「トロンベ討伐」 (Toronbe Toubatsu)
“Trombe and Battles”
Honzuki no Gekokujou is probably the show I’m enjoying most this season. No denying that. It tells an excellent story in a fascinating world that puts a twist on your generic isekai elements. Which is almost everything you could ask for. But let’s address the biggest elephant in this episode. Just how comically bad are these villains going to continue to be? Must their only purpose be to elicit outrage and nothing else of substance? First we have a laughably evil and snooty high priest. He was already unbearable enough as it was. And now we have this evil green haired excuse of a person who’d threaten a little girl for fun while physically torturing her. All because he wants to lord out his ‘higher societal status’.
Not to say evil people don’t exist. They definitely do with all the serial killers and pedophiles since the beginning of time. Or that abuse of power and hierarchical feudal systems can’t possibly exist. Every society across the globe had a phase like that in their history. But people need to recognise this is Sword Art Online tier writing. Only for Oberon it was actually understandable he’d stoop to such lows – seeing how he was genuinely attracted to Asuna and despised Kirito for being her loved one. Here, we have a high ranking noble threatening to gouge out a little girl’s eyes because ‘Muh plebian, meesa outrank her.’. Which is not only beyond dumb – because the highest ranking noble literally ordered him to guard said girl. But also because said highest ranking noble clearly showed affection towards said girl and placed unparalleled importance on her safety – letting her ride with him on his magical mount.
Oh I know. That’s like a global diplomat going to a UN conference, being asked to oversee a brown girl with shoddy clothes, seeing Barack Obama pay respect to said brown girl with shoddy clothes, then treat that girl like shit while threatening their life with a machete because they’re a brown girl from a third world country who should know their place. Only to discover that said girl was actually Malala – survivor of a terrorist attack, champion of women’s education across the globe and winner of a Nobel Peace prize. Then realise you just screwed yourself over. Hard. Sure I expect some people to argue that there are different standards across times and societies. But I need to emphasise: literally nobody is that level of stupid. Let me tell you, what the green haired knight did was just so fucking moronic I can’t even.
And while nobody would expect a drop of blood to cause such a scene, Myne pretty much almost died there. Getting constricted by a snake is dangerous enough – let alone a tree with a thicker, rigid and harder body. I can really appreciate how angry Ferdinand became – this shit was absolutely serious. And I’m half hopeful half pessimistic about the punishment that Ehrenfrest’s lord will give out – whether it will be too lenient since nobles are nepotistic or a fitting sentence because nobles are held to a higher standard. But one thing’s for sure – Ferdinand will do everything he can to make sure it swings towards the latter, making a confident claim that he doesn’t pick fights he cannot win.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. And let me know your thoughts. Do you disagree with me for being too judgmental and felt the writing was perfectly fine? Do you agree with me that the writing left much to be desired? Or do your feelings fall somewhere in between? I’d be really interested to know – so feel free to contribute in the comment section. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you next week to find out what punishment the Lord will decide on!