Due to the accidental cursing of Raphtalia, Naofumi’s decided that the only course of action is to head to the capitol for the holiest water money can buy. And so, after once again reminding the villagers that he is not a savior – saviors don’t get paid for their efforts and he fully expects the wages he’s owed when he returns – the intrepid trio took to the roads. On the way, they ran into a
Before we get started, let’s welcome Melty (Maaya Uchida) to the cast. Uchida’s voice conveys the clarity of an innocent young girl, along with the regality that comes from taking one’s responsibilities seriously, without missing a beat. I’m truly looking forward to seeing how this character will demonstrate her vocal range in the future. And being that Melty is Myne’s younger sister, I suspect there will be plenty of opportunities forthcoming. On that note, while the action scenes, drama, and political intrigue are doubtlessly captivating, I could honestly watch Melty and Filo fooling around all day. In fact, where’s my spin-off about Naofumi learning how to fish?
Hijinks in this episode were top notch. The jokes didn’t feel forced in the slightest, as Filo noting glibly that the filorials look yummy, Naofumi suggesting they cover up the crime when assuming that Filo ate Melty, and Filo once again kicking Motoyasu in a very special place, were all blessedly in-character and hysterical. Something about Naofumi’s deadpan reaction to all the craziness going on in his life was just icing on the cake.
Besides Melty, we were also introduced to a sanctimonious pope, a young knight, and a figure in the shadows. In most of the shows I’ve seen, those who try to endear themselves to the hero by, for example, shaming a nun who tried to rip them off, are usually up to no good, and I don’t trust him as far as I could throw him. The knight, on the other hand, I would trust with watering my bonsai. He’d probably do a better job of it than I am. And as for the masked figure in the shadows… While at first I assumed she was following Melty as a stealth bodyguard, now I’m not so sure. After all, that’s what we’re supposed to think, right? Maybe she’s actually there to keep an eye on Naofumi. Well, whoever she is or wherever she came from, Naofumi better keep his guard up.
Kind of like how Motoyasu is. I have to admit, Motoyasu came in like a wrecking ball this episode and I loved every minute of it. He’s such a flawed yet unfailingly entertaining character. Not to mention his inner compass must point to Naofumi at all times. This time, his beef with Naofumi was regarding the beautiful winged Filo-chan. Unfortunately, this happens to be another case where the damsel he’s set his eyes on doesn’t need or want saving. Truly, Motoyasu has no luck with women. This episode also marked the first time someone made him realize the error of his impulsive actions, though only time will tell if that awareness will stick. Myne, on the other hand, shows no sign of changing her behavior. Given the division of guards between her and her sister, it certainly does seem like there is some contention in the royal family. The question is – How far would Myne go to secure her throne?
Let me just say that Kevin Penkin is doing a fantastic job as this series’ composer. The musical accompaniment chosen for the montage scenes were upbeat and bouncy, with what sounded to me like Celtic influence, and it elevated what could have been a slideshow of static images to a poignant sequence of bonding.
Week after week, these characters grow and change, and mostly for the better. Throughout their travels, Naofumi had time to learn more about where his strengths lay, and has placed more faith in his comrades as a result. With Myne back in his midst, however, and Melty, though clearly not as bad as her sister, requesting his aid, it’s about time to see whether he will choose to keep moving forward, or whether old grudges and hurts will continue to harden his heart.