A Centaur’s Life Episode 9: A Closer Look

A very important episode.

The girls doing stuff

The ladies are background characters in this episode.

 

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Jean Rousseau and an important angel Minister (I think).

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.

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Mr Rousseau meeting with the amphibian tribunal.

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…

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I sense Jewish persecution parallels here.

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.

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“Realist” Prisoner.

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…

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Angel boy shown mercy by an appointed guard.

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…

Jean Rousseau Shaking Hands with an important Angel

The angel boy.

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.

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25 Responses to A Centaur’s Life Episode 9: A Closer Look

  1. Shinryu says:

    Loved this episode and didn’t make the connection between the angel boy and the old man until the end reveal despite it being a rather obvious connection in hind sight. A bit of tonal whiplash but, as said, this sort of darkness has already been in play in pretty much every episode. The only difference is that it took centre stage here.

    And to think there were some people arguing for reasons I can’t explain that this was an ecchi show. I can only assume Monster Musume led them to believe that all shows with monster girls were like that.

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  2. Reapy_s0ul says:

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, the only way to ditch discrimination is to stop bringing racial identity up full stop, as long as this discussion is propagated by identitarians, we’ll never be able to truly see eachother as just “Individuals”, even I have some amount of discriminatory thoughts.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hoping for a shitty dystopian dictatorship where wrongthink is prosecuted like in the anime, that would be completely counter-productive, as hateful thoughts are just hidden from authorities and flourish in the back of people’s minds, as presented in the first segment, prosecuting “hate speech” doesn’t quell discrimination, it only conceals it; it’s a coward’s way out that obstructs actual solutions from coming to light.

    Also, I’m sure that at least one person on this shit earth will, like me, draw a comparison to Rousseau and what some would call an “Uncle Tom”, as he abandoned his shit, tribalistic roots to coexist with far more civilized mammalian races in a society which appreciated his intelligence and properly rewarded him for his efforts, yet, he is insulted and discriminated against by his original tribesman for becoming civilized (likely an act of jealousy or childish pride), drawing a real-life comparison to African-Americans in real-world ghettos (speaking strictly about ghettos in the U.S, I don’t know what your ghettos are like) who want to succeed in life being called uncle toms after becoming successful isn’t such an incomprehensible comparison (although comparing ghettos to uncivilized tribes might be a bit much).

    Anyway, enough of me saying dramatic things to get attention; I have a theory…
    What if the Amphibians’ god is actually the Antarcticians? They’re already known for meddling in the affairs of other cultures, while it wouldn’t make sense for them to want a tribal rebellion, it doesn’t seem too far off in my eyes, they have the means to trick a small tribe into worshipping them, and their ships could be seen as “Angels” by the uneducated tribesman.

    Either way, the episode was interesting enough to me, looking forward to next week’s.

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    • Litcott says:

      That “god” might be the one who rose in the previous episode (for the mermaid girl’s song). The amphibian guy spoke about only one god and not multiple ones, and the Antarcticians typically work in groups (central-american religions used to be polytheistic, after all).
      It could be though that the Antarcticians indeed supplied weapons and armor, under the influence of said ‘god’. It will be interesting to see if this part of the story progresses anywhere in the future. 🙂

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  3. cirno9fan says:

    not really an episode I wanted to watch. I enjoy learning about history, but when it’s a story taht’s been told 3000 times over it just gets kinda tiring. I’m not at all indifferent to the cruelty and suffering that went on during the Nazi reign, but this just felt really drawn out to me. The first like 30 seconds told me everything that was needed to be said. A little bit in the middle too. could have been a snippet flashback, would have had the same impact, and would have given more time for other things.

    Not my favorite ep…

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    • mihomaho says:

      Eh, even politic/history lessons from anime is still boring for me. Some people like the ‘lessons’ part but personally I don’t care about it.

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      • cirno9fan says:

        As long as I’m actually learning something, it’s good. When ti’s just regurgitating super old info that everyone in the world is pretty much privy to….

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    • OG-Man says:

      I suppose a different historic war scenario could have been used rather than the admittedly cliche WWII Nazi regime (I personally blame Military FPS shooters for making that historic setting cliche) but the point was more to illustrate just how bad the racism-discrimination issue had been in the show’s history.

      Anyway it is what it is.

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  4. Huh. Did not quite expect to see a realistic WW2 style war story in this show…but pleasantly surprised. Indeed, world-building is taking center stage in this show, as you said. And it’s pretty well-done, to boot.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Yup. That’s been the point since episode 1. We thought the show would center around the girls’ lives in this world but they’re actually cogs inside a bigger machine, hence why not all episodes are interesting to some people.

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  5. Destynova says:

    I wondered if they where going to adapt some of these “different” chapters that don’t include our girls and it seems they are. Anyway those that don’t like these kind of stories should love the next episode as it will be yuri focused 🙂

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  6. LiteraryOtakuGamerGirlT says:

    I liked the episode personally. I liked seeing the dark elements and the sort of backwards reveal of the Angel dude. I find it fascinating that even in a world with only creatures and no humans as we know them in our world, they still have our historical events and issues. It’s almost like it’s trying to send the message that no matter the species, all higher-intelligence organisms will have the same prejudices, jealousy and judgmental attitudes. I want to see our yuri just as much as anyone here, but it’s these divergences into these world-building, deep and dark scenarios that make this show stand out from any other Girl’s Club, SoL and I think it’s great.

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    • cirno9fan says:

      I enjoy the world building for sure, but it was just dragged out this time. I mean, if it weren’t such an obvious recreation of very well known world history then it would have been very intriguing probably. But it was not. And that was the problem. the first half was great. The second half notsomuch.

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s a different kind of show but it’s precisely because of this that I’m still enjoying it. Unfortunately that’s also why some other peeps can’t really get into it. So it goes.

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  7. yurimylove says:

    as much as i wished it were not the case, it’s been proven again and again that the realist’s statment is far too true, “no matter how hard humanity tried to erase racism and discrimination, it was human nature to be judgmental”. E.g. in the U.S., even after decades of civil rights movement, now we ended up with a white racist president, democratcally elected no less

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  8. KueKyuuQ says:

    I really love the show’s outro-song. But after this WWII themed episode “Edelweiß” kinda made me feel a tad uncomfortable…
    This show alternates between tickling-the-funnies and punch-you-in-the-guts. I’m honestly not sure if that makes this show an inconsistent mess or really really good.

    Can’t quite say I “liked” or “enjoyed” this episode, but I do consider it a good one. I gotta agree, that the second half’s particular story and setting had been used a thousand times before already (with focus on a young imprisoned boy even), but somehow I felt it was in itself well executed and got me invested nevertheless. I almost shed a tear at the framed picture at the end…

    Next episode will be more fun and yuri again? Please! I need a happy ._.

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    • OG-Man says:

      I like the mix of fun, mundane and serious myself.

      It’s understandable how some people couldn’t enjoy this episode for one reason or another but it’s still an important one.

      Hopefully.

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  9. Justin says:

    This part why i’m a big fan of the manga, the world building, that’s more beyond the main characters’ narrow perspective. Honesty I really wish we have more stories on the aftermath of an Hero’s actions that impact the world and society.

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    • OG-Man says:

      It’s one of those “Why can’t the story be all about the past events?” scenario. I personally like that the historic events are not the main focus. It makes the few times they do pop up special.

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