「黒衣の騎士」 (Kokui no Kishi)
“The Knight in Black”
Pars danced to Lusitania’s tune, all the way to ten thousand graves.
Dancing To Lusitania’s Tune
If you’re doing what your enemy wants, you’re probably going to lose; tiresome people might point out that this isn’t always the case (true, but that’s true of everything), but it’s a good rule of thumb. Here, Pars kept doing everything exactly as Lusitania suspected (and planned for), so they ran into one trap after another. Calling the retreat, spreading disinformation about the king, ambushing Andragoras on the way back … just a whole lot of fail. Daryun rescuing Arslan from Kharlan seems to be about the only thing that didn’t go Lusitania’s way. Special points go to spreading the rumor that the king fled, which is flippin’ brilliant. Momentum and morale are bigger deals than many realize.
It made it almost comical when they tossed in the scene of the Pars calvery charging out of the fire, and the Lusitanian’s praising their skill. Fat lot of good it did them, when they were made to fight dumb. 50K dead enemies sounds good, but not when you have to spend 127K to do it.
The Guest General, Silvermask
They did a good job of building up Silvermask (Kaji Yuuki) as a certified badass, both in strategy and sword. The strategies are self-explanatory, but showing Vahriz mow down Lusitanian soldiers with two arrows in his back, only for Silvermask to strike him down in one hit … damn. Expected, but effective.
I know some people were worried about Kaji Yuuki voicing him, but I didn’t have any problems with his portrayal so far. He didn’t sound much like Kaji Yuuki—mostly he just sounded like rage. Maybe it’ll clash if he’s speaking more calmly, but I’m set for now. And did I hear correctly that he’s a man of the cloth? All that plus his grudge against Andragoras make him a good antagonist.
Looking Ahead – The Exiled Strategist
Another rule of thumb: if you exile someone who defeats armies without sending a single man into battle, you’re going to have a bad time. I’m sure there are good reasons to do that, but I’m sure Andragoras didn’t have one of those. Narsus (Namikawa Daisuke) is the prettiest of the pretty boys (well, of those who aren’t Arslan), and with Andragoras captured, a good strategist is exactly what Arslan is going to need. Let the party formation begin!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Pars danced to Lusitania’s tune, and paid 127K soldiers for it. Silvermask maaaay be a little clever #arslan 03
- Oooo, mention of the queen made Andragoras realize that he needed to retreat. Maybe there are some feelings there after all, at least on his side.
- So Silvermask has been waiting sixteen years for his revenge. Sounds like Andragoras was a proper king, by which I mean, a total bastard.
- Daryun is great. When it comes to assuaging the young prince’s worries, he doesn’t even allow a chance for failure. PURE BADASS.
- Nice to hear a Lusitanian soldier wondering about the righteousness of their cause. Anyone who is too sure of themselves in such matters is probably wrong.
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