WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for Fena: Pirate Princess Episode 9, “Vice Versa,” now streaming on Crunchyroll and Grownup Swim.
Abel’s obsession over Fena has been unsettling, to say the least, and understanding it stems from his emotions for her mom makes it much more uncomfortable. However in an surprising flip of occasions, Episode 9 of Fena: Pirate Princess explores Abel’s previous when he first met Helena and her premature demise. Particulars about Abel and Helena’s relationship are revealed, shedding gentle on how he fell in love with Fena’s mom. His backstory would not actually make him any much less creepy, however at the very least we all know now how he grew to become the individual he’s right now.
In accordance with Maki Terashima-Furuta, the president at Manufacturing I.G. USA, Episode 9’s portion of Abel’s previous is all hand-drawn and painted on paper. This provides off the impact of a hazy, dream-like high quality and has an fascinating impact the place the characters have clearer strains compared to the background. It is like Abel and Helena are plucked out of Fena: Pirate Princess and positioned into a unique story from one other period. As a younger boy, Abel usually spent his time within the gardens, portray and sketching. In the future, he tries to run for canopy when the rain falls however he will get misplaced, then hears somebody dancing on the opposite aspect of the backyard.
There, a younger woman with lengthy blond hair is dancing barefoot, flower petals swirling round her. She notices Abel and introduces herself as Helena. The 2 get nearer and Abel tells her he is a prince, however that he won’t ever be a king. He has no mates or household, making Helena his very first good friend. His sketches are actually all of Helena and it is love at first sight.
As we may guess from present occasions in Fena: Pirate Princess, their subsequent story would not get a cheerful ending. Abel goes to go to Helena once more and when he calls out to her, it seems to be like Helena desires to reply however she will get stopped by her butler, Franz. After this, Abel would not see Helena for a very long time. The one time he hears of her whereabouts is thru the maids’ gossip: Helena, pregnant with the king’s baby, is rumored to have eloped with Franz. If she have been ever to be discovered, she will probably be executed.
A few years go earlier than Abel hears phrase of Helena once more, and it is in cruelest of circumstances: in jail, awaiting her demise. Her lengthy hair gone, Helena is carrying a plain gown with quick hair that appears like Fena’s. Distraught, Abel asks why Helena left him on their lonesome. He begs her to not depart him alone once more.
Helena tells Abel that her half is now completed and she is going to return to Eden. Abel asks if he’ll be capable of see her once more if he in the future goes to Eden. Sadly, solely these with a calling to Eden will be capable of get there, which implies Abel may not be capable of discover the place. Nevertheless, if he meets Helena’s baby, he may be capable of discover Eden by her. Earlier than she is executed, Helena tells Abel she loves him.
Like the true Joan of Arc, Helena is burned on the stake to the rousing jeers of onlookers. Abel is the one one to look away as Helena dies. Previous to Episode 9, Fena: Pirate Princess had at all times framed Abel because the dangerous man and Franz the great man, however issues will not be as clear-cut as they appeared. In accordance with Helena, Franz advised her La Pucelle may solely be born if Helena had the king’s child, which means it might need been a compelled being pregnant. This additionally implies that Fena and Abel are half-siblings, which makes their interactions somewhat extra disturbing — particularly since Abel will need to have identified who Fena was all alongside.
As a result of Fena and Helena look a lot alike, he would not actually see Fena when taking a look at her — he sees Helena, and his craving to be together with her once more causes him to do some heinous issues. In a means, Yukihisa was proper: Helena did drive Abel mad however it wasn’t as a result of she was a witch. Shedding Helena twice — as soon as to his father and Franz and the second time to demise — drove him mad with heartbreak and grief.