“The Young Man Heads Out.”
So Dale continues being an extremely doting father-like figure who cannot bear to be parted from Latina. This guy’s just obsessed. Every waking moment, he can’t stop thinking about her and what kind of presents he could potentially get her. Latina herself greatly misses Dale, and Kenneth encourages her to find a focus to channel her feelings into. In this case, learning how to make Shepherd’s Pie for Dale to enjoy when he finally returns. This made for a relatively light, cute and fluffy episode, and the deep bond is evident between these two, despite the fact they’ve not known each other for long. However, the actual mission itself exposed a dark side to the series I hadn’t even been aware of myself.
While I’ve come from reading the manga, which mostly portrays things from Latina’s perspective, it was really fascinating to finally get an insight into Dale’s perspective through the anime. While Latina feels the need to hide from Dale her ability to use magic and that she was perceived as evil by the demon villagers, it turns out Dale has a few skeletons that he’s keeping in the closet. Namely that he’s often enlisted to kill demons, who are Latina’s fellow brethren. Even though he justifies it through the fact he would equally kill a human too when hired, I do not find myself convinced. And I find the stark contrast between the emotionless killer and doting father extremely jarring. This must have been a side to Dale that Kenneth, Rita and the other pub regulars were aware about. And like Latina, I hadn’t been aware of it myself. I would be quite fascinated to see how it would play out when they inevitably discover each other’s secrets. Maybe it won’t happen within this single cour, but it’s bound to happen sometime down the line, right? As noted by many characters, Latina’s a really smart kid, and she’ll eventually grow older and begin to pick up on these things.
For now, it seems like Latina will continue working at the pub, while Dale continues his daytime job of adventuring, with a side gig of carrying out political missions for a prominent Duke who happens to be his pal’s father. In fact, Chloe’s visit may even indicate that Latina will start going to school at some point in the near future. So far, Maho Film’s been doing a fantastic job of adapting content, especially considering that this is their debut. While the animation can be basic at times, I get the impression they’ve got pretty solid fundamentals and it looks pretty damn good to my eyes. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post, and see you next time around!
Note: I haven’t quite decided whether I want to pick up this show or not, but you’ll find out when the schedule drops.