When it comes to a series that hasn’t done anything to particularly stand out, it was nice to see Argevollen do something different this episode, even if it was just Jamie trying to avoid one of the many pitfalls that anime heroines tend to get sucked into. I’ll be quick to admit that I got more than a little chuckle out of Jamie trying to get away from Tokimune before he could talk about his deceased sister, because I was hoping she’d do just that and completely sidestep the predictable subplot where she feels sorry for him and wants to help him uncover the truth. As cynical as that may sound, I simply didn’t care to hear about what was motivating Tokimune. He hasn’t really been depicted as a relatable character who’s deserving of my pity (or Jamie’s), so I actually found myself talking to the television and telling her to run away from him before it’s too late. Her murmuring echoed my own as Tokimune just unilaterally decided to talk about his past, and that really didn’t change even after I did hear him out. Tokimune’s thickheadedness where he asked Jamie if she’s fallen in love with him pretty much reaffirmed that sentiment too. While I’m not sure whether she’s actually fallen for him, the fact that she didn’t explode like your typical tsundere at the thought of it was a welcome turn of events. A flat-out “no” and some frustration in private over Tokimune’s bluntness is fairly atypical in anime as far as I’m concerned, so for that reason alone, Argevollen actually elevated itself in my eyes–and in the most unintentional way.
At this point, I’ll probably take whatever random enjoyment I can get out of this series each week; however, it was nice to see Ingelmia’s growing interest in Argevollen come from the newly introduced Erich Zarl. It’s a fairly straightforward development, but it provides me with something concrete to look forward to amidst all the small skirmishes that haven’t felt very significant in the grand scheme of things. Aside from placing our main cast of characters in danger, these battles don’t seem to be building up towards anything in terms of the main storyline (which is sorely overdue in terms of making some headway I might add). This latest one is no different either, even though we see Samonji on the front lines and in a bit of pinch since things didn’t go according to plan. The only thing that puts a bit of an unknown spin on this latest skirmish is the small chat between Arandas’ superiors after Samonji was ordered to join the battalion in the Arida mountains and hold off the rapidly advancing enemy forces. More specifically, I find it hard to believe that all these high-ranking officers would have little interest in an advanced prototype Trail Krieger like Argevollen, so I suspect that they’re using Samonji’s squad as guinea pigs to test out its potential. That doesn’t seem all that far-fetched, given that Jamie’s boss, Sugoro Youzou, was awfully suspicious last episode, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the other units were ordered not to fire their flares so that they could see what Argevollen can do against overwhelming odds.
That of course is what I’d like to believe if the preview didn’t show Argevollen down and out and Jamie rushing onto the battlefield to presumably repair or restart it for Tokimune. On that note, part of me hopes that she hasn’t started to pity Tokimune already, but the other part of me gets the feeling that she has. If I were in Jamie’s shoes, the cynic in me would definitely be giving this look rather than that look when given the option to try and save Tokimune. To each their own I guess…