「償いの聖騎士長」 (Tsugunai no Seikishi-chou)
“The Atonement of the Great Holy Knight”
The tale of Dreyfus’ and Hendrickson’s fall is revealed this week, and I hate to trample over all the good feelings, but Dreyfus probably shoulda killed Hendrickson. Woulda saved everyone a lot of trouble. Also would have prevented this story from happening, which wouldn’t have been ideal, but still. Whether he intended it or not, he chose his friend over his brother, and sentenced a lot of other people to die in the process. Not smart.
Honestly not much else to say about that one. The demon played them good.
Back with the rest of the Sins, they were indeed saved by deus ex Gowther, as expected. I’ve no problems with that, though I’m not sure how I feel about the Peace Amulet. Does Gowther prefer it this way, where he’s in control (controlled)? But then again, he’s dangerous the other way, and they wouldn’t let him run around mind-wiping people for his own alien reasons. The Peace Amulet is better than jail or death, right? I don’t know, but probably we’re not supposed to dig into the morality of this one, even if it does bug me.
Looks like my quip about the Hyperbolic Time Chamber was prescient, though I’m not bragging. Simple math gets you there, or remembering the no-holds beat down they suffered last episode. I hope they manage to make a power up arc interesting, because as is I’m much more interested in them finding the last Seven Deadly Sin, the Lion’s Sin of Pride, Escanor. Not that they aren’t all still gonna have to power up like their lives depend on it (they do), but one more on board helps! Also maybe someone should go find Ban.
I do have to quibble with Merlin’s logic about why modern Britannians are weak. It’s a fallacy to say that peace makes a civilization weak. It might make the layperson less combat ready, but we can overcome this with systems—with civilization. That’s why only a fraction of Americans take part in the armed forces, but they’re trained to such a degree (and equipped to such a degree) that they’re the most powerful fighting force the world has ever seen. Compare that to the European powers near the end of WWI and WWII (and the Asian powers in the latter), and you’ll see brittle, broken countries on the verge of utter collapse. Fighting did not make them stronger, it brought them to the edge of ruination. Acting like they’re weak because they haven’t been slaughtering each other is a pernicious mistake that will only empower barbarians who would rather rape, steal, and slaughter than build, connect, and nurture. Fuck that.
Plus, in this case, none of that is necessary as an explanation. We already learned that the magic that used to be just sloshing around, and was the center issue of the previous war, is all tied up in people/plants now. That is reason enough to explain the power discrepancy without denigrating peace.
As for the episode ending stinger, AHH DAMN I’M SO PISSED! I hate amnesia as a plot device, and using it to reinstate the status quo on a nascent relationship is friggin’ annoying! This falls under the heading of “jerking our chains,” and while teasing the audience can be done well, this ain’t that. Also, isn’t Gowther a master of manipulating memories? He did it last episode! Have him fix her scrambled noggin and get this train back on the rails! We all know the ship is going to sail eventually, so stop jerking us around. Bastards.
- I mean, I guess groping is part of their relationship at this point? At least he only does it to her. Every couple has their own ways of flirting. (Also, become a couple already dammit.)
- This is the first episode where I found Arthur interesting, because of the contrast between his reaction to the idea of fighting and Elizabeth’s. She’s putting him to shame, and going to be the catalyst for his power up—and most crucially, his character development.
- But seriously though, fuck amnesia.
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