May 21st, 2014.
Last episode’s preview left a lot of questions – then again, we have access to a shape-shifter, so we can’t really trust seeing Chaika with Gillette. So let’s see what’s up. We did learn last episode why Toru is with Chaika – shecompletes him, gives him a purpose, hee hee.
Mind Your Weapons, Mind Your Allies:
1) “Something seems off of the heroes who took the remains after the war.” – The remnants are great sources of energy, so they give off radiation? It’s not too uncommon, wizard wars in novels often leave the world on the brink of ruin, creating mutants and uninhabitable lands – they are quite often allegorical to the usage of atomic weaponry. Aren’t mages often described as toying with the building blocks of the universe? That’d be atoms.
2) “You shouldn’t point weapons at others. Weapons can help people, but they can also harm them.” – This statement is on the first level speaking of literal weapons, and on the second level, he’s talking about magic and energy. Emperor Gaz’s remains, and magic in general, can be used for good, but they can also corrupt their possessors. On the third level, of the show, we’re talking about Toru and soldiers – Toru whose oath is about him being a weapon, who can harm people, but also help, who is not “merely” a weapon, because nothing is.
“Be careful when and where you use them.” – Don’t engage in meaningless fights, don’t waste your comrades and subordinates’ lives. And now he asks Chaika what she plans to do with her father’s remains. Could’ve been nice to have this discussion earlier, “Oh, you want to bury them, that’s fine!” – Of course, someone might want to dig them up, and Red Chaika would use them to start a new war.
2) Silliness in the Fog:
2) Yes, Chaika doesn’t need her limbs free to fight at a moment’s notice, but you trust her to climb down a steep cliff with a huge coffin on her back? I’d have let one of the saboteurs carry the coffin…
3) Whoa, what’s going on here? I was sighing internally, so he dropped from a cliff, ended safely somewhere, and is unconscious – that sort of trope is annoying. Then we hear how he dreamed of falling again, and how Akari didn’t survive, and now we have Chaika talking properly and making what is essentially a love confession? :O Seems we’ve had us a time-skip, ladies and gentlemen!
4) Oh, a vision in the mist. A future? A possible future? Hmmm. I’m sad now :P
Chaika x Alberic One True Pairing (OTP)! Guess it can do nightmares and fears as well.
3) The Real World Hurts:
2) “I suffered betrayal at the hands of my loved ones, so I will make others go through it as well!” – “Don’t do unto others what you don’t wish to be done to you”, eh? Also, that’s quite an elaborate vision-scheme. Honestly, he laughed about how the others who entered the valley withered away, but so did he. He rotted to bones internally, and only a husk of who he used to be remained.
3) Aww, blushing Chaika! Being loved feels nice, but… now you must think of how you feel, dearest princess.
4) Poor Toru, being the sole boy amidst all these girls is suffering, eh?
Post Episode Thoughts:
Once again, Frederica comes and goes as the plot requires, with not much internal logic within the show. I dislike “random characters” because they’re almost never handled well.
Well, we gained more setting, more information on what is to come – the remains are not only a power source, but might corrupt those who come into contact with them. We now know Toru likes Chaika, even if he won’t admit it, and Gillette knows that Chaika wishes to bury her father’s remains.
An alright episode, but mostly one where information and some character-fleshing occurs, for it to become relevant in future episodes. The real meat of the episode might be addressing the theme of “humans as weapons” again, of post-war relief, and how people and friends can be used for better, or for worse. Yes, it’s not just soldiers who can be weaponized – but emotions – be careful who you care for, and who you turn your emotions on, for betrayal can wound as deeply as any sword.
“Be careful when and where you use them,” isn’t just about people, or comrades, it’s about friends.