The second episode of Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu was definitely a better episode. It was an episode where we got to see a different side to Wein, we got to see the strategist within him and you know what? That was pretty epic. It definitely gave off the impression that the only one who could defeat Wein was either himself or Ninym. Who by all intensive purposes is the ‘shadow-ruler’ of the Natra.
That being said, for some reason the episode felt really fast, that was the one thing I couldn’t shake while watching the episode. While I found it fairly entertaining that Wein was able to basically call every move the opposition was going to make while manipulating the enemy to think a certain way or to make certain decisions that favoured his side (unintentionally at times); it weirdly didn’t feel like it was enough. Maybe it was because, for the most part, the episode took place in their respective headquarters and their sides of the battlefield. These one-location episodes have been the death of me. That is my problem with Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki 2nd Season and could very well be the same for Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu, and that isn’t something I’m looking forward to.
Anyway, something else I would like to mention is that Wein as a character seems to be pretty complicated. Let me explain. In the previous blog I mentioned how he’s like Midas, everything he touches turns to gold. In this case, every bad decision he makes turns out to be the best thing imaginable. However, in this episode, it seemed as though he was more focused on winning the battle than he was doing everything possible to lose the favour of the men Wein commanded. It changed when the opposing general suggested that Wein ditch Ninym because she was of lesser stature than him. That’s when Wein switched from wanting to sell his kingdom to wanting to win the battle.
It makes me wonder what is the relationship between Wein and Ninym. We know that Wein views her as his “heart”. But that’s all we know. Something I hope is explored later on in the anime is their relationship. I want to know more about Ninym, I would love to hear her background story. You can tell that Ninym is an important part of Wein but also of the Kingdom he governs because while Wein is focusing on selling the Kingdom, Ninym is making sure he’s still upholding his royal responsibilities, like running a country.
Let’s see what happens in the next episode.