「イゼルローン攻略[後編]」 (Izeruroun kouryaku [kouhen])
“The Capture of Iserlohn: Part 2”
If there were any lingering doubts as to the strength of LotGH’s reincarnation, this weekly should have firmly eliminated them. Being the key turning point of this story the capture of Iserlohn was always important to nail correctly, and while we may have lacked two episodes of grandiose fortress capturing and Rosen Ritter combat (battle axes I miss thee), what we got here more than did the task. From leader ineptitude to poignant foreshadowing and more, this episode was LotGH through and through.
While the differences between empire and alliance and new leader versus old have been fleshed out (mostly) before, the actions in Iserlohn once again show the paradigmatic mindset at war under the surface. The imperial troops and commanders are every bit as intelligent and canny as Yang and friends prove again and again (Oberstein isn’t the only one to smell a trap), but more than a few are firmly enamoured with idealistic (almost quixotic) thoughts of duty and sacrifice. Dishonour worse than death? A motto well-practiced by many a European state in the past, but as poor, outwitted Stockhausen shows, one which loses its lustre when death stares you in the face. Honour in war is one of those myths which will never die, as those who preach it typically reside far from its consequences while those who suffer never live to tell the truthful tale. No surprise then in the offhand chance underlings have the opportunity to live seeing the future proves more worthwhile than any ephemeral “honour” in the face of defeat. Yang’s choice of target may have been more to preserve life instead of sending that message in this case, but his actions once again show how utterly entrenched such philosophy is in both empire and alliance. No matter how much he may long for a peaceful retirement, Yang’s mindset is too valuable to too many to let go of now.
Part of what ensures the fun in this regard is just beginning is what the capture of Iserlohn means. Ignoring all the similarities between fortress and Death Star and the ridiculous ease of overcoming a garrison of 500,000 (praise be to
thermal exhaust port sleeping gas), Iserlohn is, for all intents and purpose, the sole means for the Empire and FPA to reach one another (smirk). Whoever holds it possesses the only means to attack their opponent directly, and with the FPA now holding it, you can imagine what the immediate thought on both sides is going to be. The Empire for the first time must assume defense, our good friend Trunicht has a victory needed to wipe away those prior defeats, and the more vocal of the FPA’s democracy loving base now has the means to start bringing freedom to those in “need”. Yeah it’s not wrong to say Yang’s victory has upended the entire political board. Of course how effective any potential FPA invasion is remains to be seen—we haven’t heard from the newly minted fleet admiral Reinhardt in a while after all—but you can bet the wheels are turning and the planning is in full gear.
There’s a lot of tasty happenings to come in the near future, and with one in all his glorious shiny dome already being teased, you can bet they won’t take long to see. Stick around boys and girls, things are about get spicy.