The Emperor's Ball (also known as Emperor's Ball in a title card) is the second episode of the first season of the animated series, Sissi: The Young Empress. It was released on October 27, 2015.
Louise, Nenè and Sissi arrives in Vienna. The Emperor was about to give a grand ball in which he was to announce his engagement with her, an alliance arranged by the Archduchess Sofia. However, a misunderstanding takes place and Franz falls passionately in love with Sissi, which he takes for Nenè. At the ball, when the truth bursts forth, Franz cannot resolve to obey his mother and announces that it is Sissi that she wants to marry him.
Sissi is in Vienna for the grand ball with Nut, Louise and Nenè. Here at last, she finds her beloved horse Flick and accidentally knows Franz and also, it is love at first sight between the duo, but they know they need to resist, because he has already asked Nenè's hand. On the other side, Nut meets and falls in love with Lulu, the beautiful female squirrel of Ilary, the mysterious Baroness Von Tollet's daughter.
In the evening at the ball, the noble guests that came from all over Europe are expecting that Franz invites Nenè to dance and his eyes are for the beautiful Sissi only. And on the first few notes of the waltz, he advances not to decisive toward his fiancee, but toward his mother, Archduchess Sofia. After the dance, Sissi takes refuge in the stable and confesses to Flick, Lulu and Nut, feeling guilty for Franz's behavior. When he feels guilty with Nenè for putting her in embarrassment, he decides to apologize to her and say he's fallen in love with another lady.
The only one who doesn't want to accept any apology is Sofia, when she pours out with Baroness Von Tollet. As Franz is always loyal to his country and his duties at the Emperor, this time he had followed his heart. He has thought of Sissi, a "wild and free spirited" girl who goes on horseback like a "man", doesn't know any foreign language and has no idea about the etiquette which it was not suitable for her of becoming the future Empress of Austria.
Sofia reveals to the Baroness her intentions that she needs to prevent Franz from marrying Sissi at all costs. The Baroness nods, then opens the window and begins to throw dry bread to the menacing and angry ravens.
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