「駒並べ《ウィークスクエア》」 (Koma Narabe “Uiikusukuea”)
The seamless integration of comedy, fanservice, and plot. You could be forgiven for thinking this episode was all for fun, until near the end when its absolutely vital themes became clear.
The Spying, Fallen Gods
I don’t have a lot to say on this, but I found it interesting that the Old Deus that died in the Great War and left Tet as the last of their number are still around in some form, and are spending their time spying on Tet. I don’t know if they have a chance of coming back if Tet falters, but I feel for Tet – beings who once launched such a violent and petty war for their own personal ambition, and killed each other in the process, aren’t the kind of vanquished foes I’d want hanging around. Go be dead like good relics of the past you bastard gods.
The Slacker Kings
On the level of surprises, Sora and Shiro resuming their hikikomori lifestyle is not one of them. It was damn funny though, from Shiro’s 36:00 quip to their NEET pride! Better though was Sora’s fear of becomimng a decent person and his intense desire to become a riajuu. For those who aren’t aware, a riajuu is someone who has a fulfilling real life, and part of that is having a girlfriend. Cue jealous Shiro! So adorable, ufufu~
Steph’s comment about how blackjack is a game of pure chance got all the laughter from me, and similar reactions from Sora and Shiro. “I bet he’s going to just count cards,” I thought. Bingo! The comedy is just superb in this show, from Steph’s reactions to the memory of her grandfather appearing and saying “If your opponent is another human, you’re just screwed.” AHAHAHA Steph, you loooose!
Wait, Steph Is Smart!?
What is with Sora and stripping three men of all their clothes via games? *points to episode one* But while I can occasionally anticipate where this show is going, I didn’t see Sora & Shiro’s utter shock at finding out that Steph is actually smart! What’s more, she graduated from high school, has a lot of friends, she’s rich, a princess, and she has big boobs…a riajuu! Steph is a riajuu! Zetsubou deshita!!
In related news, cue the angry sibling raep faces. Run away Steph, ruuuuun!
Kemonomimi Steph, Kemonomimi Empire!
Pet Kemonomimi Steph!? Hng~! Though nothing tops Sora’s new found goal of conquering the kemonomimi girl empire (the Warbeasts). I totally agree, Soraaa! You are my liege! (And Shiro my much more kawaii liege.)
There Is No Such Thing As Luck
This episode could have been all gags, but it wasn’t. Steph’s chain losing was still funny, especially as she lost more clothes and Shiro put them on – Branya, is that you? – but it got to something more important: that there’s no such thing as luck.
Now, in truth, that’s a lie. As author Neil Gaiman once said:
To all today’s graduates: I wish you luck. Luck is useful. Often you will discover that the harder you work, and the more wisely you work, the luckier you get. But there is luck, and it helps.
But believing there is no such thing as luck is what I call a useful lie. To marginalize the role of luck is to reinforce your ability to affect the outcome, and that puts the outcome more firmly under your control. That’s what I call a useful truth. Imanity kept losing because they believed in luck, and they believed that if they kept playing it would lead to their victory. That’s a wonderful story, but reality doesn’t bear it out. While Imanity was playing checkers, the other races were playing chess, and they were only playing once they had positioned themselves to win.
There is luck, and it helps, but it’s dangerous to depend on it. Never depend on luck. Slowly and consistently improve your position a little bit day after day, and soon you’ll be in a position where you’ll get lucky more often, and the momentum will swing your way. Right now, for Imanity that is poised on such a precipice, that means they need more knowledge, because knowledge is truly power. Unfortunately the damn old king lost it in a game. Idiots!
Looking Ahead – The Angel of Death…Sort Of
Normally something as glaring as the Kuuhaku siblings not asking Steph about the Flugel would annoy me, but since they thought she was an idiot until the very end of the episode – that heartwarming thanks, d’aaawww! – it makes a lot of sense.
Better yet was the approach to the Flugel’s lair in the old Elkian library. While the pantsu on Shiro’s head somewhat messed with the ominous air – hilariously so! – they did a good job of building up this loan Flugel as not an angel, but as death itself.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Hilarity ensues as Steph loses (& strips!), only for the truth to be revealed: luck is a lie, & Imanity needs more knowledge #nogenora 05
- Not sure why Steph was crying scales there. Anyone care to enlighten me? That was weird.
- They’re both so scared even though they’re the rulers. Does it make the speech last episode kind of unbelievable? Yes, but shut up they’re hilarious!
- Steph’s cookies were good because she was able to make the best of what she had. Just like Imanity must always do.
- Subtle point: they showed Steph’s pantsu in the Aschente right before Shiro took them. Love that foreshadowing! (Also, that jealous, vindictive loli imouto, ufufu~)
- Megane kemonomimi Steph, banzai!!
- First it was Jojo, then Phoenix Wright, and now Ghibli!? This series has some of the highest quality references I’ve ever seen!
- I love how they have once again skipped part of the ED to show more of the episode. It’s like they actually care about doing this right. Ishizuka Atsuko is without a doubt one of the most promising directors I’ve seen in a while. Keep it up!