「いままでどこほっつき歩いていたのよ！」 (Ima Made Doko Hottsukiaruite ita no yo!)
“Where Have You Been?!”
More characters are introduced, and the story’s scale grows larger as powerful factions get involved with Maou’s plans. I feel like the story is picking up steam, with some of the conflicts that have been building promising to boil over in the episodes ahead.
One of the biggest events in this episode was the proper introduction of Onna Kishi (lit: Female Knight, Sawashiro Miyuki). There were signs of love triangle in the air, with Onna Kishi being so clearly torn up over Yuusha’s supposed death. That said, I wasn’t getting vibes of a true love triangle, in that two characters are seriously competing for the love of one person. Consider the following: Onno Kishi is now a nun, she’s very tsundere, and Yuusha is still going all deredere for Maou (and she in return). Given all that, I just don’t see Onna Kishi as a serious “threat”. Mostly she’ll just act as an impetus that pushes Maou and Yuusha’s relationship forward, such as we saw here when Maou got all jealous talking about Yuusha’s “old flames”. So cute!!
As for Onna Kishi herself, I liked her instantly, though to be fair any tough female character voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki gets automatic points in my book. The interesting thing was that her introduction emphasized a trait of Yuusha’s quite well. Despite becoming a prioress (definition: “a nun in charge of a priory or ranking next below the abbess of an abbey”, which basically means she’s in the top tier of middle management for an abbey), Yuusha knew that her feminine act was bullshit, and deftly brought the real her back out. A manly Onna Kishi is fine too! That, combined with how he noticed Maou’s sad faces (that even she didn’t realize she was making) shows how perceptive he is, even when he’s not always all that smart.
Potatoes for World Peace!
So we found out what was inside Maou’s box (hur hur hur…sorry) from last week, and it was none other than potatoes! This amused me to no end, since I’ve long claimed that potatoes are a miracle food. Think about it: they’re cheap, full of nutrients, easy to cook (and taste great, with only a little skill), and they’re cheap. (Clearly, you can see my favorite thing about them.) Plus, they’re off the charts on the satiety index! Maou adds to this the fact that they can grow almost anywhere, they do so underground (which stops birds to getting to them), and they do so quickly, allowing 3x the harvests of wheat. Clearly they are a miracle food, and fit into Maou’s plans quite nicely; the more people who are growing potatoes, the fewer who will starve to death, and it’ll let those impoverished Southern Nations (those are the cold ones) support themselves instead of having to fight the demons for aid money just to survive. Plus, if you add a little olive oil, paprika, some cayenne pepper, a little garlic powder, and toss em into the oven for a while, you get…frack. Now I’m hungry. Better write faster.
The Compass, and Controlling the Alliance
The other big faction to get involved in the story was the Economic Alliance of Free Merchants and Southern Independent Cities, or simply the Alliance. What I found most fascinating was how Maou bought them so quickly. What she sent them was a dry compass, which is valuable for its ability to accurately tell what direction a ship is going, even if it’s pitching and rolling in violent seas. With this compass installed on their ships, the Alliance will lose far fewer shipments to getting thrown off course in bad weather, improving their profits through decreased risk. Maou sent them a veritable fortune in a box…and they know it. Already Seinen Shounin (lit: Young Merchant, Kamiya Hiroshi) is wondering what she is after.
Onna Mahoutsukai & Kuro Kishi – Into the Demon World
Alas, the rabu-rabu times are about to go on hiatus, as Yuusha is off to find his old comrade Onna Mahoutsukai (lit: Female Magician, Fukuen Misato), who went into the demon world after him. For those of you who have been aching for more action, Yussha donning the black armor and becoming Kuro Kishi (lit: the Black Knight) in order to go around and “deal with” the rowdier demons in Maou’s absence (while quietly searching for Onna Mahoutsukai on the side) should give us some of that (probably). But what I most enjoyed was the last burst of lovey-dovey we got before he left.
Maou is just so cute!! Gushing aside, I loved Meido Chou’s lecture about Maou’s useless meat. For those who were wondering how Maou could possibly not realize how attractive she is, you have your answer. Clearly you need a new hobby, Meido Chou. And yes, perhaps Yuusha loses some points for passing up a wonderful opportunity in exchange for a kiss on the forehead, but he is nothing if not consistent (what a virgin). Mostly though, this little interaction proves that they’re both still awkward when it comes to love, and that Onna Kishi and Onna Mahoutsukai’s main roles (romantically speaking) will be to incite jealousy in Maou to move things forward. Oh, they’ll do other things as well – the OP is quite clear on that – I’m just not expecting this to become a harem comedy. Economics, politics, and useless meat, that’s the ticket!
More of Maou being jealous seems to be on the docket for next episode, as well as the first of Kuro Kishi’s sojourn into the demon world (I assume). Hopefully we’ll get to see some more demon-like demons, as well as how the political situation is on their side. Also, maybe some intimidating Yuusha as well? I guess we’ll find out!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Onna Kishi, the church, the Alliance, & more all get into the action as Maou’s plans plow ahead. Also: eat potatoes for world peace! #Maoyuu
- I like how Yuusha feels like the “Light Spirit” is more of a friend than an object of worship. It reminds me of warriors (soldiers, police officers, etc) who say that Death isn’t an enemy, but an old friend they’ve walked beside many times. To me, that’s a much more pleasant way to think of such things, and it’s in no way diminishing of a mortal’s pride. Plus, it makes Maou feel less guilty about using the church.
- In case you haven’t realized by now, Maou and Yuusha don’t go by those names while in the human world, as that’d sort of blow their cover. Maou goes by Kurenai no Gakushi (lit: Crimson Scholar) and Yuusha goes by Shiro no Kenshi (lit: White Swordsman). Everyone’s “names” are job and attribute descriptions (according to an old Japanese literary tradition), so if they need a new one – or they change what they do – they can just change their names like that.
- For some reason, I enjoy the fact that it’s Yuusha who has been teleporting them around. Forgive me for playing too many RPGs, but I tend to assume that the greatest fighters are going to be light in the magic department. To see him tossing out some powerful magic is fun indeed!
- Between not being able to farm because he couldn’t control his strength, and getting 15 gold pieces and some flashy onee-chans to give a rousing speech that should have netted him several million, Yuusha really is a failure of a hero. Zetsubou deshita!
- Special props for Meido Chou’s Zerg Theory of Romance. “In war, the most important things is quantity. Surround and overwhelm a man’s reason, and you don’t even need strategy!” Or is that the Xykon Theory of Romance? (If any of you get that reference, I mean the specific scene, I will love you forever. You massive nerds you.)