「手加減してやってもいいかな？」 (Tekagen Shite Yatte mo Ii ka na?)
“Mind If I Go Easy on You?”
Oh yes, without a doubt I’m happy having stuck with this. Although Mobseka won’t be winning any rewards for imaginative thinking or stupendous execution, the ability of this show to eke out fun from some of the most contradictory of concepts (hand-drawn mecha and otome say hi) is a great way to start off the week. And hey, it also now comes with a bit of sibling rivalry for spice!
While somewhat left up in the air the past couple of weeks, this episode effectively sealed the deal: Marie is Leon’s real-world sister. Yeah yeah, she technically could still be someone else’s little sister, but between foreshadowing and her very explicit mentioning of brotherly assistance I think the answer has now been firmly provided. It’s not like it’ll make a major difference anytime soon though; Leon is still wholly in the dark regarding Marie’s true origins, and Marie herself hasn’t yet put two and two together regarding Leon’s impressive skills and performance to date. I expect both will eventually come face to face and learn the truth, but that will almost definitely be a discovery for later. Have to keep the suspense going somehow.
As for Leon’s more immediate mission of competition crushing this week, I dare say the results speak for themselves. While no surprise clunky war mecha trumps frilly gilded twig machines, the, shall we say, nature of the victories definitely got a chuckle or three out of me. Between Luxion’s fantastic sense of deadpan humour, having Leon just tear apart each of the prince’s party in one form or another was a hilarious treat to watch unfold. Hell cannot even blame some of them for their actions to date; all are upper crust nobility, all are used to getting their way, so having someone show them up and humiliate them is worth a few flabbergasted outbursts. The only real surprise for me is that Leon didn’t crush them more thoroughly given he and Luxion were clearly holding back, but I suspect such egregious behaviour will soon be corrected.
After all, next up to bat is the prince himself, and you know full well Leon won’t let the opportunity go to waste.