「｢お帰りなさい、勇者！｣｢ああ、爺さん…ただいまだ！｣」 (｢Okaerinasai, Yuusha!｣｢Aa, Jiisan…Tadaimada!｣)
“｢Welcome back, Yuusha!｣｢Yeah, Old Man. I’m back!｣”
You wanted action? Here it is. The battle to retake Bright Light Island unfolds, with plenty of meddling from Maou and Yuusha.
Establishing a Beachhead
I have to give it to the humans / Maou – after the thrashing they got last time, they found a good way around it. So they’re at a disadvantage at sea? Go by land! Smart. I’m also impressed with how the humans made it out with so few casualties, what with the demons packing giant squids and shark soldiers by the dozens. I guess it just goes to show you that while quality may be better than quantity, quantity has a quality all its own. Or that pointy metal still > everything else.
Scaring the Soldiers Away From Gate City
I’m still trying to decide whether Maou and Yuusha’s plan to scare soldiers away from Gate City and towards Bright Light Island was brilliant or convenient. I have a feeling we’re suffering from adaptation decay here…I feel like there’s more to this than I saw here, but since I haven’t read the light novels or the manga, I can’t say if that’s true or not. As it stands though, it seemed a bit abrupt. So Yuusha scared them shitless – why did they then go to Bright Light Island? Perhaps that was the only way out, but that once against feels convenient. Source material readers, feel free to chime in. As is, I’m unsure how I feel.
As for how Yuusha actually went about scaring the soldier, it made me laugh. Those fairies certainly were frightening! Well, when they were in winged skull form, at least. I have to once again question why they continued to be afraid of this mysterious being who consistently didn’t kill anyone…but eh, enough of that. Moving on.
Fighting the Ice General
Onna Kishi is, of course, a badass. Here’s the action that some of you were hoping for, and it was…well, it was alright. I’m of two minds about the whole thing. On the one side, I think a story should stick to what it’s good at, and Maoyuu is great at negotiation, economics, higher-level strategy, and adorable Maou x Yuusha love. On the other hand, I expect even action stories to have decent romance if they decide to portray it, so why shouldn’t I expect the same of action here? The animation got a bit sloppy at times, but most of all the fight lacked tension – I didn’t for even a second feel like Onna Kishi was on the ropes, so it wasn’t especially stirring. In fact, establishing the beachhead was more interesting, which says something. Action? Yes. One-on-one action? Maybe not Maoyuu’s strong point. Or maybe it’s just been lost in translation, who knows.
It’s interesting, but Maou seems to be actively working against “her side”, the demons. But is she really? It’s worth asking what her side really is. Is it the demons…or is it the side of peace? Spoiler alert: it’s the latter. That doesn’t mean she’s going to feel great about getting one of her own killed. Battle hungry though he may have been, he was still her general. Best keep holding her, Yuusha.
Rou Yumihei and a Happy World
Hello, warm and fuzzies! I supremely enjoyed the meeting between Yuusha and Rou Yumihei at the end. But let me back up – I enjoyed every time Rou Yumihei opened his mouth. Why are old, gray-haired men so awesome in anime? From him hitting on Maou (and suffering for it) to his casual insults of Onna Kishi’s chest, the perverted old man made me laugh more than anyone else so far. And what about all those awesome (perverted) things he taught Yuusha? Definitely a winner!
Anyway, the talk between Rou Yumihei and Yuusha. The thing about Rou Yumihei is that I feel like he’s looking out for Yuusha more than anyone else. Now don’t get me wrong – Maou, Onna Kishi, and Onna Mahoutsukai are all certainly looking after him in their own ways, as he is of them. It’s just that Rou Yumihei seems to be looking out for more than his physical safety. While the others scrambled to see if Yuusha was alive, Rou Yumihei went about creating a place where Yuusha could feel at ease. He’s looking out for not just Yuusha’s life, but his soul and peace of mind. To me, it feels like Rou Yumihei is looking after Yuusha as a troubled young man, while the others are standing beside him as companions to the Hero. All valid…but somehow, it’s the perverted old man who sees the human behind the legend.
Or so it seems to me. Whatever the case, it’s a sure thing that the country Rou Yumihei has tried to foster is a good one. Their king is wise and kind, and any country that can get Onna Kishi in that dress is doing something right in my book. So what if she has small breasts? Manly Onna Kishi is great, but girly Onna Kishi is amazing too. Hubbah hubbah!
I honestly haven’t the faintest what to expect. A lot of plot threads have been taken care of…except that one about Gate City becoming a place where demons and humans meet. I got echoes of Istanbul, a crossroads of civilizations, where different cultures mingle and clash in a glorious kaleidoscope of everyday life. Now that two of the sore spots are more or less taken care of, it’ll be interesting to see what Maou and Yuusha have planned next.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Battle for Bright Light Island! It’s time for some action as Onna Kishi, Maou, Yuusha, & Rou Yumihei all get in on the fun #maoyuu
- Dat Onna Kishi glomp!! Hng~
- Writer’s Note: next week’s post will come out a little later than usual. I have a friend coming into town for the first time in like two years, so I’ll be otherwise occupied for the entire weekend. Fortunately, Moomba has been kind enough to agree to cover next week’s post in my stead! Expect it to appear sometime Saturday morning (US time), since he already has a lot to do on Friday. Thank you for your understanding.