「進軍(ラキア)」 (Shingun (Rakia))
“Army’s Advance (Rakia)”
Chotto matte. That wasn’t the final episode! No matter, because having more Danmachi is definitely a good thing. You won’t catch me complaining about that!
Though I have to say, the revelation of Haruhime’s preserved virginity reeked of editorial meddling from above. For some, this is a happy outcome. Fair enough sweet summer children. But I must disagree if we consider the narrative as a whole. While it’s true, that it doesn’t change the fact both Bell and Haruhime fully believed that she was a tainted prostitute who was still worthy of saving, I can’t help but feel it’s something of a cop-out which takes away from the weight and meaning of an already rushed story arc. It weakens the impact of their character development, even if their feelings hold true, because there was no truth in the matter they actually strived towards. The cup had always been empty from the start. Nevertheless we quickly shift onto the next arc – in which Hestia (aka Bestia) is now our main focus for once.
Bell does have a point. The relationship between a god/goddess and a human does seem complicated to me – even if Wilf and Mikoto seem enamoured with Hephaestus and Takemikazuchi respectively. They live forever. They can’t have kids. They’ll get sad when you die. But as it happens, just because you’re right doesn’t mean you’re correct – as Micah and Hephaestus point out. Don’t mind my Hestia bias here, I’m not at all salty that so many people rejoiced at how badly she got shot down. Okay, maybe a little bit. So I’ll try to explain what I meant by that. You have a goddess love you. She is happy to give you her time of day, she’s bubbly wholesome and cared about you when no one did before you became special, she’s spunky and has physics-defying boobies. Kids are a bother anyway. Not to mention, when you grow older and more decrepit, she will continue to look after you and stay young throughout. HOW CAN ANY SANE AND RATIONAL BEING SAY NO TO THAT?!? Ais is robotic, she’s going to grow old eventually, her assets are lacking and there’s no guarantee she would have developed any interest in him if he remained a small fry. Unlike Hestia’s unconditional love, might I add. One is infinitely better than the other, in my humble opinion. On the flipside, I guess Ais did save his life and he has that mythical status which crystallizes his love and devotion towards her, an unconditional love that trumps divine magic. And I’ll begrudgingly admit that her ability to shatter the sword of a war god no less is extremely cool. Stupid Omori (authour of the series), making everything too consistent. Why couldn’t it be crystallised love and devotion towards the one and only Bestia who gave him a chance? *insert pout*
Yet the show must go on, and we are also introduced to one eccentric Ares. The series is full of charming and unique personalities, so throwing a new god into the mix shouldn’t be anything new. But I find myself absolutely endeared. Far from being an intimidating and aggressive god, like I would have imagined him to be, he’s something of a lighthearted doofus who happens to love fighting. His unpredictable idiot routine makes for high value entertainment, especially with the exasperated Marius trying to make sure he doesn’t do something overly stupid. For me, the highlights of this episode were their boke and tsukkomi routine – especially their attempts to sneak into Orario. The way these two garnered further suspicion by loudly arguing about the infiltration, instead of keeping a low profile, made me laugh so hard. I was sure they would get busted. Dumb luck prevails though, as Hestia happens to exit the city at just the right time – allowing Ares to make off with his prize without having to conduct what probably would have been a disastrous reconnaissance into Orario. But in the ensuing fracas, Hestia slips into a ravine and Bell immediately jumps in to protect her without a second thought – followed by the sword princess herself. What a cliffhanger to end on – figuratively AND literally. This time, there surely has to be only one episode left, and I have no clue whatsoever as to how the series will be looking to wrap things off. That said I sure hope that JC Staff don’t rush and pull out an entertaining plus satisfactory conclusion – possibly a tall ask given their track record, but one can still hope. Anyways, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post. See you next week for what I assume should be the real finale!