「古老、曰く」 (Korou, Iwaku)
“Thus Saith the Elder”
And the nation building continues apace. Mostly. Need a break from the wonders of cold and calculating bureaucracy? Nothing a little downtime – or adventuring – can fix. Or in Liscia’s case some good old-fashioned fantasizing. Don’t fault the girl for wanting more, but as is tradition among all oblivious isekai leads, you want it from him you best force it directly into his face.
Although I’m pretty much resigned to Genjitsu happily paddling along in the political science kiddy pool, it’s still quite neat seeing certain concepts pop up as it makes its way through the undergrad curriculum. City creation for example is something we almost next to never see these days for example, as outside Brasilia there’s just little need to conceive an urban centre where one previously did not exist. And hell, Kazuya’s plan certainly bears good reason considering how significant simply rationalizing infrastructure and logistical routes can be. Love it or hate it economics is the lifeblood of all countries and people, and as anyone who’s ever lived smack dab in the middle of nowhere can tell you having your only road in and out cut off (whether from tsunami or something less dangerous) sucks something fierce.
Also quite intriguing among the engineering potpourri was the use of Kazuya’s Living Poltergeist this week. While I have been expecting the guy to get out and about at some point (much like the previous couple of episodes), I wasn’t anticipating him effectively pulling an Ainz and seek out literal adventuring. Or for that matter, adventuring through proxy. Assuming a disguise and having Aisha accompany the proceedings maybe (to Liscia’s eternal chagrin), but not via a remotely controlled puppet – goddamn how I wanted to see cutie pie go full shock and awe as mascot yielded embarrassed king sporting some stylish acid burns. And not just because pouty Liscia has quietly become best Liscia (since such a reaction would be a guarantee). For the sheer simplicity of material Genjitsu is playing with there’s still a tasty tidbit or three on offer every week, enough so to keep matters decently entertaining.
Well, at least until we finally have our fated three make their proper appearance. Genjitsu may have the basics of statesmanship down pat, but we have yet to see just how it handles its domestic conflict.