OP: 「不安定な神様」 (Fuantei na Kamisama) by Suara
「義侠の男」 (Gikyou no Otoko)
“The Righteous Man”
Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen picked up for coverage.
Before I Begin
So, I couldn’t resist—even though I joked about going full sci-fi blogger this season, I had to pick up a fantasy series in the end. Before I begin, let me give my bona fides for blogging Utawarerumono: I haven’t seen the original series. But I want to! So don’t spoil things. Though once intro week’s over, I hope to take a little time to marathon the previous series, so you might get a few updates on my progress through that as well. In the meantime, not having seen it isn’t hurting my enjoyment of this series at all.
Haku the Tactician
Who would have needed a calculator, or at least a piece of paper and a pencil, to solve those math problems Kuon was zinging at Haku? *raises hand* It’s clear that the point of this episode (following from the previous one) was to set up Haku as a smarty pants tactician. He doesn’t have the brawn, or even basic endurance, but he’s gots the smarts. Which it did well enough. Part of me wishes Haku had taken the time to ask what Ukon (Tone Kentarou) and others were capable of, rather than learnin about his wind scar mid-battle, but it actually fits, ’cause Haku remains a reluctant tactician. None of his tactics were groundbreaking, but that wasn’t the point. He’s thinking his way through problems. That is the point.
A Perilous Random Encounter
Rather than anything about the characters—save for Kuon, who continues to be a treat—what I most enjoyed was the depth added to the world. Or the character added to the world, really. Take the boro-gigiri battle. It was what would be, if we were playing D&D, a random encounter, and usually, random encounters are no big deal. (Or they’re supposed to be, unless your DM is a dick.) But here, there was actual peril. I appreciate that that Maroro’s (Sugiyama Ooki) magic was too slow to use (not to mention not very dignified, and Ukon’s wind scar (yes, I’m going to keep calling it that) was ineffective against the boro-gigiri. That meant they couldn’t take the easy way out, and had to get creative. It adds danger to the world, something I suspect will continue, though in different ways.
Saying Goodbye with a Smile
The one character illuminating moment I especially liked was Ukon and Haku pouring one out for the dead. It spoke volumes about Ukon and his group, that’s true. But more than that, it was just a good moment. Too often we treat the passing of those who aren’t important to us as if they’re—well, minor characters. It’s good to be reminded that even minor characters matter to someone, and that their graves will be visited, whether with sadness on their faces, or with happiness at a life well-lived. May you all drink again in Kotoahamuru.
Looking Ahead – New Characters Inc!
It looks like Haku and Kuon are heading to the capital to find Haku some work (Kuon has already pretty much appointed herself his waifu, ufufu~), which means more new characters to flesh out the cast. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the previous series (no spoilers!), so I hope it’s all right if I get a little hyped. Bring it on!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Haku has to use his wits to save the group, lest another boro-gigiri finish the job #utaware s2e2
- My biggest gripe about this episode: The whole rubble jumping thing is definitely not how gravity works. When did this suddenly become a shitty Hobbit movie? Stop it.
- Undoubtedly the most intriguing aspect of this episode was the way the curse seemed to recognize Haku. This is getting curiouser and curiouser.
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ED: 「ユメカウツツカ」 (Yume ka Utsutsu ka) by Suara