Alviss… The most popular character of the series, and also the Bishounen (good-looking boy) pre-eminently.
On him I was wondering, who knows, what kind of mystic, disconcerting revelation on the name on the magnificence of the personality, and instead…
Who is looking at the figure with the dwarfs beside, has already understood who I am talking about.
The origin of the name Alviss is well grounded on Northern Thor Legend, Thunder and Lightnings god, which was using "Alviss" to build all the weapons.
This Alviss was only a dwarf. Well, we wonder what big man or character, but he was a simple dwarf, what besides he should be quite ugly too, in relation to the joke which Thor did.
In exchange for the fabrication of the weapons, he promised to let marry his daughter, Thurd, who was obviously too beautiful for him, and the god, in one hand he knew that Alviss was deserving it, but in the other hand he was not intending to grant him the girl… because he was too short (he was saying).
So he challenged Alviss with a test: he would have owed winning a wisdom competition against him, answering all his questions and so showing to be worthy of the beautiful Thrud.
Obviously the dwarf was short but not stupid, so he was able to answer every question.
The time however was running fast and the real purpose of Thor, meanwhile, was coming out... He wanted the sun to rise, in such way that the poor Alviss would have turns in stone, as all the dwarfs who are struck by the light of the sun.
The fate wanted that the poor dwarf fell in the snare and turned himself in stone, so that the princess was free.
First of all we realize that our Alviss has inherited the wisdom and the cleverness from the dwarf.
He is a talented and clever man, and, what which never spoils, also very charming. The temper of our Alviss is mature and cynical, almost it does not seem that he is a sixteen-years old; he always knows what to do and how to act, it is very strong under all the points of view. But then why Anzai chooses this dwarf to inspire his, maybe, better character? It is very simple, we can assume that he has done it for two reasons which, in the series, are exposed as tests that Alviss must pass: the first is that Anzai usually use irony, and make his characters inspiring them to some already existing for a part, and the other perturbing them, as in this case. The second reason is the most intrinsic... The temper and the wisdom of an ugly dwarf have not been enough to save him from his destiny, and the sad story of Alviss also demonstrate the big importance of the physical appearance in the life, therefore our Alviss is a bishounen opposite to the dwarf, he is always taken in consideration from the others because of the confidence inspires and his decisions always seem associated to great realism and seriousness.
What is the moral of the story? I would say that Anzai has wanted to show us a raw reality, that one that the physical appearance is supplementing part of the life. If you are good-looking you will arouse many people's interest, and if you are ugly you will be excluded, in part, from the group.
We can happily affirm that our Alviss well "avenges" the predecessor and tries to shatter the rule which also affirms that if you are good-looking, you have no brain, and regards to this, we can affirm that when there is a strong personality, also the toads are able to turn themselves in prince, as Alviss did.
Marchen Awakens Romance (MÄR Heaven) by Nobuyuki Anzai, anime by TV Tokyo, all rights reserved.
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