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Review: The World Is Still Beautiful, Episode 10: A Righteous Kingdom

Review:

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.

Content Guide:

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

 

 

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