For all that Plunderer may be firmly paint by numbers, it’s at least nice to see to show how best to take conventional and run it for all it’s worth. Case in point this week. Sure, we may have received yet another bit of “filler” material, but you know what’s quickly (hopefully) coming down the pipeline.
While it would be easy to rip apart the coincidence of Hina and Nana randomly smoking Licht out of hiding (because coincidence rarely makes for fun), there’s no denying this was going to happen eventually so the sooner the better. All true adventures need the party together before hitting road properly after all, and with Hina—i.e. the central piece of this story—now back in the picture I suspect we can start getting some of those details Plunderer keeps dancing around. Well, and more adorable pouty faces, because what can I say, I too am I man of culture. Not like Hina and Nana will be the only ones either; I anticipate a pair of familiar faces in Lynn and Jail are set to join the band shortly too, even if only in a Team Rocket sort of manner. Plunderer may be missing the reason for all this aimless running about right now, but everything is set to finally give it some purpose.
As for what that purpose will be, I think it’s not too hard imagining the details. Licht’s undeniable familiarity with flight for example shows just how old this guy is, and more importantly, what’s likely a stake. If man-made flight is banned, it’s not hard believing other technologies are too, and if those are all banned, three guesses gets you how Counts factor into this. Thought it would only be a tale of lecherous vagabond and damsel in distress versus the world? Better think again. Between Licht’s flashback and the very obvious indication the Abyss keeps people alive (seriously, I doubt Pelmo is only a one-off character) there’s a greater power at work than simple Counts and the powers they can bestow. It’s anyone’s guess just what that is right now (it’s been a running theme of late), but with this season now halfway over and one enemy clearly primed for an introduction, I think a little conflict and explanations are next on the menu.
At least right after Lynn and the totally not a tsundere Jail make their triumphant return next week.