「石の謎)」 (Ishi no Nazo)
“The Mystery of the Stone”
Well, well, well. I did not see this one coming. Fena, Pirate Princess is potentially becoming “The Da Vinci’s Code” of the anime world. The Goblin Knights seem to be guarding a potential descendent of Joan of Arc, Jeanne D’Arc, or “La Pucelle D’Orleans.” Fena has a reputation to live up to if this is in fact the case.
With the exception of that information, there wasn’t much happening in this episode. The crew of the Bonito II made their way to the German village of Libar-Oberstein where they uncovered the origins of the stone leading to the discovery of Joan of Arc; Fena was being trained, to no avail, by members of the Goblin Knight; and the crew made a friend of Arya, the confident stone smith who helped them along the way.
I don’t believe Arya’s character holds much importance to the story (still TBD), but for the time being, her presence is enough to put into perspective the naïveté and immaturity that Fena still has to overcome. If Fena is in fact a descendent of a secret bloodline, she’ll have more to face than just falling for Yukimaru and those searching for her. I wonder if she’ll ever truly be able to stand on her own two feet or continue to stumble through to the finish line, whatever that may be.
There’s a weird sway happening with this series in regards to tonality, a lull coming in after the storm. Some episodes are bloody and explicit while others remain on the innocent, almost childlike tone that exists within anime. It’s a little jarring and it means I never know what’s to come in the next episode. So far, the series has no real cliffhangers (think Kimetsu no Yaiba for instance), and each episode seems to have its own mini-arc. While it does a great job at containing stories within each episode, it’s not doing the best job at keeping viewers wanting more.
I did strongly appreciate the detail in the episode. Once the team entered the workshop, the sound, the visuals, everything seemed to heighten the senses. The book coming off the shelf, the turning of the pages, the breath in the characters’ reactions. It all landed a little heavier than usual. It’s almost as though the episode was built to showcase some of the artwork rather than the story, or at least, that’s how it made me feel.
I’d be curious to know what you think. Are you still enjoying our heroine’s story?