Ahaha, poor Sei, trying to cope with her mortifying trigger for her powers. She went through the entire list, hoping, just hoping that it wouldn’t be exclusively limited to Albert, but low and behold, he’s the one she needs to think about to activate it. Ah, the power of love. Though I have to give Sei credit for trying to keep herself sane by thinking of it as a means to carry out her “work”. It helped her from exploding out of of sheer embarrassment while she was practicing casting controlling and casting the spells on various potted plants Corina had supplied to her.
While doing so, Leonhardt was finally told that that Sei is the Saint after he attempted to recruit her into his mercenary group. Corina sure gave him an earful for it. But it was thanks to that we got to see Albert act petty for the first time with the way he chided Leonhardt for speaking informally to Sei (when he knows well that she doesn’t care for formalities), and giving him quite a frosty glare. Unfortunately, and much to my dismay, they ended up watering down the scene and opted to cut out the detail highlighting Albert’s jealousy. I was cautiously optimistic that they wouldn’t do that, but alas, they did. I am not surprised, but I’m still disappointed. It is a shame because it would have been fun to see everyone notice his emotions taking the reigns of his powers by the temperature dropping. And frankly I don’t think there are any good reasons why they decided to leave it out (apart from the fact they cut out the part Leonhardt had been holding Sei’s shoulders). Like come on, couldn’t they have included it by making the characters shiver? I know it’s a trivial matter, but at this point I am just fed up with the way they are cutting corners with Albert’s character, especially when he is the freaking main love interest.
At least I got to enjoy seeing Albert notice how flushed Sei was and was worried about it. Although I do find it rather ironic and hilarious how the most forward guy seemingly unaware that she is blushing because of him! You’d think he would be a bit more self-aware in that regard, haha!
They also had another sweet moment when Leonhardt asked if the Kingdom would be fine with Sei treating her job as the Saint as something she is doing on the side. Albert didn’t even blink when he unanimously countered it’s fine that way. Even earlier on Albert had enthusiastically supported her excitement about looking for new herbs in the woods.
And finally it is expedition time, and just as Albert and Leonhardt has said, the monsters in this forest are no joke. They are a lot more dangerous than the ones found around the Capital, and in this particular case, the fact both the mercenaries and the Knights of the Second Order lack mages in their crew. This is a big problem because magic is the only effective way to deal with the horde of monsters they are facing in these woods: The Slimes. The Knights of the Second Order are critically dependent on the few mages that are with them (Sei, Albert and a few others), that’s why they have sent out a request for mages in the Royal Magi Assembly to join them on their expedition. Luckily for them, Yuri was around when they got the message and imeaditely jumped on the opportunity to head out to Klausner after whining about being left behind. Hilariously, he ended up dragging Aira along for the ride. So while it wasn’t planned, this will be the first time we get to see the girls co-op together, as well as a chance to see Aira perform in a much tougher and grueling environment than the woods Kyle has taken her before.
Needless to say, I am very glad the expedition started this episode. I just hope this means they will properly capitalize on giving us the much desired action that we wanted to see during the first expedition because I am so sick of the pan-shots. Yuri’s explosive arrival is absolutely the best way to kick it off, and gosh please go all out with it properly because that guy has a lot to show in this expedition. With next week being the final episode (damn, I’m gonna miss this, and I gotta wait till December for Vol 5 to come out…), so let’s finish with a bang!