Courage, Prudence 「勇気を, 分別を」
As much as I enjoy the main storyline of war vs religion and the cost of war vs gains from war, I really really just want Maria and Joseph to get together already!
Things aren’t getting boring per se but we seem to be moving a little bit slow this episode. Maybe it’s just me watching the show on a Monday late night; my dearest Sakurai‘s sinister monk just wasn’t enough to keep me excited. I have to mention the seiyuus first because I think everyone’s doing an excellent job as they always do, but the lines just don’t seem enough for almost everyone. Hanae Natsuki for example – yes he’s up and coming and a lead in 2 shows this season but to be the supporting character of a supporting character… just doesn’t seem to do him justice. Maybe Junketsu no Maria’s a side job and hey, money to be made after all right? Then there’s his contemporary Ono Kensho, who is showing he can do so much more in Aldnoah Zero 2 this season but here, sounds exactly like Kuroko. I know Joseph’s a nice boy just like the blue-haired there-but-not-there basketball player but I wish there was more, stronger emotions from Joseph as he watches his friend duel for honour, dignity and life. Said friend Garfa voiced by Ono Yuuki, is a replica of Kagami too. So as I’ve said in previous episode reviews, watching Joseph and Garfa is very much like watching Kuroko and Kagami, even if there’s only a slight overlap in the relationships. I’ve noticed that Ono Yuuki can do a wider range beyond gruff Kagami but when it comes to sounding like a ruffian, he has just this one version. Still a long way to go then before reaching the talents of senpais who have both range and depth (Namikawa Daisuke, Kamiya Hiroshi, Suzuki Tatsuhisa to name a few).
So onto the main story this week. Maria’s in doubt over whether she should stop all fighting or if she should let them play out. Viv (Noto Mamiko is such a darling in this role) thinks its cute that Maria wants to shoulder everything and put an end to war erstwhile not taking sides and it really is quite cute. Because Maria’s naivety is being manipulated by none other than the monk Bernard, who is of course working with his uncle the lord of the town Guillaume because religion & power go hand in hand. Bernard’s all for letting Maria take credit if it means she cripples the England side. That way it’s win-win for everyone as the war continues and Maria gets to stop some fighting. He’s got it all planned out that it’s a use-and-chuck situation with the witch. Forgive our sins (it’s not as easy as Bernard makes it out to be) while we ensure the war goes on.
I’m as frustrated as Artemis, Priapos and Ezekiel (who is so innocent in believing Maria’s just out on “errands”) as they watch the chaste and sweet Joseph and Maria interact and just… talk. Joseph is such a juxtaposition to Garfa who this week, does not deny he seduced the knight’s maiden although everything after was of said maiden’s own doing LOL. Fight on Junketsu no Maria, hopefully this stalemate doesn’t stay beyond another episode >.<