This week’s Jibril features Chitanda Eru!
I’m always amazed by how strong Sora and Shiro’s deductive powers are – while it may have seemed rash to interact with the Eastern Federation in such a reckless manner, it turns out that they already held every answer to the mysteries surrounding the Warbeasts. I’d have actually disliked how everything was so casually unveiled (without any thinking on our part) were it not for the fact that this is all, in reality, just exposition – which ends up making it more impressive in a way. With not much magic at their disposal, it turns out that the Eastern Federation have prospered through using their own specialities to their advantage – namely, they’ve exploited the fact that their tech is far superior to any other nation’s, even exceeding the knowledge possessed by Jibril. At least, if Jibril didn’t recognize a display screen even if she’d challenged the Eastern Federation before, it’d make sense that their game involved technology. A video game would be something completely incomprehensible to Elvengarde, whose magic ability probably gives them little need to develop tech and infrastructure – to the point that, even when they somehow realized what the game was after four attempts, they still didn’t understand why they had lost.
Alongside that, they’ve got all the hot air they intentionally created over being able to read minds – which would keep other nations wary and cautious when dealing with them. If Sora exposed that to the other continents, it’d be game over for the Warbeasts – so it would be to Hatsuse Ino’s benefit if he wiped their memories from them in a game. But equally, the very fact that Sora and Shiro know all this already gives Imanity an advantage – and in addition, Sora’s after literally everything the Eastern Federation has. Every single Warbeast would fall under the control of Imanity should Kuuhaku win – imagine, they’d get an entire country full of foul-mouthed, gap moe Izuna-tans!
Man, this show has so many great lolis. Anyway, By betting Imanity’s very essence, their “Race Piece” (plus Steph’s panties) Sora’s essentially forcing the Eastern Federation to play – and Ino knows he has no choice but to agree. At that point, I think we were supposed to go along with Kuuhaku’s overwhelming confidence – Sora and Shiro are from a world that’s technologically advanced, and video games should be their forte in a world where only one country even knows what they are. But somehow, I’m thinking that this one country can play them really, really well, and that Steph’s lack of faith is actually justified – because if there’s anything I’ve learnt from the games thus far, it’s that nothing ever turns out to be conventional.
The crackling static and Sora’s little “farewell” pep talk was enough to instil this feeling that something went horribly wrong at the end there – the discoloured, mangled ED with Sora completely missing was just the icing on the cake. While it’s all really confusing, I’m glad that Shiro will be able to take center stage with Sora’s disappearance – supposedly in a reality where no-one’s ever heard of him, and Shiro instead grew up alone. It almost seems like either Shiro or Sora was “sent” into an alternate reality, which could be the setting for this game – which, in turn would mean that the game’s already started.