayuki is Zen’s fiancée, she’s garnering more attention that may not necessarily be positive, so he wants to make sure that she’s protected. Shirayuki is hesitant at first, but she ends up agreeing to this arrangement. Early on in the episode, we see Obi helping her out with her duties, but he almost offends her when he asks Shirayuki if she wishes Zen wasn’t a prince.
These scenes with Shirayuki and Obi serve two purposes. First, they give Obi a chance to be closer to Shirayuki, which will probably lead him to realize that he has feelings for her. Second, Zen and Mitsuhide overhear Obi’s question to Shirayuki regarding whether or not she wishes Zen wasn’t a prince. That exchange causes Zen and Mitsuhide to think this over and lead into a flashback to the time when Mitsuhide first became Zen’s attendant.
I really enjoyed seeing this flashback, because it helped to provide backstory for Mitsuhide as well as for Zen. We’d seen bits and pieces of Zen’s past prior to this, but the flashback showed more of Zen’s attitude and behavior when he was younger. This flashback also helped to explain why Izana would have reservations about Zen befriending an unknown person from another land. Now that I have this piece of information, I have a better understanding about why Izana had treated Shirayuki the way he did when he first met her. But I have to admit that both Zen and Mitsuhide look rather cute when they were younger.
In a lot of respects, not much seemed to happen in this episode to propel the overarching story. But I suspect that both the flashback and Obi becoming Shirayuki’s bodyguard are setting the stage for where the story may be headed to next.
There are only four more episodes left for Snow White with the Red Hair. I expect that the climax of the series will be coming rather quickly, and I’m really looking forward to what that ends up being. Will it be something rather emotional that could potentially affect Zen and Shirayuki’s relationship?