“I’m Not Fit to Be a Leader”
Return to the Mine:
Don’t you hate it when that one guy in your party just won’t co-operate and ends up getting you wiped? Yeah, me too. But before I dive into Ranta being a pain, I’d like to say that this was a definite step up from last week’s episode. This was closer to what Grimgar does best: brutal action and presenting emotional conflicts that feel human. As far as the action goes, we’ve switched from goblins to kobalds (though these kobalds look a little different from the ones I’m used to), allowing everyone in the party to show off their new abilities and prove they have definitely grown over the winter season. Initially I was skeptical as to whether they would be able to handle this new quest, but after learning about the different levels of the mine and the hierarchy of the kobalds, it allows for a progression that feels true to the team’s strengths, while also highlighting their weaknesses (of which there are still plenty).
But perhaps the most fascinating to watch during both these raids was how Mary was coping. When they cleared the first few levels she seemed perfectly calm, even smiling when she had that back and forth with Haru. But when they got deeper into the mine, that’s when things got interesting. But of course, that’s where the episode had to end. Mary meeting the kobald who killed three of her party members must be devistating. She is clearly affected by this reunion, and Haru, who is struggling with being the leader the party needs, is left in a bit of a pickle. The team has gotten stronger, but the foundation is cracking to the point where I don’t think they are near ready to take on this current floor of the mine. It would be boring if they didn’t try, but this is where things are going to start getting very difficult.
Haru’s Leadership, Ranta’s Priorities:
Now, let’s talk about Ranta. I’ve been kind to him in the past month or so, but now I’m gonna have to go back on all that and say he is officially The Worst Character again (though that spot was never truly taken by anyone else). I’ve never been a fan of his obsession with boobs, but his arrogance and his priorities in this episode are way more aggravating. While this is all clearly intentional on the author’s part, I’m still wondering where this is going to take his character. As he implied this episode, it doesn’t look like he would leave the team just because he’s causing disruption. Either he’s going to have to accept he’s making things more difficult for everyone else, or things are going to get messy. Basically, Ranta sucks right now. If I were Haru, I would probably just kick him out, even if it meant going somewhere easier to fight until they can find a replacement second tank.
Speaking of Haru, he’s finding things a little tricky, and I don’t blame him. He’s got a lot to balance with this mine raid, and Ranta’s attitude is just making things more difficult. The part that got to me most was when Ranta nearly stabbed Haru in his hurry to kill the kobald. He came that close to injuring (or killing) his team leader, and he still doesn’t see he’s in the wrong. Haru tried to speak with him earlier, but that didn’t really go anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good scene and it felt like all the other perfectly natural conversations we’ve seen up until now, but I’m still concerned about where this development is going to take Haru, Ranta, and the rest of the team.
Overview – What’s Next?:
A better episode than last week, but some of the character interactions are tricky and I’m unsure how this is going to wrap up with only two episodes left. It seems clear that Haru, Mary, and Ranta are going to get the main focus in this final arc, which I’m not too disappointed by as two of them are actually good characters! I could make a detailed prediction as to how this raid will turn out, but I’ll wait it out and see what happens. All I know is that things won’t go swimmingly. Haru is struggling with leadership, Mary is reliving her traumatic experiences, and Ranta is just being difficult. Hopefully we don’t have another Manato situation before this season ends.