「足音の行先」 (Ashioto no Ikisaki)
“Where the Footfalls Lead”
Putting all the pieces in place.
This week’s 91Days just sort of carries the plot along without spicing things up too much—and that’s totally okay. I feel the last two episode have sort of spoiled us with nonstop action and intrigue, while episode three slows the pace down so that more elements of the plot can be planted and start coming together. Tensions between all three families are on the rise, as everyone’s scrambles to figure out what exactly happened at the end of last episode, and where to go from there. I’m not going to lie, the narrative this week didn’t do too much for me. It wasn’t uninteresting or poor-quality in any way—just sufficient. I understand there’s a lot of complicated plot to set up and build, and to this episode serves that purpose well. A lot of key pieces need to be put in place before we can really have some fun.
That being said, I would maybe have preferred if more time was spent on fleshing out the characters. Especially after the death of Vanno—I want to see how deeply affected hurt his close ones are, and what sort of actions and shift in character this might prompt. As it stood, the death seemed mostly inconsequential—at least concerning character (we only really got one, brief genuine moment of sadness). Now, I understand that these guys are probably prepared to see their loved ones go down, especially in this line of work. They need to maintain tact and composure in order to survive and function within their families. Buuut it was a little frustrating not really seeing them showcase some real emotional devastation at the loss of someone so close, especially when the previous episode developed him so well in such a short amount of time. Maybe the show will tap more into this in subsequent installments, but as it stands, most of the emotional momentum of last week’s episode has been somewhat quelled this time around.
Furthermore, I think way more attention should be given to Avilio. At least recently, I don’t feel that he’s the driving emotional force of the show like he should be. We get very little insight into where he’s at after everything that’s just went down, and if he’s phased or changed in the slightest. He just continues to be level-headed. I’m not perceiving any inner turmoil—conflict which should be pushing the show forward. But again, I understand that this episode was more involved with building the greater plot—I just feel at least some room could’ve been spent in his mind. However, as Nero and Avilio depart together alone, I feel like this intimate space will be privy to some great character development and exploration.
Something that just came to mind though. What if the narrative is intentionally making Avilio a sort of vague and cryptic character, as the perspective maybe shifts to Nero? Maybe in preparation for some intense twist later on? A passing thought, but an interesting possibility.
Something quick that confused me though: is this character a Vanetti or a Galassia? My impression was of the latter until it’s revealed that he’s apparently the younger brother of Nero? If that’s the case, then how come he’s always hangin’ around the Galassias? Is like a half-brother or comrade or something? Is this mystery intentional or am I just missing something?