Chaika, Chaika, Chaika.
— I also don’t understand why Toru gets to wear pants but Akari doesn’t. It’s just fanservice that doesn’t add anything to the anime.
— Haha, this whole setup is hilariously convoluted. Hartgen went up to some poor architect and demanded two gigantic, swinging blades just in case anyone managed to hold their breath long enough to swim through that tiny passage our heroes had swum through. Here’s a better idea: how ’bout installing stronger gates? Or smaller passages that a grown person wouldn’t be able to swim through. Just a thought, man. Just a thought…
— It even looks as though there’s just enough space to slip by these swinging blades, but that wouldn’t have looked cool enough. That’s why Toru had to pin those blades back with tiny knives. Those giant blades must weigh a ton each, but hey, Toru’s knives are special. I also like how they keep swinging in perpetuity, but that’s probably explained by magic. Magic in this world requires fuel, though, so this still feels like a waste of valuable resources.
— Our saboteurs finally come face to face with Brother Shin. He easily overpowers our siblings, then taunts Toru: “I told you… You’re not cut out to be a saboteur.” I’m inclined to agree. But I wonder what Shin is referring to. Toru’s lack of strength? Or his inability to strike down a former mentor?
— Oh come on! They escape by simply jumping through the blades! Why didn’t they just run past them earlier! You can’t tell me our super saboteurs weren’t fast enough. In any case, our heroes are repelled already. They hardly got anywhere.
— When they meet up with Chaika, they decide to split up again. Toru and Chaika will enter the tournament, and Toru doesn’t think Hartgen has any intention to hand over the remains. Meanwhile, Akari and Frederica will try to infiltrate the castle once more and steal the remains. It sounds like a good idea… Frederica is overpowered, so it would make sense to put her on the more important mission. Oh well, we’ll see how things will go horribly wrong.
— Elsewhere, Guy takes Niva to see Hartgen. Guy states that Niva can certainly plunge the world into war again. But that’s the thing that bothers me. It’s easy to assert this fact, but making it sound believable is another thing altogether. How does a powerful gun plunge a world into war? The anime hasn’t tried to convince me of this whatsoever. It’s strong, but so what? Is it as strong as an atomic bomb? Can a bad guy use it to frame a country, thereby forcing other nations to go to war against the framed sovereignty? These are all possibilities, but at the moment, Chaika gives us nothing to work with but characters standing around, making assertions without much supporting evidence.
— Hartgen, like a lot of broken characters in this story, desperate want war to start up again. I just don’t buy it. It’s silly. Ask any soldier right now if they want to go home and be with their loved ones. Most of them would say, “Hell yeah.” Sure, there are a few odd eggs here or there, but Chaika makes it seem like everyone is begging for war to return. This whole “Battle is what gave purpose to our lives” nonsense sounds poignant, but it’s really not. It just doesn’t make any sense. And even if these fools do exist, why do they keep rising to power without any backlash from the masses? The story is braindead.
— If you want to say I’m taking the story too seriously, then I can just as easily say that you’re not taking the story seriously enough. So y’know, that argument is pointless and never goes anywhere.
— If you look across the crowd, the only female characters are the major characters in the anime.
— It’s also a misconception to believe that you can’t use your strength in a peaceful world. It’s not as if the world has solved all of its problems, but let’s just face it. These are bloodthirsty idiots who literally want to use their strength in one way and one way only: to murder other people.
— Hartgen’s “daughters” want the two and a half Chaikas to fight amongst themselves away from the rest of the tournament. Why? Shrug. For fun? For amusement? There are so many characters. You don’t get the chance to really understand any of them or their motivations.
— People are just start randomly fighting each other. That’s the other thing that gets me. We go to war because we feel that it’s a necessity. We believe we need to go to war to protect our loved ones, our homeland, so on and so forth. War in this universe has no purpose. They just want conflict for the sake of conflict. Again, this renders these characters’ decisions and motives even harder to believe.
— Vivi is just annoying. Why even bother sitting down to talk to our heroes if you’re going to be so impatient and, as a result, hardly bother to listen to what they have to say?
— As a series, this anime lacks a character who questions everything. It lacks a character that the audience can identify with. Everyone else just goes with the flow. Toru just wants to fulfill his duties as a saboteur. Chaika just wants to fulfill her duties as a daughter. Even someone like Vivi is just trying to fulfill her duties, whatever they are. Probably vengeance for her lost love. The point is, there isn’t a single person who stops and actually questions the events that are happening around them. It’s hard for me to get invested in the story, because I can’t empathize with characters that are so single-minded in their focus.
— Then after sharing some information, the two sides still don’t get down to brass tacks, i.e. “What are your intentions?” The big oaf just goes “Don’t think you can get away from us!” before running off. These characters are so… dumb. All they do is eat, fight, and sleep. No wonder they want nothing but relentless war with no purpose. They’re fucking idiots.
— It’s also odd how there’s all this fighting, but there’s hardly any gore. The story can’t even embrace the full brutality of its own story.
— Man, Konrad’s assistant is literally named Bombardier.
— Also, the Council of Six Nations try and debate whether or not they should mobilize an army against Hartgen. Some of them are sensible enough to realize that war will, y’know, actually spill blood. It’s just too bad they’re portrayed as a bunch of indecisive politicians akin to to the useless United Nations. We’re too complacent! Too complacent! Let’s fight! Let’s fight now!
— Konrad continues to have a private meeting that discusses what we already know. Hartgen wants war, there are a billion Chaikas, and his people have been put in confinement. Uh-huh. Get on with it already.
— It’s odd hearing Frederica trying to sound excited with her deeper voice.
— Then the episode just ends with Toru and Chaika taking a breather and reaffirming their resolve to recover the remains. What an odd place to end the episode. Oh well.