「陸の都と水の都と」 (Riku no Miyako to Mizu no Miyako to)
“A City of Land and A City of Water”
A new adventure in a new city.
Return To Adventure
What most struck me about this episode is that it was a return to form, and in a pleasant way. As much as I enjoyed the army-level tactics that took over the story from when they first arrived at Peshawar in season one, there was something fun about the small band of comrades having adventures together. Arslan’s exile slims the active cast back down to his band of eight (+ a bird) and anyone else vital to this specific plot—no extraneous advisors or marzbans to muck up the narrative. As much as I like Kishward and Kubard, there’s something to be said for simplicity. Plus, adventures! I like traveling adventures. The scope has shrunk, even if the stakes really haven’t.
So what’s the theme right time? It would appear that slavery is back on the docket. Narsus’s old friend Shagad (Sakurai Takahiro) is no longer in favor of abolition like he was in his youth, and is using the old “But, the economy!” justification for slavery. I mean, we all know that’s bullshit, but they don’t, and a bunch of real humans used that argument far more recently than the equivalent time period that Arslan Senki takes place. It’s an argument that makes sense in context, is what I’m saying.
What I like is that this puts Shagad as not precisely a villain, but certainly not wholly aligned with Arslan & co. He might turn into full-on antagonist, and in fact the episode preview somewhat implies that, but in the meantime he’s walking somewhere in the gray, protagonist/antagonist-wise. That makes it harder to know how this will turn out, and what he’ll do.
Can Any of Them Swim?
Going back to what I was saying before, we’ve got that adventuring feel back, and that includes jumping on a ship and boarding the boarders. Poor pirates. They never had a chance. Not when Daryun’s name (and glare) is an an intimidation attack all on its own.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Gilan is a rich port city, thanks to its slaves. Arslan is going to have to work for those troops #arslan s2e4
- Daryun and Jaswant are sword buddies. I feel like they’d get along well with Fighter.
- Alfreed just keeps trying to make it a done deal, ufufu~!
- Calling it now: Shagad is behind the pirates. Or he could be. That’d bump him over into full villain though, so maybe it’s better if he’s not.
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