「踊る人形」 (Odoru Ningyou)
Oh the sadness of knowing next week is finale week for Eminence in Shadow – but at least it isn’t all that sad. After all worthy climactic fights abound and discoveries are set to be made, even if the inevitable cliffhanger might prove to be less than appealing. Quite hope there’s more lined up later on, because I’m going to miss this show.
Considering Cid’s own musing last time about how to deal with Princess Iris as Mundane Mann, the mystery this week was how his inner chuuni would manifest. Would he valiantly fall in battle? Overcome and abruptly leave? Or go full mastermind in the close? In the end we got a mix of two and three, which truth be told was pretty damn fitting. Besides the fun of watching Cid absolutely humiliate the poor girl with muscle twitches (among other key players), we still got the full Shadow reveal in the end – and and more to it beside. You damn well know that Cid wasn’t expecting Rose to name him Stylish Bandit Slayer before nary a dark scheming phrase was uttered, or for the whole thing to whiplash in between determined regicide/patricide and regret at actions committed. I’m not entirely sure what to label that swirl of emotions, but I do know I got my comedy’s worth out of it.
Mind you all of this leads into the central plot piece here of Perv Asshat trying to move the pieces in his favour and having it all go horribly wrong. Besides Rose killing daddy instead of going for him, there’s also the sly reveal of plotted assassination against Iris’ and Alexia’s father in what can be assumed to be yet another Cult attempt at solidifying its power. Then there’s also the knowledge bomb of Beatrix possessing actuated heroic blood (the first confirmed case it should be added) and that lust for a good fight leading her to duke it out with Cid. It’s a little convenient in terms of story having Beatrix right there to keep Cid busy while Perv runs off, but considering the rest of the gang will likely handle him and any immediate Cult supporters I suspect it’ll all come together in the close.
Given we’re seemingly set to get a fight worthy of Cid going full atomic, I wouldn’t have this season’s finale any other way.