「黒い思惑」 (Kuroi Omowaku)
Black Chaikas. Black Chaikas everywhere.
Warmongers, War Hawks, Selfish Cowards, & the Rare Few Who Don’t Want War
We had them at the end of last season, but the warmongers are coming out of the woodwork even more this time. Precious few seem content to live in a world at peace, and there’s some unfortunate parallels between that and reality. Peace is, in many ways, a habit—to many of us in the developed world today, the idea of a full-scale war is a matter of fiction. The same thing is true of war. Compare this to Madan no Ou to Vanadis, where war is very much a matter of course—it’s not something to moralize over, it’s just something nations do. It’s the accepted way of solving problems. Here we have a world suddenly bereft of war, and a lot of people can’t cope.
It borders on incredulity. It’s hard to imagine why they would lust after battle so much when they could accept peace. But what’s the point in life if you’re not doing the work you’re supposed to be doing? Understand that I’m not condoning war—between the warmongers, the war hawks, the selfish cowards, and those who don’t want war for its own sake, I’m firmly in the fourth camp. Yet I can understand the frustration at not being able to do the thing you want to do, as I’ve struggled with that myself. And war too, is a habit, and here it’s a habit the people have grown used to over the three hundred years of Emperor Gaz’s war.
So I get the warmongers, in a way. At least they seem to want to fight the battles themselves. That marks them as mentally damaged, but at least consistent. The war hawks, the ones who would send other people’s children to die when they could choose a different path, are as lamentable as the selfish cowards who would turn away from a dangerous enemy to protect their own interests alone. Of the four, only those of the Kliemann Organization and like-minded souls like General Fyodor inhabit the final, and only sane, camp. But between the warmongers and the war hawks, it looks like the rapidly approaching finale of Hitsugi no Chaika is going to be an explosive one.
Finding Out What Others Already Knew
This was, largely, an episode of characters finding out what other characters already knew. Between Tooru and Chaika learning about Vivi’s transformation, Vivi and Nikolay learning about the black Chaikas, and the Kliemann Organization learning about the black Chaikas as well, it was mostly time spent getting all the information to all the parties. Which leads me to the biggest question—how far along are we, source material-wise? I remember it being said that they’d have to adapt almost a light novel per episode, but this episode was pretty slow. That + I don’t believe the final light novel has even been released, and I’m filled with trepidation. Adaptation is a tricky thing, and while this episode was overall coherent and well done, it may signal massive source cuts from the final episodes.
I wish I could give you a better idea of how it’s going to end, but I cannot. Instead, I say this—hold onto your butts. Some lowered expectations will make whatever happens easier to swallow, so with good reason to fret, I’d get to lowering them if I were you.
Looking Ahead – More Chaikas? Guh
So the twin Black Chaikas have an onee-sama. Thaaaaat’s not good. Between her plans for a Chaika vs Chaika vs Chaika (with three Chaikas watching … *head spins*) duel to throwing Red Chaika to the Minotaur dungeons or whatever, things aren’t looking good for our heroes! (Or the other heroes, or the friendly-ish antagonists.) I just hope they can fit the rest of the Chaika goodness in the remaining episodes without it all becoming a mess. Earnest hope!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Shin-nii stops the infiltration, so the battle royale goes on, with more Chaikas entering the fray to confuse me all to hell #chaika s2e7
- Those breathing apparatuses do you no good when you’re full submerged, you baka kyoudai.
- “Even is anii-sama were to become my enemy, I’m prepared to have him lick my feet and beg for his life as I beat him, bind him, and drip candle wax on him.” Akariiiii!!
- The remains are at the top of the castle. You have a dragoon with you. Fly up and take them?
- Loli Fredrica is justice, but this isn’t bad either. I missed this form!
- Snake the sword through the gate, you baka Red Chaika! Just stick it out, wave it, and flay them all alive! I swear, I have to kil—I mean, do everything around here.
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