Anime adaptations of late can be charged with imitation, but sometimes you really have to wonder. Slimes, in yet another isekai? Truly the mob which gets around it seems. At least they’re not the primary focus of Seijo no Maryoku though, because as recent events have shown, it’s all about the smile. That adorable saintly smile.
While a given Seijo no Maryoku won’t be leaving off on any major new developments, there is some satisfaction in seeing Sei more or less wind up where expected. Her mastering of her Saintly powers (if you can call it that) for example ties the bow on her initial development and sparks the next big thing to come down the pipeline in Albert. Oh yes, the romance aspect might not be central to this story, but it sure as hell hasn’t been forgotten. We may not see Sei finally accept the inevitable and embrace her inner crushing, but everything else we’re getting for the moment I think more than meets the requirements. Bedside embarrassment; physical awkwardness; all the amazing fun of giggle-worthy jealousy and ignorance in action – truly a cornucopia of warm and comedic fuzzies. Whoever said laidback couldn’t be entertaining?
As for the more serious aspects of Seijo no Maryoku, those too will get their chance to shine. Besides Sei having a second opportunity to strut her Saintly stuff (now with added experience), we also get the pleasure of having Aira too join the party and show what’s she’s made of. Although I’m more looking forward to watching Yuri go full inquisitor over the mechanism of love-fueled gold sparkles and monster dissipation, seeing Aira actually come into her own is a very nice touch; she not only will avoid consignment to the background, but also apparently solidify as a skilled member of Sei’s immediate circle just like Liz. Given how disposable these sorts of characters can often be, keeping such a foil around in a suitable capacity is nice to see as Aira will provide a good counterweight to Sei’s own shenanigans and give this story additional legs through her own growth. Obviously won’t see it this season, but you can expect Seijo no Maryoku as a series won’t be burning itself out anytime soon.
Well, at least until Albert finally says the magic words of course. Something tells me there’s one face which might just overheat in the moment.