「奇貨おくべし」 (Kika Okubeshi)
“Strike While the Iron Is Hot”
I must admit, for a veritable filler episode this week wasn’t all that bad. Maybe it’s the science focus, potentially could be Genia just being that big a cutie pie (seriously), or just that inner engineer rushing forward to enjoy all the fun of inventing, who knows. I do know though that Genjitsu tickled the fancy in the all the right ways this week and I couldn’t be more satisfied.
While there’s increasingly plenty to be said about how this season is beating around the bush instead of indulging in geopolitical fun and games, I cannot deny the fun I had this week. A big part of it inevitably stems from the sheer objectiveness on the part of Genia and the role of magic: something doesn’t work and we don’t know why? Well that simply means more research is required. It’s the true scientist in action and coincidentally the counterpoint to the ubiquitous quote of magic being the answer for sufficiently advanced technology; if you want to know what really drives something, blood, sweat, tears, and time – not assumptions – are often the price required to determine the exact cause. Having this point come up in a true swords & magic story is a nice surprise, especially when paired with some nifty ramjet-esque engineering. Want to truly advance society? Then figure out a way to take advantage of the laws governing the principles of daily living.
Of course the more immediate benefit to introducing Genia and teasing yet another marriage is the key advantage Elfrieden now possesses: energy. For all intents and purposes curse ore is basically oil: it’s energy dense (and renewable!), easy to harvest, and has a wide array of applications certain to make its suppliers rich and powerful. Kazuya implicitly understands this which is why Genia’s betrothal is such a big deal, because without the girl to pass on her knowledge on the matter Elfrieden loses what is arguably its biggest advantage discovered to date. Figure out a way to efficiently harness curse ore, determine how to use it in weapons, and watch as everyone friend and foe falls over backward to stay on your good side; it’s true game changer and the sort of advantage you do not let go to waste.
Mind you how Kazuya would even make use of such a thing given that new alliance with the Empire is anyone’s guess, but I imagine the kid has greater plans than peace in mind. After all, peace is simply a stepping stone to outright domination.