「すばるの修行 THE BEWITCHING GUARDIAN」 (Subaru no Shugyou THE BEWITCHING GUARDIAN)
“Subaru’s Training – The Bewitching Guardian”
Trolling masters are dime a dozen among Japan’s exorcists.
The purpose of Mitejima Subaru (Sawashiro Miyuki) as a character seems to be to turn the shipping up over 9000. Which, to be fair, I heartily enjoyed; I think I laughed out loud more at this offering than any other Sousei no Onmyouji episode so far. It had the old problem of such episodes, where it felt aimless and even filler-ish at times, though unlike last week’s Netoge ep9 this felt more like stretched content instead of pure fluff. I won’t rehash that argument, I’ve said it all before, and I heartily enjoyed the romantic scenes, because I’m a sucker for those. A more interesting question might be this: What’s the ideal mix of action and romance for a Sousei no Onmyouji episode?
Skimming the season so far, I’ve got to admit—romance isn’t where Sousei no Onmyouji is at its best. It’s an integral element, but not in the rabu-rabu daito kind of way. It’s when Rokuro and Benio are forging a mutual understanding, whether it be laced with the romance or not, that the relationship axis of the series works best (last episode was an excellent example). It really is the action and plot that most often leave me enthralled, which is worth noting because most action/other hybrid anime feel weak on their action axis, though I’m sure some of y’all will bring up points to the contrary. To give an example, think of any magical-fantasy-action-harem anime, particularly if there’s a focus on ecchi—the harem/ecchi is almost always the key feature, with the plot serving as more of an excuse to watch. It’s like claiming to read Playboy for the articles.
Sacrificing for Each Other
As I said above, Sousei no Onymouji is at its best, relationship-wise, when Rokuro and Benio are forging a mutual understanding. The stand out moment of the episode was when Benio placed an enchantment on Rokuro’s arm, allowing him to control it as he used to, at the cost of great strain to herself. Ten bucks says she made that talisman specifically with this in mind. That kind of thoughtfulness and sacrifice indicates once again that Benio does value Rokuro, even if they still squabble and fight. Rokuro grabbing her felt more contrived, but hopefully he’ll get more chances to properly show the same thing at a later date.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Two trolling masters show up to train Rokuro & Benio. To fight? Naw. Marriage training #sousei 10
- At least Rokuro asked for help after he messed up the directions. Some adults don’t ask for help even then.
- Even as an adult, I agree with Rokuro and Benio on those pancakes. Chill the fuck out yo.
- That familiar is still so damn useless. What a waste of FukuJun.
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