「受け継がれる想い」 (Uketsu ga Reruomoi)
I’m not crying — you’re crying!
After last week’s big battle with Rimuru facing off against the fire lord himself, I was a little concerned how they were going to handle this week’s episode. Seeing how I had prior knowledge of what was generally going to transpire, I think I was most afraid of the pacing of the episode being either too slow or too quick. Something that in either case would have left us feeling a little unsatisfied with the sudden appearance and disappearance of Shizu. Luckily, I think everything was near spot on and I don’t think we could have asked for much more.
If I were to dive into what I really liked though, I really appreciated the story taking the time to really walk us through Shizu’s story. Because even though we learned quite a bit last week, there was something definitely missing. And that something was what Shizu did during her time after she left the Demon Lord. A time that looks like was filled with equally fun and sad moments that led to the creation of the girl who we know as Shizu.
All of which lead to a unexpectedly sad moment where I was caught a little off guard with how many tears I shed. Because if you think about it, we got to witness someone who was whisked away as a child, forced to obliterate people close to her, relearned what it was like to enjoy life, and then peacefully pass away knowing that her wishes would live on through someone who may be powerful enough to actually accomplish them. God, just thinking about what happened makes my stomach ball up into a knot.
Tears aside, it looks like the story is ready to move on to the next big thing with Rimuru finally making contact with humans and leaving a good impression on them. That said, the guy in the mask known as Gelmud and the Orc look like nothing but trouble. With their sights set on the Great Forest of Jura (which just so happens to be the forest that Rimuru is in), I’m excited to see just what’ll go down.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!