「仮面の下」 (Kamen no Shita)
“Beneath the Mask”
The face behind the silver mask is revealed.
I’m getting a little tired of Archpriest Bodin. As I mentioned in a recent High School DxD post, sometimes it’s nice to have an uncomplicated villain, because there’s no compunction about curbstomping them. I’m beginning to rethink that. Bodin is so cartoonishly evil that I just want him to get shot and be done with it.
Take the issue of book burning. Since he’s not allowed to kill Tahamenay—who is being a stone-cold bitch. Which I say with the utmost respect and as a compliment, by the way. Keep it up, Tahamenay!—he settled for burning books instead. Here’s a rule of thumb I think we can all agree on: If you advocate book burning for anything short of those physical texts being carriers for a world-devastating plague—and if you advocate the eradication of ALL of a particular text for pretty much any reason at all—you’re the bad guy. I’m sure someone will come up with other exceptions just to be contrary, but I think we can agree on the general rule. No to book burning, and yes to burning this crazy fucking priest.
Arslan & Étoile Debates, Round 2
Not much to say here, but there’s something I’d watch out for. During the first episode, the point of the Arslan & Étoile debate was to introduce the idea of all men being free (and abolishing slavery) to Arslan. He’s pretty much come around to that point of view by now. So what’s the point this time?
The point going forward is, I expect, to see a change in Étoile. He shows signs as a potential bridge between the peoples, but it will take more conversations with the monstrous Arslan to get him there.
Behind The Silver Mask
It’s no surprise that Silvermask wears his titular mask because of burns, nor that he’s able to match Daryun in combat—that was foreshadowed plenty during the OP. There’s very little to say about this, save to say that it’s a feast for the eyes, the darkness of some streams notwithstanding. The one thing I liked: I always imagined that Daryun and Silvermask would fight on par with each other, but this time Silvermask seemed to have the edge. A slight one, to be fair, which could swing either way (fatally) in a hurry, but an edge nonetheless. It will be fun to see them do this again.
Looking Ahead – Visiting Kashan Fortress
This series has been confirmed for 2-cour, and I’m wondering if the story will wrap up by then. To my knowledge, the Arakawa Hiromu adaptation is still ongoing, but I’m not sure if it’s planning for a simultaneous wrap up ala Fullmetal Alcheimst Brotherhood. We’ve got what seems to amount to a faffing about episode next week, or rather, a side quest. Which doesn’t bother me, I’m just not sure if it’s vital, if we’ll end up lamenting the time, or if they’re not planning on finishing off the narrative with this series regardless. My, I’m really being useful here.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – This ep had a crazy priest, a couple of stone-cold ladies, & behind the silver mask. Oh, & Daryun’s rippling biceps. So it’s good #arslan 09
- Like Tahamenay, Farangis is a cold-hearted bitch, and also like Tahamenay, I mean that as a compliment. Farangis rocks!
- Arslan was smart not to show his sword against those enemy soldiers. They might not (and did not) recognize him—which was a reasonable assumption, since cameras, TV, and the internet don’t exist yet—but an expensive sword would have been suspicious regardless. Plus Étoile might have figured it out, which would ruin the future fun.
- So Yaldabaoth means “sacred ignorance.” That social commentary is a bit on the nose, isn’t it? …I like it!
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