「狂いゆく歯車」 (Kurui Yuku Haguruma)
“The Gears Spin Out of Control”
Another fantastic episode that can’t help but tease what’s soon to come.
Boy, this episode did a great job at being a huge tease. Not that I’m saying being a tease is necessarily a bad thing, but boy am I excited for things to come. Because for those of you who didn’t catch it, there’s about to be an all-out-war going on in the forest and Rimuru will be the one who it’ll all revolve around. At least, that’ll be the game plan as soon as we deal with the headache known as Gabiru.
After watching the episode a second time with fresh eyes, I realized that as annoying as Gabiru is, it’s not too hard to cut him a little slack when you consider what he’s basing some of his actions on. As the son of the chieftain, I’m sure he’s grown up with his peers having high expectations of him. Toss in how he doesn’t seem to be the sharpest spoon in the fork drawer and you almost feel bad for how badly he’s let himself be mind washed by those sneaky majins. However, even with all that in mind, I have to admit that I can’t wait to see his stupid actions come to bite him in the butt.
Because, as powerful as one may be, I love how the story has made it clear that rational thinking and a little forethought can go much further than just parading a true display of strength. Using both Rimuru and the Lizardmen’s chieftain as prime examples, you have to love how they’re able to use their wisdom to try and plan multiple steps ahead. Be it consulting the smart members of their council or realizing when an olive branch with a side of strawberry shortcake is being extended to you, the “smarts” of these leaders really help keep things fresh compared to just watching endless battles that would require the power levels of each new threat to exponentially rise.
Anyways, with things as they are now, I can’t wait to see what next week’s episode has in store for us. Hopefully Rimuru and the rest of his crew arrive before Gabiru does something extremely stupid and causes things to snowball into something even worse than it already is. But as pessimistic as I am, I’ll believe (for now) that Gabiru will be able to at least hold off the immediate threat. Here’s to me hoping I’m not wrong.