「囲師には必ず闕く」 (Ishi ni wa Kanarazu Hiraku)
“When You Surround an Army, Leave an Outlet Free”
In the usual Genjitsu fashion we got it all this time. Quick conclusion of war; relatively tame peace; Aisha showing why Liscia needs to get on those seduction lessons already – oh yes, there was something for everyone. I may have my issues with this series, but I cannot deny it’s a show which knows how to entertain.
Building off the events of last week, I think no one will be shocked that Kazuya effectively wound up winning the war with Amidonia, but I think it’s reasonable to lift an eyebrow at how quickly it transpired. Patented adaptation rushing or not (and best believe we had lots of that), quickly overpowering Amidonia with barely a peep of noticeable resistance is a little irksome when such a thing could’ve been fleshed out a bit more. You know, some additional struggle, a little added frustration spice, maybe some scheming over the inevitable postwar world. Such ruminations aren’t the fault of Genjitsu itself of course (I suspect the source material goes into more detail on them) but simply something where the anime is hard-pressed to do justice to what arguably fits the definition of an epic. So much is only possible when you’re shilling for written stories.
Such things, however, don’t hide where I did find issues this episode: the postwar Elfrieden. Although it may just be me, suddenly presenting a defeated enemy with song and dance isn’t what I’d call the ideal strategy for wooing them over. Can you win them over? Without a doubt – but for such well-engrained mutual animosity more than words are needed to have any lasting effect. Rivalry and hatred after all are quintessential aspects of humanity, we are jealous and often detest the other because they are not us, we distrust them because of what they could do to us (not necessarily what they will do). When combined with past conflicts and collective history such thinking often leads to irrational behaviour, the sort which plagues international diplomacy even to this day as figurative standing and principles of pride wind up dominating. All lasting societal changes are always years in the making.
This is why I thought Kazuya would take a more conservative approach, sticking to that limited thrust into Amidonia and letting a restrained occupation do the service required instead of a cultural approach which realistically would take decades under such a scenario. It may make sense for such a story and fit with Kazuya’s overall mindset (quite a nice touch emphasizing his lack of military expertise for example), but it really irks me knowing how it wouldn’t work realistically, at least on this timescale. Oh well, I can be satisfied having Aisha serve as hostess for the whole thing because did I mention how adorable she was? Yeah, you know damn well who’s best girl on this court.
Although if we’re being fair, Aisha may not claim the title for long, because Amidonia still has a princess on the loose, and something tells me her personality will fit right in with the Kazuya party.