Against the World 「世界に対す」
The second episode continues showing how delightfully Junketsu manages to effortlessly combine humour and serious themes together. I mean we went from the creation of a shouta-incubus to the great Saint Michael himself appearing, ain’t that something?
Maria is probably holier than most of the clergy we see this episode, though that’s not a very high standard to surpass in the first place. She’s so innocent and quite naturally, a tsundere for it. We first see succubus Artemis hard at work (yup, pun intended) only to realise that there’s a market she’s unable to lay her hands on (and the pun continues) – the homosexual crowd;
guy on guy priest on priest might’ve been a not so subtle jab at the real-world problem of paedophilia in the church? So what’s Maria to do but to create a suitable Incubus out of a male owl right? If I had the powers to just whip up a guy I’d make him tall, dark and handsome but Maria’s Priapos (Komatsu Mikako) is a bishounen who unfortunately, is probably doomed to only ever be on the receiving end since Maria can’t give him the appropriate manly package having never seen one to base off on before in her what seems to be quite a number of years’ worth entire life. She’s really what her namesake makes her out to be, as innocent as the virgin Mary. So innocent she hilariously reacts to being flashed at by summoning a giant serpent haha!
Though that’s not what the bishops think. It’s blasphemous that the witch shares the same name as the holy mother. Doesn’t matter that through Artemis, Maria caused confusion within the English chain of command and hence ceased another battle. Doesn’t matter that she upholds good morality (with an intact chastity too) and actually does something to stop the bloodshed when god chooses to keep watch and not watch over his believers. I really appreciate how Maria’s innocence is juxtaposed by Ann’s child innocence – Maria’s innocence at asking why god won’t do anything vs Ann’s innocence at wondering why Maria won’t go to church.
I say Maria’s innocent though bluntly, St. Michael’s (Inoue Kikuko) right in labelling her course of action as naivety. How do you choose which battles to stop? I know I stood on Maria’s side of the argument in episode 01 but this time I’m on St. Michael’s side. He’s pointed out a really good point because you can’t simply choose right? Is it better to stop some at the expense of others or better to stop none at all? And that’s why god chooses to just keep watch as an observer so yup, cruel reality is that the act of killing one another is part of the natural law of things to remain fair. All credit goes to god by the way, even Maria’s interference in what was to be the morning continuation of England vs France which the bishops put it down to being all part of god’s natural law plan thing. Right. Well at least Ann knows she can count on both her religious upbringing AND Maria to save the day.