「英雄驀進」 (Eiyuu Bakushin)
Last week I said this arc probably should have ended that episode, and that may be true over all. This episode did something interesting that redeemed itself, though. Instead of just killing off Keera by hoisting him on his own petard, it did that in a way so as to reveal character as well. And, as Vonnegut once said (and I so often point out), everything must either reveal character or advance the plot. Both at once is a neat trick.
Imagine if Keera had been slain by Diablo. Shera’s reason for stopping Diablo was stupid, by the way; “family” is not enough of a reason for the man who tries to rape and mind wipe you to get off scot free. That’s not to say he should have been summarily executed—society must punish the criminal, or else it’s just murder—but family ain’t a good reason. But say he had been slain by Diablo, or the hydra, or even mauled to death by a pack of dogs. That would have been that. Hoisted by his own petard, his idiocy was the death of him, end of story. The extra episode would have been a waste, aside from some ecchi—which was sexual assault, by the way. Yes, I’m going to call it what it is, no, I don’t care if that bothers you, and no, I don’t care if you whine about SJW crap. Stories matter, and a spade oughta be called a spade. You can even enjoy the comedic/ecchi aspects while holding the contradictory notion that it’s not okay in your mind. We humans contain multitudes. But spade, re: spade.
But what the story did, instead of giving Keera one of those lackluster deaths, was have Galford kill him. And that’s excellent, because while wild dogs need no characterization, Galford could use it. It showed us more of who Galford is, and gave us the hands-down best battle of the series so far. I mean, the hydra? It ended with “Diablo does a big nuke.” The moving core didn’t add anything since he coulda just done that anyway. But the Galford battle was good. There was tactics, strategy, reversals, the whole shebang. It was nice. It once again makes me think that this series is being written by a man who could do so much better, but sometimes it’s fun to watch/read/write a trashy show. I’ma still call it out, but over all, this episode delivered more than I expected. That’s good. We’ll need more Galford battles if Isekai Maou is to pull out of its slump and get back to being the top-quality trashy isekai harem fun it was early on.
- But seriously, do the Japanese not learn about the hydra? Is the regeneration gimmick a surprise to them? Not that it factored in heavily, but still. I’m curious.
- What’s it say that the only full-size image I did was of a liquor bottle? Something fantastic, clearly. Suddenly I feel like some amaretto…
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