Well, only two weeks to go, but what a fun two weeks they’re going to be. Love, potions, love and potions – truly the most Sei-ist of Sei things at work in Seijo no Maryoku, and just the tip of what is likely to be a pretty hefty iceberg. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it very quickly does.
As fully expected given the hints in earlier weeks, a Saint’s unique magic stems purely from feelings. The usual kind of feelings. Honestly it’s not too surprising given the setting and atmosphere at play in Seijo no Maryoku – i.e. a laid back romantic slice-of-life – but I like how restrained (or rather broad) the mechanism is here. A Saint’s power as shown doesn’t stem from romantic love alone, it’s obviously triggered through deep-set attachment and affection which can be familial or brotherly in nature. Sei’s of course was sparked by Albert these two instances, but I would bet anything happening to the likes of Johan, Liz, or even Aira would cause her powers to manifest. No matter how romantic Seijo no Maryoku’s undercurrents might regarding Sei and Albert, they’re undercurrents which firmly believe in slow and steady.
Such realization, however, leads into just how Sei activates her powers at will. Have to extirpate the latest batch of miasma-borne monsters somehow after all, and the locals are also apparently looking for a bit of agricultural kickstarting – hard to keep Albert under constant (and believable) threat for both these needs! It’s anyone’s guess just what the solution will be, but I fully anticipate discovering the reason before this arc is through, and not just because it’s certain to provide plenty of additional smiles and embarrassment that melt hearts at ease. And mad scientist Yuri faces, cannot forget those too. With Sei’s magic being the last true unknown for Seijo no Maryoku answering it will give a nice sense of completeness to the current proceedings and give good reason to see just what this bundle of adorableness gets up to next.
After all, Seijo no Maryoku may not ever get a proper second cour, but there’s plenty of source material to catch up with afterwards.