「廃棄物処理のための戦争」 (Haikibutsushori no tame no sensou)
“A War For Waste Disposal”
What’s this, Plunderer—on time? Damn right boys and girls, and arguably not a moment too soon, because after all that beating around the bush we are finally getting somewhere. Surgeries; killing; taste of futures to come; everything is now out in the open, and you can guess what comes next.
After the transformation of Rihito into Licht the second leading question of Plunderer was the initiation of the Waste War, and for both we at last have some answers. As fully expected, Althing is (more or less) the trigger for the war, using those mystical magical alien powers to limit state-controlled to agreed upon times, but fully at the behest of its voting base. What’s that, war is meant for March? Too bad, the majority says September. I really feel we’re still missing some important details regarding Althing, the Ballots, and the who/why of Ballot possession, but at least what we have starts giving a good idea of what to expect next. Our new military villains for example are obviously after Licht and/or Schmerman for their Althing-driven Ace abilities, and if they are it’s not much of a leap to assume the war will be decided over who goes Super Saiyan first. Take your guess how Alcia then factors into that little detail.
On the other side of things are the more personal matters and I’m not too certain on them just yet. While pretty easy getting behind Pelle making a play for Lynn (because who doesn’t want to see that happily ever after?), Sonohara rubbed me the wrong way for being a little too damsel in distress. While understandable that the girl is weak and reliant on Licht, the combination of Doan bullying and military shenanigans felt like too much on that front, particularly when paired with the equally fragile Hina doing her part. Mind you, I might be biased in getting a kick out of Firenda go full sadistic mad scientist (pink hair never lies), but hey, there’s always room for improvement.
Now we just have to see how Hina and friends successfully keep a newly transformed Licht from developing that mask fetish next week, because oh boy is that going to be a challenge.