「ソルトフィッシュ」 (Soruto Fisshu)
Doing things for the sake of a loved one isn’t always healthy, literally.
It’s been fairly obvious for a while now that Anna isn’t quite what she’s pretended to be. Since she first appeared, she seemed too knowledgeable, too convenient a presence to simply be in on it for goodwill. It was made obvious last week that things would turn out this way (and there were plenty of small hints along the way), but even at the moment when it seemed best for her to reveal her colors, she’s decided to stick with the Ferrari girls. I think that’s the trope of developed affection acting up, but I think Anna always cared about Hozuki and her sisters to some extent. Her concern when the girls have been ill or hurt has always felt at least somewhat genuine, and though her role is that of spy and motivator for the girls to find the treasure, she’s definitely not keen on the idea of letting the girls die on her watch. In fact, I think that the thing that makes her happy has already begun to shift from her love for Roberto to protecting the descendants of Galileo, and not because they’re important historically.
For one thing, Anna’s reason for doing what she is doing now is unhealthy and I suspect a little too much for her moral consciousness. Loving someone with all your heart and doing anything for them is a romantic sentiment, but in real life, it’s not fair to oneself, nor healthy, to do so at the expense of other things that are important to you. It isn’t as fulfilling as people think to live fully for the sake of someone else, especially when something else they deem important is on the line. Anna, I think, really loves the girls, and no matter how much she wants to convince herself that her love for Roberto is more important, I don’t doubt she will eventually change her mind if they come under further danger.
On another note, I found Kazuki’s reasoning for giving away the hourglass more mature than the last time she wanted things to end. Whereas last time she just wanted to go home, the right thing to do be damned, this time she wants to protect her family, even if it means losing something as important as the hourglass. Thankfully Roberto decides to let them go (that could have easily been a disaster, he’s not a man of much mercy after all), but I think the girls all learn a little something from it anyway. Hazuki, at least, is not about to let the world get her down even if it’s beaten them with all it’s got, and though her optimism is a tad naive, it should definitely help them get somewhere. The hourglass may be gone, but there are still sketches to be found, and to Hozuki’s delight, Japan is the next stop on the map.