A part of me deep down wants to think that current arc Plunderer really understands us. Being stuck at home all day, lacking those social connections, unsure what tomorrow’s bout of stay-at-home procrastination will bring—what’s not to like about vicariously living that school life through the eyes of a cast newly experiencing it? Maybe the upcoming violence and death just waiting around the corner obviously, but seriously, happy thoughts! Remember, we’re doing this for grandma.
Once past the cornucopia of best girl T&A and all the usual Licht shenanigans (read: unabashed perversion), this episode certainly started getting the story ball rolling. The origins of the Count system and the structured duels for Counts was succinctly revealed for example, and we also got some added tidbits in knowing the world of Alcia our protagonists herald from probably didn’t start out as a world. Still missing the link between collecting gold stars and getting a free ride to satisfactory sustenance and special powers and the Abyss of course, but never fear, that’s probably not far off. Considering the teaching class has already honed in on the preternatural state of Hina, Jail, and friends (honestly never saw that coming), it won’t be long before someone stumbles across some info the powers that be don’t want out in the open.
Closer to home though is how Licht (and by extension Sunohara) wind up turning from meek kids into mass murderers, and the hints are also quickly dropping on that front. Serious backstory accompanied by honest desire to keep one wholesome and pure? Yeah, you know exactly where this trail leads. Not to say Jail’s new best friend Tokikaze is going to perish in horrible circumstances anytime soon (that would be too easy), but the kid winding up in trouble which forces fellow friend Licht to make a stark choice? Oh I can see that happening. Considering Doan is as antagonistic as they get, features a face worth pummelling, and just got his pride dented I suspect he’ll be out for revenge shortly—and that’s before also considering what Schmerman has up his sleeve.
There’s a lot of moving parts now in motion, and the important question is how it all translates to the system—and white-haired Licht future—we know.
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