Move over, maids in suitcases. It’s time for loli queens in boxes!
Did you know first world problems exist even in medieval fantasy worlds?
A sad history.
This episode is basically The Supreme Ruler’s Day Off. Last time Outbreak Company focused on Myucel and her adventures in Japan. So to balance things out, the spotlight shifts over to Petralka. Contrary to the humorous tone from the previous episode, this week brings a more somber and serious tone. We learn that Petralka’s lineage was next in line for the throne, but her parents were murdered in a power struggle with Galious’s own parents. So now the burden of leading a nation falls upon the shoulders of a little 16 year old girl. If you ask me, I don’t see why they had to stick so closely to the rules. Anyone could have seen that putting the older and more experienced Galious in charge would have been better for everyone. Heck, if they really needed to, they could have just made Petralka a puppet figurehead for formality while Galious ran things in the background as the advisor. Which really isn’t too far from the truth with Galious and Zakhar around to be fair, but apparently Petralka shoulders enough responsibility to be stressed out.
Anyway, our favorite Supreme Ruler has finally had enough of sitting on the throne, so she decides to hide in her room. I’m kind of torn between sympathizing with Petralka’s situation and not taking her seriously, as the only “work” we’ve explicitly seen her do is mindlessly stamp papers. A tedious job, but not exactly the worst in the world. But then again we do see that the young girl is very determined to improve her country (enough to shake herself out of her hikikomori stupor), so I’ll give her brownie points for effort until we see her put into effect policies that bring about real change. I suppose she is endorsing Shinichi’s moe evangelization and the guy is doing a lot to help, but there’s only so much an outsider can do. Most people don’t take too kindly to outsiders telling them how to run their country; this has already happened before with the Baydona incident. So really, toppling the establishment of social and racial divisions is an undertaking is best initiated by the one at the top.
Don’t question Myucel’s cooking.
With the serious stuff out of the way, there’s still some room left for a few laughs to be squeezed in. It’s beating the dead horse to say that Myucel has strong feelings for Shinichi, but her reaction to hearing he was staying in Petralka’s room for the night was hilarious. Well, it was funny to us, but probably not so funny to our hero’s unfortunate entourage, who go without dinner for two nights in a row. Personally, I think this might have been for the best considering they’d been having omurice non-stop since Shinichi and Myucel returned from Japan. But did none of them think to prepare food themselves? Or can none between a soldier, a gardener, and an artist cook? Even so, couldn’t they just have gone out for food instead? There really was no reason for them to starve, but I guess all of that would have made too much sense and not as much fun for us viewers.
There’s also some elaboration on Shinichi’s own past in this episode. After getting turned down by his childhood friend for “being otaku”, he gets so depressed that he hides in his room and becomes a hikikomori. But we could have pieced that together ourselves from the facts already presented, so it doesn’t really do much other than be relevant to Petralka’s circumstances. Anyway, notice again that the “moe missionary” part of the show has once more taken the backseat, this time to more character development. Which is fine, because I quite like these more personal episodes; they do a lot for the character in the spotlight. And Petralka certainly could have used this, as her character really needs this fleshing out for her to keep becoming more likeable.