I have to say of all the episodes so far, this was the first time where I truly felt everything flowed seamlessly together. Though in all fairness, it probably helped that this episode focused singular theme that revolved around two major points, the strong suspicions of Sei being the Saint, and her further demonstrating the extent of her powers after taking the time to learn Healing Magic. But that wasn’t the only reason. Another big part that made it feel so well put together was how they pretty much addressed all of the little details I had been pointing out since the beginning of the series that I thought could be improved on. Addressing those little things really made a big difference, making it a lot more satisfying to watch.
I was also especially pleased to see we finally got to see Sei up to her mischief of getting carried away producing the potions. Perhaps I was a tad too impatient, but it’s one of the things about her that never ceases to amuse me. She has wayyyyyy too much doing this stuff, to the point that Johan has to go as far as kicking her out of the institute for the day or two because she’s eating up all their supplies. I got a good laugh when Johan appeared behind her with that murderous look when she was caught red-handed.
We also got to hear a bit more about Aira and the First Order this week. The First Order isn’t really something the Third Order guys like to talk about because of the tension between them. This is mainly because they are responsible for escorting Prince Kyle (the obnoxious brat) and his academy entourage. Since Aira is in their group, Prince Kyle has been taking her to the Eastern Forest where it is fairly peaceful, making it easier to train. But unlike Sei, Aira has not been showing the same kind of growth, nor any unique powers. As result, the First Order has not been participating with the Second and Third Orders’ joint missions expeditions into Ghoshe Forest. Compared to the Eastern Forest, this is the place where there are terribly dangerous monsters like the Salamander who had almost taken Captain Hawke’s life. All of this contributes to more and more people are starting to have their doubts about Prince Kyle’s claim that Aira is the saint. Heck, some of the Knights of the Third Order are already convinced and feel that Sei is the Saint.
And that belief is spreading around more than ever after Sei made the decision to heal the gravely wounded Second/Third Order Knights when they returned from their expedition. Although they had her potions, those aren’t enough to recover limbs lost in battle.
Sei came to learn healing spells after she was (yet again) prohibited from producing any more potions for a while. With nothing else better to do she decides to go to the library to pursue further research on Holy Magic to see if she can learn anything about healing to help out the Third and Second Order when they get back from their expedition. (She also was able to meet the King for the first time, who apologized for his son’s rudeness and offered her rewards for her contributions. A BIT LATE MAN. IT HAS BEEN A COUPLE OF MONTHS NOW! I guess better late than never though…)
When Sei made up her mind to help heal the knights, she understood there would be no turning back. But to her, it was a sacrifice she was willing to make, and she sure put her heart into it! It just goes to show how kind she is to put her own interests aside, when she could have easily pretended she couldn’t do anything about it in attempt to carry on her ordinary days.
Nevertheless, even if she hadn’t done it, her peaceful and ordinary days were already numbered. Long before she decided to heal the knights, there were already strong suspicions that she is the Saint have been growing due to her 50% Bonus Effect and her enchantment abilities. In fact, it was the enchantments that really put her on the radar. Erhart had been evaluating her that her ability, and suggests her abilities are on par or exceeds the Grand Magus himself. The only reason Sei has been able to have an ordinary and peaceful start to her new life in this world is because the Grand Magus has been in a coma ever since they had summoned the girls to their world. In a way, you could say that itself was a blessing of a sorts, especially since Kyle had outright ignored her, when further enabled her to do things without being imeaditely constrained to the responsibilities that comes with being the Saint.
And I really felt for Sei when she wished that she wasn’t the real saint. I understand why she would like to continue her ordinary life. After the word has gotten around how she has healed the knights from the Second and Third Order, more and more people are becoming suspicious or strongly believe that she is the Saint they had been looking for. As result, the way some interact with her are already changing. The men whose injuries that would have forced them to quit and return home are so grateful to her, they are looking to give something back in any way they can, such as escorting her around or looking to help her out. However for Sei, she would rather not be treated like a Goddess.
But now that time has come for the girls’ appraisal, which will finally verify that they are truly the Saint they have been waiting for…