「臣をして忠臣たらしむことなかれ」 (Shin o Shite Chuushin Tara Shimu Koto Nakare)
“Let Not Me Be a Loyal Minister”
The one critical component for any tale of adventure is the need for good subordinates. You need brawn, you require brain – and by hell you might as well take some beauty while you’re at it since the nights can get long. Every loyal compatriot serves a purpose in securing the greater good, and Kazuya certainly was out to prove the point here.
While Genjtisu is unlikely to venture too deep into the reeds of knowledge or rich character development (if these past few weeks are any indication), it’s nice seeing the series willing to explore the potential of variation. Cookie cutter characters are part in parcel of isekai, but few would be willing to throw singing mermaid descendants, peregrinating gourmands, proud (and totally not evil) dark elves, and itsy bitsy wolf girls together into one eclectic mix. Kazuya after all is right that all talent has a use; dark elf Aisha might have the obvious skill in fighting off the big bads, but Poncho’s knowledge in food can come in incredibly useful should one need to quickly identify plentiful, nutritious, and tasty products to sustain a restless populace. Likewise animal communication courtesy of Tomoe has a whole host of benefits such as improved care and unorthodox communication channels (hint hint) while Juna’s idol-ish singing does what you can expect any idol-ish singing to do. It’s your well-rounded RPG party, just now in an administrative format.
Rounding out the group though is Hakuya whose use will likely be more in line with Genjitsu’s overall premise. Much like Kazuya the guy is a knowledge-base, however it remains to be seen just how knowledgeable he actually is; yes, his role as the shady right-hand man has already been confirmed, but dammit Genjitsu, I think you can reveal a bit more than that – if you’re going to tease a Lin Zexu or Martin Bormann I think you can do more than simply flaunt the title! To be fair though I expect we’ll get plenty on Hakuya sooner rather than later given his skillset and role largely confirms what’s coming down the pipeline in terms of conflict and intrigue. All those smirking faces doing research across the lands and seas aren’t going to stay quiet for long after all, and when they make their move (which will be soon) it’ll be up to the brains to direct the brawn in defense.
And maybe, just maybe, beauty might find a way to also utilize the circumstances to their utmost. Well, at least if Liscia is determined enough.