“Home Sweet Home” & “Slight Light, Slight Hope”
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Chtholly seems to have recovered from her breakdown but is experiencing strange fundamental changes to her body. She’s taken off active duty as a precaution. An expedition on the surface has uncovered a dug weapon that might help, so Willem and Nephren plan to retrieve it. While their ship is being repaired, Willem is stuck dealing with all the romantic tension building around him.
I’ve mentioned before that I appreciate how the people in charge of this world seem to have good intentions. Yes the fairy soldier thing is really bad, but it’s been done out of complete desperation and not for personal gain. Even Willem’s obnoxious superior officer seems guilty of little more than excess pride. I like this because I think the “authority is actually evil” thing is really over done. We kind of expect it at this point, so it’s refreshing to see a situation that’s a little more straightforward.
So with that in mind, I’m a bit concerned as we dig deeper into the origin of the monsters. OF COURSE the humans would be the true problem, right? Now at the moment we just have a few lines to speculate on so I don’t want to get too worked up yet. If the humans did create the monsters, they’re gone now and that doesn’t necessarily make the current administration of non-humans responsible. Also, the lines of text were poorly translated and vague enough that it’s entirely possible it’s a red herring. We’ll have to see how it pans out, just saying that’s something worth keeping an eye on.
Of course the real focus of these episodes is the personal relationships now that Chtholly has been forced into civilian life. it seems some kind of romance with Willem is unavoidable at this point. The fact that he admits he’s basically getting worn down and giving in makes it kind of creepier. He’s already established that he sees these girls as his children, it’s hard to believe you can just flip a switch on that. That and well, Chtholly is still kind of a child so not a lot of ways I can see myself coming to terms with this. However, I will say a few positive things about how the show is handling their relationship.
These two episodes do a decent job of showing Chtholly is a mature person capable of making big, adult decisions. Sure there is the way she fills in as a mother to the younger girls, but the big moment is when Almita falls off the roof (seriously how many times are they going to fling this kid around?) and she catches her. Both her and Willem put themselves at risk by using their powers, so why does he have the right to make that decision and not her?
By showing Chtholly’s resolve, it helps put the two on equal ground as far as emotional maturity. It’s a little ham fisted, but it works. So while Chtholly is very young by normal human standards, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, MAYBE given the exceptional circumstances it’s OK? Can we argue age is just a number in this situation? I’m still not on board, but I guess I could see that making some sense. I’m just saying maybe it’s not an apples to apples comparison to the same situation in reality… oh god what is this show doing to me? Is it wearing me down like Willem?
Perhaps more important than the romance, that scene also reinforces my point from the last post: the fairies should not have been created but now that they are here they should get to decide if they want to fight or not. This incident might have been enough for Willem to understand that, and he seems to ease up by letting Chtholly join him on their trip to the surface. It will be a much bigger test if she’s called in to fight again though. I suspect we’ll see that sooner rather than later once they reach the surface.