「家郷に離別して歳月多し」 (Kakyou ni Ribetsu Shite Saigetsu Oushi)
“Away from My Hometown for So Many Years”
For all Genjitsu is largely playing close to the chest in terms of where it intends on leaving off, heading into penultimate episode week more or less indicates just what we can expect as this series draws to a close. Grandiose conclusions? New alliances forged and others renewed? Confirmation of harem shenanigans? Well at least one of those should prove true if this week is anything to go by. When it comes to anime polygamy, it never hurts to bet on the bigger number.
Much as teased last week the big thing this episode was refugees and Genjitsu certainly delivered. While I’m somewhat conflicted over whether the blatant aboriginal referencing was fine or excessive (leaning towards the latter to be honest), there’s no denying Genjitsu was more on point over this than the facts of public hygiene last time. Simply put Kazuya is entirely right when it comes to refugees as a concept: you can provide them an opportunity which will both let them thrive and benefit their host country, yet it’s a situation that in isolation will not lead to the desired resolution. The children of refugees will only know the country they’re raised in, they will only know what they have grown up with, and unless given the chance at becoming full-fledged citizens of that country they can serve as the largest source of unrest and rebellion in the near future. In this regard Kazuya is right to try and limit how entwined refugees become with Friedonia, but he’s still only putting off the inevitable. At some point a move will have to be made against the invading demons to the north lest Friedonia suffer the fate of potentially fatal struggle from within.
Speaking of moves, the one you can bet on going into the next couple of weeks is more lovey dovey. Yeah yeah, the harem antics have never been far when it comes to Genjitsu, but the past few episodes have kept that aspect more or less under wraps in favour of other tangents. Given it’s effectively finale time, however, I expect some more teasing on that front, especially considering one doesn’t bring up literal baby making and not make hay while the sun is shining. Liscia has had her moment in the spotlight, expect Rorora, Juna, and
best girl don’t fight me I’ll knife you Aisha to similarly claim their territory given any major plot developments are unlikely to come up before all is said and done. Genjitsu after all has always enjoyed dancing around the edges and teasing that which is to come and I thoroughly expect the remaining episodes to continue in that tradition.
When it comes to the world of geopolitics, sometimes slow and steady really is the best way forward.
As with so many cases before, Genjitsu, while paying lip service to the realism, blatantly glossess over real difficulties with assimilating refugees.
Some countries have been more successful than others, but no golden recipe has been found. But what seems to be evident is the more rrefugees are similar in terms of culture , the easier the assimilation becomes. Common religion goes a great deal for easing up the process, for example, or things like languages having same alphabet.
The risks inherent to refugee problem are evident from the history…
In the 1600s natives of the East Coast of North America welcomed refugees from religious war-torn Europe plagued even by unheard of before terror (looks at certain Guy Fawkes…) Now they live in preservations – those tribes that survived at all that is.
In the 1940s refugees from most dramatic genocide in history decided to settle in lands that once belonged to their ancestors. Multiple decades of wars after that, they basically have overtaken their hosts and forced them into ghettos.
In the 300s Roman Empire welcomed refugees fleeing from invading Huns. Hundred years later or so Empire ceased to exist – at least Western half…
So thats why Souma’s harsh decision is being forced. either refugees will become fully fledged Friedonians or we shall see civil war – much more dangerous than few disgruntled nobles – tear the country apart few decades in the future.
It is particularily touching episode for me as I live in Poland and my country is currently at the epicenter of the biggest refugee crisis in decades. I humbly ask for those who can, to donate whatever they can to organisations helping here. Red Cross is never bad bet, and any other respectable charities should be fine.
The refugees are to Friedonia as illegal immigrants to every real nation, I think Kazuya offered a fair opportunity to the refugees and they don’t seem too stubborn compared to people in our world.
> At some point a move will have to be made against the invading demons to the north
> lest Friedonia suffer the fate of potentially fatal struggle from within.
I am guessing Kazuya doesn’t know what to expect when challenging the Demons therefore best to fix everything he can and then tackle the unknown.