“Up My Sleeve”
Oh the difference a week makes. From the threat of the sniffles to outright viral doom, mass quarantines, and economic catastrophe with every manner of shock, awe, and meme in between – I swear we live in the best timeline. And hey, even Plunderer thinks so to, because for all that lecherous teasing we’re actually getting somewhere interesting now. Who knew, patience does pay off.
Probably the biggest surprise from this week is the relative lack of surprises. It was a given Jail would eventually join the crew for example, and courtesy of dear daddy-kins Gregorovich (of course he’s Russian) he now has no choice in the matter. Probably a little roundabout in getting Jail to take Licht into custody himself when you could’ve simply sent a squad with him to guarantee success (considering the boy’s recalcitrance and the omnipresence of our new bad SSU folks), but hey, I think we know what he actually had on his mind. At least the manner of Ace power has been elucidated with Ballots (as expected) being the primary source of power while some form of surgery accentuates their effectiveness. Of course what that surgery is and if it’s even an actual surgery remains up for debate, but don’t worry, we’ll get there soon enough.
If there was one shocker though it definitely lay with Nana, because oh boy I bet few saw that Ace reveal and associated special power coming. I mean it was obvious there was something to the girl and her relationship with Licht, but a potential time traveller? Yeah that was out of left field. Besides the nature of Nana’s ability and how it’s going to impact those involved (it’s pretty clear it’s not your bog standard time travel methodology), it raises the question of just what happens next. Pretty easy guess our black clad blondie and his gang of paramilitary misfits will be identified as enemy numero uno during this quasi-flashback sequence after all, and that Licht and crew will be doing whatever is needed to stop their so-called plundering. Then there’s the matter of the remaining Aces, where they are, and what side of the fence they fall on, although something tells me we won’t have to wait long to find out.
Considering how hard Plunderer is stepping on the gas, we’re about to get more tasty info than we’ll know what to do with. At least barring any Corona-chan shenanigans!