「Hide & Seek」
Exciting infiltrations, ensuing melee and magic combat between mecha, fending off hordes of monsters. To top it off, the implication of political struggles. What more could I ask for from a medieval fantasy?
Looks like the group from the end of last episode really meant trouble. Scoundrels, the lot of them. Causing so much collateral damage by setting off monster bait in a village is going overboard, even if it was a ploy to draw out forces from Casedesus fortress. Nevertheless, I was quite interested in the newly showcased model of Silhouette Knight (SK), which seems exclusively built for espionage. And dare I say impressed at the usage of guerrilla tactics, killing the messenger and stealing their SK to complete the second part of their plan.
The part that left me confused was when the infiltrators actually remained inside Casedesus to attack, instead of sneaking away into the dead of night. True, they weren’t expecting backup to arrive so quickly. But their mission was to hoist away the new mecha design, not to wreak havoc. At the first sign of trouble, the mysterious woman and two members of her entourage make haste to leave the fortress with their ill-gotten gains.
Defence of Fort Casedesus
The prize for timely intervention goes to the squad travelling from Laihiala, who coincidentally intercept the highjackers. Although they couldn’t completely prevent the escape, the total models stolen away reduced from three to merely one.
Edgar put up a valiant fight to no avail. My memory is escaping me on the subject of whether the Earlcumber also received an upgrade. I will assume he didn’t, because there were no extra arms on the back for firing magic. His attempt at taking on the Telestale has definitely improved from the last sparring session with Helvi. But I can’t help thinkong he might have held out evenly. He faltered by allowing the split second of Kid and Addie winning their side of the fight to distract him. I could relate to his surprise, because the victory was nothing short of a happy fluke. But that dip in concentration ended up being quite costly, with the mysterious woman capitalising upon it using a ferociously improvised combination of attacks.
Dietrich stepped up for his moment of redemption and I’m really happy it finally arrived. Staying true to his knight’s vow of not abandoning his comrade? Standing firm to defend a vulnerable Edgar from the oncoming swarm of monsters? What a complete badass! Here’s hoping that this change in outlook is a permanent fix.
While I could see the logic in appointing an Order of the Silver Phoenix, an apt creature of choice considering Ernesti was reborn, I actually think Edgar would have been a more logical choice for leader. Ernesti is capable, but his efforts should be reserved primarily for researching and developing new mecha. Not to mention, Edgar has shown the ability to command and coordinate during the Behemoth attack to keep his unit members alive.
If I was behind the spy network, I would just monitor the situation until the completed product came out. Stealing the prototype wouldn’t achieve much, and if they ever want to go back for a second swoop, no doubt Ernesti will have come up with countermeasures by then. Yet they left with what they came for, even if the operation was severely botched. So it’s not like they weren’t successful.
Which leads to the question. Why steal technology from a strategic ally tasked with defending the continent from monster hordes, and leave them hanging in a precarious position? I’ll leave it at that, but do expect these spies to make a return later on in the series.