「琥珀の中の指輪」 (Kohaku no Naka no Yubiwa)
“The Amber Bracelet”
This week’s episode sheds more light on Rit’s past as her resolve to stay with Red is strengthened by reflection on why she retired from adventuring and wouldn’t want to return to her old life no matter how much the guilds beg. The flashback that makes up this episode, however, also gave us more details about elf woman Yarandrala and how Ares broke the news that he banished Red from the party.
A majority of the episode elaborates on why Rit sees her retirement as a dream she would never want to wake from. While Red is quick to shrug off both the Adventurer’s Guild and the Thieves Guild, it’s great to see that Rit is powerful enough as a character to have her own autonomy with regards to telling both guilds to shove it.
Rit being able to make this decision is impactful in itself because of how much she had to relinquish when she recalls her time in Ruti’s party. Throughout her stay, Ruti micromanages Rit as their party gets further involved in the turmoil around them. Whether it be Ruti asserting herself around Red or Red trying to protect Rit, she felt like she was getting in between Red and the rest of the party whenever she tried to get involved in their battles.
AN ELF’S JOURNEY
The most kindness she received during her stay was when she started bonding with Yarandrala. Even though Rit was quickly jealous of the women that get close to Red, Yarandrala makes it clear that she shuts herself off from relationships with humans because of her long lifespan. She’s had to learn the hard way that humans don’t live as long, so the love she can give will always come back to bite her when a human she loves will end up dying long before her.
Aside from the tragic happenstance of the May/December relationships that can happen between a 30-year-old man and a centuries-old elf, Yarandrala is an interesting character because of how well she can see through Rit. Because she notices Rit’s insecurities about her abilities and her role in Red’s life, she takes it upon herself to coach Rit on how to overcome her feelings, especially when she gets mad and distracted.
It’s also amusing to see how much she rubbed off on Rit. Rit’s past self had been more guarded and defensive, so it’s funny to see how she acts around Red in relation to how Yarandrala approached Rit with her bubbly personality in the past.
BACK AT IT AGAIN AT KRISPY KREME
Recently, the show’s brighter moments have come from how karma really wants to beat the living daylights out of Ares for kicking Red out of the party. This episode is definitely no exception as it focuses on the moment when Ares broke the news to Ruti that Red would leave the party.
Ares’ poor job at BSing the group might have been shown before when he was punched in the face, but no reactions have been as instantly satisfying as when Ruti caught wind of Red’s absence being his fault. Instantly, her rage kicked into high gear and he punched a hole through his chest, killing him for a short enough amount of time that she could revive him. It’s yet another signifier that Ruti is very unhinged for being the world’s savior.
But it’s also a cathartic way of seeing how it was only the beginning for Ares to realize the extent of his mistake. In his ego, he thought he could carry the team and hire mediocre contractors to take over from Red as he used to.
But even back then, Ares was contrasted heavily from Red. Because everyone could lean on Red as a jack-of-all-trades, Ares overcompensated for the lack of resourcefulness by making Red insecure about his abilities, hiring contractors to fill in for work Red would normally do, and questioning Red’s devotion to Sparkle Motion. Whether Ares comes to realize that his pettiness came at the cost of the morale and capabilities of Ruti’s party or if he’ll continue trying his damndest to prove he’s better than Red will be determined by if he can finally let his ego go.