Well damn, that’s certainly one way for Doan to reveal his inner softie. Even if it’s more tragic than wholesome. With Plunderer in its climax we can pretty well guess anime matters will end with this fight (for good or ill), but the how and why remain to be discovered. Or at least would if that preview was a little less obvious.
While Plunderer’s morals at this point are well spoken for courtesy of Licht’s reigning philosophy, it’s quite nice seeing several other characters receive some measure of complexity, particularly our antagonists. I doubt few saw that spiel from Doan concerning Sonohara coming for example, or the implication that cleaning up for Licht is what induced such change. Although Licht’s convictions and desires have been shown in a negative light before (e.g. Class A’s slaughter), Doan’s recent backstory really makes Licht come across as both selfish and naïve—and frankly he deserves the criticism. No matter the “rightness” of noble goals, they often cannot be achieved by one’s lonesome, and more so by deliberately rejecting those seeking the same thing. Want to be the army that doesn’t kill? Well figure out a way with everyone to be that so someone isn’t left to do all the dirty work you want to collectively avoid. It’s a change in mindset Licht is going to have to embrace, or what happened to Sonohara, Doan, and Class A will simply repeat with Jail and the rest on his latest run at happiness for all.
Of course, keeping Licht on the straight and narrow first requires victory over Doan, which in of itself will be quite a feat of anime logic. Supergravity; conviction-guided bullets; particulate shielding; just how Licht escapes this latest predicament will be fun to see, although it’s fairly easy to guess Jail is going to go full antigravity power up on Doan, because nothing says badass like stoically marching towards your enemy. It may not wind up being the most thrilling of endings (in part because the animation seems to have hit a funding rut), but there’s little doubt for me the answer to this latest showdown will at least prove entertaining. Plunderer may be set to leave us with more loose ends than answers next week, but at least it’ll be going out on a high note.
After all, we have that brewing Pele confession to potentially look forward to.