「札束の散らばる炭鉱, カムチャッカ半島夜間奇襲電撃戦 III」 (Satsutaba no Chirabaru Tankou, Kamuchakka Hantou Yakan Kishuu Dengekisen III)
“The Coal Mine Littered With Stacks of Money, The Kamchatka Peninsula Nighttime Blitz III”
There is no justice in war — only what lies in front of you and how you act upon it.
After such an intense arc that touched on a lot of the things all of us would much rather not think about when faced with war, I just wanted to spend a few paragraphs talking about what this whole arc made me think and a little about how it made me felt.
Starting with the former, I couldn’t believe just how much this episode opened my mind to some of the inconvenient truths associated with war. Sure, I may have understood the idea in the back of my mind, but there’s something really uncomfortable knowing that something a solider is fighting for might be completely unjust and downright wrong. Given orders from at times faceless figures, it’s their job to execute their tasks and make sure that anything in their way is eliminated. Because, in a situation like war, how else can you think when the enemy you’re facing is thinking the exact same way as you? Besides the fact that you could die if you failed to do your job, the notion of losing a comrade or jeopardizing the entire mission is some pretty intense weight that I wouldn’t want on my shoulders.
But then, knowing all this, what do you do when you realize that the battle you’re fighting may be for all the wrong reasons? Of course, things in the real world aren’t as black and white as they are in an anime, but to obliterate an entire faction of people for no reason but to silence them sounds atrocious. Especially when said faction are actually paying respect to you and your entire nation! All together, this culminates into an episode of an anime that had me questioning not only my own morals, but making me wonder what is the correct course of action in the face of a situation like this. And while I wouldn’t even dare to write what someone should do since I’m safely here behind my keyboard, I want to believe that I’d be able to be like Qwenthur and act as honorable as possible.
In any case, I was really happy we got a happy ending. Through the power of communication and some trust between fellow human beings, I was overjoyed to learn that the antiwar faction managed to safely escape before the mines collapsed.
With one hell of an arc behind us, it looks like things are getting pretty serious with a civil war breaking out within the Legitimate Kingdom. While it remains to be seen just how far this web of traitors and liars spans, it looks like Qwenthur and Havia will be there right at the front of it all. Anyways, thanks for making it through this rather philosophical post and I can’t wait to catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get some reprise from such heavy thoughts. Hopefully with a lot of Melinda to make up for her lack of scenes outside of Baby Magnum. That or Myonri, because I can sense an immense amount of kawaii emanating from her.
See you later! \o