「努力の先にあるもの」 (Doryoku no Saki ni Aru Mono)
“What Lies Beyond Effort”
Ghislaine looked like quite a snacc this episode. But I think we can agree that she was definitely not the focus – despite the evident care and attention Bind put into animating her oppai jiggles. Of course, the spotlight fell upon Rudeus and Eris, as they prepared for her tenth birthday celebrations. Despite her latent proclivities for swordplay including deft foot work, she struggles to learn dancing. And if she wants to avoid becoming the laughing stock amongst Fittoa’s nobility, she must learn how to dance.
Rudeus Sensei Guides Eris
Rudeus proves he’s an extremely natural teacher towards Eris, demonstrating that he’s extremely in tune with her educational needs and thought processes by realising that her successes in other aspects of training, namely swordplay from Ghislaine, can also be applied in a formal context too. Where she struggled to dance, owing to a mixture of nerves and lack of proficiency, Rudeus completely bridges the gap in her understanding through swift improvisation – allowing her to achieve her potential. Which is precisely what the best teachers do.
Examining Eris and Her Circumstances
She might lack patience to the point where she becomes unreasonable and violent. However, I think it could be said she’s a product of her upbringing and environment. I can see why Eris feels so rebellious and out of place. Yes, she’s been spoiled rotten by Sauros. But aristocratic society’s expectations of a young girl like her are quite unreasonable. I think it’s a bit over the top for anybody to consider a lady as a failure based off her inability to dance. There’s also the fact she’s 10. I don’t see why mistakes can’t be attributed to her young age.
Checking Up on Rudeus and his Character Progression
Despite the fact he’s got a long way to go, Rudeus arguably demonstrated some signs of growth. He exhibited self-restraint in deciding not to molest Eris. Ugh. I can’t believe I’m saying that as if it’s something worthy of praise. Because if I’m going to be perfectly honest, it’s a remarkably low bar and shouldn’t be considered an achievement, when this is really an indictment of Rudeus having a rotten personality. But many people go about their flawed ways unapologetically. At least Rudeus acknowledges his own flaws and I think the process of self-realisation is one that takes time and conscious effort. This isn’t the end of his development cycle. The series will be coming at this one step at a time, I promise.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!