「臨界点の彼方に」 (Rinkai ten no Kanata ni)
“Beyond the Critical Point”
Three episodes in and there’s only two things to say about Assassin’s Pride: It’s barely going to match the light novels in terms of adaptation loyalty; and washboard stocks have never been a better buy. Seriously. Overall I’m still on the fence about how I think Assassin’s Pride is going to play out over time both in form and function (heh), but there’s no denying this one has all the pieces to make for an interesting yarn.
As well-known now Assassin’s Pride is wasting little effort in speeding through a significant amount of material in as short a time as possible. This one without a doubt is going to expend as little as possible on apparently “minor” developments, and while this will rightfully continue irking fans to no end, I still believe Assassin’s Pride adaptation approach is not all that bad. It’s clear for example the festival had more to it than what we got, but for all the rapidity of it we received (more or less) a sufficient setup for getting to the true meat and potatoes with our half lancanthrope, Guild Grimface, and the reveal that Kufa’s delaying tactics have finally run their course. Nothing shown this week felt particularly out of place or immediately confusing, and while certain elements are in need of greater explanation (e.g. the lancanthropes and outer world), considering their growing importance to the main story we’ll likely get to that soon enough. For the moment I’m perfectly willing to continue giving this show the benefit of the doubt.
As for that main story, well, we certainly got some answers (and then some) this episode. I imagine few anime only viewers saw Kufa’s vampire side beforehand, or the potential that Melida may actually be the paladin she was always expected to become. For a story so seemingly set up around Melida being a castaway and Kufa her contract breaking protector it’s an interesting twist when we have the girl as the likely saviour while the guy goes full villain. Mind you, a twist probably not entirely like that, but close enough to really muddy the current waters. Couple it with Elise apparently being groomed as Melida’s replacement and the ability to forcibly swap mage classes and we’re looking at some major fun and games in the not too distant future. Well, maybe not enough to get that vampire powerup emerging at every other opportunity, but definitely enough to keep our loyal protector doing the thing.
After all, it would be a shame if we ever had to end an episode without watching chivalry in action.