「つばめとひなむく」 (Tsubame to Hinamuku)
“Swallow and Young Starling”
After weeks of nonstop action and literally changing the rules that dictate the world, this week’s episode made a complete 180 and brought us into some unexplored territory — Shiroe’s weaknesses and the problems with being in love. And cakii!
Akatsuki and Minori — Rivalry at its finest!
Going off of what Stilts slightly touched on last week, I think it has become pretty clear how the pair feel about Shiroe. With both of them approaching the “Shiroe” situation slightly differently, let’s break it down a bit and take a closer look at the two. Because what better time is there than an episode that mostly focuses on them?
Starting with the girl who showed up first at least episodically, how can you not support Akatsuki? What she lacks in that girlish charm and trendy fashion sense is made up with her complete and utter loyalty to Shiroe. She’s been there with him since this whole apocalypse thing started and when there’s work to be done, you can bet she’ll be there to be his right hand woman. And let’s not forget that she does have a huge level and skill advantage over most characters! Like a certain character from another show about MMORPGs once said, these kinds of game are essentially about numbers. And numbers can be exploited.
On the other hand, you have the adorable Minori who’s been rapidly maturing. Essentially the polar opposite of Akatsuki in terms of personality, she’s the cute kouhai who knows exactly how to be the perfect waifu. What she lacks in seniority she makes up with the fact that she’s essentially Shiroe’s apprentice. Plus, if the events of the past few episodes slipped your mind let’s not forget that she was able to make him drop everything on a moments notice to come to her aid.
So you basically have two perfect girls gunning for the same guy — of course there’s going to be some rivalry! The thing is, I’m not 100% sure if it’s going to matter. Why you may ask? Because if there’s one thing that Shiroe isn’t comfortable at, it’s dealing with others when the issue is about him. More about that later in the post!
Shiroe’s Only Weakness Redux, Cakii, and Misconceptions
As omnipotent as Shiroe seems, these past two weeks have done a great job at highlighting that he is still human like the rest of us. With last week focusing on how his introverted nature is causing him to ignore the importance of things like public relations, this week put the emphasis on just how weak his person-to-person skills are when he isn’t being the villain in glasses. Because there were moments this week that just make you go “Come on Shiroe! What were you you thinking?!
The cake buffet I think is a prime example of how Shiroe is doing more harm than good on all fronts. I think it was pretty clear that the whole point of it was to have couples come in and act all lovey-dovey while feeding cake to each other. Because what better time is there to do things like that than during a festival? The thing is, as I watched the whole scene play out there was something that kept popping up in my mind — how highly would you think of someone who brought two girls to an implied couples only event? Two-timing, jerk, and other negative adjectives is what came to my mind. Adding on to what Stilts touched on last week, the world of politics is a ruthless place. And with Shiroe letting others define his reputation, it seems like it’s still spiraling out of control in the worst possible way.
And to add insult to injury, the whole thing brought to the surface just how messed up this whole love triangle is. As I said earlier, Shiroe’s introverted nature is probably hindering his ability to handle the situation in front of him. I say probably because I don’t think he’s dense enough to be completely oblivious of how Minori and Akatsuki feel about it. However, if I were to make a guess based off of what we’ve seen it looks like he’s going in circles with the whole thing. By no means is it entirely his fault, but in this case the guy has to be the one to affirm or disaffirm those feelings, right?
But what literally made my jaw drop was the comment Shiroe made when Akatsuki was rubbing his forehead. I don’t know if it was the best place to rub (I’m sure Shino would have had better ideas) but come on, COULD HE REALLY THINK EVERYTHING SHE’S DOING IS PART OF HER ROLEPLAYING A SHINOBI SERVING HER LORD? Not only would that throw a huge wrench in her getting anywhere with him but until this is cleared up I’m going to feel so awkward whenever I see them interact.
Touya #1 Brother JP
Man, I feel like I’ve been pretty negative throughout most of this post! Luckily there were two moments of pure bliss for me. Those were watching Minori not give up hope on her dreams and Touya with his profound of wisdom for his twin sister.
Something about the way Touya bluntly phrased things resonated so clearly with me that I couldn’t help but smile as he helped Minori figure out just what she has to do. And even though I am a bit concerned with what may happen now that she’s decided to put her foot down and go for it, I’m excited to see where things go. Because what she figured out is something that most people never even realize — you can’t give up before you’ve even tried.
Looking Ahead — Minori’s Chance to Shine
After an episode of cakii that I probably took a little too seriously but still tremendously enjoyed, it looks like next week is Minori’s chance to shake things up.
If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading the post! I hope you weren’t too disappointed that Stilts isn’t here this week. He will be back next week though, so please make sure to leave a comment on his post that he missed the cakii c;
- Minori’s cake eating face is priceless.
TouyaAshlynn(?), and Akatsuki Nuigurumi? Yes, please.
- So. Many. Cute. Faces.
- Shiroe is such a dick LOL. I can’t believe he sent Soujirou to his death!
- For Stilts — Cakii? More Cakii! Too much Cakii.
- Touya! I didn’t know you swung that way!