「戦禍と恨み」 (Senka to Urami)
“Horror and Resentment”
This week’s Peach Boy Riverside concludes the big fight that Todoroki’s crew was having with the denizens of the coliseum town. But as the fights start to wind down, some of the characters begin to realize how silly it was that they ended up getting roped into fighting each other.
What this episode helped to solidify is how important it is for Sally to keep pushing for peace, knowing how ridiculous it was that everyone was either misled into fighting or instigated a fight out of sheer resentment. Hawthorn knew he could easily have calmed Todoroki down to avoid the fight by clarifying that he never killed Carrot and that she was alive this whole time. But because Todoroki killed a family man he just met, suddenly, he risked the lives of himself and those around him so that he could have a slight chance of murdering Todoroki out of revenge.
Never mind that he could’ve called off some of the other attacking ogres, because somehow NOW we care about when people kill other people in this universe. If there’s any justification for Todoroki joining them, it’s definitely because you could build a diagram of how each member of Sally’s friend group had wronged each other by murdering those close to them.
Deep down, it also feels meaningless because of how much of the problem rests on humans being horrible in this world. The ogre Shinki reveals as he’s dying that he only fights against humans and chooses not to align with Carrot because they were prejudiced to him and the only beings who gave him any kind of acknowledgement or pity were other maligned ogres. It’s understandable why the ogres would hold grudges against humans that could be easily dispelled if the human side hadn’t already shunned ogres.
It’s why Sally’s big crusade oddly makes sense since most of the fights that have happened are among characters who honestly would have befriended one another had circumstances not pushed them to fight. Hawthorn already admitted to that much, and Shinki would’ve been happy to join Carrot if it meant he could be shown the same kind of compassion he experienced with ogres.
On the flipside, it’s also why it’s so easy to manipulate each side into murdering each other. While humans can rely on prejudice, the ogres are gullible enough to be wheeled and dealed by someone as duplicitous as Sumeragi. Yes, he’s charismatic. Yes, he’s kind enough to assume Todoroki’s friends went to heaven as he punched him through the chest when most edgy shows would’ve had him say, “Tell the gatekeeper of hell that I sent you,” or “You can join your friends in hell.”
But he’s also very bad at hiding his poker face the moment he feels alone. Sally falls for this too when he decides to respect her gumption and let her go without answering a single question of hers. Just because it takes basic critical thinking and reading between the lines to realize Sumeragi’s intentions doesn’t mean it isn’t a dick move to engineer fights between gullible people through vague technically correct details.
The “Tell that lot in heaven” part could also imply that he does know about the Angels that brought Frau back to life. And he is a priest or disguised as wandering priest?
I guess (without any actual knowledge) that he is a fallen Angel.
Frau seems to be definitely one, albeit on path of atonement in disguise as despised harefolk.
As for Sumeragi himself, he definitely has a Satanic/Luciferian aura about him. Using lies and manipulation to get people fighting and killing each other, Sarcastic sense of humor. And he pretends to be a good guy by playing priest, together with falsely leading peace faction. His cold blooded execution of todoroki, just to keep things silent on the ogre side is definitely proof hes evil to the core.
One thing is certain, whoever he is he is no Ogre as peach eye on Sally side did not activate when she fought him.
For some reason I really like EP 10 and it’s kind of weird if you consider all my gripes about the story telling in this Anime. For me EP 10 kind of filled in all the missing pieces. I am hoping that Mikoto becomes a compassionate ogre slayer later on.
Also trying to figure out who’s a bigger loser Sumeragi or Clayman from “Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken“
I think Sumeragi is the better character. Whatever his plan is, it doesn’t seem petty, wheras everything about Clayman is.
As for Sumeragi, I think he has plans for Sally. He said he was testing her, but I think the purpose was to determine her suitability. He obviously doesn’t mind killing others or causing their deaths.
I enjoyed this episode as well but was disappointed by the finish of Hawthorn’s fight with Todoroki. They designed a great looking monstrosity and then did nothing with it.