「約束の大地」 (Yakusoku no Daichi)
“The Promised Land”
After the Christmas episode last time, it’s nice to see Niche clinging onto Lag’s arm again. Here, she accompanies him on a routine letter delivery which eventually mends the relationship between the sender and the recipient. Things were somewhat episodic, but at least Niche demonstrated some expert melee circle strafing for us.
As fun as that was to see, it was a bit strange having other human characters being the cause of problems. I’ve grown so accustomed to running into new Gaichuus every week that the idea of an evil tycoon forcibly taking over land to build a gambling house was the farthest thing from my mind. That being the case, it was a refreshing change watching Promessa Prometas (the sender) try to retrieve a letter containing experimental rapid-growth flower seeds he sent to Pistis, the woman he left behind five years ago. I couldn’t really stand the aforementioned tycoon Galador and his goon’s meddling to get Pistis’ land though, so it was nice to see them get victimized by Niche for drugging her, Lag, and Steak and stealing the letter.
Given the brevity of the story, it was a bit hard to get attached to any of the characters introduced here; however, I felt they did a decent job giving Promessa and Pistis a conclusive ending. (i.e. The two of them deciding to get married after Promessa kept his promise of giving Pistis a field full of flowers for her birthday.) Amidst all this, they were also able to reiterate how Lag can’t leave those he can help alone. Once Niche accidentally cut up the letter and Pistis didn’t want anything to do with Promessa anymore, Lag was well on his way to firing his shindan to clear things up. Lately, it’s been the universal fix for misunderstandings, so I’m actually quite pleased he didn’t have to use it here — it’s just too easy of a solution.
Overall, this week’s showing was all right despite feeling a bit episodic like I mentioned above. Up until now, none of the previous episodes have really felt as such, so I’m curious as to whether we’re in store for more. Personally, I’d like to see things focus more on Lag’s journey to find Gauche, but I understand that he needs some character growth before getting there. Question is, just how many of these character growth type episodes will there be?
* The broadcast is taking a week off. Episode 14 will air on January 9th, 2010.