“The Little Girl and the “Incident.”
Every week, I like to have a show that I can fall back onto for soul healing and relaxation. Uchimusume is meant to be that show. This week though, it took an extreme turn into darker territories. It was painful to see such a cute, happy and innocent child like Latina being reduced to a morose and suicidal state by the indescribable hatred and racism that was inflicted upon her. Talk about emotional agony! Of course, the teacher’s inappropriate reaction was explained by the fact her family were killed by devils. While I feel kinda bad for the teacher, and I can understand why there would be hatred in her heart, there’s absolutely no excuse on her part to take it all out on an innocent little kid. Worst of all, this could have been prevented if not for the corruption of the clergy. This wasn’t the first time, with the head priestess covering up for the previous incident and permitting this teacher to become a repeat offender in racially abusing and inflicting violence upon a student. There was an institutional failure and I think that while the teacher became the scapegoat, the school itself should have been held to a higher accountability for its own ethical transgressions.
People might find it difficult to reconcile Dale’s two sides of ruthlessness and doting, myself included. But they came together beautifully in this episode, where he showed absolutely no mercy in destroying the perpetrator’s life because he’s an overprotective and angry daddy bear. Do I feel slightly sorry for the punished teacher? Kinda. The Church was probably this teacher’s everything after she lost her family, and she got thrown out by them. While I think she deserved to be punished, this is a woman who clearly went through a PTSD saga not dissimilar to Goblin Slayer and carries a similar emotional wound to him. Some people cope better, and some people completely give way to their negative feelings, which is why I’d personally hoped that perhaps some degree of leniency could be exercised – e.g. some kind of punishment that wasn’t so extreme then hiring her to take part in devil slaying missions where she clearly has a lot of motivation to do the job.
Anyway, it’s a great thing that Latina recovered! I definitely think it’s the case that intelligent kids really overthink themselves into depression in this day and age. But with Dale’s support and love coming from the tavernfolks too, I was extremely happy to see her bounce back, though my heart will continue to ache for her permanently damaged horn and the pain it brought her. That said, I’m mainly relieved to know she’s in a better place emotionally. With great friends at school who are willing to stand up for her, and a highly powerful guardian who will pull out all the stops for her sake, I’m confident for now that she should be in safe hands for a long time to come. Anyways, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and I guess this means I’ll stick with this show for the rest of the season.