Meet a sadistic Hanazawa Kana
|I’m kind of a roll here (not really, I’m just trying to catch up while most of the anime are on break). In the last two episodes, a new character, voiced by yours truly Hanazawa Kana, appeared and “killed” Ugo completely. Aladdin lost his consciousness because of overspent Magoi. Meanwhile, seeing a broken Cassim, Aladdin made his own decision to face his brother Ahbmad.|
If I have to say one thing about the new character, it has to be the word “fabulous.” First, Hanazawa Kana did a splendid job voicing her. Her voice is soft, yes, but that softness just gives more feeling to the princess’ sadistic personality. The Kou princess’ (can’t remember her name yet), ability is extraordinary. At such a young age, she’s able to master Djinn Equip already. However, the most amusing thing was when she blushed furiously recognizing Sinbad. Understandable, since Sinbad is hot and all, not to mention that he’s voiced by Ono Daisuke, but an “evil” princess succumbs to her girly feelings just like that! I guess it shows that no matter how strong, she’s just a girl, and a girl she will act like.
However, no matter how young, the princess’ sadistic personality and powerful ability should not be underestimated. She mirrors Kou Empire’s resolution of conquering as many territories and by any means possible. This can be seen by how the Banker licked Ahbmed’s feet and showered him with flowery words to gain his favor. Ahbmed is also stupid for trusting the Banker, but that’s what happens when one submits to momentary luxuries. And that’s another matter anyway. Anyhow, the princess’ powerful ability shows Kou Empire’s current power and it’s caused by none other than Judal. There is also the mysterious trio of warriors, the princess bought with her. By the abnormalities found among the trio, the suspicious supernatural power of Kou Empire is evident. Why do the warriors look like beasts? What changed them? Obviously it’s not because of the dungeons, the royal bloods of Kou has been conquering. It seems that there’s another organization backing up the Kou Empire. Whatever it is, the Empire is starting to look more and more terrifying, and Alibaba with the rest will definitely find a hard time defeating them.
Unfortunately, Alibaba is in no shape to defeat the Kou Empire right now. Heck, he’s not even at peace with himself, so how is he going to do that? Sinbad is right, Alibaba’s lack of confidence is a huge problem, which makes his attempts of saving his country half-assed. And what’s the result of those half-assed attempts? Nothing. Alibaba needs to step up his game and have some confidence. One of the thing he needs to have the most right now is resolution, something he really wants to do. He wanted to change his country because he felt responsible for Balbad’s plummeting economy. He doesn’t want to save his country because he wants to fulfill his duty. Heck, he’s escaping his duty as a prince. So yeah, add another half-asssed attempt. Man, Alibaba is a definition of half-hearted attempts. He’s just full of doubt, lacking in confidence and resolution. His voice is not helping either because of Yuki Kaji’s Ouma Shu. Ugh.
But rest assured Alibaba does get better in episode 12. Not that he gets confidence out of nowhere, but he finally wants to do something: to save Cassim, who is a broken mess now. He wants a revolution to happen in Balbad, ignoring the fact that war can be avoided if Alibaba talks to Ahbmed about it. No, Cassim is too deep drowning in his hatred for Balbad because of what happened to his sister. Now, he wants a revolution for revenge under the excuse of “revolutionizing Balbadd.” Alibaba, knowing that only he can save Cassim, finally has the balls to go to the palace again, to end things once and for all. Finally some growth in Alibaba’s character. The change might be little, but it’s going to have a big impact later in the story.
I’m pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable both episodes were. I am NOT a big fan of whiny Alibaba, and he has been doing nothing but whining until episode 12. Since it’s animated, the scenes came out stronger than I expected them to be, and it made me more emotional. Whiny Alibaba sucked, but the change in him was great. Now that Balbad Arc is coming to an end soon (KARA, WHERE ARE YOU), I can’t wait to see the rest of the arc animated because that’s where things get exciting. I’m not excited for the sobfest though.
Preview: Alibaba confronts Ahbmed again, now stronger than before. Will it work this time?