In the militia, Welkin gets assigned command of his own squad, number 7, and his request for the Edelweiss and Isara to join him is approved. To her surprise, Alicia is placed under his command as a non-commissioned officer, and the two run into Faldio, one of Welkin’s university friends. Faldio questions why Welkin joined the militia since he hates fighting, so Welkin reveals that his experience at Bruhl made him want to end this war as soon as possible. Welkin and Alicia then meet the rest of Squad 7, and Welkin gives a speech about how everyone’s lives are more important than anything else. This is met by scorn from two veterans of the squad, Largo and Rosie, and the latter is especially hostile towards Isara because she’s a Darcsen. It comes to a head when Squad 7 is sent on a mission to the town of Vasel to regain control over a key bridge, and Rosie picks on Isara before the battle.
In order to deal with the lack of respect from Rosie and Largo, Welkin proposes a deal where he’ll resign if he can’t recapture the bridge in two days’ time. If he succeeds, then they’ll have to follow his orders. Unbeknownst to them, Welkin has a plan that stems from his knowledge of nature allowing him to predict that it will be foggy early the next morning. Under this cover, he splits his squad up and has them cross the river by boat while he and Isara drive the waterproofed Edelweiss underwater to the other side where the Imperial forces are. This amphibious attack catches the Imperials completely off-guard, and Squad 7 is easily able to rout the unprepared enemy. In just a short while, Welkin has recaptured the bridge and the other side of town for Gallia. In the aftermath, Largo and Rosie respect and are willing to follow Welkin, but Rosie still refuses to accept Isara.
Although the fighting was pretty one-sided again and over rather quickly because the Edelweiss is just that powerful (I’m waiting for the upgrade that allows it to fly and shoot nukes), I still enjoyed the battle and the overall episode. It’s good to see that the male lead in a series like this has some leadership skills and isn’t an idiot or oblivious to what’s going on around him, unlike a certain someone. Alicia remains a very likable heroine as well, and she continues to react with some great facial expressions.
There was a slight drop in the animation quality this week, but that’s to be expected since we’re in the middle stretch of the series now. What I don’t understand is why the Imperials across the river would just let Welkin and Alicia lie there on the river bank like they were on a picnic without shooting at them. You’d think they’d post snipers or something to watch the other side. In fact, the Imperials in general have been pretty wimpy, and I’m glad that the true antagonists are going to show up next week. The preview also seems to suggest that there will be a lull in the action, but watching Alicia overreact should be pretty amusing.