「食指、動く」 (Shokushi, Ugoku)
“The Forefinger Twitches”
Well, it certainly feels nice knowing I have a handle on just where Genjitsu plans on heading. While inherently devoted to the trials and rigours of nation building and all the fun which results from international political economy run amok, there’s still room for a bit of flair under the reserved surface and this week was all about emphasizing the fact. Call it superficial, call it boring, but damn is it ever tickling the right nerve.
Thankfully as guessed last time,
kleine little Tomoe’s special skill is more conversational than outright physically deadly. It’s definitely a nice touch seeing what tropes Genjitsu is bringing to the party – i.e. demihuman girl able to converse with demons – and the spin it’s placing on them – i.e. the inability of anyone else to apparently communicate with said demons – though part of me is a little doubtful of its veracity. Sure, limited communication is a hallmark of any foreign invasion, but you would expect someone somewhere would have encountered suitable circumstances at this point to successfully interpret the language spoken; humanity certainly has through the millennia under even more time constrained and deadly circumstances. Nevertheless it does provide a good pressure point and indication of where things are going, because if Tomoe can understand the enemy rest assured others can too, and it won’t be long before potential betrayers start interfering with Kazuya’s overall plans.
Speaking of plans, damn does it feel nice getting right Poncho’s purpose in the larger picture. Have food problems and issues with potential famine? Just find alternative food sources to help alleviate the issue. I may have my doubts about insects going over so well even with the judicious application of miso and soy sauce (typical fantasy settings are inherently European in practice), but the principle and its publication meshes nicely with the path Genjitsu is following. One way or another Kazuya will convert Elfrieden to the true path of realist greatness, and one way or another it shall find prosperity after dealing with the initial hardships. Doubt after all is a sign of weakness, and if there’s anything this kid has done so far it’s extinguish the possibility of giving up prematurely.
The only thing we haven’t seen yet is what he does once confronted with a legitimate and game-ending threat, though I have a sneaking suspicion we won’t have to wait long to find out on that front.