「ルッツの行く道」 (Ruttsu no Iku Michi)
“The Path Ahead of Lutz”
For people you spend most of your life around, it’s pretty amazing how most families in the real world suffer from communication issues. Lutz is no exception to this rule, with his parents behaving obstinately about his dream to become a merchant.
It’s easy to view them as the villains here. We know first hand that Lutz is an extremely capable boy, who’s genuinely been recognised by Benno and benefited massively from picking up on Myne’s other world sensibilities and knowledge. Not to mention how distinguished Benno is within the merchant community, and how he has taken a shine to our boy. That said, I can totally see that Lutz’s parents had his best interest at heart. First off, most parents won’t advocate for their child to gamble and become a businessman or art major. Those are high risk career paths that often don’t promise much return. You have to be really lucky to strike gold – or have start-up capital to work with (tl;dr – Bank of Mum and Dad). It’s much easier and safer to enter his father’s industry – where connections and inherited knowledge guarantee a decent life.
Secondly, while we viewers know he’s a good guy, they know nothing about Benno. As far as they know, this kind of progression is too good to be true. Lutz has only been working with Benno for a few months. His business could be a scam looking to exploit naive hopefuls like Lutz, or worse still, he could be a pedophile looking to groom Lutz. I know standards vary between time periods and societies. But if I had a young kid, I’d be extremely cautious if a non-blood related adult begins showing them questionable amounts of interest. If my kid pushed me away because they adored a pedophile and couldn’t see the abuse for what it was, that’d bring on indescribable hopelessness and despair. If, for whatever reason, your society didn’t have a police that could be called against this individual exploiting your child, wouldn’t you also try to desperately take matters into your own hands? As I see it, they are responsible parents who were truly concerned for Lutz. Problem being they communicated it really poorly and ended up antagonising Lutz. But I mean, that’s the same with most families. Kids and parents get angry at each other and fail to properly convey their thoughts and feelings.
So while Lutz felt like he was held back, for reasons I find understandable, I reckoned the onus was on him to properly communicate everything with his parents. Yeah he’s only a kid, and his parents always showed skepticism and disdain towards merchants – probably because his father had a bad experience dealing with one. But by avoiding the issue altogether, and never explaining anything, Lutz allowed the situation to spiral out of control. No one’s a mind reader, and if his parents don’t know anything, they can only operate off assumptions. Thankfully, here’s where the priest’s level-headed pragmatism shines through.
At times, it’s easy to view Ferdinand as being complicit with the church’s machinations in hindering Myne or putting her down. But he really does have Myne’s best interest at heart. He might meme about how he only wanted to fix his calculator. Yet it’s abundantly clear he cares about Myne – in his own meritocratic and spartan way. If you always recklessly dive into every problem without considering the most practical way to approach things, eventually, it will result in a massive mistake that causes way more damage. If Myne had gone head first into the original plan of signing over Lutz to be adopted by Benno, that would have destroyed his family. Fortunately, patience prevailed and a catastrophe was averted. That’s something I really like about this series. Even though Myne brings over knowledge and experience from her previous life in modern Earth’s society, she’s demonstrated clear shortcomings with regards to common sense and naivety – which her peers help to balance out. Hopefully everyone’s learned something here, and people can forgive Ferdinand for his harsh attitude in the previous episode.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!