Okay, my last bit of catch up, I apologize for how tardy I’ve been. Just kinda been putting off the shows I don’t want to watch whilst juggling my time. And this show certainly qualifies.
A vision of giant Sigmund blowing up the clock tower? That’s a proper way to start an episode. It’s an excellent hook in a series that desperately needs them. (But seriously….no dead? From THAT collapse?) It is a perfect way for me to get some renewed interest in this bland script. I have always adored Charlotte in concept, she was, in fact, a very convincing tsundere character with a complex mix of backstory, character flaws, personal motivation, and endearing gentleness amidst her bloodthirsty image.
Then she got distracted by three hours of conversation with Keaneu Raishin, and became the dottering Sakura of the adventuring party.
This intro was a much needed return to the character’s roots as “apart” from the rest of society. Her use is finally, FINALLY doing her character some justice.
Last time, Raishin saved some girl who looked identical to Charlotte from committing suicide. She is identified by Freya as none other than Henriette, Charlotte’s sister.
…On the one hand, I am glad for the motivation this gives Charlotte. Henriette hasn’t made a very strong impression, she is, as of now, mostly a way to define Charlotte’s character, and a definition that works very well. We know Charlotte is doing all she does for her family’s return to honor. And giving that motivation a face and the ability to interact is a good thing.
….On the other hand…I know this is just to set up some twincest to our harem bullshit.
Speaking of, the ecchi dialogue this week was terribly forced. And if that is the only way we can escape the “Yaya just wants to rape Raishin” gag, perhaps it would serve this series better to let it die and bubble rather than try to parade their paper mache project in front of the science fair next to the booth with the homemade laser.
Henriette again tries to kill herself after an unfruitful search for Charlotte. Charlotte appears to stop her. It gives us a good snapshot, to the viewer, that the Char we know is still there.
I was more pleased that Raishin also senses this. His faith in Charlotte is admirable. He just assumes that Charlotte is being manipulated without prompting. His conversation with his teacher is direct: Charlotte is being manipulated, you know who, and you’re going to tell me. It would be really easy and cheap drama to have him go on a “WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS, BRO!?” tirade, but they don’t. So props to the show for not grabbing at the low hanging fruit. Like any normal person, he assumes there is a reason that his friend is acting irrationally, instead of that “this was all an act” or “now you show your true intentions!”
But now the real shocker. The Cannibal Candy arc comes back as continuity! Holy crap! I did not see that coming.
See, everyone knows they found the robot hearts in Charlotte’s room, but that she was framed by the Kingsfort boy. By manipulating Charlotte into killing the headmaster of the magic academy (who is no Dumbeldore, more like Fuhrer Bradley), they cast doubt on that story. And in politics, doubt is all you need.
But there’s no proof, so Riashin sets out to find it.
Part 1 ends with another attack and Raishin and Henri getting caught in the blast.
Part 2 is a deviation from the main plot. We are introduced to the evil butler, as all good shows set in Victorian-ish Europe, particularly England, must have. But really this is an exercise in Raishin and Magnus.
Specifically, the fact that the personal bodyguard doll Magnus chose to guard the headmaster is that of Raishin’s dead sister. Yeah. That won’t be awkward.
We only get cut off from knowing what Henri was about to confess to Raishin (which, for once, wasn’t a love confession, thank fucking god) by evil butler making an attempt on Raishin’s life. The headmaster assumes he was the target, and it is kind of a dick move to say “Nah, was totally me, bro” to a guy who has just had two attempts on his life.
Also, look to our image: This was good ecchi comedy. As the great John Cleese once said: The best comedy isn’t people acting crazy. It’s normal people WATCHING people acting crazy. We have seen the “Yaya tries to rape Raishin” song and dance way too much. We can fill in the gaps. Frey’s expressions are far more priceless.
So it turns out Henri was just a hostage, compelling Charlotte to action. Raishin “kidnaps” her, luring out the kidnappers from losing their precious hostage. It’s a smart plan. I like it. Enter evil butler, or, Elf Speeder as it seems. I guess we find out what his gimmick is next week….but since he is a non-puppeteer, he may just be a human with doll legs (since he never fights with his arms that we’ve seen), or is…sigh…another Banned Doll.