Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II – 02
「舞台上の宣告者」 (Butaijou no Senkoku Mono)
“Players on the Stage”
First of all, a quick note: I updated a few items in my last post based on some of your helpful comments. If you were initially confused by mention of the Spanish Armada, why Malga was talking to Asama about doujinshi in the middle of battle, or why Asama was allowed to shoot at Makiko-sensei back in season 1 (among other things), go check my episode 1 post again and see if it has been updated since you last saw it. Thank you, and I hope this helps.
As with last episode, I’ll be doing explanations followed by impressions. Let’s get to it!
Shakespeare-chan and Macbeth
Who was the first ghost that attacked Neshinbara?
Why is Shakespeare-chan so much stronger than Neshinbara?
Why did Musashi want their transport ship to crash into Great Britain?
Why did Futayo start talking about trials and evidence when she cut the transport ship’s cable?
The levels of Great Britain
Who is Scarred?
What’s this San Martin that Juana spoke of?
What was bothering Malga?
This episode was slower than the first one, but a lot still went on, so I’m going to jump right into it. First of all, the authors’ battle between Neshinbara and Shakespeare-chan. I went over how she whooped Neshinbara in detail under the Explanations above, but it was their past that really piqued my interest. I’m very curious as to how those two went from a Tres España elementary school to entirely different countries, as well as whether they had a role in its destruction. But more than that, it’s Shakespeare-chan’s grudge that resonated with me. As an author, she has to be used to criticism – it may sting, but it’s just part of the job description. However, as a kid she wouldn’t have built up calluses to that kind of thing yet, so shouta Neshinbara’s criticism probably hurt her a lot. I think all of us can remember tiny things that really hurt our feelings as kids, so it’s a nice little touch to see that in her. Beware the kid you wound as a child, lest they grow up to be powerful and haven’t forgotten.
Fortunately, beating Shakespeare-chan in a one-on-one fight wasn’t Neshinbara’s entire plan, or Musashi would have been screwed. With Noriki and the other’s help, they held the Queen’s Cards off long enough for Musashi to perform one hell of a sliding turn, which whipped it around the island and lost the transport ship that Masazumi and the others were on in the process. Which brings me to the next part I enjoyed – Tenzou and Scarred (seiyuu unknown). I mentioned this under the explanation section, but Scarred is most likely a woman, which means this scene is ripe for some shipping! That slap, Tenzou shielding her with his body…ohhh, the hopeless romantic in me is getting excited!
Then there was Neshinbara and Malga. Neshinbara had some good bits, what with the revelation of the curse Shakespeare-chan had levied on him, and the fact that he was getting pilloried all over the net, but I liked the subtlety behind Malga’s worries a bit better. As a writer, it’s easy to not give enough attention to the secondary characters and leave them as one-dimensional characters with little depth, but Kawakami avoids this. He really focuses on every member of his cast and makes sure they each have unique attributes, worries, and motivations that keep them from being flat or boring characters. Someone being worried about what their lover thinks of them…there can be nothing more natural than that, but seeing it in a secondary character like Malga is what makes it noteworthy and impressive.
Finally, there was the scene between Felipe Segundo (Shiratori Tetsu), Juana, and Gin. That was hi-fuckin’-larious! Of course, the point of this scene (and the one with the Tres España characters before it) was to introduce Felipe, who is the Student Council President and Chancellor of Tres España, and to reveal the most important fact about him – after the Battle of Lepanto, he no longer feels he has any reason to live. A horrific battle where many lives were lost, and the only thing he takes pride in from it was having saved some Elven orphans in the aftermath. That reminded me of a particular scene from Fate/Zero (yes, I finally finished it!), and, along with Juana and Gin’s trip to give candy to the orphans, it made it even harder to hate Tres España than it was before. Not that, after Muneshige and Gin’s actions in Season 1, there was much of that happening anyway.
Still, the way they went about it was hilarious! Surprisingly though, the best part wasn’t even the extreme close-ups they included of certain areas, but rather Gin’s deadpan reactions to what she was seeing. Oh Gin, you’re so awesome!! All that judgment + “I wish I could get Muneshige-sama to do that for me” and “I wish Muneshige-sama had a mind like yours.” Oh man Muneshige, Gin wants you so bad! Take care of your wife, sir. Right now!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Musashi did a lot of losing this ep, but they won where it counted. Plus some subtle things went very, very right. #Kyoukaisen
- Shakespeare-chan’s Armament of Deadly Sins converts all the pain of its user – even the pain from the criticism of one’s work – into ether. I can understand that particular pain, I really can. In fact, I bet I understand it better than many. Still, you have to get over it, Shakespeare-chan! I forgive you for your grudge against Neshinbara since you were a little girl when he hurt you, but by now you have to know that criticism is just part of the job. Besides, if you’re not getting criticism, that probably means you’re doing something wrong…or worse yet, nobody is reading what you’re writing.
- By the way, let’s give credit where credit is due – Neshinbara might have gotten whooped by Shakespeare-chan, but he was instrumental in achieving their goal of stalling the British attack for long enough to “lose” the transport ship. There’s nothing wrong with losing a battle if it helps you win the war, even if people ridicule you for it on the net. Especially if people ridiculue you on the net.
- Poor Koni-tan. Ask and you shall receive, right? Lesson learned: don’t ask.
- Tenzou was useful twice in one episode! Not only did he help stop the ship from crashing off course (side note: that was a weird thing to write), but he was also the survival expert that kept everyone on the transport ship from starving. Too bad that wasn’t enough to stop Masazumi and Neito from dissing him for never having had a girlfriend. Poor Tenzou! It’ll be alright man. I see good things in your future.
- I approve of spear-fishing Futayo and all-girl uniform Masazumi. More please!
- Tamura Yukari as the Queen? There’s so much talent in this show. She can only be amazing. Can’t wait to see more!
- Political intercourse, HAH! Nice Toori. Seriously, only Toori can get yelled at by an entire country at once. That takes skill.
- I liked how you can clearly see that there are no letters between Juana’s thighs and breasts at the beginning of that scene. Sure, that could be a sign that Sunrise wasn’t animating things properly (conservation of detail and all that), but really I think they just didn’t want to ruin the surprise. Plus, I like to imagine that Juana was awake and secretly trolling Felipe. Go, Elf-girl! Get yo man!
ED2: 「ソラノウタ」 (Sora no Uta) by 奥井雅美 (Okui Masami)
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