「聖騎士譚」 (Hijiri Kishi Tan)
“Holy Knight Tale”
I don’t know what it is about this series, but often its individual episodes feel scattershot. That’s always a risk when you take a novel and chop it up into bite-sized portions—unlike with manga, which is designed to be consumed in episode-translatable installments—but this series more often feels like it’s flagrantly laying the groundwork for elements which will come to fruition later, leaving the episode in question feeling incomplete. Hm. Too much foreshadowing and not enough doing, perhaps. It’s a grab bag of plot points for now. Hm.
Ever notice how religious people don’t ever come off as good in most fiction? Now, disclaimer: I’m not religious. So I’ve got no horse in this race. It’s just one of those elements which, if it comprises more than an incidental part of a character’s personality, it’s usually for nefarious reasons. At least, in anime that’s true, for religions other than Shinto. It’s not a 100% thing, I’m generalizing myself, but it did strike me when the Paladin appeared, and he was all Knight Templar to a T. (Also, trope!) Not that everything about him was cliché, though much was. I especially liked how his “divine gifts” were actually spells, and he was casting them because he had sunk a lot of time into Sorcerer levels. I can dig that kinda grift! Plus, he’s a bastard, so seeing him get some comeuppance was nice.
Which brings me to Diablo’s unwillingness to kill, or at least, not kill readily. I like it. Remember, Diablo is a regular gamer beneath it all—or, in other words, a modern Japanese man who has likely seen no war, no violence, and no fights other than schoolyard scraps. He shouldn’t be too gung-ho to kill someone—though his actions at other times clash with this. It still makes sense, though. Such feelings are often inconsistent, and there’s a difference between the guy who gets mouthy in a back alley, and the guy who openly proclaims his desire to kill him and his friends after he was already ready for a fight (Galford last episode). Not that it’s not going to come back to bite him in the ass. It definitely will. It would just be way weirder if he was willing to straight-up murder someone at their first meeting. Diablo seems like a guy who needs to run up to that.
By far and large, the best part about this show continues to be Rem and Shera’s friendship. For a minute there it was looking all-encompassing, to the point I was about to start questioning why the hell Diablo is even in this little threesome. He made his presence felt shortly thereafter, so I’ll give him a pass. Still, the relationship between the two girls is so endearing, so heartfelt, that it warms my heart each time the confide in one another and trust each other. The tropes would have them be main parties in a catfight over Diablo’s rod of spell-casting, but they’re not. They don’t. They’re friends. And that’s much better.
- While it’s totally bullshit that Shera hit that shot, Diablo is right. It goes to show how powerful information can be.
- It was a definitely mistake to confide in Alicia. Rem was feeling vulnerable, and mistaking how well they know Alicia. They don’t really know much about her at all, other than the face she puts forward. Hopefully it works out, but I have a feeling it’ll be rough.
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