「剣を取って、我が主」 (Ken o Totte, Waga Omo)
“Take This Sword, My Lord”
“They say when you encounter something big, something your experience and knowledge can’t handle, you change.” It’s true, Seinen Shounin, and you aren’t the only one who has changed. Let’s talk about heroes.
Seinen Shounin Joins the Conspiracy
First off, colour me impressed. While I thought that Meido Ane’s acting was actually quite good – for a second I even thought that Koshimizu Ami was doing the voice, instead of Tomatoes – Seinen Shounin saw through her instantly. More interesting though, was the interaction between him and Yuusha. What struck me first was how much Yuusha has changed, in that he was able to recognize how much Seinen Shounin has changed. That kind of perception is almost Maou-like, which is good to see. Yuusha really is coming into his own, and stepping up to her level in ways he once couldn’t – or more probably, didn’t realize he could.
I also enjoyed how Yuusha decided to bring Seinen Shounin into the conspiracy. He’s a good judge of character, though I suppose he always has been – maybe the only reason he has so impressed me here is that he’s finally getting a chance to shine with more than his overpowered combat abilities. I wasn’t sure what he meant by his price for Gate City, though. He wants Seinen Shounin to show him that which cannot be expressed by loss and gain. Peace? Love? Happiness? I’m not sure, though maybe he just wants Seinen Shounin to keep growing. That’s an exciting proposition for me, because for a man who can see the worth of Gate City at a glance to become even more formidable…well, he could be a great ally indeed. A greater one.
Maou, Onna Mahoutsukai, & Meido Chou’s Promise
I wanted a little more from the meeting between Onna Mahoutsukai and Maou, but I guess that wasn’t to be. More interesting were the words that passed between Maou and Meido Chou. It sounds as if dancing with the former demon kings may make Maou lose herself. That Meido Chou would promise to slay her if need be…well, consider my curiosity piqued. More please!
Perhaps it is providence that I was reading some of the Medaka Box manga earlier that dealt with a similar theme. It is comforting in a way to devote yourself totally to another, because once you do, you no longer have to doubt. The way ahead is clear, your duty is obvious – do absolutely everything in your power for that person you so admire, and that is it. That said, I’ve never been much of a fan of such plot lines, so I wasn’t sure how to feel about Onna Kishi asking Yuusha to make her his knight. I will say this, though – it was a bit heartrending to know that she did it because she realized she could never beat Maou for Yuusha’s affections. Other than that, LOL to Yuusha for his last line. You think there’s a return policy on a knight’s service? Sorry bud, but once you take her, you take her until death. It’s kind of like…ufufu~
Looking Ahead – The Heroes They Need
Damn the Church and damn their leaders! While they were being painted as pretty good up until now – or at least, Onna Kishi’s branch was – their equivalent of the Pope and his cronies have pulled some political bullshit to try to get rid of someone they see as a threat. With the true Kurenai no Gakushi still away, it falls to the others to figure out what to do.
I was once again struck by how Maou-like Yuusha has become. When everyone else was flustered and didn’t know what to do, he stood up and acted like a true leader. Or really, as a hero. I especially liked how he admonished Toujaku Ou, tell him to not say what they were all thinking, and that he would do it instead. He was right – it would be best if Toujaku Ou never acquires the habit of treating his people like pawns that can be sacrificed to appease foreign powers. Once he starts down that road…well, it’s better for Yuusha to step forward and do what needs to be done instead. After all, that’s what a hero can do.
Speaking of heroes, we have another one in Meido Ane. Though I’m sure she trusts Yuusha to save her, it takes guts to step into the dragon’s jaws. Really, it was a good scene overall. Between her bravery, her little sister’s confusion, the regret from Rou Yumihei and the others, and Yuusha’s heroic resolve – and all tied together with the darkness, the flickering fire, and the hauntingly beautiful music playing in the background – it conveyed the character’s frustrated worry quite well. I look forward to Meido Ane selling her role hard next episode, and hopefully Yuusha’s big damn hero moment (trope!) when he pulls her out of the fire.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Glory be to the show of highly competent characters! Seinen Shounin, Yuusha, Onna Kishi, Meido Ane…too many badasses to list out! #maoyuu
- Meido Imouto almost toppling over during the tea scene was adorable. Loved how Seinen Shounin looked like he was going to have a heart attack ! Side note: I really enjoy how Meido Imouto carries a little footstool on her back. Clever girl.
- There was some major QUALITY again this episode. C’mon ARMS, stop skimping on the animation budget! Also, stop skimping on the Karyuu Koujo as well. She’s awesome!
- An ecchi, boob-oggling Yuusha and Seinen Shounin are nice too.
Author’s note: Sorry for the late post. I usually try to do this post before I go out drinkin’, but I planned badly yesterday. Sorry about that! I’ll try to do better next time.