Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin 03 – 05


“Two are better than one…”

–Ecclesiastes 4:9

spring15-irenesSo what did go down thus far? Well, our group of sudden knights find themselves now immersed in military training. This is great for some of them and it’s what they always wanted, but for others, it’s worse than death.

I’m at least thankful for episode 3 and 4 allowing me to be able to remember and retain Torway’s name, which now makes 5 characters of our main group of 6, that I can now fully remember their names. All that’s left is for healer girl to distinguish herself more from out of the background, and then we’ll be in business!


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.

These first couple of episodes are basically only done to showcase Ikta’s intelligence and his nature as a character. It’s a lot of military boot camp cliches, along with some baby’s-first-battle strategies. It’s an okay set of episodes but nothing we hadn’t seen before. I do have to wonder exactly what Chamille is doing there? Don’t you have some other royal duties to take care of princess? Especially since it really seems as if she’s not really going into it seriously at all, and seems to be there only so she can study/moon over Ikta the whole time. I can get that being so young and because of her station, maybe she just wanted more friends and thought this was the best way they could hang out together?


Like I said last time, Chamille is in this weird space where because of her station, she tries to act very mature, and yet we often get to see the very spoiled child side of her as well. It is actually possible to be so mature that you completely lose the child side, as we shall talk more about later, but for the princess, I’m hoping we starting seeing that more mature leader come back out moreso in later episodes.

If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

We get to meet Torway’s big brothers, one who is very much a douche, and one who’s more on the borderline. I’m glad that everyone in a family has the same color hair, or I honestly would have never even thought the mild mannered sharpshooter was in the same neighborhood as those other two, much less in the same family. Life as a kid must have really sucked, but I’m glad he’s got friends at his back that can give him support that can feed his self-esteem. Ikta is a very interesting conundrum for me. Everything about him would normally be my absolute favorite character type. The kind of man who fights with his brain rather than his brawn, who is an expert at manipulation, is loyal to his friends, and can constantly outsmart his opponents without breaking a sweat, all the while carrying an earned sense of arrogance about him. A feeling of superiority that he has over all others around him, who can’t see what he sees.


Bullies…such a dime a dozen.

And yet, while Ikta has all that, I just for some reason still found him unlikable at times. I felt as if he was missing one trait that makes those extremely smart, arrogant characters, like Lelouch, Light, Sherlock, Loki, Narsus, etc. so interesting to watch at work. And I think that trait is charisma. I think that perhaps it may be the fact that he’s so laid back that even though I can see how smart he is and how good of chessmaster he is, I just somehow simply feel bored. For Ikta everything is an “of course” and common sense, and yet somehow I don’t feel amazed when I hear his plans, somehow it just makes me feel as if I’m the dumb one for not seeing it!  And I’m the audience!

Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?


Who is this man, and why do I both love and hate him?

Ikta is smart, but he’s not a people person. Sure he’s suave when he wants to be, but that’s not even remotely the real him. This can sometimes work for these kind of characters, like Narsus or L, but the thing about them is they have people to bounce off of that allowed us to see these geniuses as more human and interesting despite them being on another level mentally then us.

Ikta actually HAS that too, in the form of the flame-haired Yatori. But if he does have someone that can allow him to connect to the other characters and the audience. Why do I still feel such a gulf separating us? Well, have you ever seen two really close siblings or friends that have such a close relationship and history that they seem to be in their own world with their own language that makes everyone else feel like outsiders if you try to interact with them? Well, that was Yatori and Ikta. For the longest, I was getting more and more frustrated with the two, and I was quite close to counting Yatori out as a character completely.
And then episode 5 came…


Paint them red.

I’m telling you that we should have had, at least parts of episode 5, long before now. But thank goodness we at least got what we got. In one episode, they suddenly gave both Ikta and Yatori more depth and life than all the previous episodes. I finally get to understand why the two characters are the way they are and why they act the way they do–I’m no longer out of the loop!

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer.


When they said it would be all sunshine and rainbows, they weren’t kidding!

And once we are able to now get a solid understanding of Ikta’s background, while it still doesn’t help his lack of charisma in the present day, it DOES help us to be able to get an idea of why Ikta is that way in the first place. The same goes for Yatori, who was in sorry need of some characterization and background (honestly…I didn’t even fully get a grasp of her name until that episode…).

It’s interesting that with this flashback, we find out that Ikta Solork, was Ikta Sankrei for much longer than I had initially thought. They way he put it about growing up in an orphanage made it really seems as if he had lived his life without ties and parents for at least 80% or more of his young life. But here, we see that he had as normal a childhood a military kid could have at least until he reached preteen age. Honestly, seeing how much he looks and acts like his father, I can’t see how anyone other than the princess hasn’t made the connection. Especially considering he kept his first name. His mom (weirdly looking like a warring era Japanese princess), is the most sweet, lovely person that you could have ever meet. And all of his dad’s men along with the “scientists” are really cool and you could really see that it was a great family atmosphere for young Ikta. And you can see why he got so freaking pissed at the princess’ words last time.


The family of once upon a time… 

We also get to see Yatori’s childhood, practically raised from birth to be the best soldier she could be and to bring honor to her family name. Remember how I was saying earlier that a child could completely lose the child-like part of them and just take on that beyond-their-years-maturity? Well, that was young Yatori. A girl raised by her distant, authoritarian, military father to think of nothing but being worthy of the family name.

Talk about your 180s…

And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him…

When you see Yatori and Ikta’s first meeting, and their two opposite natures meet, they don’t clash as you would expect them to. In fact, while they don’t quite understand each other’s ideals, Ikta loving logic, adventure, and being himself, and Yatori willing binding herself to her family’s traditions, ideals, and following the path laid out for her, they still seem to find a connection between each other. Quickly becoming friends, each changes the other’s world, the boy teaching the girl how to let loose a little bit and to have a little fun once in awhile, while the girl pushes the boy to become harder and fiercer and to think quickly on their feet. They became more then best friends. They became two sides of the same coin, the left and the right hands, where one goes, the other is not that far away. Their natures very much like the idea of the differences of the left and right sides of the brain that works together as one.


Opposite and yet together–always.

The connection they made during that summer, which was cemented while they spent a night battling with the world’s smartest wolves(!), became permanent one that withstood years of changes and hardships for them both. As of right now, their relationship is much like that of close siblings, but I can easily see that changing to one that’s not so platonic. I’m not hurrying anything, but the possibility is very much there.

This episode gives so much more depth two our two main characters in retrospect. Suddenly all of Yatori’s statements about Ikta that seemed rather vague, now make a lot more sense. The way that the two interact and talk to each other, has a whole lot more meaning. The reasons why he and she act the way they do and say the things they say, and react the way they do in certain situations are now more sympathetic and justifiable. 


…and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT;KJV)


It feels as if we are still in just the first act of this series, even though we are closing in on the halfway mark. I’m not sure if this series will be split cour or not, but I’ll have to see where else this show decides to go in the coming episodes to see how much time it will really need in order to unfold it’s tale. While I do like war/conflict stories, military academy tales are not really my cup of tea. I’m really hoping that we can skip through all these training tales and get to actual political conflict and armed warfare. Seeing them in boot camp is really not that much different from seeing them in a military high school and I think this kind of setting demands a better story than that. Now that they  have given character and development to almost all of our main characters, I think we can get started on what’s going to be the actual plot of the venture. Seeing Ikta show his tactical prowess is only worth it, if he has a worthy opponent or conflict to use them against. And no…the equivalent of military schoolyard bullies and paintball games, doesn’t cut it.

And of course we have our cute faerie of the day, isn’t it cute!


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9 Responses to “Nejimaki Seirei Senki: Tenkyou no Alderamin 03 – 05”

  1. skylion says:

    While I enjoyed the characterizations the first two of these three had to offer, I could only see the training as so much backbone for that. Honestly, you put it down that kickass character can kickass cause they can, you don’t need to go into detail about how they got that way, I’ll take it as written thanks. But tell me what really makes them tick as a person, not as an action spreadsheet.

    They did that pretty well for the most part, even it they manufactured Ikta’s total save the day moment; it was to damn obvious, little to no risk to make it seem worthwhile. But, did they plant more seeds in the princesses story here?

    Everything else you pretty much got spot on…two bit bullies and the world’s smartest wolves…well they were hungry, like they would die soon hungry. So that made them extra crafty…except for the one’s that hid in the fireplace maybe? What?

  2. HannoX says:

    I’m not surprised that Chamille is undergoing military training. In an aristocratic, militaristic society the royals and nobility often get that. Heck, look at the modern British royal family. And Prince Andrew and Prince Harry actually did go to war, although I suppose no one in their country expects Chamille to go off to war. But this anime just might put her in such a situation.

    I’m glad we saw how Ikta and Yatori got to be so close that they trust each other completely and compliment each other. They’re two strong halves of an even stronger hole. Anyone (or thing, like wolves) that takes them on is asking for a world of hurt.

    But perhaps we should have seen the episode of their meeting and fight with the wolves before the mock battle episodes. Then we would have understood more about Yatori’s berserker rage against Chamille’s kidnappers and how Ikta could bring her out of it.

    • IreneSharda says:

      I guess I could see that if that seemed to be the plan all along for Chamille to get military training. But it really seems like she did it all on a whim. She doesn’t even really seem to participate in any of the actual hard stuff and doesn’t seem to treat it really that seriously. It really makes me think that she just joined because the others were going to be there.

      As for Ikta and Yatori, for the longest time I felt like and outsider to their talks and relationship. Ikta I kind of got some characterization for, but Yatori really didn’t have anything to her other than being from a noble family, being incredibly OP, and having a connection with Ikta. That was it. For the longest time, she was the blandest character of the bunch.
      And yet, in and episode, they managed to change all that. and I’m really grateful.

      • HannoX says:

        I suppose they are just indulging what they regard as Chamille’s whim when it comes to military training. And because they think it’s a whim (and for now it probably is that) they don’t make her do the harder stuff. But there probably is a tradition for the princes to undergo military training. And it might not be unknown for some of the princesses to undergo it as well. After all, some noble girls do. But for now everyone (except Ikta and maybe Yatori) probably regards her as the delicate flower type. It certainly seems she was raised that way. But will she stay a delicate flower?

        Then there’s the question of her two older sisters. Were they married off to form alliances? Or is one or both commanding troops somewhere? Or is the bare mention we’ve had of them all we’re going to hear of them? And I don’t recall any princes being mentioned. If there aren’t any, then in a militaristic society like theirs it may be considered necessary for princesses to receive military training so they are familiar with military matters. That can be done without expecting them to actually command troops in the field and fight.

  3. Highway says:

    I think the difference between Ikta and all those other genius characters you mention is this: Ikta’s not an asshole. Seriously, pretty much all those other guys are assholes, who lord their superiority over everyone, and make most audiences hate them. I think that Ikta’s got plenty of charisma, because we’re not here saying “Why should anyone follow him?” They follow him because not only does he bring the goods as far as victories, he’s fun about doing it. He’s the center of that group, they all want to be around him, and we’re not questioning it.

    And yeah, Chamille has a bit of a crush on Ikta, but I think she’s also trying to rebel against her heritage. We’ve seen that she hates her connection to the Emperors past. And I think that there’s a little bit of knowledge that if she could get Ikta to be working for her, then she could break the Empire out of the things that she hates about it.

    • IreneSharda says:

      I think the difference between Ikta and all those other genius characters you mention is this: Ikta’s not an asshole.

      Its funny, but in my eyes ALL of them are “assholes” but somehow that trait makes the other characters interesting or even more charming, where as Ikta doesn’t seem to have any charisma to make him nearly as likable despite his dickish-ness. Sure people will follow someone that’s got a good head on their shoulders, but while I feel that the characters in the series are more drawn to him, me in the audience in less so. To me, he’s a lot more abrasive and thinking on a different level, that I honestly could take him or leave him most of the time.

      In fact, I practically flipped through episode 3 and 4, because I just felt really bored watching Ikta talk down to bullies and go through strategies. I usually LOVE watching that stuff, especially with all the characters I’ve already mentioned. And yet, here, I felt as if I could have cared less.

      • Highway says:

        You don’t like him is probably related to I think he’s a good character. I totally jinxed him for you as usual. 😉

  4. sonicsenryaku says:

    I guess this is one of those “transcends romance” type of relationships we got going on between ikta and yatori

    • IreneSharda says:

      I don’t know if I would go that far. It could easily develop into a romance, but it’s a great friendship first. They say your husband/wife should be your best friend first, and I think these two have that.

      I’d say their relationship is like that of extremely close siblings at this point.

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