「いつわりの奇跡」 (Itsuwari no Kiseki)
“A False Miracle | Das falsche Wunder”
So, real-life Liechtenstein is a pretty Catholic place, right? The coronation of Finé got me wondering whether Elystadt is as well. Obviously it’s a pious country (check out their state motto) but are they still Catholic in this alternate history, or some inoffensive fantasy religion? Actually, any fantasy Western religion is anime is invariably turbo-Catholicism anyway, but it’s still not exactly clear how much we can assume about Elystadt culture. Again, it’s about the interplay between the ‘traditional’, Anglo-Christian view of witches (servants of the devil, float, burn easily) and the Elystadt legend of the White Witch. At least, the initial reaction of the press seems to be less, ‘Oh no, the princess is consorting with heresy!’ and more, ‘Look at this awesome thing!’, so maybe the Vatican is cool with Elystadt’s pagan superweapon.
The story of the White Witch and its significance for the common citizen is probably something Shuumatsu no Izetta will get into with more detail later, and even if they didn’t it won’t be a huge deal, but it’s something interesting to think about, nonetheless.
And now, for things that more people than just I care about: explosions! After something of a production break last week (and maybe the guy on checks is still on holidays; do the heads look comically big to you, or is it just me?), Shuumatsu no Izetta is back to what it does best, which is wanton destruction of Nazi hardware. It’s not quite the visceral awesome of episode 03, perhaps, but we had our moments, to be sure. Once again, I’m made to appreciate how the soundtrack really carries the entire show; it just does so much. For example, when Puppet!Izetta flies overhead, you can feel the fakeness, right? Because her musical cue didn’t play. Without the music (and the sparkles, I guess), there’s no magic. It’s when the choice comes back for when, er, Izetta invokes the spirits of the earth that the hype becomes real. I think the point of this episode is for Izetta to fully embrace her role as the White Witch, especially by choosing not to use a stunt double. Sure, it’s all theatrics, but the power of the symbol, of she who protects Elystadt, is legit.
Or maybe the episode just wants to finally introduce Izetta’s fancy custom laser rifle. And then have her join the Ghostbusters. I can see it
Where to from now? With Izetta her special effects crew holding off the Germanian advance, the war is at a bit of a stalemate. We need to shake up the plot, and what do you know, right after the debut of CovertMuggle!Izetta, the secret is already out. I don’t know if it’s better or worse that it’s a true believer who finds out, one under the command of a spy, no less, but I do know I take issue with the entire development. For crying out loud, guys, this is Elystadt’s top military secret, one on which the fate of your entire nation hinges, and here you are just standing around blabbing about it. I just can’t bring myself to approve of drama by stupidity and coincidence. It’s not wrong, per se, because both stupidity and coincidence are found in great abundance in real life, but it still annoys me. It’s like following a chess game (don’t judge my hobbies), and the game turns not because of clever and elegant play, but because one of the players has a stroke. No matter which side you’re rooting for, it’s not satisfying.
Well, it still depends largely on what comes out of all this. It was inevitable that the masquerade would drop eventually. The important thing is how our protagonists deal with the fallout when it does.