If last week was too much sad and not enough cute, never fear, because Sei is here. Quite literally in terms of plot too considering the new bits of magic she’s now displaying. Sei may not yet officially be the Saint – but I think it’s not long now before that’s publicly set in stone.
Although I was expecting Sei to finally go on her expedition sometime before season’s end, I didn’t anticipate it happening so damn soon, especially in light of Aira’s moment in the spotlight. With all those reveals from last time you’d honestly expect a measure of conflict to sprout, for Sei to face down Kyle one last time and bring about a resolution regarding her and Aira. And then, you know, get an expedition for some paradoxical stress relief. It does make some sense though to play it up now; Sei’s Saintly powers are now blatantly obvious, they’ve been witnessed firsthand by both Albert and Yuri, and they’ve been manifested in a setting where their veracity cannot be doubted. Sure, it may not have been the most exhilarating bit of action to ever grace such awakenings, but given the accompanying scenery, I’m willing to overlook such things.
What intrigues me most outside of Seis’ burgeoning Saint powers though is her personal growth. We know full well how mature Sei is in relation to Aira for example, but this episode in combination with the last highlights well how open, willing, and eager Sei has become to embrace and accept her new life. There’s been a shift on Sei’s part, a loosening of her reserved nature that while deceptively subtle is now easily noticeable at certain moments. It’s nothing major when you get down to brass tacks of course, but the chemistry Sei has with the likes of Albert, Johan, and Yuri (particularly her romantic chemistry with Albert) yields a degree of character development which just feels natural and appropriately paced. Seijo no Maryoku does many things right, but it is its treatment of its characters which I think may be its main selling point.
We’re also well-set to see more of that treatment soon too, because once Sei returns from her adventure, courtly affairs are guaranteed to get a little hectic.