「新しい側仕え」 (Atarashii sobadzukae)
Watching Myne act in her capacity as a blue robed priestess, even if she benefits from experiences gained in her past life, I have to say I’m quite awestruck by her middle management abilities – where she recognises people for what they’re worth and elevates them, while sorting out their personal issues along the way. Having successfully addressed issues that plagued Fran, Delia and Gil – turning them into loyal retainers, her next set of retainers come along in Wilma and Rosina.
These two seemed to enjoy cushy lives being the retainers of a rich, young ojou-sama who had an intense appreciation of the arts. While Wilma came to realise that their treatment was rather special after returning to the orphanage, Rosina never got to grips with that reality – causing her to piss off Fran, Delia and Gil by behaving like she’s too good for menial tasks and superior to them. I can really appreciate how Myne didn’t kick Rosina to the curb when she was being stuck up. Instead, she sought to hear out every side of the story and come to a diplomatic compromise where nobody lost out. And like that, Rosina comes to accept that she will never be able to go back to her life with Lady Christina. Preferring life as a retainer compared with being sent back to the orphanage, Rosina accepts the terms, continuing to teach Myne the Harspiel while carrying out tasks that won’t risk her fingers for Myne.
To be honest, while that was resolved swiftly and satisfactorily, I wasn’t particularly interested or invested in Rosina’s problems. She came across as a spoiled and privileged finally realising her circumstance. On the other hand, Wilma’s situation has piqued my interest because it made the episode go from zero to one hundred. Firstly, she’s a nice character who I find likable. She’s had a much unluckier run through temple life compared to Rosina – having given away her virginity to a blue robed priest she trusted, only to be abandoned right afterwards. How could anyone do something so horrible to a kind and thoughtful girl like Wilma? I can’t imagine that Myne will readily fix such a deep-seated trauma. But I can see her being able to help alleviate it to some extent, acting as an emotional support for Wilma while drawing her into the fold as the talented artist who can bring her visions of children’s books to life.
I want to add that Ferdinand has a nice singing voice, and that Myne should appreciate his advice of keeping her cards hidden – especially when the high priest seems intent on destroying her. I’d like to think he wouldn’t stoop so low. But you never know if he might target Myne’s unborn sister in some way. That would be truly reprehensible beyond salvation. Regardless, it’s a risk Myne should seek to minimise at all costs by never bringing it up again. I’m also not quite sure how becoming well-versed in noble society by attaining a higher proficiency in traditional music will help Myne avoid arranged marriages – especially since she’s already discovered that the red fruit is a trump card that can mitigate her mana overload issues. But I guess there must be some additional context that’s been left unexplained in this adaptation. I’ll leave that for any helpful commenter to weigh in for further insight.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next episode!