「迷夢憶えし港」 (Meimu Oboeshi Minato)
“The Harbor of Phantom Dreams Recollected”
Team Chaika vs the scardy cat hero. Also, KILL THE MONSTERS AHHHH!
Laugh So You Don’t Cry
If your first instinct was to call out the latest hero for being a wuss, or tell him to suck it up, stop—the dude clearly has PTSD. And while the superstition does seem silly, and I laughed when Tooru and Akari tweaked his fears for all they were worth, it’s a serious situation. Plus, who wouldn’t be freaked out if the guy you’re killing was smiling the whole time? That’s creepy.
Buzzkill aside, Scardy Spearman led to probably my favorite scene of the episode—when Akari was demanding that Tooru strip. Not for the bit itself, but because when Clay began to laugh, I realized that I was laughing too. They just plied their usual comic trade, and there was this moment of simpatico. It just worked damn well.
Falling Out, No Seriously
Tooru’s whole argument with Chaika felt wrong for the longest time. Saboteur are supposed to be their master’s tools, so why was he arguing? He certainly gets a vote because Chaika isn’t a tyrant, but past a certain point he should have clammed up. At most he could have played the “You hired us for the remains job, not this island job” card, but once Guy gave them that tip they had to suspect that Red Chaika had it too, so going to the island became a potentially good remains-collecting opportunity to claim the one Red Chaika has. It felt forced.
Then Akari pierced Tooru’s tsundere bluster and exposed how he was just concerned for Chaika, and didn’t want her running off to this dangerous island. Which still struck me as false because come on, if that’s what they were going for then where were the hints! And abandoning her is a good way for her to be in even more danger, even from mundane things. Seems like it was just an excuse to split the party, which is too convenient by far.
Unleash the Kra—Dragoons!
I have a certain amount of cynicism that there was this Bermuda Triangle-esque Evil Sea in the area where Emperor Gaz’s secret island was supposed to be, and nobody put two and two together. Hiding it with magic was the first thing that came to my mind. I’m less thrilled about how they found the island than I am what’s on and around it. After Fredrica insinuated that the enemy dragoons were fake, I was sure she was going to wipe the floor with them, and then nope! And the kraken … ugh. That’s the stuff of nightmares folks. I wouldn’t wish getting sucked down into that deep dark nothingness on my worst enemy.
Hitsugi no Chaika has a lot of things going for it, but it’s definitely the secret of Chaika and Emperor Gaz’s grand master plan that have me interested the most. And Vivi, who was sadly absent from this episode, but—whoa, what the hell?
The secret of the island—plus what the hero who cut off Chaika’s head is doing with two Chaikas (assumed), who are hanging off his legs and calling him otou-sama … creepy—means we have plenty of mysteries still to explore.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Team Chaika faces down the scardy hero, but it’s their own issues that put them in danger. Also, enemy dragoons & kraken #chaika s2e3
- Sleepy Chaika is adorable, but you shouldn’t drive like that. That’s how people die.
- I don’t think you get to call yourself the kawaii imouto when you’re threatening your ani at knife point, Akari!
- Even her sheet has thick eyebrows!
- That is one thick spear (hur hur hur). How do you even stab people with that thing?
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