It's this time in the anime season, so more and more titles wrap up, with Taisho Otome Fairy Tale being one of those that recently released their final episodes. The historical romance wrapped up pretty neatly in a straightforward manner, so we don't really expect a Season 2 for this particular couple. Below, we answer any questions about the ending of Taisho Otome Fairy Tale:
Taisho Otome Fairy Tale Ending Explained: Do Yuzuki and Tamahiko Stay Together?
The penultimate episode featured one of the biggest challenges for the show's main couple. Tamahiko finds an unconscious Yuzuki in the ruins and rescues her. While unconscious, Yuzuki contemplates how their relationship started. For the first time, we find out that Yuzu offered herself as a bride to the Shima family to settle her family's debt. Therefore, Tamahiko's kindness was a real surprise for her; so was the fact that she ended up falling in love with him.
When Yuzuki wakes up, she's relieved to find her fiance by her side. Her kiss - given while she didn't know everyone was watching - seals the couple's fate. Finally, she gathers the courage to express her love, suggesting that, no matter the awkward start and her generally submissive role, she's 100% on board with the relationship. She is with Tamahiko out of her own free will now, and eager to see what the future holds for them.
One month forward, the couple has returned to their village, after having helped the victims of the earthquake in Tokyo as much as possible. Yuzuki and all the couple's friends organize a belated birthday party for Tamahiko. All in all, life has gotten back to normal and the future seems bright.
Taisho Otome Fairy Tale Ending Explained: What About the Rest of the Shima family?
The finale of Taisho Otome Fairy Tale is marked by the somewhat rushed appearance of Tamahiko's father and elder sister. The head of the Shima family asks his estranged brother, who is a doctor, to see his injured eldest son Tamaki. Tamahiko's uncle, however, refuses to abandon his existing patients to see someone else, even a relative. Tamahiko's father leaves annoyed, but Tamahiko makes his peace with him, by telling him he's glad he survived.
To non-manga readers, this scene might be a bit perplexing, as it serves little purpose other than showing that Tamahiko and Tamako have let go of the past and the trauma associated with their father. In the manga, this is only a fragment of what happens.
The manga has the eldest Shima son die, rather than simply get injured. As a result, Tamahiko is asked to return and be his father's heir. Were he to accept, however, he would have to let go of Yuzuki, and find a bride of nobler birth. Yuzuki would then have to marry Tamahiko's younger brother, an illegitimate son who was revealed to only share a mother with the Shima siblings.
Tamahiko refused, leaving only his eldest sister to succeed their father. He then moved on to marry Yuzu and take her own family name, while his uncle, who had also adopted Tamako, stayed by their side. The manga moreover reveals that Tamahiko's eldest sister, Tamao, who ended up being her father's heir, planned this all along, by poisoning her eldest brother.
If this subplot had remained in the anime, it would have made for interesting conflict in an otherwise mellow anime. It might not entirely fit the tone of the rest of the show, but it would be nice to see Tamahiko fight his demons more actively, while his eldest sister sounds like an interesting villain. In any case, knowing this context means that the scene in the hospital makes more sense.