OP: 「漆黒を塗りつぶせ」 (Shikkoku wo Nuritsubuse) by Nomizu Iori
「遺体あつめる皇女」 (Itai Atsumeru Koujo)
“The Princess Who Gathers the Remains”
Lucky break! Chaika back. Grateful, good! Jump right in. Action now!
Right Back Into the Action
There are two things I like about Hitsugi no Chaika. (Two things I’m going to mention right now. There are a lot of things.) First, it feels like an old school D&D campaign, and while that doesn’t scream innovation to some, I think the old epic-fantasy-adventure formula works for a reason, and its familiarity is comforting. Plus Order of the Stick long ago proved to me that you can tell a badass D&D-style story even without letting people play.
Second, they’ve never been shy about advancing the plot and having Chaika Trabant (Anzai Chika) actually collect some remains. Where other shows would drag these out, Hitsugi no Chaika gets on with it. It reminds me of watching Mirai Nikki, where I often found myself saying “Whoa, another diary holder already?” That’s a good thing, because it keeps us from getting bored.
With that in mind, they wasted no time putting Team White Chaika in front of another hero. That plus the glimpse of Emperor Gaz, along with strong indication that his death was planned, my-death-is-just-the-beginning style (trope!), made for a quick start full of questions I want the answers to.
A Kind Hero
I have a soft sport for kind antagonists. Remember that though “antagonist” and “bad guy” often point toward the same people, that’s not always the case; the antagonist is merely opposed to the protagonist, whatever their alignment. The Gillette Squad are antagonists even though they’re good people. So it is with Lady Claudia as well. Which I like because—well, they were heroes! Not that all of them have been paragons of humanity in the past—the first guy was rough, Frederica (Saito Chiwa) is excused since she’s a dragoon, and that one old dude in the fog was as nutty as an explosion in a peanut butter factory—but I like seeing one that’s really hero-like. Oh, and well-adjusted—it’s not easy to come back from a war and reintegrate back into peace-time society, but not only did she do that, she created jobs for her fellow soldiers. And they involve booze! If she turns out to be crazy evil, I’m going to be pissed.
It does make me wonder why she’s willing to be so kind to Chaika and co. Does she see the honest innocence in our Chaika? Maybe, though since two-episode arcs are pretty much the rule in this series, we’ll probably find out next week.
Vivi is a Chaika After All
The biggest thing I was curious about after the end of the first cour was what was going on with Vivi Holopainen (Nomizu Iori) suddenly going full Chaika. And once again, many stories would have dragged this out, but not this one—Guy (Murase Ayumu) showed up and confirmed it outright. In a way I’m disappointed because more intrigue would have been nice there, and also because I missed orange-haired Vivi. The rest of me is pleased because this opens up even more avenues for intrigue.
Looking Ahead – Za Rematch!
Hitsuki no Chaika is one of the gem which I wish we would have blogged during the first cour. I’m considering rectifying this situation for Avenging Battle. I haven’t made a decision yet though, because Stilts-oniichan has a lot on his plate. You can expect me to blog at least one more episode though, and I’ll see from there.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Lucky break! Chaika & co dive right into a battle with another hero, as the truth about Vivi is partially confirmed #chaika s2e1
- They have no problems showing blood in this show. After Terra Formars, I appreciate not making such a big deal about it.
- They used a good, simple way to show the effects of the Iron-Blood Transformation. Tooru (Majima Junji) and Akari (Hara Yuuko) powered up, and then started running muuuuuch faster. That got it across in a single instant.
- I can’t tell if Chaika didn’t drink that glass of wine, or if they just painted the realistic effects of having a single glass of wine. Probably the former, given Japanese laws on media depicting minors drinking or smoking (even though they can show them killing, which is far more illegal. It’s a crazy world we live in), but I like to think they just didn’t overdo it for the easy comedy.
- Akari is on the attack! I missed this show.
ED: 「ワタシハオマエノナカニイル」 (Watashi wa Omae no Naka ni Iru) by Anzai Chika, Zougou Saeko, Nomizu Iori