「狼の戦術」 (Ookami no senjutsu)
“Tactics of the Wolf”
Head pats, harem making, and some measure of world saving story under all the blushing; if there was any doubt as to what show HnH intended on being after last episode this week should have answered the conundrum and put any confusion to bed. For better or worse (and let’s be honest, mostly worse) conventional isekai will be the name of the game here, complete with all divisiveness accompanying such ubiquitous tales of eager wish fulfillment. It’s going to be as cookie cutter as they come, and HnH intends on playing it up fully.
After an introduction largely spent teasing later developments, one of the oddities of HnH quickly emerging is utter lack of the first isekai staple: transferring to another world. Whether as a quick blurb or drawn out sequence we usually receive some explanation for how the
harem master main protagonist winds up in fantasyland, but in HnH’s case? Zilch, nada. Signs or not we lack any sort of answer so far, and no matter whether it’ll be revealed later (because that smartphone is too powerful to be a one-off device), it’s a strange way to start off this type of story. Particularly concerning as well is the lack of details on what is also HnH’s main sell in its Nordic theme. We’ve got mentions of einherjar and their leadership positions for example, but explaining just what an einherjar is in this world’s context (given the utter lack of valkyries so far) and what Alfheimr refers to in Yuuto’s intention of being ruler (since elves don’t seem to exist either) is entirely unknown—and don’t get me started on the lack of cold and snow. As with Yuuto’s backstory these issues will likely be discussed later on when more relevant, but for the moment it’s functionally little more than window dressing for a paint by numbers premise.
Part of the reason the lack of aesthetic detail is increasingly aggravating (at least for me) is HnH’s current manner of story. No matter the number of cute Linnea faces or adorable Ingrid appearances (best girl, fight me), harem shenanigans in any form can only be drawn out so long before they start growing stale. There needs to be something besides the marriage requests and selfish wishes to keep things interesting, and while the signs are there for such things—i.e. the hints of greater conflict—I’m not sure if it will be enough or featured sufficiently to make up for HnH’s other faults. Don’t get me wrong there’s still time for story magic considering the backstory and Nordic influences just itching for their time in the sun, but given how this episode played out, I’m not sure if HnH is up to the task yet. There’s a lot of nagging issues to work out before this series can really get going, but we have to see if it’s willing—or able—to tackle them head on.
One way or another, you can bet this isekai adventure is just getting started.
It’s kind of funny the Mongols were referenced here when as a whole the Mongols weren’t too big on the manner of harassment or formation used by Siegrune. The go-to Mongol strategy was rather set-piece ambushes, where Mongol cavalry would feign retreat to draw off a portion of the enemy force and subsequently annihilate them in a three prong pincer attack. A prime example of this was the Battle of Liegnitz in 1241 which effectively gave control of Poland to the Mongols until Oegedei Khan’s death.