Review: The World Is Still Beautiful, Episode 2: The Rain Princess

Review:

Last episode we met Nike. This episode we get to meet the king–or, rather, we get to know more about him. First off, he’s a kid with a sad past. Maybe not the most original concept ever, but that’s essentially his back story. Also, I don’t think we are ever formally told his name. The name Livi is mentioned once, but I suppose it’s possible that it’s not the king’s name.

Episode 2 leaves aside much of the humor from the pilot, although there are still some moments that are worthy of a chuckle. We get introduced to the stark contrast between our two protagonists–Nike, who appreciates the world’s beauty (and who draws from that beauty to craft her song to summon the rain), and the king, who sees the world as something to be conquered. Again, this may not be the most original concept that’s ever been done (in terms of character archetypes), but it works, and it makes for an enjoyable show.

The writers also don’t waste any time building up the action. While the sun king may have conquered the world, it doesn’t mean he is without enemies, and we see the results of that here. Where, exactly, this show will fall, I don’t know, but it’s building up to be an entertaining watch.

A Christian Perspective:

The biggest objection a Christian may find with this show is Nike’s use of magic. She seems to be capable of using wind as a weapon (she cuts through bars with wind in this episode) and she is also capable of summoning rain. This, as far as I know, does not seem to be rooted in any real life occultism, but seems to be simple fantasy (though, granted, I am no professor of the occult, nor do I care to be). Depending on your personal thoughts/feelings/convictions about fantasy media/fantasy magic, this may be enough to turn you away. I will not mention this as an issue again, because I doubt anyone who continues on to episode three and beyond will have an issue with this sort of content. I also won’t say what you should or shouldn’t do in regards to continuing to watch or stopping. That’s between you and the Lord, and far be it for me to potentially convince someone to sin against their conscience.

Anyway, a positive lesson that Christians can learn here is appreciation for God’s creation. Nike shows this in her need to see beautiful things, and her love for natural beauty is contrasted by the king’s cold disinterest. While Nike is enamored with a rare color of flower, for example, the king cannot understand why she is excited when they’re just flowers. He sees the world as something to be conquered, and little more. Nike says something to the effect of it being sad that he owns the whole world and yet hasn’t looked at any of it. The same could probably be said of some of us Christians. God created many beautiful things in this world that we can behold, but how many of those do we miss? How often do we take a sunrise for granted, or miss the beauty of a bird’s song? Perhaps, like Nike, it’s time we stopped, looked at the beauty around us, and became thankful for it.

Content Guide:

Language: 2 “j**z”, 1 “h*ll”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Nike is seen on top of the king (not intended to be sexual… you’ll understand when you see it), but the king makes the comment that he’s not into girls being on top

Violence: A character tugs on another character’s mouth; a character is kicked into the water–another is pulled into the water; a character is shot with an arrow

Blood/Gore: None

Other: Nike can use magic

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