「蜂蜜酒の理由」 (Hachimitsushu no Riyuu)
“Of Mead and Motives”
Episode 04 dials down a lot of the hard-hitting plot development in favor of letting Red and Rit take on a task to help give their favorite small town sauna a jolt. But in the process, the two find themselves being pushed together by the circumstances they face and the friends they keep.
COMRADERY BETWEEN LOCALS
This episode’s main accomplishment is showing how important community is to Red and Rit. Where Red finds himself wanting to help Zeff find that one quality that only his sauna would be able to have over the big bathhouse in Zoltan. At the same time, Rit and Red get tangled up with their respective friend groups as they are constantly pushed together.
On Red’s end, the push comes from the orc Storm and the elf Gonz, who keep encouraging Red to think on his toes and make the first move before his opportunity is lost. While Red seems to not prioritize romance, he is more than happy to engage in the competition that he and his friends have on who will last the longest in the boiling sauna.
In Rit’s case, she’s proven time and time again that she’s 100% compatible with Red’s dreams of settling down with their apothecary. Her ambitions hadn’t gone unnoticed by others, however, as her closest friend in town Nao tries to push the two closer in the sauna by facilitating a conversation between the two as they enjoy the potpourri he set up for steam therapy.
The best thing about Rit is how they don’t compromise by forcing her into a purely domestic position. While past episodes have shown that she can have her fair share of temper issues, she shows she can hold her own easily when she throws the B-Rank hero Albert against the wall and threatens his life for trying to intimidate Red. It was pretty freaky to see her eyes go full-Higurashi, but at the same time, it’s a relief to know that she could throw down and make any of Red’s rivals catch those hands when the going gets tough.
Her forward nature comes into place especially when she’s building a life of domesticity with Red. Between wanting to put in a request for a large bathtub for the two and wanting to drink mead because it reminds her of a marriage tradition, she isn’t shy about trying to show Red how she’s wife material. She might be a little too forward to the otherwise laidback and easy-going Red, but I’ll be cheering her on as she tries her best to get Red to be more comfortable around her and slowly fall for her.