「夢はまったく迷惑なのか」 (Yume wa Mattaku Meiwaku na no ka)
“Is Having Dreams a Burden?”
Well if there’s one thing to agree on regarding Back Arrow so far, it’s that it’ll be a slow burner. Two episodes in and the plot details are slowly emerging, yet for the simplicity of it all it’s pretty easy to tell the origins of this one. After all, TTGL sure took its time building up speed before riding the drill right off the cliff.
Much like the Back Arrow’s opener, this episode was largely devoted to further introductions and motivations. We got the first look at Lutoh for example, complete not just with princesses looking quite like Code Geass’ Euphemia (and also complete with similar idealism), but also with surprising relations to the odd mercenary sent to collect the gifts of Rakuho. Likewise comes the appearance of Ito and its president who guaranteed under no uncertain terms are wholly unrelated to any mid-19th Century USA aesthetic. The cowboy look is actually Canadian didn’t ya know? Yeah, I’ll take my leave now. On the plus side we did learn that Ito is at the beck and call of its two larger neighbours, and that both Rekka and Lutoh are fully aware of Back Arrow’s presence and aim to capitalize. The independent thinking Shuu might have the advantage in courting Back Arrow so far, but I wouldn’t expect his lead to last for long.
As for where we go from here, well that’s where the fun begins. Given Shuu’s elucidation of what lies below Essha village and Elsha’s stumbling across it, it’s fairly safe to say the way and means of reaching and getting across Ringarindo’s wall has just been found. Naturally it comes with some prophetic warnings of worldly destruction and the end of everything should it wake up (sly scenery not included in said prediction), but I don’t imagine it accounted for Back Arrow’s presence. Shuu thinks it relates to Back Arrow himself, but given Elsha’s actions, I think we’re looking at something entirely different. Remember, TTGL and KLK started with little more than drills and fibres to herald in the chaos, not hard thinking Back Arrow’s unassuming shtick will be armbands of Nietzschean willpower personified.
There’s two seasons here to work with after all, so you best start believing that reaching Back Arrow’s mythical wall is only going to account for half of this story.
ED: 「セカイノハテ」 (Sekai no Hate) by Shuka Saitou