Sep 11 2014

Favorite Scenes in Candy Candy manga (1)

I’ve always wanted to color some of my favorite scenes in the manga version of Candy Candy, and Page 147 of Volume 8 is my number one favorite. When I first read this page, it struck me that perhaps Albert wanted to kiss Candy! (Albert should be wearing a black shirt, but for some reason in this picture the color of his shirt changed. Anyway, I colored it black to match the rest of the scene.)

Coming home after some deep contemplation in the park, Albert astonishingly found that Candy had cried over the depressing news of Terry and fallen asleep on top of a pile of scattered newspapers and magazines. Believing that she must want to see Terry to comfort him, Albert carried Candy to bed and apologized for hiding the sad news from her. Meanwhile, watching her sleep, he said her name in his mind, wiped the tear stains from her cheeks and gently stroked her hair. To me, his gesture was full of love, not merely a friendly one but rather romantic. At least that was the impression I got from the drawings by the mangaka, Ms Y. Igarashi.

Having just recovered, Albert appeared far from thrilled. In fact, he looked somewhat troubled, if not afflicted, like having some inner struggles or something. Anyway, the song “Can’t help falling in love” by Elvis Presley came to my mind, and part of the lyrics is shown here:

Wise men say only fools rush in
but I can’t help falling in love with you
Shall I stay
would it be a sin
If I can’t help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes
some things are meant to be
take my hand, take my whole life too
for I can’t help falling in love with you

Vol 08 p147

Lately, when I re-read this page in Japanese, it seemed to suggest that Albert was in love with Candy. Why?

Because of the way he stared at her while continuing his inner monologue, remembering the hardships she had endured until now, and the thought in his mind, “君を幸せにしたい…” (I want to make you happy…)

Vol 08 p147 b

Note that the Japanese word 幸せ carries a deeper meaning than happiness. Albert didn’t simply want to please Candy or cheer her up. Rather, he decided to do something which would make her happy and content in a sense that she got what she wanted in her life (a good example back then is when a woman was married to a man she loved and got a family with adorable children). Perhaps, Albert considered tracking Terry down (he had been missing for a long time) and somehow led Candy back to the young actor? Near the end of the manga, Albert did that finally, leading her to Rockstown, but who would have thought that Candy had no interest in reuniting with Terry?

Come to think of it, when a man wants to make a woman happy, that implies he loves her. As a matter of fact, I happened to find a love song in Japanese that says exactly this, repeatedly (like a chorus):

I love you I love you I love you 君を幸せにしたい (I want to make you happy)

After that, Albert decided to stay living with Candy, concealing the fact that he had already recovered his past memory. For your interest, please read my earliest post for Signs that show Albert was in love with Candy (Part 2).



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    • Anonymous on September 16, 2014 at 8:31 am
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    Beautiful draw Ms Puddle, I like it, this is one of my favorite too.

    1. Thank you very much! This manga scene is so emotional, and I like it a lot! 😀

  1. It’s my favorite as well. Mind if I add this ( the top only ) in my page’s album pls.? ^^

    1. Sure go ahead 🙂

      1. Thank you :3 😀

    • Guest on September 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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    Ms Puddle do you mind if I send the gift in the email you posted?

    1. What do you mean? A drawing for my Facebook page? Sure 🙂

        • Guest on September 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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        Sent. : )

        1. Got it! Thanks!

    • Reeka on September 11, 2014 at 6:59 pm
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    Aaahh I do also like this scene most. There’s so much emotion on this page. True that he didn’t kiss her, but his expression and the way Iragashi pictured the whole page speaks volume. Albert’s gaze, his darken eyes, his tender facial expression, and the swirl of wind and those little bubbles drawn to show the surrounding atmosphere. Those who are familiar with manga certainly know its meaning. The same swirl of winds also appeared on the scene of Prince revelation. This page certainly showed that in this state Albert had already been in love with Candy. Friends or even brother don’t show that kind of gesture. It’s different with the affection showed by Archie and Stear.

    I also think that it’s better this way, he did not kiss her. He just gained back his memory, he knew who he was. Being a gentlemen, he wouldn’t take advantage of her, more over he did believe she still loved Terry very much. Though eventually he kissed her forehead that night when Neil tricked her.

    Albert’s selfless love was really moving indeed. Her happiness was all he wanted, and he repeated it on his letter to Candy where then she replied : herein lies my happiness; in now. **yipiieeeee** 🙂

    1. Very well said, Reeka dear! Indeed, after years of reading manga, this page does convey a strong sense of emotions, including the ones before and after as well. We could see the struggles in Albert’s eyes and expressions, and the way he went home with heavy gait, likely debating whether to inform his roommate his recovery or how much to tell her. And there she was, collapsed on the floor after crying so hard. His heart must have swollen with deep feelings for her, and he couldn’t help expressing his tenderness towards her (believing she was asleep).

      I totally agree with you that he wouldn’t take advantage of her while she was sleeping, especially after she had cried because of Terry. Yes, he kissed her forehead the night she had been tricked by Neil. You know, he did that after he had made a comment that Neil didn’t seem to know how else to show his love. In fact, Albert’s love for Candy was so much deeper. He loved her but put her needs before his. So selfless and touching indeed.

      That letter to Candy in CCFS epilogue! Albert did it again! He said “I want to know where your happiness lies”, and soon after that, he returned her diary to her. No wonder she replied “herein lies my happiness”… *Happy sigh*

        • Reeka on September 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm
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        Can’t help adding this :

        this gesture of Albert didn’t take advantage of Candy was quite opposite with the act of the rebel. Who forced to kiss her on lips, so that she could forget Anthony. — I am referring to manga here. Terry forcedly kissed her on May Festival after Candy had stopped dancing and said she recognised the song when Anthony danced with her.

        1. So true so true!! Candy wasn’t quite ready though she clearly had crush on Terry, so he thought he could steal a kiss from her? That was an impulsive action, I grant him that, but what happened afterwards, all that slapping, was totally unacceptable.

          Talking about that, among Candy’s three loves, only Albert hadn’t used violence (although he was the strongest of all). Even Anthony, always kind and gentle like his uncle, lost his temper once. Sigh.

            • Reeka on September 12, 2014 at 3:22 am
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            Yes, many times I questioned Anthony’s reaction after she found Candy the day after she disappeared. Why slapping her? If he was so worried, scolding her would be better option. Or maybe, Mizuki wanted to highlight Albert’s tenderness if people compared the three loves of Candy’s?

            It’s funny though that we found 2 of her 3 loves had lost temper with Candy. What an indomitable charming girl she was! 🙂

            Back to Albert’s decision to do everything to make her happy, I remember a wise advice for loving someone. “If you love someone, let her go. If she comes back to you, she’s yours forever.” — That is exactly what happened on Rockstown case.

            Beautiful, isn’t it?

              • Ms Puddle on September 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

              Exactly!! You read my mind, and I’ll write a post similar to what you said here. Reeka!!

      • Guest on September 11, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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      Exactly. The kiss on the forehead by Albert and Anthony in the manga was never transpired in the anime and I was very disappointed. I can’t believe they even excluded Anthony… : (

      1. But they added lots of scenes for Anthony which were not in the manga. However, they removed important moments of Albert and Candy….

    • Guest on September 11, 2014 at 4:56 pm
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    Wow I’m impressed! You did wonderful job on coloring the manga!

    Yes, I thought Albert was going to kiss Candy when his face was a little closer to her face. It’s one of my favorites too 😀

    1. Thank you for your compliment! Glad you love this scene too!

      • Guest on September 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm
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      Pardon my lack of explanation. I got so excited my mind just messed up. What I meant to say is… when I first read the manga, I thought Albert was going to kiss her. It would have been nicer if he did, including in Anime version 😛

      Speaking of kiss……. Albert kissed Candy on her forehead in the manga, but not in the anime. Even Anthony didn’t (Anime). Just Terry. Why is that? That was unfair…. : (

      1. No I actually disagree… Albert was troubled by the fact he had fallen in love, and Candy was still grieving at her loss.

        About the anime version, yes I think it was biased… Talking about favoritism eh? 😉

          • Reeka on September 11, 2014 at 7:07 pm
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          That’s why some people who watched only the anime can never be fair on Albert. I watched the anime just for the sake of the fact that it is Candy Candy.

          1. That is unfortunately true. 🙁

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