「乙女の祈り」 (Otome no Inori)
“A Maiden’s Prayer”
Oh the woes of a frontloaded week. Too much to do, never enough time, and the need to sacrifice on things I’d rather not have to scale back (I’ll respond to comments one of these times I swear!). It’s especially annoying considering Tsuki to Laika airs during the same time, because if there’s one thing to say about this show it’s that it never lacks for fun and entertaining. Just ask our resident cutie pie.
After all the excitement of finding out how well pointy ears do in space flight, no major surprise this week was one of rest and relaxation. Or at least mostly. Irina, no matter her status as a test subject, got some well-deserved praise for her success, Lev wound up with a promotion (and some tongue in cheek advice over command authority), and everyone is now gearing up for the first “true” manned mission to space. It’s the usual transitory moment, and though I still have my issues with how some of these scenes are playing out – the early space age USSR never played this nicely or openly with matters of state – it’s nice seeing Irina being given an effective break from the overbearing denigration. She has done what no one has done before, damn right she can flaunt it for all it’s worth.
Much as repeatedly teased beforehand, however, the big question mark is just what problems emerge next. There’s enough on the table already for example to suggest Irina is being kept alive as an implicit threat – she may not be the intended poster child for Zirnitrian space achievement, but she could be should it be leaked to the right individuals. And if it’s leaked, well, quite a few in positions of power who may not like the current government won’t be enjoying their offices too much more. The girl is now veritable blackmail, a pawn in a greater game and it’s anyone’s guess who will try to take advantage of her first. Well, unless we count Lev as having already made a move of course, because there’s no way their relationship doesn’t continue its merry march towards beet red faces and adorably awkward intimacy. Still a third of the season to go, plenty of time to see just what the cosmonaut aspirant gets up to on this end.
The only question is just how likely the happy ending is going to be.
There may be a good deal of Engrish at work with the cyrillic text here, but you have appreciate the understanding for some of the script’s more humorous aspects. Just take cyrillic handwriting for example. Yes, you can technically read this. No, I have no idea how – but I pity the one responsible for doing so!