「学園祭って初めてなの」 (Gakuensai tte Hajimete na n)
“My First School Festival”
Oh Mobseka, just when I thought I couldn’t like you more you go ahead and prove me wrong. We may still be awaiting the next big arc to let Leon run loose in, but between harem building, marriage proposals, and the quickest comedic relief this side of total adorableness, I have absolutely no issue with where things are heading. No when I’m still laughing at the sheer temerity on display.
An interesting bit of discussion popped up last week concerning Leon’s self-awareness related to romance and this episode arguably did a good job of building on that. You can see it best with his interactions with Olivia and Angelica: he’s fully open to accepting voluptuous cutie pies into his life, yet firmly believes the mob label is just too large a chasm to overcome – ignoring the fact it actually doesn’t matter given the kid is now a bloody knight and has (if only quietly) support from dukes and monarchs both. Personally I like this sort of take on the usual dense protagonist, because for all it keeps Leon within the expected harem bounds – i.e. never favouring or settling on one girl – it also lets him be his nonchalant, no shits given, hate the bishounens self by damn near succeeding with hilariously taking the “fuck your mother” gamer banter to its literal conclusion. Say what you want about Mobseka embracing all the tropes, but damn if it’s not doing so with style.
Another satisfying aspect repeatedly cropping up is in regards to Leon’s resistance against the established order. Although Mobseka is again, outside of the matriarchal flip, quite stereotypical in regards to its setup, it has a very good understanding of how to eke out dopamine hits in certain situations. The crushing of this week’s antagonist for example worked well because it had both sides of the coin: Leon had to kowtow to the powers that be, yet he also exacted his revenge in the most fashionable of styles. Many harem setups often restrict themselves to the former as a means of reinforcing the lead’s innocence and uniqueness or to elicit sympathy, so getting the one-two punch of that and schadenfreude is pleasantly surprising given the usual – but a surprise also in line with Leon’s own personality and objectives. The fun going forward will be seeing how Leon’s willingness to act translates into romance developments since moving in harem country will necessitate a certain degree of humility or reservedness on the part of this tea master in training he has yet to fully display.
Good thing then it looks like we might be seeing such a shift happen shortly. After all, when a mysterious new girl enters the picture, best be sure some aren’t going to respond nicely to the new competition.