「富士ピラー撤退戦！」 (Fuji Piraa Tettai-sen!)
“Fuji Pillar Retreat!”
And now for the heavy dose of reality. Or in Sigururi terms: the struggle before victory. I’m sure I cannot be the only one slightly confused about where we’re coming from and where we’re going, but there’s no denying any show willing to off its characters and reap the rewards (if you call it that) of doing so deserves a bit of credit. Not to say Yayoi is truly with the gods at this point, but it’s kind of hard thinking so with scenes like this.
Out of all the doom and gloom this week, probably the biggest surprise for me was that the Named…don’t necessarily remain Named? Colour me intrigued Odin’s top girls can actually lose their spots to up and coming competition if quick exposition is anything to go by, but this aspect is just another tidbit Sigururi seems to have a hard time elucidating upon. We have an interesting little conflict going on between our little Valkyries and the Nordic god of eyepatches, but the specific reasoning behind it and Odin’s appearance remains perpetually trapped in purgatory. Not that a lack of backstory is a serious problem mind you given Sigurui is sticking firmly with its character-centric strategy (of which said characters are holding up the fort pretty well thus far), yet part of me cannot help but feel the future battles are going to struggle hard without some measure of depth to give reason to the chaos. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what comes down this pipeline.
As for said characters, good to know foreshadowing is indeed foreshadowing. Sonoka for example has been confirmed to be Yayoi’s earlier protégé (if you can call it that) thanks to copious amounts of embarrassing detail, and enough so that self-proclaimed anger was anything but. As for Odin and high command going into the void, well, I’d hesitate to think they’ve actually disappeared—as Odin as shown before, slipping into travel mode has never been easier when you’re imbued with godly abilities. While it’s truly anyone’s guess just where this story is heading, given all four main girls are alive and well and Sonoka has just been provided a good reason to rush headlong into trouble, it’s not hard thinking we’re about to find out some tasty details surrounding the appearance of various Nordic entites.
After all, with emotions on high—not to mention Odin confirmed to be hiding things—it cannot be long before someone picks at the scab enough to start revealing the truth hiding just out of sight. Sigurui may be over halfway done, but this show, if anything, has just got started.