「この戦いが終わったら -starry road to tomorrow-」 (Kono Tatakai ga Owattara -starry road to tomorrow-)
“Once This Fight is Over -starry road to tomorrow-“
Even when I think the show is going to all into the trap of being too damn cheesy for its own good, it manages to save things from the brink of no return with some great music and a smooth talking Lizardman.
After a huge first two episodes, I was really curious if SukaSuka would be able to keep reaching the bar after setting it so damn high. Luckily, it looks like my fears were grounded in nothing since this episode managed to do things in a completely different way while still bringing out all the feelings I expect to feel during a great episode of anime.
Starting with the beginning, I’m glad that we’re getting the opportunity to see more characters than just Chtholly (not that I have a problem with her). With last week giving us a closer look at Ithea (she’s hiding a lot behind that cherry smile of hers), this week gave us a closer look at the mysterious Nephren. As the quiet one of the trio, I wasn’t sure what to expect when she sat down with Willhem. Luckily, it looks like underneath that deadpan expression is a caring girl who can give a thumbs up that even Maes Hughes would be proud of. But what I probably liked even more than her attitude was probably the way she quietly lets Willhem do as he pleases. Instead of spending time questioning his methods or trying to extract information from him, it’s been a pleasure to see Nephren just let Willhem be Willhem.
However, as much as I enjoyed getting to see more of Nephren, this week’s true highlight had to be watching Willhem reveal just how much of a badass he is. Even with a battered and broken body that was petrified for over a century, watching him school Chtholly without even breaking a sweat was so damn awesome. The cherry on the badass cake though had to be the slight hint of arrogance he had in his voice as he subtly tried to say, “Listen to me damnit.” Because as we see in most shows that have swords, the difference between a strong warrior with bad foundation versus a weaker character with an ironclad one can be gigantic and it always feels good when the weaker character is the one standing on top.
That said, what probably bugged me the most about this week’s episode was when the story started to tread down the path of trying to justify using faeries as literal sacrifices or rather tried to build some drama involving that idea. Seeing how we’re only at episode three and haven’t had enough time to truly build a solid relationship with any character (except Willhem, Jesus I was so sad during his flashback), I was afraid I’d have to imitate yaking from how corny things were getting. Except, in typical SukaSuka fashion, its story manages to pivot right before the point of no return. And in this case that pivot came in the form of a well spoken lizardman named Limeskin. As an army officer and the person directly in charge of Chtholly, I love that he was open to the idea of changing battle styles and accepted that should Chtholly not want to become a literal bomb, he’d support whatever decision she ended up making. A move that I honestly didn’t see coming, but was so happy to see happen.
With three episodes finally up, I think it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re liking SukaSuka thus far, there’s not much I think you have to worry about. It has a good mix of character development, story, and emotional baggage that there’s no end to the supply of things each episode can pull from. Add in the spot on humor that comes along every now and then and I don’t think there’s really much else you could ask for. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!