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Feb 24 2016

Overwhelmed with emotions (Part 3)

Lately, as you probably have guessed, I’m tied up with real-life obligations. I can’t afford to update as often as I like, nor do I reply to your comments in a short time (but I’ll try my best to do so within a day or two). Anyway, I miss you guys, and here I am, writing a new post. 😀

As promised in Overwhelmed with emotions (Part 2), I will start talking about signs that Albert was in love with Candy based on an interesting article quoted in Part 2. However, I’d like to show you a poem first. It’s called “Candy’s Love”, written by Mizuki, and it was published in the Artbook Deluxe (Part 2) by Kodansha Nakayoshi in March 1978.

Candy's Love Artbook Deluxe Part 2

My attempt to translate the poem (paraphrased slightly):

In joy and in sorrow
I shut down my eyes
Appears in my mind
Is a white uphill road…

One day, I want to run along that path
Going up towards Pony’s Hill
With my eyes closed

On the hill, where flower petals are dancing
If I open my eyes suddenly
My Prince, I wish you’re standing right there for me,
That’s right
Just like that day…

For those who are familiar with the manga version would have remembered its ending while reading this poem. For other translations in Spanish or English, please click this picture in a photo album of my admin friend’s Facebook page, William Albert Andrew (el príncipe de la colina). Many thanks for her permission to use her resources. ❤ According to her, this poem was published about a year before the manga officially ended in March 1979. Back then, the manga was serialized in a monthly magazine, and remember the poster discussed in Overwhelmed with emotions (Part 2)? In November 1977, the story had reached the point in which Albert the vagabond had become amnesiac and despised by the hospital staff.

Therefore, when this particular artbook was released, Candy was still in love with Terry. That is, no readers could have predicted that Candy would eventually break up with Terry later in New York (around August 1978). 🙁 Yet, Mizuki had that planned all along. I was told that Terry was actually an “afterthought”. He was an added character because Candy Candy had been very popular, and the publisher wanted to extend the story by adding a new love interest, a rebel.

As a matter of fact, as discussed in length in my earlier posts, Invisible Threads and Love grew into romance, Mizuki said in an interview (published in a bimonthly magazine, “Jidou-bungei”,1980. The interview was also published in the book “Interviews with manga authors” by Osamu Takeuchi / Tomohiko Murakami, in 1989):

«けれど、テリイと別れることは初めから決っていたのだ。キャンディには三つの愛を考えていた。アンソニーとの淡いはかない初恋、テリイとの激しい恋、そしてアルバートさんとの運命的な穏やかな愛。»

The highlighted words signify that the break-up with Terry had been decided right from the beginning and Albert was predestined for Candy. In short, Terry was meant to fade out in Candy’s life. That explains why Candy’s feelings for Terry had undeniably changed near the end of the manga (see To truly love someone… for details). Likewise, in Candy Candy Final Story (CCFS), Candy had got over Terry (see More than words (Part 2)), and she was back to her cheerful and optimistic self. 😀

Thus, I have a strong feeling that Mizuki used the above poem to remind her readers of Prince on the Hill, Candy’s first crush. ❤ Yes, Anthony had died, and Prince on the Hill seemed to be merely a vague memory in Candy’s head, but Mizuki probably had already envisioned how the story would end: that Candy, with mixed feelings, would run up Pony’s Hill and unexpectedly found her prince standing there for her. It was a pleasant surprise to Candy indeed, but her wish had come true, at long last. 🙂

Come to think of it, to whom Candy confided her feelings whenever she was happy or sad? Yes, Albert. ❤ She said she could tell him everything, sharing her joys and grieves, and that had happened way before she discovered that he was her prince. (Please read The day her life changed (Part 6) for your interest).

Which character in Candy Candy always appears out of the blue? Albert or Prince on the Hill, of course. 😉 Even in CCFS, he had kept this habit of paying surprise visits to Candy (CCFS Vol 2, p. 291 and p. 317). 🙂 😀

Remember the first sign of a man being in love with a woman? He’d rather spend time with her alone. The fact that a busy business man like William Albert Ardlay had driven miles to Pony’s Home just to give Candy surprises speaks volumes, don’t you think? 🙄 Not to mention that he had come all the way to the orphanage to take her to his family villa in Lakewood (some long distance driving back and forth within the same day). He was willing to spend his precious holiday doing something special with her, just the two of them. 💕

Can you imagine yourself spending many hours in the same car with someone you don’t like at all? 🙄 Horrible and dreadful, isn’t it? 😓😫 Yet, Candy was happy and excited, as conveyed in her mental letter to Anthony in CCFS epilogue (see The day her life changed (Part 4)). Besides, she wrote a letter to Albert afterwards, telling him that she was overwhelmed with emotions, now being with her Little Bert. As explained in Part 2 of this series, I bet Candy had already sensed Albert’s deep feelings for her. 😍

What’s more, he was a very handsome man. The simple fact that Candy readily accepted Albert as her prince indicates that she was fully aware of his attractive appearance; he must be charming like a prince, still. 💓 I’ll talk more about that in Part 4 by going back to her letter to Vincent Brown (sorry, I keep postponing… :P). Can’t you understand by now why Mizuki had said in the aforementioned interview that Albert was Candy’s destined love? In other words, he was her destiny. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  1. Evelyn

    Sorry for my late post Ms Puddle! Happy Women’s day to you and all! 🙂 Just wanted to say that I think this image of Candy is so beautiful. She looks so peaceful, pure and one with nature! I can’t help to think that the only man that could every make this young woman happy is her prince on the hill 😉 The story is clear showing us that fate kept bringing Albert back to Candy through every stage of her life. He was there for her during her toughest times. This is the reason why Candy could confide in Albert and tell him anything and everything! She had known Albert pretty much all her life and their trust and love for each other just kept growing. In the end, Candy must have realized that they were predestined for each other!! Sigh! 😀

    1. Ms Puddle

      Hola Evelyn! Happy Women’s Day to you too! 😍

      Totally agree with you that Prince on the Hill was the only man who actually could bring happiness to Candy. He managed to make her forget her pain and move on in her life, again and again. Sigh… I’m sure by the time she realized that he was her prince, she knew he was her destiny! ❤💕💖💓

  2. Candy Bert

    Bonjour Ms Puddle!

    Merci de prendre du temps pour écrire ce bel article malgré toutes vos obligations quotidiennes, prenez votre temps, nous comprenons très bien!
    Quel joli poème, si simple et pourtant si riche de signification. Déjà le titre, l’amour de Candy, au singulier, comme si cela était le seul qui compte vraiment, celui qui est évident. Ensuite, Candy a les yeux fermés comme si elle était dans l’obscurité jusqu’à ce qu’elle rencontre à nouveau son Prince, sa lumière et elle peut enfin ouvrir les yeux et voir la vérité. C’est une belle image, Albert a en effet toujours été sa lumière, son phare dans la nuit, je rejoins Antlay sur ce point, Albert a toujours été là pour la guider ou la sauver de l’obscurité.

    A propos de Terry, je ne savais pas que c’était un personnage qui a été ajouté ensuite, au final, il n’a fait que magnifier l’amour entre Albert et Candy, comme une sorte d’épreuve à passer qui a renforcé leurs liens. Malheureusement, cela a trompé certains fans sur le véritable amour de Candy car nous n’avons pas vu venir la fin, moi non plus je n’avais pas deviné qu’Albert était le Prince de la Colline. Quant au Grand Oncle William, j’avais même cru à un moment que c’était George! ;lol:

    L’un signes qu’un homme est amoureux est bien sût de sacrifier du temps et du sommeil pour passer du temps avec sa bienaimée, ou lui écrire. Un homme aussi important qu’Albert devait être très prisée et courtisé par les femmes de “bonne famille”, il était un très beau parti pour toutes les femmes d’âge nubile et il devait avoir l’embarras du choix et pourtant avec qui choisit-il de consacrer le peu de temps libre qu’il a? Avec Candy bien sûr! Il devait songer à s’établir et fonder une famille à cette époque et il n’avait pas de temps à perdre, pour moi, son choix de future épouse est évident ! 💕💖💗💓💞💑

    1. Ms Puddle

      Bonjour Candy Bert, I really like the analogy of darkness and light! That’s brilliant, and indeed, most of us were “in the dark” until the very end when Albert revealed his last secret. I bet back then it was a shock to the readers who had been closely following the manga. 😁

      I can’t agree with you more that Terry actually served the purpose of magnifying the love Albert had for Candy. He was also like a test… so true… especially during the Rockstown episode.

      George as Uncle William? That’s the first time… Lol… So the revelation must have thrown you off, Candy Bert? 😁

      You’re absolutely right, my friend, that Albert must be one of most sought after bachelors in the city, if not state or country. Yet, he devoted his time to an orphan living so far away in a rural area… To whom his heart belonged can’t be more obvious, just as you said, Candy Bert! ❤💖💓💕

  3. antlay31

    Bonjour Ms Puddle

    La fin du manga illustre parfaitement ce beau poème.

    Je suis d’accord avec vous Ms Puddle, Albert avait pris cette habitude d’arriver toujours à l’improviste, quand Candy était en danger, triste, ou pour lui rendre visite à la Maison de Pony dans CCFS, sans compter la fin de CCFS. C’est bien le seul personnage à agir de cette façon, Terry n’a jamais pris la peine de le faire avant leur rupture quand il vivait à New-York.
    C’était bien la signature d’Albert d’agir de cette façon. J’ai remarqué que la plupart du temps il apparaissait la nuit, à part quand il se présente en tant que Prince de la colline. Quand elle le rencontre la première fois à la cascade, à Londres, après avoir échappé à Neil. Une fois cela se produit le jour après les obsèques d’Anthony, néanmoins un jour de deuil, un jour sombre. Et à la fin de CCFS, Candy se retrouve dans le noir et qui arrive à nouveau ? Peut-être des coïncidences mais qui sait ? 😉

    Dans une lettre traduite en français, l’auteur Mizuki explique effectivement qu’elle avait prévu trois amours pour Candy, mais que le personnage de Terry écrit par Iragashi était tellement fascinant que les lecteurs l’ont préféré. Mizuki explique que la séparation entre Candy et Terry avait été choisi au préalable.

    Honnêtement je ne pense pas qu’un auteur qui avait prévu que tel protagoniste soit l’amour de son héroïne, change d’avis même des années après sous prétexte que certains de ses lecteurs l’ont menacé, ce serait en quelque sorte se trahir, le feriez-vous Ms Puddle ?

    Vous avez raison Ms Puddle, passer autant de temps dans un véhicule qui ne roulait pas vite, qui n’était pas confortable à l’époque sur des routes dépourvues de bitume, (les premières routes goudronnées date de 1920), avec une personne que vous appréciez pas plus que ça, personnellement j’aurais trouvé une excuse pour ne pas l’accompagner ou j’aurais fait semblant de dormir ! 😀

    1. Ms Puddle

      Bonjour Antlay mon amie! 😘

      Yes this poem described the manga ending in advance! Well said, my friend, 😍 that Albert was a character who had always appeared unannounced, taking Candy by surprise. In addition to the examples you gave, the CCFS ending was very similar, just as you said. 😜 Who knows if Mizuki did that intentionally? 😝

      It’s true that Terry’s character was fascinating and gained many fans. However, the author had her own decisions and full control of what she was going to do with her story. This is not unlike the Little Women, in which many readers felt disappointed that Jo rejected Laurie.

      Besides, Mizuki said in an interview that the story of Candy Candy hadn’t changed in CCFS. You’re right, an author shouldn’t betray her own story just because she felt threatened by fans. I don’t understand why people can’t seem to accept this.

      I can’t agree with you more about trying to find an excuse not to go for a long distance ride with someone I don’t like. It would have been awkward, isn’t it? 😓 If I have to, your choice of pretending to sleep wasn’t a bad idea. 😋 Yet, the Candy we know would have turned down the person right away, like she had done to Neil before. 😁😜 However, Candy was more than elated to go with her prince, who had a wonderful mood too himself, even singing to her. 😍💕❤ I think he was happy to be able to dedicate an entire day to Candy at long last. 💖💓

  4. Vera García

    Hello! Ms. Puddle
    Ciertamente las ocupaciones de la vida real nos absorben demasiado, pero Dios nos permite momentos para compartir con las amistades, como en este caso que usted nos ha compartido tan hermoso poema.
    En donde Mizuki nos trata de reflejar lo que en realidad represento y representa el príncipe de la colina para Candy, no comprendo porque algunas personas consideran que el príncipe de la colina fue para Candy la ilusión de un príncipe azul que toda adolescente tiene. En la última parte del poema Mizuki refleja la importancia que tiene como persona significativa el príncipe de la colina en la vida de Candy. Una persona que desea reencontrarse con alguien con tal anhelo y esperanza, no puede basar esa esperanza en una ilusión creada por su mente, se basa en la esperanza de encontrar esa persona en concreto.

    A cordial greeting and a warm hug.

    Su amiga Vera García.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Hola Vera mi amiga! 💕

      Yes I’ve been busy, but I’m glad I have shared this poem. Indeed, in more than one poem, including the ending song for the anime version, Mizuki wrote about Candy’s longing to see her prince again.

      No… Prince on the Hill wasn’t only an illusion. He was real and very important to Candy all along, ever since her first heartbreak. He was always there for her. She just wasn’t aware of this until the very end. Sigh… 😍

      Hugs to you too, Vera! Take care. 😘

  5. brenda

    Hola Ms Puddle! Thanks again for your time and reply. Yes, Mizuki is a genius! it´s a pitty she couldn´t write more about
    this novel. Maybe in the future she will surprise us ! Anyway, I hope you’re having a nice weekend !
    Brenda.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Yes, Brenda! 😁 Hopefully Mizuki will reveal who Anohito really is one day 😋

      Nice weekend to you too, my friend! 😘😍

  6. brenda

    Hi Ms Puddle! I am speechless! Beautiful poem and pictures! I think Mizuky’s intention about Candy and Albert were
    very clear, so Terry was indeed someone special to Candy, but she didn’t forget her first crush POH, Prince Albert.
    Honestly, when I saw the anime first, I didn´t see that coming. Anyway, I hope you are well and thanks for this wonderful
    post.
    Brenda.

    1. Ms Puddle

      Hola Brenda! Nice to hear from you again 😘

      Indeed, Mizuki’s intentions couldn’t be more obvious. No matter what happened in Candy’s life, she had never forgotten her POTH, even though their encounter had been very brief. She just didn’t know she had developed strong feelings, the feelings that moved her to tears of longing, for the same person. 😍 I guess nobody could see that coming. It was a brilliant plot really. 😁

      Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! 💕

  7. QuevivaCandy

    Hello my dear friend!
    I’m writing while Daniel is having his therapy… couldn’t help but read your post in the meantime but I have to be short.
    Indeed, that poem tells us where is gonna be Candy.’s happiness at the end of the story. I didn’t know Terry was an additional character, that’s kind of funny and also speaks volumes about what Mizuki had on mind.
    Talking about Albert’s feelings, I don’t know why some group keep saying they do not have romantic feelings for each other… any person who is in love or at least likes someone, wants to spend as much as they can with his/hers beloved, no matter what and that is C&A case.

    Thanks a lot for keep writing!

    1. Ms Puddle

      Hola mi querida amiga, QuevivaCandy! 😍

      Agree with you, my friend, that Candy would end up with her prince. She longed to see him again, and she remembered him whether she was sad or happy.

      Indeed Terry was later added to spice up the story, but Mizuki didn’t expect this rebel would create wars among her fans/readers. 😜😝 Remember in her interview, when referring to Terry, Mizuki already said that some people, despite being in love, couldn’t always get happy ending? I don’t recall the exact wording, but she had said something along the lines.

      My previous post actually talked about Albert’s feelings for Candy. When you have some spare time (I know you’re terribly busy), please feel free to read it and let me know what you think. Of course, no rush! 💖💓😍

      1. Quevivacandy

        Well, to be honest I do not remember that, just remember the part where she says since the beginning, she knew how they (T&A) will gonna end. Their break up was already written but she never imagine how fascinating will be Terry’s character, and she wrote the scene in tears.

        Anyway, what it’s important, that gives us a hugh idea about Mizuki intention. Terry was not the destined love for Candy but Albert.

        Oh, yeah, I know I have a lot to catch up and I got a little bit lost with this post, ’cause you mention some things that I haven’t read yet, hehehe

        I’m intrigue about Captain’s Brown letter, I remember we talked about it not too long ago… 🙂

        1. Ms Puddle

          Yes dear QuevivaCandy, about Captain Brown’s letter, I did mention your name right at the beginning of that post. If you have time, I did put the link near the end of this post for you, just in case.

          Also, after replying to your comment earlier, I also added more details to this post about Mizuki’s intention of breaking up Terry and Candy. Indeed, Mizuki was firm with her original plot despite the popularity of this temporary character. That’s why in the interview Mizuki used the word, 恋(Koi), concerning his romance with Candy. It wasn’t meant to last at all.

          1. Quevivacandy

            Ohh, I just read it! Sorry, I didn’t read the post again, just reply your message. 🙂 But yep, the break-up was decided since the beginning, nothing else to say.

            Thanks for the link about Captain’s Brown letter, will read it later. Now, I’m heading to bed. Tomorrow I have to be at the physiotherapist early in the morning.

            Good night my friend! And see you around.

            Hugs.

            1. Ms Puddle

              Of course, QuevivaCandy my friend! Take good care of yourself and your family. The post won’t go away, so read whenever you feel like. No pressure 😍

              By the time you read this, it’s probably day time. So, have a wonderful day, my dear! 💓💕

    2. Reeka

      Hello, my dear QuevivaCandy! We miss you! Hope your family and you are doing well.

      1. Ms Puddle

        Hello Reeka! Nice to hear from you again too 😘

      2. Quevivacandy

        Hello Reeka!

        Nice to heard from you! Family is well now just my son had a soccer accident last november and that has kept me away from CC World or minimized my spare time.

        Hope everything is fine with you and your family.

        Miss you all too.

    3. Reeka

      Glad to hear from you, Ms Puddle!

      I was smiling while reading the poem. There were too many evidences Mizuki shared about how Candy had been longing to meet her prince again. The song, poems, scenes on manga. But even I was also “guilty” for almost forgetting this prince existance. 🙁 Too many ups and downs had happened on the story that it really shocked me to read the final twist at the end of manga. You bet, until now I still can’t get over the fact how I couldn’t see it coming, the fact that Albert was POTH?

      If ones read wikipedia about Mizuki, they might understand how important this Ardleys family she had created when she was so young. From this fact alone, people should’ve guessed that her heroine would end up with one of Ardley’s boys 🙂 . So yeah, Albert being Candy’s predestined love was an absolute concession. Hahaha. No matter the other side said, we couldn’t care less about it.

      Wow, fascinating information about Terry being an added character! But his appearance was perfect to the whole story nonetheless. It made the whole red string of fate between Candy and Albert become more meaningful and unarguable.

      About signs of Albert falling in love with Candy, even in manga we could see it! Can someone explain that expression on him when he carried her to the bed after crying over Terry’s news? And like you point here, Ms Puddle, driving hours to Pony’s home after tiring business trip just to meet his so called adoptive daughter? 🙂 come on! And it’s in 1918-1919. A road trip was rather rough and during the travel there’s not much to get entertained. No radio or a coffee shop to stop by for Albert when he was heading to Pony’s alone. LOL. All of these for what? 🙂

      1. Ms Puddle

        Dear Reeka, you’re not alone, my friend! When I first read the manga I didn’t see it coming either, and I even felt that the end was a cliffhanger… “What’s next?” I really wanted a sequel. 😜😝 I guess CCFS sorta gives us glimpses of Candy’s future with her beloved husband. 💓💖

        So true about the Ardlays being like Mizuki’s imaginary friends/family. I was told that Mizuki was also inspired by “Eight Cousins” by Louisa May Alcott. I haven’t read it myself, but if you Google about it, you’ll find some similarities. 😋😁

        As you said, no matter what the other side insists, Terry was a lost case right from the beginning… 😌 Just like Anthony was destined to die. It’s cruel, but Mizuki the author had planned POTH for Candy all along. The manga plot was crystal clear, and that’s why CCFS is based on the manga, not the widely known anime version.

        Agree with you about Terry’s significance in the story. Though he was an afterthought, he was still important to both Candy and Albert. In addition to what you said, Terry’s character also gave Albert chances to show his unconditional love to Candy, again and again.

        About signs of Albert being in love, my sentiments exactly, dear Reeka. That expression speaks volumes indeed. He couldn’t help falling in love. 💓

        It’s true the roads were more rough back then, and driving wasn’t very entertaining. Besides, I’ve already talked about how much he disliked being an adoptive father in Part 2, so I won’t repeat myself here why the fact that Albert would rather spend his entire free day with Candy shows that he had strong feelings for her. 😜😍

  8. Candy & Albert World

    Yes, Albert is indeed Candy’s destined love! ❤

    1. Ms Puddle

      So true… The evidence is undeniable 😜😝

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