As Seijo no Maryoku has shown again and again, when things get serious, they don’t get that serious. As probably anticipated the grand reveal over Sei’s saintly status pretty much resulted in no major change for anyone, but never fear, because that problem is now clearly on the horizon.
Similar to how Seijo no Maryoku has handled the romantic side of its story, I’m having a blast in watching how it threads the needle of Sei’s ambiguous status. Just take Sei’s response to the king over the issue of compensation. While the trope of reserved humility is ubiquitous for this type of story, Sei’s appreciation of the consequences – i.e. rejecting a reward would both be rude and leave the court in a state of perpetual uncertainty regarding what she could claim in the future – was a very nice touch, especially when paired with her own nervousness and ultimate treatment of the king. It may be a quiet and drama-less variety of isekai, but Sei’s calm maturity and open curiosity at every moment really helps enhance and solidify the strengths of this series. Healing isekai indeed.
Of course, that’s not to say tension doesn’t exist and we got that bit in a slyly humorous sort of way. Probably to no major surprise Sei’s appraisal by head mage Yuri Drewes didn’t actually work – but due entirely to Sei’s power. While I admit I expected this event to be a wash (have to drag things out somehow!), I didn’t anticipate it working out like this, even if it essentially confirms Sei’s status as the actual Saint because obviously sparkling gold bits imply super serious abilities. What I probably liked more from this confirmation, however, is how it’s currently being handled; the king for example is still treading carefully in order to get his ducks in a row, and Sei refuses to see herself as anything particularly special. Sei especially may fully acknowledge she’s a Saint, but clearly has no intentions of letting it change who she is – and neither is anyone else immediately around her.
Considering one prince is on the warpath for keeping Aira as the designated Saint it’s unclear how long such tranquility can last once confronted with reality, but I think Sei won’t have too much trouble dealing with that once it finally happens.