Wow, this anime will probably never let go of Nova and Libertá. I thought we were getting an episode about Luca but I was wrong! While Luca was a catalyst for today’s story, the main plot was about our very well known duo. I don’t dislike Nova or Libertá at all, they’re both respectable characters in their own way, but it’s a bit frustrating to see them having so much screen time when there are so many other characters in this show deserving that kind of treatment. Most of the characters pointed out the fact that Nova, Libertá, and Felicitá are children who need to develop their powers; therefore all the adults are mischievously plotting this kind of events that might help them reach their goals. Does this mean that the duels won’t begin until most of the characters are equal in strength? It seems like that to me as the duels are getting further away while the Arcana development is becoming the main issue. I wouldn’t be disappointed in this show if my assumption would happen to be correct, but I’d be a bit sad because I really want to know more about the other characters in a way that won’t involve the children, except Felicitá of course.
Speaking of Felicitá, while being aware of her fate, she didn’t seem to be interested or even thinking about romance – until now. Mama’s letter to her probably opened up her eyes. If she doesn’t win, she will be married against her will. Felicitá’s reaction to the letter has me confused. Her facial expression clearly indicates embarrassment, but her heart says “gli amanti” which means ‘lovers’ in Italian. I’m not entirely sure what to make of that but I hope to see some romance soon – this is a shoujo anime after all. Like most otome shows, I don’t expect Felicitá to actually end up with someone, but at least, it’d be nice to have some typical shoujo clichés every now and then. We already know that some of the males are romantically interested in her – the latest one to reveal his feelings for Felicitá is Luca!
I didn’t expect Luca to hold any special feelings for Felicitá. To me, he appeared to have a fatherly role, or perhaps, an eccentric older brother who acts like a father – now, where have I seen that before? Luca’s feelings surprised me a little bit, but they’re also understandable. I doubt Felicitá will ever understand his affection for her with him being so over protective of her to the point that it might be slightly annoying.
Something else that surprised me today was Luca and Jolly’s relation. Who would’ve thought that Jolly could teach alchemy? He doesn’t seem very social to me; in fact, he’s the complete opposite of his student who doesn’t seem to like his teacher very much. I’m wondering why the family is ignoring Jolly’s personal experiments. With today’s episode we’ve learned that the family is aware of his unauthorized methods in the lab – so why aren’t they doing something about it? It’s a bit strange but I guess we’ll find out soon, hopefully.
Aside from the main events of this episode and the very short scene about Pace’s past, it seems like there is a cheater in Regalo’s casino. I don’t know her name yet, but I’m sure she’s voiced by Tamura Yukari. Hopefully we’ll see more of this little cheater in future episodes, however, it doesn’t seem like she’s part of the upcoming one next week, but Jolly and Debito are, so I’m looking forward to that!