「Force & Solution」
Did Pancakes say war? Because war is exactly what we got. The politics in K&M may be hammy, but only a tough cookie wouldn’t appreciate the exposition we received this episode. That, and the incredibly animated action sequences! With Ikaruga finally making a grand entrance, and showcasing its combat prowess, I want to excite people by saying this is merely a taste of what we’re about to get. Got that?!? Tis but a mere taste!!!
The Fall of Shild Triber
The King of Kuschpercha’s last stand was truly heroic. Too bad it was all for naught, seeing how Eleonara, Martina and Isadora all got captured. The Zaloudek Empire deserve full credit for their victory and receive top marks for successfully carrying out the blitzkrieg strategy, in spite of their blatant villainy. There’s the Tyrantos, using stolen technology from Helvi’s Telestale to manufacture the strongest mass-produced Silhouette Knights currently in existence, as well as the fact they went a step further by innovating airships. As for Prince Cristobal, I really dislike this slimeball. Although there was no mention of drugging the Princess in the novels, making it an anime original device to depict him in a bad light, it’s still a stretch to kill someone’s father then coerce them into a political marriage. There’s a reason why most Game of Thrones fans hate Joffrey.
Silver Phoenix Merchant Association
It seems pretty apparent King Leotamus is in a tough spot. On the one hand, his sister and niece (Martina and Isadora) have been captured, while his brother in law (Duke Fernando) has been slain by the Zaloudek Empire. On the other hand, the Zaloudek Empire is a superpower, meaning it would be irresponsible for him to drag Fremevilla into war for the sake of his own personal ties. I have to praise him for the solution he develops. Surely there’s no way these Silver Phoenix merchants have anything to do with Fremevilla, right? Of course not. Just a mechasexual trap singlehandedly razing down an entire platoon of Tyrantos. Every single moment of that scene was glorious, but I think the particle cannon blew all of its competition out of the air!
Meanwhile, it takes one to know one, particularly when Dietrich called out Gustavo for being a sword idiot. Maybe he’s just in denial that someone spectacularly outdoes him in the sword department. Here is what the original design for Gustavo’s Silhouette Knight looked like. And if you were wondering, they did in fact remove swords from the anime design. Absolutely crazy stuff!
Perhaps you might have found the exposition pretty clunky, and the setup is obviously made to glorify our protagonist. However, it’s difficult not to feel pumped when Ernesti is finally about to harvest the fruit of his labours. My justice boner is also on full pelt. Cliché as it may be, I can’t wait to see Ernesti and the Ikaruga tearing a new one for the Zaloudek Empire. Specifically, what he comes up with in order to deal with the Zaloudek airships.
P.S. Thanks to Pancakes for helping cover, and allowing me to enjoy my holiday in Japan!