Yeah I had a boss like that, too, Nona.
We open on Master Roshi-sama practicing his billiards game. He lays out the three rules of arbitration.
-First, Arbiters cannot cease giving judgments, that is their very purpose. Their dharma, if you will.
-Second, Arbiters must not experience death, because the experience would make them too Human. Arguably too sympathetic? Lose their impartiality? Or would such an experience give them bias of a different kind?
-Third, Arbiters cannot experience emotion, because they are dolls.
Kurokami stumbles into the book among the many books about alcohol that populate Decim’s shelf. Yes, that book. That one she has dreamt of and her mother read to her as a child, so the flashbacks would imply.
But Decim has no idea where the book came from. He guesses it to be the property of Quindecim’s previous arbiter. Sparking flashbacks!
We meet Quin, who is leaving the job. Decim will be taking over for her. Ginti and Decim are having a sort of orientation, similar to Kurokami’s in Episode 2, only they will be participating, having the buzzers which can cause mayhem with the game. We don’t see much about this particular arbitration, but they are playing billiards, a nice shout out to the original form of this series.
Decim makes up the drinks, and this convinces Quin that’s he’s perfect for the job! Oh Quin, I love you. Of course it’s very clear she’s overeager to be done with this job.
But Nona has a question. Why did Decim fail to use his device? Decim apologizes, he was too distracted watching the pair’s behavior and what they were thinking. Ginti laughs this off as Humans are idiots and even if you could discern their thoughts, it wouldn’t matter, it wouldn’t change anything. But Decim thinks otherwise, and says he feels respect for anyone who has lived a full life.
Nona admires this, but as Decim was unable to discern their thoughts, she advises him to use their artificial means to create conflict in the future. It’s obvious she wants him to develop this skill, but she is the boss still, and needs a job to get done properly.
Quin offers one last piece of advice. Find something you treasure, no matter how small. Continue reading