「帰らぬ者と、待ち続けた者たち -dice in pot-」 (Kaeranumonoto, Machitsuketamonotachi -dice in pot-)
“Those Who Do Not Return and Those Who Are Waiting -dice in pot-“
While things may have ended on a slightly sour note, the episode as a whole was surprisingly good.
Even with the pacing slowing down a fair bit, I must say that SukaSuka is doing a great job at keeping both my mind and my interest piqued. All things considered, I thought I was going to be sitting here writing about how this episode felt slow with the kids being used as the one redeeming factor to make up for a lackluster transition between conflicts. Instead, we got to see numerous sides of Wilhelm all the while giving the little faeries some decent screen time.
Starting with the little faeries, it was nice to see them outside the mansion and out in the real world doing things that you’d typically find younger kids doing. From watching B+ romantic comedies to worrying about getting taller and in turn becoming adults, it provided a stark contrast to that shocking scene a few episodes back when we saw one of the girls fall off a damn cliff. If anything, the scenes served as a nice grounding point that these faeries, human weapons or not, have the same feelings and needs as everyone else. A point that I hope at some point the story focuses on since it’s such a juicy topic that it’d almost be doing the whole show an injustice if they didn’t cover it in more detail.
Changing pace, let’s talk about Wilhelm. First, did you see that masterful “adult” attitude he managed to pull off when he was escorting Tiat to the hospital? Showing just enough interest to let her know that he was listening but exerting just enough restraint to quietly remind everyone (including us) that he was in charge, it was a skillful execution of how you show someone you’re looking after that you care about them but aren’t going to baby them. Sure, you could argue that by the time the pair reached the hospital that Wilhelm had fallen into Tiat’s pace, but at this point that’s just kind of who Wilhelm is, right? That said, I think most of that was overshadowed by his reaction when he realized that Ctholly, Ithea, and Nephren were okay. Showing off that he’s no pushover, the rush of adrenaline that shot through my body as Wilhelm literally instant transmissioned to the girls was amazing. Seeing his emotions completely leak out as he embraced Ctholly, it was a great way to end an episode that felt like it wasn’t going to have much in terms of substance.
Overall, another pretty good episode for SukaSuka. And even if you include my minor gripe of Ctholly slapping Wilhelm right at the end (did she really have to slap him?), this episode had just about everything we’ve come to love about the show in a slightly different package. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where it looks like the pacing is about to kick up again. See you then!