「狂気の城」 (Kyouki no Shiro)
“The Castle of Madness”
There’s something rotten in the Principality of Hartgen, and it’s everything. The antagonists are compounding.
The Bloodthirsty Kingdom of the Broken King & the Black Chaikas
The Principality of Hartgen stinks in a way no setting in Hitsugi no Chaika has before, and yes, I remember the island they just got off of. That was an island of monsters, but in a somehow comforting way—Evil Scientist #037 acted just as we expected, and the mass-produced fayla, while scary, weren’t as menacing as even the unicorn they fought in episode one of season one. Probably some conservation of ninjutsu (trope!) going on there.
This city, though, is deeply wrong, and all the more unnerving because the monsters are humans. It makes me think there’s some kind of spell in effect that’s making the combatants all so bloodthirsty. A culture of violent disregard for human life has been nurtured in this nation, and it makes me badly want to see the whole thing torched to the ground, or at least smacked upside the head until sense returns. But you can’t punch a nation, so I suggest King Hartgen instead. He and the Black Chaikas—correction there, I guess they’re the black rangers, not purple—need to be deposed stat.
Tooru Pushing Chaika Onward
Is it just me, or is Tooru pushing Chaika into collecting the remains? Chaika doesn’t know what she wants to do, she’s unsure, but Tooru keeps pushing her on. I think part of it is him realizing that they don’t have time to sit around, and that if they’re going to do this thing, they need to do it now before the opportunity is lost, and our Chaika regrets it forever. But maybe there’s more. It seems to me that Tooru might be pushing Chaika forward so much because he doesn’t want to go back to being a listless bum. Being a saboteur is the only thing he’s any good at. Maybe he’s just desperate not to give that up for as long as possible.
Guy’s Rapidly Expanding Evil
Guy has always been the sort of mysterious figure that set off everyone’s this-guy-is-up-to-no-good alarms. Well that klaxon is building to a fever pitch. This episode Guy confirmed what many long knew (thanks to quick screen pausing)—that he saved Gillette’s life. Doing it by mind controlling a bunch of soldiers into shielding Gillette with a mound of corpses doesn’t exactly ring of Good Guy. Nor does saying he saved him because of the hatred in his heart. Nor the fact that the man-formerly-known-as-Gillette now murders people. Nor taking Niva and—oh for the love of the gods, can someone just sucker punch this guy too? Our cup runneth over with antagonists, and Vivi & her crew are the only true good guys hanging around. But since a few of them just got a visit from all the king’s men … yeesh. When it rains, it pours, and right now it’s pouring axes.
Looking Ahead – Saboteur Battles, Battle Royal
It looks like Tooru and Akari’s infiltration is going to run into a road block, and they’re going to participate in the tournament after all. By the way, while I like their attempt to sneak in and steal the remains, wouldn’t it be smarter to just jump the winner and take the remains then? The winner might be weakened or injured from fighting, and at least then they wouldn’t risk tripping across a bunch of other powerful fighters. Say, Team Red Chaika, who are planning to have that Red vs White battle we’ve been waiting for.
Not that I’m complaining. Their way sounds waaaay more fun … for us!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The Principality of Hartgen is rotten, but Guy might be worse. Team Chaika’s cup runneth over with assholes #chaika s2e6
- I liked Akari and Tooru’s diving outfits. And they both show about the same amount of skin, woo! Well, at least Tooru’s shows some skin that Akari’s doesn’t, which I feel is something. At least the woman isn’t all stripperific for no reason, for once.
- Fredrica ate them, shells and all! I guess that’s one way to boost your armor rating.
- Wuh oh. Chaika told Fredrica to go nuts. Some people are gunna diiiiiie!
- Every time Chaika and Niva talk, I just … blink. What strange girls.
- One thing I didn’t get—I thought they were only allowed to have three fighters in each team? So why did the official ask about Niva, but say nothing about Fredrica? I guess they can technically carry her in, but a dragoon seems something of a stretch for a weapon.
- One thing you can’t deny is that our Chaika truly cares for Tooru, Akari, and the others. Red Chaika was worried about her spearman, even though he kept telling her to use them to fulfill her goal, but there’s no doubt with our white girl. She’s a good one at heart.
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