「剣を求めて」 (Tsurugi o motomete)
“Seeking the Sword”
Oh yes now this is an SnS development I can get behind. What Clive finally appearing and
inserting a dagger throwing a wrench into things? Please, we’ll get to the blondie in a bit. No I’m talking about cute pirate girls complete with eye patches and pink surf hair. Move over Asahi, your cute smile has nothing on Alwida this week. Of course Satsuki is still winning this horserace, but mostly because when it comes to body building, the girl does it right. I mean we all remember exactly where that cake is going, right? Right.
Alright cutie pie comparisons and best girl rankings aside, it was certainly an interesting week for SnS. While the show is still inundated with aggravating structural issues in (virtual) world building (guilds and magic system your intricacies confound me), a willingness to overlook them for the moment—at least until end post time don’t even get me started—alongside the start of SnS’s conflict does yield some fun points of interest. Clive obviously is the big one this week, with his “surprise” return to Subaru and that cliffhanger ending pointing to an answer which may be broader than it is deep. We know that Asahi is alive and well for example considering past teasers and Takanori’s own musing this episode (hard hiding it at this stage), so the question becomes who took her and for what reason, of which there’s a few possibilities. It’s reasonable to assume Clive is involved considering the literal knife in the back, but this feels like a distraction away from the real culprit(s). Elicia after all still appears good (if only for the moment), and her and Clive’s past talk firmly suggests Clive’s recent actions are a test to finish awakening the Senses of Haruto, Satsuki, and Asahi. Remember cute pirate girl? Her frown says all it ever could about Clive coincidentally stumbling across his old Subaru friends.
Of course it’s possible Clive and Elicia are after Asahi for their own reason—i.e. steal her from the kidnappers—but the quick mention of yet another secretive guild in Gnosis (not to mention Clive already having plenty of opportunities to whisk Asahi away) likely puts this potential twist to bed. A guild with the power to delete the accounts of those snooping is concerning enough, but top it off with the fantasy-esque hooded garments worn by the likely scientists in Asahi’s flashback? Yeah the show isn’t really trying hard to muddy these waters. An organization with a good deal of power is looking for a way to utilize a very strong ability in a specific manner and likely hopes through competition that someone can find the way to make it work. I cannot say I know how it will all play out in the end (shameless anime only viewing for the win), but I’ll be incredibly surprised if SnS doesn’t now turn into the race of who can awaken and utilize Asahi’s Sense first.
With a red stone likely waiting to restore Asahi’s missing memories (and powers) and one last Subaru member in Nozomi set to make her (re)appearance, it won’t be long now until the real battle finally gets underway.