「ウィザードの矜持」 (Uizaado no Kyouji)
“A Wizard’s Pride”
Team White Chaika face off against Claudia as Red Chaika reenters the game. As for Vivi-Chaika, she’s not giving up.
Strong Emotions Win the Battle
I prefer a magic system that is detailed and explained. That’s one problem I have with the Iron-Blood Transformation—they’ve never explained what the limits are on it, so I’m left wondering why Tooru and Akari aren’t using it all the time. From the use of memories and thoughts as magic fuel, to this episode learning that powerful emotions can fuel spells, we’re getting more background on how magic works. I feel like these fundamental building blocks are clues that will lead us to whatever Emperor Gaz had in mind, but I don’t think we have enough information to put it all together yet.
In terms of pure action, the fight against Claudia was a good one. Our heroes were on the ropes, especially when Claudia proved that she’s aware of saboteur’s usual tricks, but reacting with a good plan that utilized their advantage (numbers) was well done. I also had to smile when Frederica decided to help after all. That was the little extra help Team White Chaika needed to push them over the edge. Za Slugger!
Everyone Likes White Chaika
Claudia is undoubtedly the most balanced of the heroes we’ve seen so far, and I think her decision not to use the artifact was a smart one—building a system to produce her wine is more robust than depending on a macguffin, especially one so powerful. I found it odd that she basically sicked weapon-wielding thieves on her former comrades, but I liked how she only was willing to give up the remains to White Chaika because she liked her. I imagine if Red Chaika had gotten to her first, it wouldn’t have worked out so well. It’s no wonder though. Who wouldn’t like this Chaika? That blush, hnnnng! Too innocent to hate.
Red Chaika Returns
I was surprised the archer was one of the heroes, what with how fast he was beaten. Red Chaika’s uncertainty in the face of her own vague compulsion toward revenge (as opposed to White Chaika’s very specific desire to give her father a funeral) makes me think a heel-face turn (trope!) and a possible team up might be in the future. More than that though, I suspect that, whichever Chaika gets all the remains, Emperor Gaz’s goals will be realized. I get the feeling he’s not a man who leaves anything up to chance.
In case you missed it, we have additional proof that Vivi really is a Chaika. See it? (No no, higher. Stop looking at her oppai, you perverts.) That’s the Chaika beheading scar that all the Chaikas share. It looks like Vivi really is a Chaika, on the outside if not in her mind.
Vivi’s transformation brings up an interesting situation—right now, the antagonists (Vivi and the rest of the Gillette Squad) have the more compelling story. Team White Chaika are most pushing forward the plot, and I’m glad we’re primarily following them because they’re doing the most interesting stuff, but even with White Chaika’s identity crisis, it’s Vivi’s transformation and the determination with which she’s leaving to finish Gillette’s quest that most captures my interest.
Looking Ahead – Two More Remains and Fortune Island
For those counting at home, there are two outstanding (unconfirmed) remains in non-Chaika hands. White Chaika has five (three from heroes during the first season + one from Blue Chaika, and one from a hero this season), Red Chaika has one (from the archer this episode), and Claudia gave White Chaika the name of three more heroes. Presumably one of those heroes had the remains that Blue Chaika had, so that means two more are outstanding. Only two more heroes (maybe three, if they swing by the one who already gave theirs up), and then it’s either a fight between the Chaikas or climax time.
For now it’s looking like we’re heading toward a showdown between White Chaika, Red Chaika, and Vivi-Chaika (or maybe just the latter two) on the island where Emperor Gaz’s fortune was hidden. But first, there’s another hero to contend with. Also, at least cook your food Frederica, geez. You animal.
Oh, and show picked up for coverage.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – White Chaika wins the Claudia showdown b/c of Tooru love, while Red Chaika & Vivi-Chaika reenter the fray #chaika s2e2
There are no materials left on the magic techniques used by a wizard the power of Emperor Gaz
- Don’t give up the information before they promise not to kill you, you idiot wizard. Not that it probably would have worked this time.
- More Chaikas? Are those Purple Chaikas? Uh oh. I can feel the doujinshi coming already.
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