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OP 37: The Wandering Temple
I’m honestly kind of hoping for more story with the King’s Sword, as it seems that these people are kind of cool, and having the King’s Sword’s support is like winning half of the royalty’s power in your hands, isn’t it??
I mean, being called a cross-dresser, haha, and I bet the soldiers actually believe Belca to be a nun.
(Again, that reminds me of Linna… Love at 1st sight??)
The 1st panel there, looks like Linna is rescuing a damsel in distress and Mariebelle-san has this surprised, touched and full of admiration look in her eyes. Linna just need to add sparkles around him to complete the picture. (I think I’m imagining too much>.<) And to make it worst, the last panel there, for a moment I mistook it as Mariebelle about to link her arms with Linna (I’m so glad the SFX: pat was translated, else I think my mind will blow up:x)
That aside, more importantly, we see Belca’s decision in this OP is to choose Linna over the citizens, or did he?? Well, whatever the case, given his status and people’s expectation in him, there are always repercussions to what he decides on. He could very well choose to switch place with Cole, then we will not be enjoying those fan services…
But as Cole mentioned, and Shingetsu rightly supports, that Belca was sort of manipulated by Coal, a caged bird, always saying/doing things that he thinks his brother will wish for, to complete Hector’s work etc. Of course, Belca does want to do those things for the people, but more significant to him is Linna’s presence by his side or else these actions will no longer have meaning to him (since Linna is his 1st citizen, and Belca changed because of Linna).
And finally, it goes to show that Belca has finally learnt to let go; a person can’t be everywhere at the same time, and a true leader is able to utilize his/her resources to complete everything and replying on/trusting in others as a form of strength.
Quote of the OP: Ms. Mariebelle really is as cute and as sweet as honey, isn’t she? (Pfttt, joking, this is not the real quote:x)
<… The gathered citizens saw light and hope from Hector’s troop (symbolically coming from the direction of the sunrise). But since Belca is not there, how will the King’s sword and the citizens react to Coal’s plea? Also, the Crow narrows in on the escaping party. Can Belca’s group escape safely? …>
Quote of the OP: We are not humans, but the King’s sword. Swords can only be wielded under their master’s orders.