「アリババの答え」 (Aribaba no Kotae)
Everyone must’ve been surprised, myself included, when the possibility of a republic, proposed by Alibaba himself, was brought into reality. Although I am a little guilty of spoiling myself about this show through wiki snooping, I was genuinely surprised even then at the outcome of Balbadd’s government. Like many of other like-minded, I fell into the mindset that a continuing monarchy, though more benevolent, would become the ultimate fate of Balbadd. Anarchy seemed to not fit with Magi’s message and a republic…never really slipped my mind.
Yet it has been done and done quite realistically. The uncertainty of the coup d’etat still lingers within Balbadd’s populace, especially at the beginning of Alibaba’s speech, but a faint hope now permeates the city, with waves of rukh, both white and black, covering its skyline. Something great has happened, where the vicious cycle of an incompetent monarchy has finally come to a close. Though darker tides still come in the forms of evil bankers, suppliers, and violent anarchists, the seeds of hope for the people of Balbadd are rooting themselves in, finally giving them something tangible to hope for.
Of course, this is all thanks to Ali Baba who finally got his act straight and stood his ground. Political intrigue is something I treasure to see in anime (yet not in real life), as it always portrays a battle of negotiations and mind games that always makes the debaters more respectable people. Ali Baba, finally uses the best traits within him in sync to achieve what neither commoner or noble thought possible. With the combination of his royal upbringing/education and his travels as a commoner, Ali Baba came up with this fairly fascinating and bold concept of the republic, something that even Sinbad couldn’t predict. However, just proposing the idea wasn’t enough for our exiled prince: standing his ground on the issue is what actually made him the admirable character this week, against an empire that could easily crush Balbadd in a few days. It is true that the ultimate success of this operation would not be possible without the help of Sinbad and his political and manly charms, but most of the foundation lay with the quick thinking of Ali Baba. With his ability to identify the weaknesses in Kougyoku’s position, he successfully negotiated a forestall with highly risky, yet compromising moves that only the most stalwart negotiator could propose. Literally was everyone gasping or shrinking their eyes every minute or so as Ali Baba bullshitted his way to victory…truly deserving of claps.
Kougyoku put on a good show too, especially after she found out that her betrothed was the one and only Abhmad, With her pride crushed and resisting to go postal, Kougyoku deserves some props for holding on as long as she could to her original mission. In the end she did benefit from this arrangement, with the lovely Sinbad promising our lovely princess a visit in her own home country. I feel that her presence in the show will not dissipate after this arc due to her significant screentime and attachment to Sinbad, and as such, we’ll see more of her lovely antics as the OP suggests! Wouldn’t a union between the Kou Empire and Sindria’s Alliance be amazing?
But alas, a bigger conflict is about to bloom, perhaps suggesting the grand finale of the Balbadd arc. Kassim quickly approaches with the hardcore members of the Fog Troupe, enhanced by the dark rukh of the supplier. Judal deserves some small mention, as both light and dark rukh surround his presence as he completes his recovery. Aladdin is on the brink of recovery as the light rukh around him strengthens a ridiculous amount, enough to manifest into a phoenix. With both sides of the rukh in full flow in Balbadd, we can expect that this (fairly) bloodless revolution won’t stay bloodless for long.