「蠢く島」 (Ugomeku Shima)
“The Writhing Island”
The secret of the Chaikas is revealed, and it’s what we all pretty much assumed once a second Chaika popped up.
Not Even Pretending Anyone is Dead
After Tooru and Akari sunk beneath the waves in kraken-laden waters, I thought they were going for a death cliffhanger … only for the preview to spoil that they were alive. Turns out that was all according to plan though, because it wasn’t two minutes into the episode itself when Tooru and Akari appeared. Same with Fredrica—many stories wouldn’t have shown her until she saved Akari, to which I would have exclaimed “Well that’s convenient!” and then flipped a table. Here though, since she had already been shown, I just gave a wry “Fredrica is overpowered” chuckle and moved on. No complaints here, it’s just Hitsugi no Chaika eschewing the easy drama in favor of … other easy drama.
The Talking Kraken of Exposition
I like the idea that some of the Fayla (magical monster creatures, for those who have forgotten) are intelligent, with Fredrica being the obvious example. The choice of a kraken for their intelligent, exposition-spewing creature is an odd one. When would it have a chance to overhear anyone? It lives in the water! But the logic of it having vocal cords or an equivalent organ aside, the talking kraken was a typical cryptic D&D-style quest NPC, saying a bunch of things that only kind of make sense until someone else spells them out clearly. There was a certain gravitas to the atmosphere of the scene that I liked, but … really? A kraken?
Villainous Scientist Model #037
This villain isn’t even trying to be original in his assholery. Being racist toward the demi-humans (who I assume will eventually betray him) and wanting to cut out the two Chaikas’ brains because SCIENCE are so typical of Villainous Scientist Model #037 (that’s the researcher variant, not the one who engages in fisticuffs with the heroes, because that’s a good idea). And there’s nothing else to say about him other than 1) I hope he dies, 2) thanks for all the exposition, and 3) is that super Chaika in the background? Yes, she doesn’t look like the typical Chaika, but at this point I’m calling all mysterious young girls Chaika until stated otherwise.
The Secret of the Chaikas
The secret of the Chaikas is that they’re all orphans who were experimented on with magic, their memories are fake, and they’re just tools to gather the emperor’s remains. Oh, and Arthur Gaz didn’t have a daughter. On the scale of surprising revelations, this rings in as a “Duh.” Not that that’s bad—it’s what Emperor Gaz’s big plan is, plus what Vivi will do, that I’m really interested in. Mostly I’m just happy to have confirmation, because it means we’re closer to answers on the more interesting questions. And have I mentioned that this guy needs to be shot? I can understand why Layla despaired after meeting him. Oh, and I guess the whole I’m-a-magically-altered-orphan-tool thing as well.
Looking Ahead – By Our Powers Combined, We Are … Still Chaika
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The secret of the Chaikas is revealing … and it was pretty obvious. Chaika team up time now please? #chaika s2e4
- Orthros? That’s not the Orthros I remember.
- The Gaz Empire had five or six floating fortresses nearly a century ago. Interesting. I wonder where they are now? (Trope!)
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