I was tempted to limit my review of Soredemo Sekai to a single sentence this week – “The less I say about this episode the better.” But the truth is by the time it was all said and done, there were some good moments, and taken collectively the ep wasn’t the unmitigated disaster I feared it might be.
Make no mistake – Princess Luna of the Ocean Kingdom was every bit the disaster I feared she might be. A classic moeblob loli character, cliche from start to finish including the resolution of her personal part of the story. Every minute she was on-screen was torture, but she wasn’t on-screen every minute – and thankfully, it seems as if this was – for now – a one-shot appearance.
More importantly, Luna serves as a catalyst for the Nike-Livi relationship (which is effectively the entire appeal of the series) to progress. Soredemo Sekai is really two shows, the one when these two are on-screen together and the one when they’re not – and the first one is much better than the other. Their chemistry is off the charts, and even if the “Ring of Tales” arc accelerated its development too much, it’s still very natural to watch them progress.
Even if the plot-heavy material is mediocre and a character like Luna is an atrocity, I can’t dismiss a show that has a central romantic relationship this superb. These two are equally strong-willed, they’re brutally honest with each other, and the bond of affection between them is entirely believable and winning. I totally get what Livi sees in Nike and vice-versa, and scenes like the “lava cider” encounter in the gardens are off-the-charts on the charm scale. Keep showing us these two and I’ll keep coming back – but please, no more Luna.
Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou – 06
The less I say about that episode the better.