A very important episode.
The episode is primarily about these two. We’ll get to the angel later. Let’s talk about Jean Rousseau, an “amphibian” found in (I think) the South American jungle by French legionnaires. He was then raised in France and became an important business mogul. In this scene between the Mr Rousseau and the angel minister we once again got an example of the still lingering discrimination and racism in this pseudo-utopian world. After finishing his business in Japan Mr Rousseau flew towards either Africa or South America to meet with his native people.
Mr Rousseau wanted to make sure the Amphibianfolk were still cool with the trade deal they had with the Mammalians. However, he was surprised to see them wearing battle armor. It seems the Amphibianfolk were training themselves to always be ready for attacks from outsiders…even going as far as saying that one day they could possibly go to war with Mammalians to reclaim their land in the name of their god. Mr Rousseau hoped it would not come to that anytime soon. I sense parallels with religion-fueled terrorist organizations. Could be wrong but I kinda got that vibe from this meeting.
Update: I forgot to mention that, as some peeps theorized below, the Antarcticans could have had some influence in the Amphibians’ choice of action. We saw what they did with during the mermaid ritual so it’s not out of the question.
That was Part A. Now we get to Part B…
Now up to this point, as mentioned before, we got glimpses of this world’s dark past from conversations by our leading ladies and others to news reports, educational messages and other stuff in the background. Part B gave us an in-depth look at just how cruel it really was back then. Viewers thought the “Centaur Sister Crusade” history lesson was rough…you ain’t seen nothing yet. Part B might as well be a Jewish Persecution-esque flashback or something like that from the eyes of a young angel boy.
During a prisoner’s brawl over unequal portions of rations the boy tried calming down the brawlers to no avail. He was then approached by a demon guy who told him the blunt truth that no matter how hard humanity tried to erase racism and discrimination, it was human nature to be judgmental…
The next day the boy was about to collapse while working. The appointed guard took him to the back to “punish” him personally. The guard in question revealed to the boy that was intentionally giving him favorable treatment over the other prisoners because he saw good in him that he thought was long gone in the others. He was right of course. Anyway he knew his days were numbered no matter which side won the war. He was again right as when the resistance army showed up to free the prisoners…
So yes, the angel minister was that very same boy who was taken in by one of the soldiers (another centaur) and raised to be a man of honor. We got all this deep, dark development after one handshake…Wow.
This was a very important episode to explain to people who stuck around what kind of show this is. It’s not a Girls club, Slice of Life or iyashikei. It’s a world-building show with lots of social commentary where the most important character is the world itself. I’ll go into more detail when I review the show.