Lost Girls and Fairytale Requiem: Eros and the Evolution of Shared Stories

A Little Bit of Pixie Dust

Peter Pan doesn’t enter Fairytale Requiem unless very specific circumstances happen. First, all the other routes must be cleared and the “Requiem” path chosen. Then you must choose the answer to the game’s central question – “Who among these girls is a sinner?” There’s only one answer, so if it’s wrong, then the cast is taken back to the Kaleidoscope Monitor and forced to have their memories rewritten. This is where it’s decided that the Nameless Boy – a rowdy kid who almost lost his little sister – shall become Peter Pan.

He embraces the role with gusto. Almost too much gusto. He convinces Alice to change her character class to Tinkerbell. She already had trouble deciding what size she was, so settling on “small” made no noticeable difference. He runs around with a crossbow and swords, killing Ikeno (who he believes to be Captain Hook) and letting the Fairytale Syndrome patients take over Paradise for themselves, ending with a haunting visual of them flying over the the Paradise while a chorus chants in the background. I’m not sure how real or metaphorical it was meant to be.

In the middle of all this, Gerda – she who inherits the role of The Snow Queen’s Gerda (there’s no Anna or Elsa in this version. Disney takes credit for that.) – is furious that her Kai has turned on her and become nothing like the sweet boy she remembers him as. It’s at this point that an arrow hits her, and she’s saved only by an acorn necklace. This element of Peter Pan only existed in the Nippon Animation version. It makes sense Japan would draw on their own versions of the stories for inspiration, but this introduced a new wrinkle to the story that I had never heard of before.

This is the bad ending of the game.

Meanwhile, in Lost Girls, the tale of Peter Pan holds mostly to what we know it as, with Tinkerbell replaced by Annabell, Peter’s little sister, and Hook replaced by The Captain, whose hand is merely malformed. Wendy’s story is mostly about her having a brief summer love affair that she stops when Peter’s mind starts turning to thoughts of revenge for The Captain raping his little sister. Lost Girls, to its credit, never once depicts a rape scene. All the sex in it is, however perversely, at least treated respectfully. I cannot say the same for Requiem, one of the few things that left me uneasy with it, even if the rest of the story was well told.

Lost Girls’ Wendy ultimately stops Peter and the Captain by telling them both to grow up, in a sense, to confront their fear of maturity. By the end, however, Wendy wonders if she overcorrected. She had repressed so much of herself that she had almost forgotten to love things in life again. Hers is a bad ending that turns into a happy ending.

In Requiem, after the injury, Gerda realizes she’s never going to snap Kai/Peter/The Nameless Boy out of it, and so asks to be forcibly changed into Wendy, who acts as mother and caregiver to everyone at Paradise, playing along with Peter’s games. However, because Odile is the only one at Paradise who wasn’t brainwashed (or suffering from Fairytale Syndrome at all), she can only mourn what Gerda gave up to keep herself happy as the escapism of their condition takes over everyone’s mind to the fullest.

There is a refutation of this bad ending, though. In the finale of Encore, when the fairy tale selves of the main cast meet up again, possibly in a dream, the Nameless Boy tries to call himself Peter, but everyone rejects it, saying it doesn’t fit him. Peter Pan may have been presented as a whimsical wannabe fairy, but it’s increasingly easy to play him as the villain, a bad boy who doesn’t care for any sort of morality.

In the end, that’s what both of these do, though Lost Girls’ Wendy gets a ton more focus, since “Wendy” doesn’t even exist in Requiem until the story concludes, serving as a sad climax for things.

Much like Alice, the same baseline expands outward, into something far, far different in each scenario. Though they both use it to represent giving up maturity as the worst possible endgame. That’s not to say that a certain third party can’t help them achieve happiness in another way.

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