Okay, yeah, grandma’s a bit of a jerk. Remember how I previously questioned whether or not the grandmother was involved with this plot to keep Nike in the Principality of Rain? Well, if you thought me a fool for even considering that she wasn’t: congratulations. This may very well be one of the more intense arcs of this series, as Nike’s grandmother has actually succeeded in separating Nike and Livius, and without the key that she made to control access to the tower in which Nike is imprisoned, there is no way for Livius to gain access. In terms of danger, it is at least on par with the arc that took Nike into the temple in the Sun kingdom. Another nice piece to this arc is that it spans more than two episodes. Now, it’s possible that my mind is simply forgetting, but I’m fairly certain most of the story arcs have been two episodes, at most. This looks to be at least a three parter.
A nice touch to this episode is that not every character seems to be entirely charmed by the idea that “grandma’s word is law”, as evidenced by Nike’s one sister essentially betraying her grandmother’s edict in order to lead Livius to Nike. I suppose this isn’t exactly ground breaking, as it probably happens more often than not in shows with a similar plot element, but at least this doesn’t leave Livius to have to survive on his own devices. An interesting point to ponder, too, is that the Principality of Rain seems to be essentially setting itself up as a hostile force against Livius. It seems detrimental for a small kingdom to put itself in hostility with pretty much the entire world… and in case you’ve forgotten, Livius has been called the king of the world. Of course, the grandmother’s motives are a little deeper than, “I’m angry because my son acted without my consent.” It seems that Nike’s power may be greater than we know. Perhaps we’ll get a glimpse of this, what with the series nearing its climax and all.
A Christian Perspective:
It’s certainly not a perfect comparison, but the love that Livius and Nike have for each other could be compared to the love that Jesus has for us. We see—in this episode, particularly—the lengths to which each is willing to go to be with each other. As we know from Scripture, Jesus will also go to search for the lost sheep:
“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? – Luke 15:4 (NIV)
Again, this is far from a perfect comparison, but just as Jesus suggests here that He would leave the ninety-nine sheep to search for the one lost sheep, so Nike and Livius eschew personal safety for the sake of being with one another—Livius putting himself at odds with the Principality of Rain (and putting his life in danger to search for the tower key) and Nike quite literally beating herself up in an attempt to escape and be with Livius.
If this is a bit of a stretch, or a bad comparison, please feel free to call me out.
Language: 1 “d**ned”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Livius is shown naked (no private parts shown) 00:58 – 1:02; Livius is shown putting a shirt on 1:13 – 1:20
Violence: A character bangs her head against a wall; a character holds a sword to another’s throat; a character intercepts a staff hit and hits the assailant with his own staff; a character draws his sword on another character; a character uses her wind magic to break a sword; a character throws herself into a door
Blood/Gore: Blood is seen dripping from a character, and is also seen on her face