「秘書が使えない!」 (Hisho ga Tsukaenai!)
“The Secretary is Useless!”
So last week we ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, but don’t worry, because nothing has come out of it. It’s so like royalty to get everybody worked up just because they have a cold or something. Nobody cares if you’re sick these days unless it’s Ebola. Don’t kick up a fuss if it’s just the haemophilia again.
In all seriousness, Latifa’s Boy Who Cried Wolf moment is probably a double bluff meant to lure us into a false sense of security in preparation for some more serious drama later. Therefore, we should try our best to forget about it for now and turn to the focus of the episode: a despondent Isuzu, stoking the inferiority complex she’d been nursing since episode 02. It’s unfortunate that she looks especially bad when juxtaposed with Seiya’s outrageous hyper-competency, even with the most hilariously mundane things. It’s not a resume highlight for the ex-manager of a theme park to have no skill entertaining children, but who can blame Isuzu? Children are the Devil made manifest. If I was Isuzu I would have just shot them without remorse, like I would everything else. Rampaging infants was the eighth plague of Egypt or something. Seriously, they’re a force of nature. I can understand why Japan is having a population crisis; who’d want to make more of these things? I guess it’s exactly the reason why theme parks were invented: to distract the children while the rest of us run for cover.
Her lacking babysitting credentials aside, it’s unsurprising that the rest of the cast have an uneasy relationship with Isuzu. She runs a business like she’d run an army, and that’s never a good idea. I noted last week that Isuzu is a soldier, not an entertainer, but it’s worse than that; not only is she a soldier, she’s a soldier by feudal family tradition, and there’s no baggage quite like family baggage. Fortunately, conflict is also opportunity for development, and for once it’s a good thing that Isuzu’s a military woman because disaster relief is a military duty. As the Romans knew, sometimes you just need a dictator to take control. I’m glad Isuzu had a chance to show off capabilities other than just magic muskets. For example, her ability to smile.
Since Isuzu is Seiya’s foil, in learning about her we also learn about Seiya. He doesn’t reveal his entire backstory (like his history with Latifa; it’s still too early for that) but it’s evident that, like Isuzu, child Seiya also had some sort of family trouble. ‘You could just have run away,’ he advises Isuzu, and it makes us wonder how it reflects on his own past as an actor. Even if he’s still hiding those details, Übermensch Seiya opening up about a weakness—his crippling acrophobia—and the indications that his megalomania is a compensatory facade are all welcome pieces of character development for our protagonist. Considering how they got all that in alongside the typhoon plot, they actually got a lot done this episode, but without it feeling rushed, which I consider to be quite commendable.
Amagi Brilliant Park isn’t slowing down for anything, though. We can’t leave without a hook for the next episode. So with that, Smaug awakens. Look forward to the next episode, folks!