「鎖城に集う、乙女と乙女 / 黄金の姫と、白銀の姫」 (Kusari-jou ni Tsudou, Otome to Otome / Kogane no Hime to, Hakugin no Hime)
“Two Young Ladies Assemble at the Chained Castle / The Golden Princess and the Silver Princess”
After a week’s delay due to the fun of real life it’s back to the equally fun (and slightly more satisfying) shenanigans of Assassins Pride and all that comes with cute girls swinging medieval weaponry at one another with a Harry Potter flair. After all, no one could miss the Goblet of Fire similarities right? This may be an adaptation sprinting for the finish line, but it’s doing an admirable job of keeping the adventure on the right side of entertaining.
While it would be easy to rip (with tongue in cheek) into how closely Assassins Pride seems to be following J.K. Rowling (and the similarities don’t cease with the latest arc’s premise fyi), the real fun and games—and difficulties—come with the challenge of reconciling the future of Melida and Elise. Next to Melida’s history and determining her exact status this unknown was always going to be front and centre, but colour me surprised with deciding to tackle and apparently solve the issue now. Elise’s position and her conflicting feelings for Melida for example made her an excellent rival (of sorts) to both grow Melida and flesh out her character. Melida’s strength, her determination, her passions; these are the sort of things Elise could’ve helped elucidate and expand upon through mutual struggle and repeatedly beating the crap out of our little blondie. Make no mistake, Melida would win in the end (Elise’s purpose is to cause that after all), but I wasn’t expecting the victory to be so quick, especially after seeing Melida’s magical limitations only a few weeks ago. Whether down to the breakneck pacing or not (and it’s pretty clear a lot was left out in terms of Melida’s recent growth), blazing through key events like this doesn’t bode well for later developments, particularly when the threats are starting to make their presence felt.
As for those particular threats, it’s not seeing where Assassins Pride is heading. Both the reveal of Elsa’s maid’s status/access rights and the purpose of one fellow schoolgirl’s science materials indicate the challenges for Melida—and Kufa—are only set to increase from here, with the opponents moving from investigation to probing now that the magical cat is out the bag. Or in the case of one new
harem member school assistant, teaching our little cutie pies the ways of magic. I’ll admit, I’ll be disappointed if all the “boss” fights are as quick and concluded as the one with Black Matilda (seriously, something was missing between these two scenes), but damn will it be hilarious if all the challengers wind up on the school teaching staff. Assassins Pride still has to decide how it’ll challenge Kufa’s arrangement and support of his charge, but considering the potential antagonists teased so far and the powers at work, I don’t think it’ll take too long for something tasty to come knocking.
After all, with Melida now going full golden samurai, you know full well you want to properly see the fruits of that labour in action.