“Differing Intentions A Hero’s Worth”
Now that Rokuro & Benio’s marriage has been arranged, it’s time to learn more about Rokuro’s (presumably unlucky) childhood friend.
The best reason I can give for why I’m enjoying this show is that most of the characters feel like people, or are beginning to. Mayura is clearly the unlucky childhood friend, but she doesn’t seem as perfect as her kind personality and big breasts would have you believe, at least according to the tropes. That’s true of most characters who have gotten more than token screentime, including Nagitsuji Ryougo (Maeno Tomoaki), who spent the episode showing off just how good of a friend he is by not wanting to drag Rokuro back into exorcist work until Rokuro was ready. I can’t say we have anybody unique, nor an outstanding character that stands above others of their type (though Benio is eyeing that title), but they all feel like real people more often than not, rather than cardboard cutouts created to advance the plot. That makes me invested, because I know the tropes, but I want to know the story of these people.
A Warrior, Not a Baby Maker
I said that Benio is the closest thing this show has to an outstanding character, though that’s mostly how she seems to dodge the tropes and act…well, modern. She’s not a yamato nadeshiko, despite her looks (even Mayura doesn’t seem to be angling for that title), nor is she a tsundere, nor anything else. What she is, is a warrior. It struck me that, when she dismissed the idea of marrying Rokuro since he’s running away from being an exorcist, that Benio is so refreshing because she doesn’t get bogged down in love. Not that that isnt fun! But not all girls (or guys) are in love with being in love. She isn’t. She wants to be a warrior who destroys kegare. If Rokuro shapes up and a partnership (or even marriage) with him is her best way to do that, I can see her being open to that path. Once again, it makes Benio feel like a real person, not to mention giving her an understandable reason for dismissing Rokuro right now. I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want this Rokuro either.
I like the pacing so far, it’s deliberate without being too slow. Which is to say, this episode felt a little slow to me, but I was also full of delicious Stilts home cooking, so I’m trying to calibrate for that. I dunno, I’m full and on the verge of food coma.
The season schedule should appear before another Sousei no Onmyouji airs, so you’ll find out then whether we’re going to continue coverage with this one. Until then!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – It’s unlucky osananajimi week, while Benio shows her strength of character & Rokuro worries #sousei 03
- Another revealing moment: Benio thinking about how she wouldn’t want large breasts because they’d get in the way of fighting. That’s so Benio.
- Mayura being like a cousin or a sister wouldn’t be a problem for most anime leads. Her being an actual cousin or sister wouldn’t stop a bunch of them.
- Those merry-go-round jiggle physics. Though Mayura’s breasts aren’t even that large, by anime standards. Realistic breast sizes? Gasp! I never thought I’d see the day.
- “You’re the only one who understands how awesome I am, Mayura!” Now you’re just being mean.
- First Napoleon, now an anime is going to quote Robert Kennedy? I feel like this is a good sign. Some mangaka are branching out of the incestuous anime waters. Import, don’t recycle!
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