「穏やかな日々に・・・」 (Odayaka na Hibi ni…)
“On a Quiet Day… | An einem ruhigen Tag…”
One thing that is remarkably consistent in anime, which has survived where entire genres have not, is the breast envy gag. Empires rise and fall, but comic routines about bra-sizes is eternal. This one I genuinely do not understand. It’s always the same joke—‘Oh hey, this girl is insecure about her bust!’—yet it returns again and again with irrepressible persistence, like a telemarketer with a quota. As part of the non-mammaried community, I am not familiar with these personal concerns of the average lingerie-shopper. Is this something that actually goes on regularly in your private conversations? Yeah, male chauvinism I understand—by the way, good luck with your election, Americans—but do even females, in the safety of their herd, define themselves by their centre of gravity? I’m not privy to this secret women’s business. Perhaps you can send an envoy to enlighten me.
In any case, the purpose of such gags is obvious: to fill in time in a lighter and softer kind of episode. We are back to No Explosions in ‘On a Quiet Day’, as Shuumatsu no Izetta explores a bit more of its Pygmalion subplot. At the same time, they’re bringing Finé a bit closer to earth with a generic yet irrational weakness for sweets. Yeah, sure it looks bloody good (realise that there’s an artist in an anime studio who had to learn how to draw pastry), but I refuse to believe that the Archduchess doesn’t have one in-house chef who knows how to bake desserts, forcing incognito pie-raids. Well, somehow it all works out for her but… eh. Why all the pandering, your Highness? It’s not like you need the votes.
So, something of a calm before the storm or rather, since Elystadt’s had plenty of the sturm und drang, a brief reprieve from the rain. The only questions are when (in all likelihood, next episode) and how. Curiously, one the avenues for everything going wrong in a hurry—the completely avoidable intelligence-leak—is closed of rather quickly. Certainly, silencing him permanently is the pragmatically expedient thing to do, and it plays into the whole cynicism vs idealism thing that’s been going on. But I was hoping that it would be Finé and/or Izetta who would have had to address this moral dilemma, to add to their conflict. Instead, the spymaster allows them to keep their hands clean. Of course he’d do it, after his spiel about desperate measures for desperate times. I hope he doesn’t end up a scapegoat, to allow our protagonists to take the moral high ground freely. That would be too easy
Where would things go wrong for Izetta now? Sure, the Germanians have whatever nasty thing locked up in their basement, and their Emperor seems to have put more focus on their aeronautical programmes than Hitler did, but back at home, where it would hit the hardest, Izetta is getting rave reviews. How was this White Witch story supposed to go? I wonder if things would be more interesting if Izetta was a complete fraud, or if it would be more interesting as it is, where she’s only a bit of a fraud. Hmm. Well, we’ll see, I guess. Maybe the diplomatic mission will completely fall through. Or maybe they’ll get aid from Hogwarts. The ‘last of my kind’ thing is vastly overrated.