Dispelling the Heat Haze: Ashita no Nadja and A Prince’s Shadow


Once upon a time there was a chivalrous knight, of lithe limb and dazzling smile, virtue incarnate. Cutting a remarkably gallant figure, Francis Harcourt emerges from the well-thumbed pages of a storybook, resolved to liberate Nadja Applefield from her imminent doom. Throughout Ashita no Nadja fond and fonder still of the prince sealed deep within girlish reveries Nadja grows, until he eventually assumes a role where he perhaps, becomes more myth than man. Deep within the halcyon throes of an arresting midsummer episode however, the pages are sent flying off into the aether as reality takes hold.

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