「謝るな、謝れ」 (Ayamaruna, ayamare)
“Don’t Apologize, Apologize”
A little late in getting to Plunderer this week, but sometimes a little aging can do wonders and this episode was case in point. Sure it may not be the most stupendously animated or original of stories, but between those quirks aplenty and the increasing hints of more, I do believe the fun and games here haven’t even started.
As suspected with that cliffhanger last week Licht managed to escape unscathed, and—lo and behold—it’s due to him not displaying his full power. No one should be too shocked by this considering Plunderer’s premise and the existence of a made-to-be-abused power up mechanic, but the real surprise is the utter lack of explanation for Licht’s hidden power reserve. Is his previously revealed “real” Count fake like Jail’s? Could Licht be hiding yet another Count somewhere on his person? Or is there a mechanism still missing from this equation? Personally I’m leaning towards the last one as another fake Count would be taking the subterfuge too far while a third Count just screams lazy. After all, we still have that white star and its indicated link to the concept of aces to properly explain.
Outside of obvious plot twists for the future though, I think the one thing enamouring me of Plunderer right now is its comedic side, or rather the PG13 version. While the characters may be derivative archetypes through and through, the series has shown a good knack thus far for nailing lighthearted and funny, letting the likes of Jail and Lynn both be personable while still doing their adversarial duty. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea of course (it can be considered akin to the usual shounen filler material), but I definitely wouldn’t mind more relief in this vein, especially when Lynn and Jail are guaranteed to return in the near future. Now if only Plunderer could rein in its excessive love for all manner of hamfisted perversion and let the allusions shine everything would be peachy, but hey, small steps.
After all it’s been a full week without some masked Licht shenanigans. I think the guy is deserving of a bit of downtime.