「ただ才あらば用いる」 (Tada Sai Araba Mochiiru)
“If You Possess an Aptitude, We’ll Make Use of It”
While only two episodes in I think we can pretty well guess just where Genjitsu is heading at this point. Societal development? Political machinations? Full-on use (and abuse) of good old-fashioned human resources? The bread and butter of this series, even if the strength of the concept remains to be seen.
Although I’ve already harped on about it last week, the point bears repeating: Genjitsu is not going to be your typical isekai. Abandon all hopes and dreams of OP shenanigans here, as outside of manipulating populations and pulling money from the most unlikely of places precious little in the way of typical genre expectations will be fulfilled. Sure, Kazuya might tick off the basic boxes of magic power and a world (or in this case country) able to seamlessly accept his providence and claim to power and authority, but outside that we’re going more Spice & Wolf than Tensura. Embrace the knowledge, because the knowledge only grows more complicated from here on out.
Should you like the philosophical masturbation, however, there’s a good deal to enjoy where Genjitsu is going. Already we have the challenges and difficulties of handling cash crops for example, which in of themselves create quite a few problems when international economics go tits up and destroy what originally made them profitable. Tack on top some fun with internal accounting and the age-old issue of middle manager embezzlement and you can easily guess just where the first pressure points against Kazuya’s agenda are going to emerge. While I still have my doubts about the depth Genjitsu will be ultimately able to display (more than basic Sun Tzu quotes will be needed to truly spread its wings) I have to admit I’m liking what I see: conflict here will be fought over statistics and currency will be measured in terms of loyalty. Kazuya and the likes of Princess Liscia might be barebones and unabashedly derivative in terms of character, but if the surrounding material makes up for it I’m fully down to seeing where things go.
The only question of course is just where things are heading, because you know full well someone will have designs on the competition Elfrieden’s new king has just proposed.