「違法所持者 (バロットホルダー)」 (Barotto horudaa)
Well now we’re going places aren’t we? While I imagine few are enamoured of Plunderer’s slow and lackadaisical jaunt through all manner of introductions and world building (or lack of it), the show at least had the spark of an actual beginning and it certainly looks like we’re set to start cashing in on that. From pudding to iron piles it’s all coming up Milhouse—or at least miniskirt.
After the teasing last week regarding ballots and ballot holders we finally learned the truth behind them, and it’s as could be expected. Ballots are effectively the power up of Plunderer’s world: hold a magic ball, get a magic power, and have that power’s effectiveness determined by your own Count. It’s simple on the surface (and explains just why ballot possession is considered illegal), but I’m still doubtful this is all there is to the mechanism. Hina after all doesn’t have access to a power from her ballot, and if personal Counts alone determined the effectiveness of a ballot, then Licht would be screwed no matter who he goes up against. Guaranteed there’s at least one more missing piece, and it revolves around why ballots exist in the first place.
Of course finding out about the reason(s) for ballots is likely to prove the fun part, and we’re already assembling the cast for the mission. It’s a given Lynn and Nana are going to reunite with the professional voyeur for obvious reasons, while the tensions underpinning Lynn’s encounter with Jail indicate another duo of suitable characters for the mission of unravelling the world (and not just because Lynn is a total cutie pie. No really, I swear). It’s not hard seeing for example that someone is pulling the wool over everyone when it comes to Counts and is fully determined to monopolize their potential power for purposes yet unknown. How Licht is still alive and why he as an Ace is being actively hunted? Enough to elucidate that other Aces are also alive and that one or more are firmly entrenched in the current political order—and determined to prevent others from taking their positions. It’s honestly anyone’s best guess just where specifically Plunderer is going with all of this, but it’s enough to make me curious to find out, even if only for a season.
After all you know you’re interested in finding out how our masked vagabond escapes his current predicament too.
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