「制服だから仕方ない」 (Seifuku da kara shikatanai)
“The Unavoidable Uniform”
If there’s one thing to say about Plunderer so far it’s that it’s no two speed show. From straight out fan service carnage to plot delivery (not this kind) and something in between we pretty much got it all these past three weeks. And the good news? It only gets more mixed up from here.
After how well Plunderer’s comedic elements played out in the first episode I was dubious for what awaited us this week, but it seemed that caution was slightly overemphasized. While poor (and totally adorable) Lynn suffered at the hands of Licht’s increasingly diverse toolbox of skill, it felt just a tad “better” than when Hina went through the process. Hand holding? Touchy feely? Enjoying the sights of martial arts done right? Definitely goes over better when Lynn’s airheaded personality leads the way while Licht does just enough to keep to remain true to his personality. Also hilariously helps when Lynn’s work buddy Pele plays the straight man the entire time for the sole sake of also indulging in Lynn’s curvaceous physique. Debatable fan service or not, this is the sort of comedic relief I expected Plunderer would provide from the start.
Of course not everything was pudding and legs courtesy of ballot holders and the next enemy. Ballot holding is apparently the explanation for Licht’s two Counts and the reason he hasn’t been sent to the Abyss for example, which coincidentally also answers why ballots are illegal in the first place. Possess a power/object able to negate the rules of the world? Well the unwashed masses can obviously not be allowed to have that. It’s still unclear if ballots have limits themselves—i.e. the ballot number provides a reserve to offset negative Counts—but at least we’re getting closer to what drives this world and Licht’s and Hina’s purpose in it. Thankfully the wait on that end shouldn’t be too long either, as our new villain and his abilities/knowledge won’t take long to make their presence felt.
It’s still early days in Plunderer yet, but slowly but surely the story is quietly coming to the fore.