「指向法《ブルー・ローズ》」 (Shikou-hou “Buruu Rouzu”)
Mostly funny, mostly silly, this episode was roundly hilarious while still elaborating on character back stories and delivering us to the stage of Kuuhaku’s biggest victory yet. Hopefully.
Feel is an S! Jibril is an M!
No two ways about it, Feel is surprisingly brutal. From wishing Elven Guarde would burn down to casually revealing Clammy’s insecurities, she just does not fuck around! It’s an interesting contrast given the obvious love she has for Clammy, but it also makes her for more entertaining than the doting parent / Clammy-sexual I thought she was going to be.
But best of all was still her forcing Jibril to get down on her hands and knees and lick her feet. S! Feel is an S because she made Jibril lick her shoes! She truly is surprisingly brutal…though the real surprise was when Jibril decided she liked it. M! Jibril is an M because she gets excited being ordered around by her masters! Yukarin must be having sooooo much fun voicing Jibril.
Speaking of, random aside: Feel’s is perhaps my least favorite Noto Mamiko role. Not the character, the voice she’s using for her. Not sure why, it just feels a little too…chirpy, perhaps. It fits Feel’s character, it’s just not a home run Noto Mamiko voice in my book. Not a big downside though.
Less Oppai, Mo Problems
Clammy, you can’t act all recalcitrant with personal information around a guy who has your memories! A-Cup Angst (trope!) is one of those tropes that so pervades anime despite the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in real life. Maybe it’s just because I have little patience for emotionally needy and/or hysterically insecure people, but breast size truly is a silly thing to worry about. I usually find it funny in anime though, not because it makes sense, but because the deeply personal and slightly ecchi (but not too perverted!) nature of it is fertile ground for adorably embarrassed reactions. And Clammy delivers in spades! Don’t worry Clammy, you’re fine the way you are. It’s a status symbol! A rarity! (trope!)
Master & Slave
Briefly: the exploration of Elven Guarde’s society and the revelation that Clammy is actually Feel’s slave pretty much stands on its own. What I like about this series is that the different races are pulling from Earth cultures in you don’t always expect. The Warbeasts are based on Japanese culture, which I wouldn’t have necessarily guessed (though it doesn’t not make sense either), while the Elves, while still being forest creatures, feel more like they’re based on the Ancient Greeks than Tolkien’s Wood-elves (though there’s some of that too). It gives the world a fresh flavor, which I appreciate.
“You’ve found your wings, haven’t you?”
From the sound of Sora and Clammy’s discussion in the secret chamber, it’s Shiro that’s once again going to take center stage against the Warbeasts. That’s why Clammy didn’t think they could win – she only has the memories from half of Kuuhaku, and that’s not enough. But what I really appreciated was how they bantered back and forth, using the memories they got from each other to justify touching moments and deliver hilarious jabs. Sora invoking how, if he makes a mistake, Shiro is there (just as Feel said the same thing to a younger Clammy) would have been aggravatingly convenient if it weren’t so thoroughly justified, which I found quiet masterful.
Then Clammy jabs back with “You’ve found your wings, haven’t you?” and calls Sora o-ni-ii-cha-n!? HNG~! Finally, someone got a rise out of Sora, and it was awesome! C-Can I ship everyone with everyone? Sora x Steph, Feel x Clammy, Feel x Jibril, Sora x Clammy, Jibril x Masters, Steph x shampoo bottle, Shiro x Stilt–I mean, erh. Moving on…
My my, it’s easy to clear the road when you have a Flugel on your roof. I find psychology to be extremely interesting, so the way Sora used it to set the stage for their game with the Eastern Federation was fascinating. Not only did he bet the Race Piece to draw Clammy and Feel to his side, but he used it to make all of Imanity suspect that Kuuhaku was working with the Eastern Federation. And he’s right – the confident ally will be complacent, but the suspicious ally (whether they want to be your ally or not) will watch you like a hawk. Between Imanity’s suspicious population and Clammy / Feel, it will be hard for the Eastern Federation to cheat blatantly, which is to Kuuhaku’s favor. Bonus points: if they win when all of Imanity is watching, everyone in Elkia might finally unite behind Kuuhaku, and come to believe in the potential of humanity as well. That would be sweet.
Looking Ahead – Imanity is Doomed!
The path to victory seems simple – either win the game (unlikely), or far more likely, catch the Eastern Federation cheating. No one outside of the Eastern Federation is anywhere near as familiar with video games as Kuuhaku is, so they have a chance of finding the ripples in the game, especially with Shiro on their side. That is, if Kuuhaku can get their shit together. My question right now is how did the Eastern Federation know what Tokyo look like? It could be coincidence (unlikely) or they could have some connection to Earth, but more likely I think they pulled it from Sora and Shiro’s mind, selecting the battlefield which Kuuhaku would be the weakest on. That won’t stand though, no way. I look forward to watching Kuuhaku and their team surprise us once again…and for us to find out what that “special spell” Sora placed on Steph was.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Funny, silly, sexy, & hilarious–but still there was plot as the game with the Eastern Federation begins. Kuuhaku! #nogenora 10
- Shiro wanted to be patted on the head too :3
- Clammy, you can’t fool somebody who knows your three sizes, not even with magic! (Damn censor steam!!) You don’t have to worry though, Shiro. You’re, what, 11? You’ve got some time.
- Ignore the cameras, nothing going on here, move along…
- A Steph-like Clammy if fine too!
- Wait, so they’re zapping them into the game, but they haven’t figured out airplanes yet? I guess technology really does flow different rates when magic is involved.
- By the way, since I never explicitly stated this, overall I felt like this was one of the weaker episodes. Not weaker because it wasn’t as well done, just weaker because the material wasn’t as strong. It’s necessary to set up the coming events though, and I had some good laughs, so it’s no problem. You need breaks to make the peaks even greater, and even home runs every swing can get boring.
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