「星空の誓い」 (Hoshizora no Chikai)
“A Starlit Pledge”
Never say a little patience doesn’t off. While KnM is unlikely to be doing much with the serious side of its story anytime soon (demonoid magic duels when?), we can rest easy knowing the big, life changing, baby-making developments are finally making their appearance. No matter how long it may have taken for the blatantly obvious to come out the woodwork you know you got to love the results.
Although it’s pretty much KnM’s modus operandi at this point, it bears repeating again: this isekai knows how to do lighthearted. The Shin-Sicily relationship we all knew was a given could have easy been dragged out, teased, and otherwise awkwardly (and annoyingly) avoided for a long time to come, yet in one episode we get confirmation and intensification both—even if one particular trope still makes its presence felt. No matter how simple or derivative these scenes may be overall (it would be wrong saying this series is unique), it’s hard overstating just how well KnM is nailing their execution, particularly that sly comment about those ubiquitous romantic death flags which plague many a romance. Who knew, I think my opinion of August just jumped a notch or two.
Barring such cutesy love stories (and the utter lack of others), the interesting part of KnM this week was in the secondary cast. We got some hilarious shots of Merlin going sleek beach mode, one guru I’m sure just entered some picture stashes thanks to that surprising swimsuit choice, and a fiancé who definitely doesn’t have a dirty mind in the slightest. No really, I swear. Also more snaggle tooth Maria for added flavour, but frankly she’s already been best girl for a while now. The one irk however definitely lay with August’s sister May (Hinanogi Maya), because while she successfully filled in the mandatory sister role and all the fun it entails there’s no escaping that “interesting” voice. Whether down to voice actress choice or intended delivery style the girl certainly sounded strained and off, which definitely didn’t help improve on the material in question. Not enough to put a damper on things overall mind you (at least for me), but if May winds up speaking more than a few times per episode going forward, it’s going to be hard keeping a straight face and forgiving attitude.
Guess we’ll just have to see what comes next in this little training camp adventure, because you know full well something is just waiting to top the likes of magical beach volleyball and interrupted kisses.