「札束の散らばる炭鉱, カムチャッカ半島夜間奇襲電撃戦 I」 (Satsutaba no Chirabaru Tankou, Kamuchakka Hantou Yakan Kishuu Dengekisen I)
“The Coal Mine Littered With Stacks of Money, The Kamchatka Peninsula Nighttime Blitz I”
I’m not quite sure what happened between this and last week’s episode, but things got unexpectedly serious without giving me an opportunity to prepare for it.
New Plan, New Faces
After last week’s episode which genuinely had me grinning from ear to ear, I felt pretty let down with the start of this new arc. Completely dumping all the momentum the series had built up with last week’s intense back-and-forth between Qwenthur and the adorable loli, our team once returns to the beginning of what looked like a long and drawn out battle. With a pretty simple plan of disabling the enemy’s ability to see in order to give the princess enough time to blow up the enemy’s Object, there were some new elements tossed into the mix this time. Specifically, a horde of new faces whose names I can’t remember and simply seem to exist just to give the story a reason to split up our dynamic duo.
Because if we’re being honest, there was little to no time spent highlighting them except for some quick pans over their faces and a couple of witty lines. Which I suppose makes sense since it looks like there’s a traitor among them and he’s not afraid to take out anyone he can.
Higher Ups and Stories
While I doubt this will be the last time “higher ups” will be the cause for such a strange setup for a mission, this week’s just felt a little too crazy. Even in prior episodes when there were factors working against them, I don’t think we’ve had a plan with this many points of failure. Also, how in the world did a traitor manage to sneak into Legitimate Kingdom’s army? My goodness there’s a lot of things wrong going on here!
On the other hand, I guess a nice side effect of all this is getting to see Qwenthur and Havia out of their “normal” element. Normal for them being stuck together on a crazy mission, it was nice to see the two behave a little differently than what we’re used to. With the latter bring a little more sarcastic than usual and the former revealing some heavy childhood stories, it was pretty fun to watch.
As I stared at the screen waiting to see whether or not a pool of blood was forming under Qwenthur’s body, it looks like we have a pretty good idea what’s in store for us next week. So until then, I’ll continue waiting here for the answer. My guess though? His backpack will somehow deflect the bullets away from any vitals.
See you next week!