So uhh. Honestly speaking, I’m not quite sure what just happened. Let’s lay down the foundations. We know that the Crimson Scholar was accused of heresy by the church. Of course, Maou isn’t actually around since she’s busy renewing her Demon Lord “license”, so the Older Sister is taking her place. Then Yuusha proposes the Winter King hands the Crimson Scholar over to the church, only for Yuusha to ambush them en route and save the Older Sister. Or at least, that was the plan. Instead of going along with this, however, the Older Sister decides to lecture the people witnessing the spectacle on the power of freedom that they all have, regardless of social status. Touching, but it felt like this came out of no where. I understand that we’re supposed to sympathize with the Older Sister’s belief that she is unable to do anything (compared to the more capable Maou). But having her go through all this pain and suffering just to “redeem” her and essentially give her self-confidence is a bit much.
I suppose the point of it all was to make us realize how courageous the Older Sister is. After all, I would imagine it takes balls of steel to lecture the crowd as you’re being “arrested” by what is essentially the most influential organization in the continent. Actually, the merchants might technically have more power than the church, but at the end of the day the church has the heresy “trump card”. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, if you’ve even done anything. As long as the church says you’re a heretic, you’re automatically out. But I digress. I admit what the Older Sister did was very courageous, especially as she was being physically abused by the oh-so-righteous “children of the Light Spirit”. But the events were so obviously meant to somehow boost our opinion of her that it came off as a bit contrived and random. I didn’t exactly think too much of the Older Sister, but was there really a need to elevate her like this? Unless she has some more important role to play in the future, I feel like this whole incident was essentially pointless.
Of course, that could be exactly the thing. It’s possible that Maou really is never coming back from her trip to the Demon world. I always had this sinking feeling in the corner of my mind that this might be the case. And if it’s so, I suppose this would mean that the Older Sister is now permanently the Crimson Scholar that so many look up to and rely on. Taking this into account, I will admit that perhaps this whole heresy business might have some merit. But that doesn’t change the fact that it feels like a bit of a stretch when you initially watch the episode. It’s like the church came in out of nowhere, waved their big stick around in a threatening manner, and then were exposed to be all bark and no bite. Well, the latter part remains to be seen. I’m sure this isn’t the last of the church’s schemes. Or at least, this isn’t the last we’ll see of whoever is manipulating the church. And if it turns out that no one is actually manipulating the church, then I guess that means Maoyuu is taking the easy way out by portraying the church as some stereotypical power-abusing organization of pompous ass-hats. Which, in reality, isn’t all that way.
Why might Maoyuu actually do this? Well, just look at the number of episodes left. There are only 3. And we’ve suddenly been introduced to two completely new characters as the episode draws to a close. There’s this random blue demon guy who claims he is the one who shall rule all the world. Yeah, that’s probably not happening. But you can bet he’ll give the Crimson Scholar (whoever is actually playing the role at the time) trouble about it. And then there’s the more curious after-credits sequence. I’m going to go ahead and make some pretty ballsy guesses here. The one giving the monologue must be the Light Spirit. Or at least, some personification (just so the church folks don’t get offended) of the Light Spirit. How did I come to that? The whole sequence had this star/light theme relating to life and death. Oh, and the mystery character is literally a body of fire that looks down upon the world from the skies. If that doesn’t scream “LIGHT SPIRIT”, I don’t know what does. But then there’s the bit when the supposed Light Spirit starts talking about Yuusha. Or rather, it started talking about “Yuusha” in some sort of reincarnation sense. It makes this reference to how it tore the world asunder (for an unexplained reason), and then worked to put it back together with “Yuusha”.
I also couldn’t help but notice that as the sequence went through each iteration of “Yuusha”, his/her gender changed several times (not to mention his/her appearance). Is this suggesting that there might be some sort of divine/celestial nature to Yuusha? This certainly would explain why the current Yuusha is said to be so ridiculously overpowered. Is he some sort of god who gave up his divinity to descend upon Earth to save it? I do get the impression that the Light Spirit is unable to interfere with events directly, so maybe retaining divinity means only being able to watch from afar. Whatever the case, the connection between the Light Spirit and Maou is made very obvious as the sequence goes on. So perhaps the Light Spirit is using some sort of loophole to get around whatever is preventing it from directly interfering by using Maou as some sort of avatar. This hypothesis would certainly explain why Maou anticipated Yuusha’s arrival, and in fact seemed to be all too familiar with someone she’s supposedly never met until then. If the Light Spirit is as intimate with “Yuusha” as it says it is, this familiarity isn’t surprising at all. Maou being the Light Spirit’s avatar would also explain why she is so ridiculously knowledgeable about everything.
So, are things really going to go the way I think? I don’t know. But I can say that if what I’m guessing is true, this is going to be a slap across the face for the church. To think that their beloved Light Spirit is appearing in the form of the Demon Lord? What irony.
The bad is the church again. The messenger was a total asshole, and he deserved every single rock that hit his miserable existence. Really, Maoyuu did a great job making us hate him (and perhaps the church in extension).