If there’s anything to say about Seijo no Maryoku right now is that it’s consistent. One may dislike its calm demeanour or the preference of slow and steady over right to the action, but damn if you don’t know what you’re getting when you tune in every week – and so far at least for me, it’s working a treat.
Undeniably my biggest concern for Seijo no Maryoku after getting through intro territory was it growing too complacent in its current slice-of-life routine. For all the fun of watching Sei being adorable writ large and showing why smiles are always worth protecting, at some point you need a bit of tension and my fear was this series’ variety of it – i.e. Sei’s Saint status – being left to whispers and one-off scenes. Given the events this week, however, such concern thankfully looks to be unfounded. After all, you don’t bring matters to a head better than by having the magic establishment realize the situation can no longer be kept quiet, or by having the girl in question reinforce the point through some incredible displays of power. As even Sei herself has realized, if she possesses these abilities then she must be the Saint, and the only thing standing in the way of it is expert verification. Oh how I’m looking forward to seeing how that upcoming appraisal plays out, and not just because Kyle and Aira are likely to be present as well!
Speaking of Sei though, damn if I’m not loving how she winds up dealing with these changing circumstances. Albert’s little stunt last episode (albeit completely spontaneous and spur of the moment stunt) for example would’ve yielded a hearty chunk of gristle for the drama mill in many other series, but here outside of apparent occasional flights of fancy it doesn’t affect Sei all that much. Doubt it? Just think how some other series would’ve turned important tasks into love triangle deliberations, especially after Johan’s reponse to events. And then there’s stuff like Sei’s reaction to meeting the king or her stubbornly (yet comedically) continued rejection of all things logistics to help round out her wholesomeness. It’s a reserved manner of living at its core, and one which really is a nice detour from how similar isekai premises often play out.
Of course whether Sei can carry on as before now that she’s let the cat out the bag is anyone’s guess, but given who she’s lined up in support, guaranteed the accompanying hassle won’t be anything she cannot handle.