「刹那に賭ける」 (Setsuna ni Kakeru)
“Betting on a Moment”
It’s really hard to believe there’s only two weeks left for Eminence in Shadow, but sadly it’s the case so you know what that means: climax time. And no, we’re not talking this sort of climax. Oh no, it’s all Cult shenanigans for the last inning here, as evil middlemen go up against the best of true masterminds and the wholly ignorant find themselves wondering just what the hell went on. Or, you know, double down on the first sort of climax.
With how hard Cid himself was teasing the fighting festival’s endgame, I’m pretty sure most could guess how his fight with Annerose would go, even if the details were left to the imagination. For all its predictability these moments still honestly entertain me plenty: Cid goes full chuuni (and quite openly at that), does the dirty, and immediately starts planning for more. Couple on unassuming yet fitting scenes like this with Beatrix or even how Cid handled his impromptu view session with Iris and it really gives a nice example of how playing to tropes and stereotypes can work wonders when done without reservation. Let characters like Cid fully embrace who they are, don’t try and take the setup seriously, and both the fun and comedy won’t be long in arriving.
Of course not such humour does require a foundation and in that we also have further movement on the Cult front. Besides Perv Asshat further reinforcing his Cult links (and providing the likely out Cid is looking for in his upcoming fight against Iris) we also have Rose gearing up for another duel of the fates and what is certainly bound to be the next big discovery of Cult objectives. As mentioned before pharmaceutical production isn’t the entirety of Cult operations, they’re after far more than simple powerups or ruling nations through shadowy puppeteering. What specifically is naturally the question, but considering Rose’s current implant predicament I wouldn’t be shocked if it winds up being something like demonic resurrection in vivo.
Sure going to suck when it comes out in the show’s final moments and leaves us with the inevitable cliffhanger, wouldn’t ya say?