Where there’s a romance anime, there must be a love rival. Of course, we’ve already had the religious powers of this series fight against the marriage arrangement, but we all know that’s not a proper love rival. Enter the estranged, self-pronounced fiancée! In this case, it’s Princess Luna of the Ocean Kingdom, a childhood friend of Livius who comes back into the picture because she hears about the engagement between Livius and Nike. More sophisticated and much more well-bred than Nike, she certainly seems like a better outward match, but as the show goes on we realize that there is something between Nike and Livius that Luna just can’t touch.
Honestly, I suppose this was a pretty typical love triangle episode. The old flame (if she can even be called that in this case) shows up, and pretty much shames the heroine throughout the episode, but ultimately something happens that proves that the heroine is, in fact, the best candidate after all. I guess they could have drug it out for most of the season, though, instead of resolving it in one episode. Even if it is clichéd, though, it’s not a bad episode. It was thoroughly entertaining, and the way the episode ended made me happier than a grown man should be over the development of two fictional characters.
A Christian Perspective:
While I don’t have a direct quote, Livius at one point tells Luna that Nike’s song essentially cuts to your center, and that when she sings there is no difference between king and peasant or something like that. This is quite allegorical to Jesus’ presence, as when looked at in light of Him there is no difference between any of us–we are all sinners in need of His salvation. To quote from Scripture:
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 (NIV)
Language: 1 “b**ch”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The blonde girl grabs Nike’s breasts (5:47 – 5:49); Nike’s night gown shows a bit of cleavage in one shot, and Livius starts to unbutton his shirt; the previews show Nike wearing a dress that shows some cleavage, and a man pushes her onto a bed, then hovers over her
Blood/Gore: A splatter of blood is shown