「灰色の狼は同胞を呼びよせる」 (Haiiro no Ōkami wa Dōhō o Yobi Yoseru)
“The Gray Wolf Summons a Compatriot”
Almost unexpectedly, the story completely shifts focus to our golden haired heroine, and sure enough, my interest meter skyrockets. Whether it’s the sudden fragility she displays, or the endearing blushes exposing her dere, Victorique rightfully takes reign in being the center of attention. After all, who’s the goth(s)ic(k) one?
It is an odd thing to fight over though. A flick to the forehead does hurt, as I did it myself to see if it was worth the fuss, and regretted it several painstaking seconds later. Was there any reason to her overreaction? I thought she was completely pulling his leg, but she kept going with it. It was unbelievably cute no doubt, and it led to a “d’aww they made up” moment near the end. But I started to question why I like Victorique in the first place. Don’t I really just like her for her antics? Does that really make her a unique character? Are they not just simple things that millions of characters before her have done already? Her tiny frame mixed with a mature personality that contrasts her childish behavior seems to tap into that golden reservoir of nut bursting cuteness. There’s just something incredibly HNNNG about seeing a tiny girl move a luggage too large for her, and then when big Kujou decides to help, the silent treatment with puffy red cheeks promptly ensures my heart that it can’t take it. Exaggeration or not, there is definitely a craft to this, an art if you will, and Victorique is a fine mixture created from a history of tried and true personas.
Of course, moe-pandering can only get you so far, and as guilty as I am for being a sucker to it from time to time, a story like this should require some depth or it would just be silly. Thus, we receive background information! For me, none of it was really surprising from the hints dropped in each episode so far, but it was informative nonetheless. I’m unsure if this is just a mistranslation on their part, as it’s also mentioned that there’s a unique ability that the Gray Wolves possess, and for that reason, the Marquis de Blois decided to “incorporate” her into their bloodline. Yeah, that’s what I say to the ladies too. But seriously, what the shit? Is the Marquis some kind of genetic elitist? C’mon, the guy just wanted to sex up the local hot dancer while he was away for “work.” Then he learns she’s a criminal, and decides it had stained his bloodline. Would you believe the conceit of a guy who just had an affair? Perhaps polygamy was okay during this time, but damn. Still, I guess it’s like asking to be adopted by Bill Gates. I’d probably let him sex me too.
Regardless, the next generation always has to deal with the previous generation’s problems, leaving Victorique to clear up the mess Cordelia couldn’t fix. Barring the fact that her mother may still be alive, the village seems terrified of Cordelia, and if she didn’t commit the murder, then the village is either controlled by fear, or they’re all equally clueless. Enclosed villages tend to scare the shit out of me. There’s nothing more scary than the voice of an entire mob going against you, whether it’s to burn you at the stake for being a witch, or throwing stones at you until you die. The village elder seems reasonable enough so far, and they expelled Cordelia instead of killing her, so I don’t think we’ll see any of that here.
A fine start to a new arc indeed. The episode felt “comfortable” and it feels like it’s slowing down a bit, which is a good thing in this case. Throwing Avril away from this mystery was a slight disappointment, but the arc is definitely that of a bond strengthening for our mains instead. Things are getting good again. Perhaps always give shows six episodes instead of three eh?