「サッカー…サッカー？」 (Sakkaa… Sakkaa?)
As anyone who’s been to a real futball match knows, it’s not all high-fives and shirtless bro hugs. It’s a warzone. Never before has this been more literal.
Elbia x Ball & Minori’s BL Rampage
The prime contenders for the Comedy Award of the week have to go to Elbia and Minori. I enjoyed Elbia surrendering to her instincts again – last time I thought her dirty clothes would be a sign of her being up to no good, but this was much more amusing – but really, she can’t hold a candle to Minori. Her going after Elbia with an automatic weapon because she nicked her ball was one thing, but I loved how she was using the elf team as her personal cosplay dolls, up to teaching them to exchange shirtless hugs after scoring!! Blame her passions indeed – Minori is a terror when she’s in fujoushi mode, but she’s hilarious!
Rice & Petrarca
The Hng~ Award of the week definitely goes to Petrarca. I’m firmly on the Myuseru ship, but for a loli tsundere Petrarca can be extremely endearing at times. I guess it’s her innocence – when Shinichi offhandedly referred to her as a bishoujo, she was putty in his hands, and fortunately he only took advantage of it enough to live out one of his otaku dreams. Seriously, I’m telling you Shinichi – Myuseru as waifu, Elbia as mistress, and visit Petrarca on the weekends. You can do this. Make it happen.
Sports Tear Us Apart
As soon as Shinichi suggested this “friendly match”, I knew how it would end. The funny thing is, his idea wasn’t totally bad – sports can bring people together, or at the very least take a dangerous conflict and bring it to safer grounds. The thing is, you have to mix them up. When he set up the game as elves vs dwarves, that meant it was still elves vs dwarves, and you’re not going to solve anything when the two sides are still opposed to one another. What would have worked is if he had mixed them up, like he did with throwing humans, elves, and dwarves all in the same classroom. Then it’s not elves vs dwarves, it’s one team vs another, and no matter who the spectators are rooting for, they’re rooting for both elves and dwarves. Then they would have been working together as well, and learning the value of the other group’s abilities.
But of course, Shinichi didn’t do that, and we got ethnic strife instead. Not that it may have helped – with the dwarves so much more powerful in a purely physical sense, they would have dominated the game until magic was opened up, in which case it would have been a war anyway. Though really as long as any players can make craters of the field at will, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. I don’t know what sport they could play together, but I can’t imagine it’d be a pretty one. People would die. Or at least real estate would.
The High-Five That Changed the World
The highlight of the episode was when Petrarca entered the game. It was silly, her plan with Myuseru to score a goal on nobody, but there was unknowing genius in what she did. It has been said that all evil starts with treating people as things, and with bigotry that’s absolutely true. It all falls apart when the bigot realizes the targets of their discrimination are people too, though, and Petrarca has made this leap. What remains is for it to spread.
I am reminded of a certain Discworld books where, in two handshakes, a king does more to heal divisions with marginalized groups and old enemies than any number of peace activists could after hundreds of years of lobbying. It was a masterful stroke, and what that character did knowingly Petrarca did innocently. No one high-fives and holds hands with an inferior; that’s the realm of equals, and by doing these things with a half-elf Petrarca unknowingly showed that she considered Myuseru, this half-elf and servant, as her equal. They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, and it is, but symbols are strongest of all. In one move Petrarca sent a shock wave through her kingdom, and no matter the trouble it may cause, in the long run it will lead to something beautiful. Hell, it’s something beautiful right now.
Looking Ahead – A Half-Elf Maid in Japan
Please oh please, I dearly hope this is what I think it will be. Please tell me Myuseru is visiting Japan with Shinichi. That would be phenomenal. Pretty please!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Soccer is a war. Though Shinichi’s plan failed, in one innocent act Petrarca may have changed everything #ob_c 06
- Oh noes, Romilda is into BL. The perfect eternal loli waifu just became dangerous. Don’t let Minori near her! Minori’s BL ends lives.
- Myuseru-sensei? I would never be able to pay attention during her class. Especially if she still wore her meido clothes oh gods.
- This week’s D’aawww Award goes to Shinichi for wanting the dwarves and elves to get along better at least in part so half-elves like Myuseru will get better treatment. Her reaction, those feels…d’aaawww!
- Romilda is the Princess of Soccer!
- Galius yoooou! *dies laughing*
- Did you notice those cameras the JSDF had? Ten bucks says those’ll be important later on. Watch for it.
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