「サングラードの白薔薇」 (Sanguraado no Shirobara)
“The White Rose of Sangrad”
I’m starting to think maybe I had Tsuki to Laika labelled wrong. Maybe this wasn’t meant to exactly be a story about finding comradeship and love in the face of brutal living and heightened international tensions. Maybe it wasn’t supposed to tackle all those intricacies we infamously remember the Soviet Union for. Maybe it just to be a fun little tale about cute vampires doing historical feats. Well, mostly; as we all know, some things never change.
Much as delved into during the previous weeks, what keeps me confused (pleasantly mind you) is how almost lackadaisical Tsuki to Laika has become with its not-Soviet space struggles. It was probably a given Lev would’ve wound up back in the running for example, but damn was it almost an effortless walk in the park. Kid does a few tests, passes all the exercises, even finds time to save the damsel in distress, and lo and behold space beckons. I would honestly criticize the ease at which Lev is jumping through all the hoops, but in truth I don’t really mind it. When you have such an upbeat personality and honest appreciation and love for those around you, it’s hard finding fault with whatever comes your way.
Part of my enjoyment for the moment in particular stems from that attitude of Lev’s. His rescue of Rosa for example highlights just how important mindset can be for these high stress situations. Lev wants to go to space, but it’s not the sole purpose defining his existence; if he fails he will be incredibly depressed (as he certainly was before), but it won’t break him as for him it’s first and foremost a dream. Compare this to Rosa who very much has staked her purpose on getting to space as the first woman, enough so that the weight of such burden eventually got to her. It’s a situation where calmness overcomes brute determination, a sign of a strong mind and arguably the most important part of any such mission. Lev was chose not so much because of his success helping Irina, but because of his ability to act in ways appropriate for life and death situations. You save your comrades if able because they may be the only ones capable of doing the same for you later on.
As for the vampire cutie pie herself, well, I think the results speak for themselves. Irina will soon be departing for greener (redder?) fields – and most certainly more attempts on her life – however not before confirming those feelings for Lev and potentially setting up a later reunion. I don’t expect any actual confessions to come out during next episode’s date (especially when Lev suffers from male protagonist syndrome) – but damn am I hoping this little vampire finds a way to lock in a relationship she most definitely deserves.