「Case 9 Roaming Pigeons」
3Hz decided to go for a non-chronological viewing order and I’m absolutely digging the style! It was one of the reasons I adored The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Too bad we’ll never get any closure on that one, since the last volume came out over six years ago.
Enough talk about the dead. Time to examine some living specimen from the Black Lizard Planet! With an endearing assassin like Chise joining in, I can confidently say that I really enjoy the dynamic of friendship between the girls. Princess exudes charisma and charm, Dorothy takes the femme fatale up a notch, Ange is simply awesome, and I felt Beatrice in particular greatly improved from last week.
We Are Spies
These girls are pretty terrible spies, but my word do they have fun and go about their business with style. Discussing the secret plan openly might not be a good idea, since unknown eyes and ears might pick up on sensitive information. There is also no reason to go in declaring that you are spies at the end of an operation, in case something ends up going wrong. Not to mention, the trio having their faces uncovered completely defeats the purpose behind having the Princess concealing her identity, due to guilt by association.
Not to say the other girls were useless. On top of being the driver, Dorothy used her assets to woo the guard while Beatrice altered her voice to trick them. Chise cleared a path by taking out the watchmen on the ship, and Princess is the lynchpin that ties the group together. All fulfil a certain niche that makes it really fun when they come together in an operation, which I suppose is what matters.
That said, I always reckoned Ange was a step above the others when it came to the arts of espionage. Taking the dangerous risk of falling between giant fan blades made for a really tense and exciting moment, complete with epic Yuki Kajiura choir soundtrack in the background. We are even showcased a new application for the Cavorite device, where it traced the location of the laboratory. Does Ange’s skill and resourcefulness know no end?
I can understand why the commonwealth would retain a healthy dose of suspicion towards the Princess for being a double agent of the Kingdom, but it’s interesting to see that they’re not suspecting the Princess of having her own separate agenda. The interactions that Chise and Dorothy had with their superiors indicate a reluctance to betray the Princess for the sake of their sides, and slowly but surely, you begin to notice that a breakaway third faction could be forming.
Though the successfully stolen Cavorite technology may seem revolutionary, I can’t shake the feeling we’ve all seen it somewhere before. Doesn’t Ange utilise a compact source of Cavorite herself? It was obviously a special piece of equipment, but I never imagined that it would be so ground-breaking in the context of our steampunk universe.
But yeah, something fantastic that Princess Principal does is the way it proceeds with world building. Instead of being force-fed prologues or mired by information dumps, things pretty much happen as they do. The pieces of the puzzle slowly fall into place, and as they do, we can slowly begin to figure out the mystery.
Moving onto speculation, these plans to redefine the geography of London seem a tad sinister, in addition to imminent discussions for putting the Princess into a political marriage. I can’t say for sure what comes next, since the next episode will presumably be non-sequitur. However, I’ll choose to sit tight for now and have fun, regardless of where the show decides to take us!