「白銀のグリズリー -子の心親知らず-」 (Shirogane no gurizurii – konokokorooyashirazu –)
“The Silver Grizzly -There is No Love Like a Child’s-”
Hina Loji from Luck & Logic continues with another entertaining episode. This time featuring Lion’s unnamed father, who comes to visit her all the way from their home country, making an over the top entry onto school premises where he almost gets shot down by anti-aerial defence units. While the doting parent trope is nothing new, I greatly enjoyed this particular instance as we were treated to hilarious and unexpected moments of action.
I was curious about the reason why Lion wanted to run away from home. If my father rode a missile into school, carrying a bouquet of flowers, doting upon me 24/7, I’d be pretty embarrassed too. Nevertheless, you cannot dislike him. He was a really awesome character, and made me laugh a whole lot this episode with his soppy antics and wide array of emotions. But there’s no denying that there were problems, in what could easily be described as ‘clingy’ and ‘overbearing’.
Seeing an exasperated Lion tearing up in fits of embarrassment was really too cute, though I did feel bad for her. Only there isn’t much to feel bad about at the end of the day, her father is still a kind and caring man. Hence we should laugh at her predicament, and take it in a merry way. One moment that stood out to me was when Lion refused to eat the homemade lunch her father brought her, which you could see clearly hurt his feelings. Now, I understand that Lion was pretty fed up with her father, but that’s no way to go about brushing off a kind and caring parent. Fortunately, she makes up with him at the end. Cheery smiles all around!
Adventure in the Mountains
There were too many good moments in this episode. First off, Mahiro trancing was a heavenly gift. For a crazy girl giving off the mad scientist, her Logicalist powers fit her perfectly, and dare I say she looked pretty damn fine too. Through sheer embarrassment, Lion’s Logicalist powers go out of control during combat training, and the girls are sent flying to a secluded, snowy mountain range. And we’re given another incredible moment, this time with Nina cuddling a clueless bear cub. Isn’t that so fuwa fuwa?
Of course, Mama Bear isn’t too pleased, and we have a chase on our hands. Following an avalanche, Lion’s father comes to save the day, having trekked all the way to the snowy mountains to save his dearest daughter. For someone named the Silver Grizzly, he sure showed up by knocking out Mama Bear with a single uppercut to the jaw. The reconciliation between Lion and her father was touching, particularly with the context where he chose to spare Mama Bear, after recognising that she too was similarly roused by the need to protect her own offspring. To me, it showed that Lion’s father isn’t just a man of rash impulses, and is capable of exercising wisdom and empathy befitting of a ruler. Too bad he can’t read the mood, and gets denied entry into the all girls dormitory.
At this point, I’ll just admit that I’m totally charmed by Hina Loji: From Luck and Logic. It’s stupidly fun in a silly way, and never fails to put a smile on my face. Though I cannot make any guarantees yet, it’s highly possible that I will be covering this show for the long term. That will depend on what the other shows this season are like, but for now it’s definitely looking good!