Episode-by-episode Q&A, taken entirely from 境界線上のホライゾン まとめウィキ
Please refer to this FAQ for general worldview questions.
Remember, this is the season 2 FAQ. Check the sidebar for season 1.
Episode 1 - Club Members on the Scarlet Field
Q: Well, off the bat. Why is the protagonist naked? Is he a perv?
A: His stripping art’s part of offerings to his god, so it’s sort of like a public persona of his. Just so you know, he spends a large portion of the second arc naked, so you’d best get used to it. [see this post for why they were together in the first place]
Q: They just started fighting and all, but what for?
A: Continuing from the C-part of season 1, episode 13, the Musashi is assaulted by Tres España on its way to England. As for why they are attacking:
- The Spanish are seizing a ship within its domain sending goods and supplies towards England
- This is a show of hostility by Spain, as a major power of the Testament Union, towards the Musashi
- To conduct reconnaissance and gauge the Musashi’s combat abilities
- This attack serves as a warning to the Musashi citizens
And so on. Even though they say “seizure”, they don’t really plan to stop or capture the ship. It really is just an assault.
Q: What are the Testamenta Arma?
A: Supah awesome weapons that are sorta like the Deadly Sins Armaments, used to protect each country’s Testament - or so they say. Each country has 2. They have a restriction that they can only be used in their respective countries’ territories.
Q: I want to know what the effects of the Deadly Sins Armament used by the Tres España Student Council Vice President.
A: For whoever is on the receiving end of the hyperdrive of Akidía Katáthlypsi/Iyake no Taida/Sorrowful Dejection, the “parts that they dislike” are bound and restrained.
To put it simply, if you’re concerned about your having small breasts, then they will be bound; if you don’t have the courage to go to Ueno, then you will feel weight down in your ☆crotch☆. [I’m sorry but I don’t get this at all].
Q: Why did England start attacking too? What about a request for a ceasefire?
A: That request is just as O’Malley said in the work:
“If they enter England as they are, currently in conflict with Spain, they will not have any cooperation with Spain, the Testament Union, or England”; they are treated as a suspicious vessel.
But well, even if she said that, they didn’t stop so the English attacked. The reason for this is written below:
Of the two choices England had:
- Take in the Musashi, keep the Testament Union in check, interpret history recreation their way, and aim to be a world power by helping to prevent the apocalypse; or
- As the Testament Union has done, treat the Musashi as a hostile force, deny them entry into England, and conduct proper history recreation
They chose the latter option.
- Obviously, if they allow the Musashi entry, they will make an enemy of the Testament Union
- Spain, being a member of the Testament Union, and having just attacked the Musashi, causes added pressure
- If they didn’t turn back the Musashi as they did, Spain might come over to England under the pretense of a “warning”, and conduct some surveillance
- Along with that, they also get to gather intelligence, intimidate, and show off their military power to the world; sort of like what Spain’s doing
- Furthermore, the chain of events (Spain attacks→Enter England→English repulsion) was part of Juana’s strategy. Her plan was to intentionally attack the Musashi close enough to England’s territory so that the English wouldn’t have time to properly react to the situation.
Q: Why the heck did Asama shoot Naruze!? Is she really that frustrated!? Does she really wanna shoot someone that bad!?
A: Take a good look at the situation. If she didn’t shoot her, Dudley would have. To soften the blow and lower the killing power, the tip was ground off so it’s tooooootally safe if you get hit, ‘kay? So even if she shot someone, it’s toooootally alright. Naruze herself instructed her to do this.
You can actually see it in Asama’s signframe; if you read the characters vertically, you could see the phrase “Elementary School Entrance Ceremony”. [the characters in red, 小等部入学式] During that ceremony, Asama was having target practice. Overwhelemed by nervousness, she started shooting all over, indiscriminately. Naruze was one of those who was shot. She was basically telling Asama: Remember that incident→Shoot me.
Q: They used Sorrowful Dejection when that girl yelled “Blockade! (“fuusa!”)”, but that’s not exactly going to cause a blockade is it?
A: Actually, that was just her calling out to Juana, the weapon’s owner - “Huu-san!”.
Q: Um… “Ben Jonson”…?
A: Not the model; the English playwright from the 17th century. A poet, and Shakespeare’s friend, and the one who wrote Shakespeare’s biography. There are others who share the same name, such as a famous actor, a baseball player, and such. It’s a pretty major name.
(hidden text) Oh yes, and there’s absolutely zero connection with the Canadian athlete. Yes, no relation. At. All.
Q: Did Seijun seriously think that’d diffuse the situation?
A: Don’t ask me…
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
There was also someone who was concerned about his lower areas in the original work too; go to Ueno already dammit.
The Mikawa Guard Head also makes a sneaky appearance; it seems the area she’s most concerned with is her waist.
・In the year 16XX, the world was engulfed in the flames of the armageddon
From the beginning of Hokuto no Ken: “In the year 19XX, the world was engulfed in the flames of nuclear war.”
・Hello, I’m Utamaru.
This was a common joke at the start of every final segment On Shouten [a weekly comedy show] by the host, Utamaru, before he became the show’s host.
In the Horizon-verse, it seems he’s been deiefied.
Actually, the package does not contain such a thing. Just the usual daily sundries. Specifically, that white, U-shaped thing that we all use in our daily morning routines: a toilet seat.
・The weird guys behind Naruze
The macho gang: Bodybuilding Research Club, “Gori☆Ate”
Toga people: Greek Sun God Research Club, “Heli-otto ga Barusu”
Sentai: Buddhism Research Club Priest Soldier Squadron, “Buddhist Squadron Mikkyooto”
・Dudley’s Tennis Racket
If you take a closer look, written on the grip is “Munakata Jin”… Ace wo Nerae?
Seems like the name of the god of serves during the age of the gods.
・The authors’ Abilities
Neshinbara’s uses a really showy English font, as we can see being used for romaji, like a true Chuunibyou. His signframe is his own personal design.
Shakespeare’s on the other hand, lifts works from the real Shakespeare verbatim.
What a huge difference. Well, it is kind of sad to compare the English of a Japanese and of an actual Englishman, so let’s just stop it, yeah?
Episode 2 - Players on the Stage
Q: I just don’t get the Musashi’s position right now. What’s their relation with the TU? With Spain and England?
A: The Musashi declared that it’d be going around collecting all the Armaments of Deadly Sins in season 1, so now they’re under close observation by all the other nations. Not that they’re going on an all-out world war - it depends on how negotiations between each nation is handled. Still, it’s a fact that the Pope-Chancellor of K.P.A. Italia, and Tres España both brought the fight to the Musashi. And that being the case, as they are the head of the Testament Union, it’s kind of in their favor, since all other allied nations can’t have be on good relations with the Musashi now.
In season 2 episode 1, Spain and England attacking was pretty much trying to appeal to the other countries by saying “We’re being enemies with the Musashi for turning a blade against the TU and causing up a big stir!” This is one main reason for doing so.
So basically, it’s all about how the Musashi, in the midst of this situation surrounded by nations that are antagonizing them, will turn this situation around in order to collect the Armaments of Deadly Sins.
Q: How the whole battle between England went, and such
A: Sorta like this:
England: We want to stop Musashi on its course and render it unable to fight. (This is to show that they hold some hostility towards the Musashi, and if possible, show that they have the power to control it)
Musashi: If we intentionally orbit around England, we can show that even they try to stop us, they can’t. Hence, they foil England’s scheme.
In individual fights, the English are dominating, but they were not able to get the Musashi to stop; the Musashi accelerates once again and drifts around England.
Unable to stop the Musashi, England has little to gain by continuing the fight
Plus, O’Malley’s Granuaile may not be able to keep up with the speed of the Musashi; in which case, there is a risk of becoming POWs
It’s a huge embarrassment to both England’s might and themselves if the TRUMP were to be captured
So there you have it. The TRUMP retreated
Q: About England’s Armament of Deadly Sins, “Aspída Filargyría”
A: It’s a shield-type Armament of Deadly Sins; its effect is converting all kinds of pain and injuries into ether for its owner. In videogame terms, “All damage received is converted to MP.” In this case, it’s not physical damage, but mental and psychological damage, coming from critiques and criticisms of Shakespeare’s work. How fitting for a prominent writer who’s got a lot of detractors and self-styled intellectuals attacking her.
Q: The heck are them elves and half-elves?
A: Pretty similar to what we all know about them already. Long ears, etc.
Q: Shakespeare drew thirteen (十三) and talked about Toussaint… What was that all about?
A: Well, the Toussaint that Shakespeare mentions is the Musashi’s resident chuunibyou writer Neshinbara. If you wrote that in the Far Eastern language, 十三 (“toh”-“san”)*. Shakespeare wrote this in the air with her finger.
* = while 十三 is normally read as juusan (thirteen), the characters can also be read individually as toh-san (ten-three).
Q: Why is the ninja such a nice guy, yet his history of having no girlfriends = His entire life?
A: It’s kind of hard to explain, so I’ll just make a bulletted list:
Q: What’s this about Futayo erasing evidence?
A: Futayo, upon seeing Toori hanging by the neck on a rope, thinks he is dead. So to protect the perpetrator of the crime, Seijin, she cut the tow rope along with the rope around Toori.
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
・Divine BBS Contents:
ITT: Neshinbara on crutches
I just saw Neshinbara’s left foot in plaster.
Like, with crutches and all.
What a joke lolol
GJ On that sad one-man play
He’s obviously putting on his own show,
Thank you very much
It’s just some ploy to get your sympathy!
That totally pisses me off!
It’s just a sprain or something I bet
What a grand reaction
sympathy, condolences, etc.
ITT: Neshinbara taking responsibility
Neshinbara should take responsibility and apologize!
Was that alright?
Lemme do it lolol
I can do a damn good job of it lolol
So who’re we supposed to demand damages from?
How about Neshinbara himself?
In the original work, there’s another thread where they’re beating on Naruze too. I swear, anonymous does not forgive.
Episode 3 - Those Descending to the Surface
Q: What was with that unlimited blade works place with Tenzou and Scarred?
A: It’s a graveyard. They stabbed swords into the ground instead of using gravestones. There’s 300 whole swords in there. Thanks to the cargo vessel crashing into the area, the land was damaged, and because of this, they have to relocate the swords.
Q: What did Scarred mean when she said “You might be able to pull out Excalibur Caliburn”? Didn’t England just use it in episode 2?
A: Actually, the sword is still stuck, and no one’s pulled it out yet. That huge laser saber is its ability as a Divine Weapon, which can be activated even if it is still stabbed inside.
Q: I don’t get how the negotiations went. What the heck happened?
A: The whole business meeting is as follows. It was pretty complex, so have it in different flavors:
- As part of their plans to secure supplies for the upcoming Armada Battle, England is trying to buy meat from the Musashi.
- While the business deal is definite, the particulars such as the price of the meat, delivery, and so on, have not yet been decided upon.
- England needs a month’s supply of meat. However the Musashi’s supply will expire in about 2 weeks. Hence, they are trying to lowball them into selling the meat for half price.
- On the other hand, in preparation for the battle, England is ready to preserve the meat. If all available manpower is used, it will take a week or so to preserve it all.
- Musashi (Shiro): To sell the meat as close as possible to their typical wholesale price (profit margin is roughly 20%, so 20% is the maximum discount they can offer, just to break even)
- England (Howard): To purchase the meat for as cheap as possible
Negotiations Phase 1: Regarding the trade overall
Shiro: “Let’s just call off the whole deal, yeah? Dealing with the Musashi will get you tangled up in our conflict with the Testament Union.” (actual: We ain’t selling meat at 50% off. With that price, we’d rather eat it ourselves)
Howard: “Well, let us compromise a little so that we can both benefit. The main problem is whether or not we can consume or process all that meat in time.” (actual: the Armada Battle is starting in 2 weeks so we need meat. If we have just 1 week, we can consume/process all that meat, but I shouldn’t let him know so we can start negotiating at half-price with the premise of our regular consumption rate. Plus, we can set the date of sale to be even later, so we can lower the price even more)
Shiro: “So that the Testament Union won’t have any issues about all of this, let’s have a joint school festival and sell the meat there.” (actual: if you want to use the rate of consumption as a basis for price, then I’ll use a festival as a basis that the rate of consumption will double = regular price. So then we can decide just how much of a discount we’ll give based on when the festival will begin)
Howard agrees to this.
The number of days in the festival + days for preparation = Price of meat. (at max. 2 weeks = regular price; shortening by 1 day = 1/14 ≒ approx. 7% discount per day)
This is the general basis on which the prices are negotiated upon.
The best length for the Musashi is 2 weeks (full price). Break-even point is 11 days (approx. 20% discount).
The best length for England is 8 days (approx. 43% discount). The closer the festival’s length to this, the better.
Negotiations Phase 2: Deciding the number of prep days + festival days (ergo, discount percentage)
Shiro: “2 weeks (full price).”
Howard: “3 days (approx. 80% discount)” * - this is a bluff used for the negotiations
Both of them continue to negotiate based on their own conditions.
Howard proposes 8 days (approx. 43% discount) and tries to close negotiations.
Shiro begs for reconsideration with a Triple Axel DOGEZA.
Because Howard himself performed a DOGEZA in order to begin negotiations, and to keep his pride as an English merchant knowledgeable about the ultimate special move, DOGEZA, he must concede to Shiro’s DOGEZA.
Howard: “9 days (approx. 35% discount).”
Shiro: “Earlier, you said 3 days. Let’s go with that. This is just a little special service for you.”
If the festival really was set to 3 days, and sales of meat began 3 days before the battle, they would not be able to preserve all the meat in time, and end up with a huge amount of food wastage.
By Shiro calling his bluff, Howard now has to work backwards in order to get back to 8 days, ending with his suggestion of 11 days (approx. 20% discount).
Shiro: “One more thing.” (give control to Masazumi)
As SC Vice President, Masazumi sends Mukai Suzu on a diplomatic mission to England, with Adele and Futayo as her escort.
She does this as part of political negotiations.
Because the Musashi will be establishing diplomatic ties with England, and they get to have the diplomat, and Musashi’s best attacker and defender as “hostages”, they concede another 2 days for this political outcome. A total of 13 days is suggested (approx. 7% discount).
It’s a deal!
Musashi will be selling a month’s worth of meat to England (shelf life is 2 weeks; 1 week for preservation), so let’s talk price.
The Armada Battle’s in 2 weeks, so let’s make a school festival to match that
Negotiations went like: “Number of days shortened” = “Discount”
Negtiations begin as:
Shiro: “Two weeks (regular price)”
Howard: “Three days (approx. 80% discount)”
After some discussion, Howard tries to close the negotiations with an 8-day school festival (approx. 45% discount)
Shiro’s in a big pinch!
We really cannot accept that few number of days, so please reconsider!!! (Triple Axel DOGEZA)
Howard: “(Guh… We began discussions with my DOGEZA, so I must answer to his DOGEZA…) Understood, how about 9 days? (approx. 35% discount)”
Shiro: “Well earlier you said 3 days, so let’s just go with that, 3 days.”
Howard: “(Guh… If we started this festival 3 days prior to the Armada Battle, we won’t have enough time to preserve the meat and we’ll have a boatload of spoiled meat) Understood, how about 11 days? (approx. 20% discount)”
Shiro: “One more thing.” (glace at Masazumi)
Masazumi: “We’ll dispatch Mukai Suzu as an ambassador; Adele and Futayo will also go as bodyguards.”
Howard: “(Well, seeing as they will send over an official ambassador, plus their best offense and defense as something like political hostages for us…) Understood, 13 days. (approx. 7% discount)”
It’s a deal!
Still too long!
We’ll be buying meat for a month, but it expires in like 2 weeks, so it’s gotta be half price, half price! (actual intention: well actually we do have processes that can preserve the meat so it lasts longer, but then it’ll end up getting cheaper so I’ll just shut up about that)
We’ll hold a festival so we can match the consumption and expiry rates, so just buy it at the regular price, okay? (actual intention: we know you can preserve the meats, so I ain’t biting. But well, I can give you a bit of a discount by “shortening the number of days of preparation and the festival”)
So with that:
We can establish 14 days of the festival + preparations, where they can buy at the original price. Then we’ll remove a day from that, so 1/14 ≒ roughly a 7% discount.
This is more or less how the negotiations went.
In a business meeting about determining the selling price of meat, they were almost going to have to sell the meat at nearly half price, but with Shiro’s Triple Axel DOGEZA + calling his bluff + political compromise, they were able to settle it with a 7% discount.
Q: How exactly does the talk about the price of meat transition into the number of days for the festival?
A: A month’s supply of meat is about to go bad in 2 weeks. Therefore, you can use this as a basis to buy the meat at half-price [since technically it’s only going to last half a month]. Against that argument, Shiro says that they can hold a joint school festival, where the food consumption will double. With this, they could hold a joint school festival, where the number of days determines the price paid, with a maximum of 2 weeks for full price. Removing one day amounts to approximately a 7% discount. Howard agreed to this, and negotiations centered around the length of this school festival.
Numbers inside the ○ represent the countdown of days to the Armada
| represents the line where sales of meat will begin
● represent the days of the festival
The Musashi’s profit line:
⑭ ⑬ ⑫ | ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Battle
⇒This is the lowest the Musashi can go to break even
Musashi’s actual intention:
| ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Battle
England’s public stance:
⑭ ⑬ ⑫ ⑪ ⑩ ⑨ ⑧ ⑦ ⑥ ⑤ ④ | ● ● ● Battle
⇒However, this isn’t enough time for them to process the meat.
England’s actual intention:
⑭ ⑬ ⑫ ⑪ ⑩ ⑨ ⑧ | ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Battle
⑭ ⑬ ⑫ ⑪ ⑩ ⑨ ⑧ | ● ● ● ④ ③ ② ① Battle
Would be even better for England, but they already used the premise of buying the meat later to get the price lower, and if they started the festival early, the meat would just be consumed at a slower rate, so they cannot advance the festival.
⑭ ⑬ ⑫ ⑪ ⑩ ⑨ ⑧ | ⑦ ⑥ ⑤ ④ ● ● ● Battle
This pattern is also not possible.
In the end:
⑭ | ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Battle
Q: What’s with Shiro’s Triple Axel Dogeza? Was there some sort of meaning behind it?
A: Among the businesspeople of this world, the DOGEZA is a special move, and a necessary skill. To the point that it’s become a subculture. Thanks to Howard’s DOGEZA, they had to hold negotiations, and Howard had to respond to Shiro’s Triple Axel DOGEZA, else he ruin England’s reputation as its merchant representative.
Q: Why did Howard start shooting blood out the ears at “3 days”? Ain’t cheaper better?
A: The meat expires by 2 weeks. It takes 1 week to process/preserve it all. If they started shipping meat out to England 3 days before the Armada Battle coming in 2 weeks, then there will be [literally] tons of food wasted, and the citizenry of England will have a load to deal with. The whole 3 days thing was just a bluff that Howard used to start lower, and therefore meet closer to his ideal festival length, which Shiro called him out on.
Q: The festival’s 3 days, but as long as it’s a week before Armada Battle, then isn’t it all okay?
A: Number of prep days + festival days = Discount. However, England was using the premise of: “The meat is approaching its expiration date, so wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy it as late as possible?”. So as long as they stick to this premise, they cannot make the festival start any earlier. Thus: number of days reduced = delay before the festival.
Q: Why did they suddenly concede 2 more days when the Far Easterners said they’d be dispatching ambassadors? Is Howard into bangs or something?
A: By sending an ambassador over from the Musashi to England, they are able to formally open diplomatic relations. Plus, by sending both Futayo and Adelle over to England, it’s like they get to hold their best attacker and defender like hostages. Just think of it politically like that.
Q: Didn’t Howard expect his bluff to get called? Or does he just suck?
A: It’s thought that that he found the merits of having the negotiations going well outweighed the risks of him getting called on his bluff. In fact, had Shiro not performed his Triple Axel DOGEZA, the negotiations would have ended with the 8 days proposed. As Heidi said, “Honestly, he was just on time.”
Q: DOGEZA is so sugoi desu ne!
A: Ms. Oriotorai: “Amateurs shouldn’t copy this, okay?”
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
The god of the ocean, Poseidon said “I shall bless thee with a wonderful armor that shall protect your pOnOs from attacks!” and endowed a certain naked, lively, rabbit-hearted someone with this wonderful mineralicious armor.
・Fresh Sashimi, Topped with Curry
Combining the freshness of sashimi with curry, two completely different flavors, has resulted in a strangely… raw and lukewarm taste… Basically, it is just plain nasty.
In the original work, what followed this was a fresh fish foie gras topped with curry, curry-flavored cold fresh fish stew, fresh fish and watermelon dressed with curry, and a curry sherbet topped with fresh fish. [oh my god]
According to the Testament, the DOGEZA is the ultimate move of a Far Eastern merchant.
In order to properly recreate this, merchants in the Far East diligently practice this skill over 3 sets of 500 repetitions, every day.
It has become an international rule that once a DOGEZA comes into play, the appeal must be considered.
Of course, for the English, those who deal with Far Eastern merchants must also learn this skill.
・Triple Axel DOGEZA
Considered to be a high-level DOGEZA, where one bores a hole into the floor through rotation, and brings the head even lower down.
By the way, it seems that on the Japanese Twitter’s trending topics, the “Triple Axel” was trending. There’s no way… Right?
Episode 4 - Ruler of the Theater
Q: What were Masazumi and Asama doing in the bath?
A: They were making a Mouse contract.
To make a comparison to this world, a Mouse is something like a smartphone. Pretty convenient, but kinda pricey. Masazumi’s always used a really really cheap mobile plan that could only make calls, but that was pretty inconvenient so she was convinced to change to a better plan that could let her use signframes and a mouse. To change the plan, they needed to perform a purification ritual (misogi), so they went to the bath. Yeah, some fantasy like that.
On a side note, it’s written off as administrative [student council] expenses. She is a politician after all!
In choosing a mouse:
These are the three choices.
Masazumi went with the Divine Blessing contract since she’s got no cash, and isn’t really finicky about things.
And then—- Tada! You have acquired 1 Anteater ea.!
Something like that.
Q: Why was Milton scared of Asama?
A: Milton’s true(?) identity is the Far Eastern Kumano shrine-type Animal Spirit Mouse, the Yatagarasu. Normally, they are under the care of Kumano shrines, and do work for them in exchange for protection. Why one is hen-pecking at fowl… Is what Asama is wondering about, being a shrine maiden herself.
Q: What was Nate thankful about?
A: Toori did all sorts of stuff in season 1, and now plans to go retrieve the Armaments of Deadly Sins in order to get Horizon’s emotions back. Horizon saying that she has no need of her emotions is basically saying that everything they did, and are about to do is totally useless. Nate thought that Toori might end up becoming sad over this, and consequently, die. But as Nate had just seen, our lovable idiot here isn’t that weak that he’d lose heart from that, so she was thankful for that.
Q: Toori was going on about getting the armament of deadly sins back or something, was he planning to do it even if it didn’t involve Horizon?
A: In the first place, there was some doubt about whether or not getting all the Armaments of Deadly Sins would form a “person”, but Neshinbara, Shirojiro, Tenzou, et al. discussed getting the armaments from the other nations through negotiations as a memorial service for her.
In the first season’s first season, Toori said this:
It’s like picking a fight with the world.
This refers to that.
Saying something like not involving Horizon is a little faulty; it’s more of “What if the truth behind Horizon’s history wasn’t revealed during the Mikawa-go-boom incident in season 1?”
Q: What was that thing that “Scarred” picked up in the bath?
A: A fragment of the transport vessel that crashed into the land and ended up digging out a little hole; it just came in along with the hot water. As she touched that fragment, she learned that:
Q: England’s going to war with Tres España soon, so was it alright for them to just waltz on in like that?
A: Though they are on the verge of war, it’s not as if it’s total war already. That was a diplomatic ship, with Gin and Velasquez as diplomats.
Q: The English kid and the Genius Sister did some weird ritual, and I don’t really get it. What’s up with that?
A: During the Mikawa incident, the activities of the Genius Sister, Asama, and Nate were all broadcast all over the country’s net, and their names and faces are known even in England, so there would be guys who call out to the three as they walk about town.
But of course, that truly is a “flower on the summit” - in order to protect themselves from gentlemen who will try to invite them out, they stayed close to one another, which somewhat helped to brush them off. However, one boy showed up and clearly stated his intention of, “Won’t you come with me?” to the ladies. Our Genius Sister, upon seeing such a clear declaration of intent, felt that brushing him off like the others didn’t do him justice, so she gave him a ribbon which conveyed her message of, “I like your spunk kid, but you’ve got some ways to go before I can consider your invitation.”
…this is what they say:
Am I able to understand only the opinions of the drunk because I’m still thinking straight? (Ms. Asama, T.)
Do you think a woman who herself cannot get drunk can get others drunk? (Ms. Aoi, K.)
[to be frank, I don’t get the context behind this]
Q: What’s with the Kobold tossing Tenzou’s coin on the ground?
A: He was dissin’ Tenzou.
Q: During the barbeque, Nate’s hair was touching Mr. Naked’s p0n0s right?
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
・That barbeque that someone else is paying for!
The three kids from episode 2 just happened to casually get mixed in there; and the sechs-spamming Azuma is with them.
(adapted from Cruchyroll subs, edited to match Tanka 5-7-5-7-7 format)
Console the weepy
while catching a good look at
the hefty cleavage (~Aoi Toori~)
Pursuit of righteousness by
fighting off perversity (~Horizon Ariadust~)
Master, I hear that you can see some nippies by changing color levels.
・The bones and the lizardman and the yeti in the background (during the barbeque)
England is a country of different races, so this is just par for the course ‘ya know?
Well, you kind of get that just by looking at the TRUMPs right?
Literally the “Art of the Arch-races”; the owner of the building where the Fellow Enthusiasts event takes place. England’s main business, and its top is apparently an archangel, but when is this going to come out in the book…?
A doujinshi enthusiasts group for close fellowship. So basically, Fellow Enthusiasts.
It’s supposed to promote good relations, but it’d end up turning a Kawakami Minoru only even so take note.
It’s also not a genre-specific event like a corruption-only thing so take note too.
・Water Lilies by the bath
In the background outside, in the right-rear area there are white water lilies floating in the pond. They were originally from the spring near the graveyard, being taken care of by “Scarred”. Since the transport vessel crashed and cause a crack in the earth, during the moving of the graveyard, they also moved these out as well.
・Books being read
Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
Masazumi: Il Principe (Machiavelli)
Episode 5 - The Hunting Ground’s Humanitarians
Q: Why did the Brits just start attacking out of nowhere?
A: One part of it is that the Testament Union wouldn’t accept England just saying “We didn’t do anything with the Musashi,” or “We’ve already dealt with them politicaly.” (the T.U. is currently in conflict with the Musashi, so England is also expected to follow). The other part is that England has decided to detain the Musashi as card for negotiations with the T.U.
In order to do so, they need to confine the person in charge: Aoi Toori. However, due to the school rules, the only ones capable of challenging him are those in positions near his - Elizabeth, Dudley, and Cecil - but because they want to use the excuse of “Our subordinates acted on their own,” they can’t directly make a move. Hence, the other TRUMPS members attacked the special officers to prove that they can hold their own against the Student Council President/Chancellor in a fight.
Plus, if they messed up, then they could just pass the whole thing off as “entertainment” in foreign relations.
Q: I don’t get the Ulqi vs. Bacon fight.
A: Bacon’s Hammer, the English Seal (“Seal of the Queen”) has this effect: “to make whatever is hit by the hammer take the full force of what England judges it to be”. Examples: when Bacon hit the ground under the barrier of the play, it receives the full weight of the area within the play area; hitting the air makes it take on the full weight of the atmospheric pressure. If Ulqi got hit by the hammer, he would have been classified as an “outsider” based on England, and hit with the force of all “outsiders” (ergo, all the Far Eastern visitors) inside the play’s barrier. Definitely a 1HKO attack, if Ulqi got hit.
On one side, we have Noriki on the sidelines. The lolicon is a lolicon anywhere he goes, so it’s impossible for him to be cheering on Ulqi instead of the loli Bacon.
→He seems to be under the effect of some Ability, so we should deal with that first.
→Punch him three times to bring him back to his senses!
The lolicon snaps out of it after getting smacked thrice, and is recognized as a guy even more pumped up than all the Far Eastern “outsiders” [ergo, the most “outsider-like”]. The English State Seal is powered down from several thousand to a single person; what a close call for Ulqi!
Furthermore, as the lolicon is back, the play barrier is lifted. Because of this, the entire airspace and land of England will end up getting caught by the seal, so Bacon pulls out and leaves it as a draw.
Q: What do PE Grades have to do with being erotic = DEATH PENALTY DESU
A: Let’s borrow some passages from the novel:
If idiots die, they can’t be healed! DEATH
What about clever people! DEATH
If they die, they can be healed!
He gets pretty weird in this part.
We’re stupid, so even if we die, we can’t go to heaven!
But if someone smart dies, then we can go to heaven with him by extension!
So this is his reasoning.
This leads to the grades - to ensure her intelligence, they ask her what her PE grades are.
You filthy woman! It is standard procedure for everyone in Tsirhc countries to get zero!
But it would be stupid not to answer, so everyone is pure and chastely answers wrongly! DEATH
Therefore anyone who gets a right answer is guilty of being perverse!
Basically, it’s just some crazy accusation.
[I still don’t get this]
Q: Why did Captain Drake just start bleeding all over?
A: To put it simply, he got hit by Mahoimi [a Dragon Quest term that has to do with an attack that degrades the body]. If you don’t get the reference [like me], basically the back side of the board Drake stepped on had a fully-loaded ability to strengthen the body slapped on.
Normal attacks would automagically fail and get cancelled, but “strengthening the body” technically counts as “Supporting England’s justice” so it passed. Drake’s war cry puts a heavy strain on his muscles, so by strengthening this, it increases the strain by many tens of times on his body, which caused the blood to start spraying out of him.
Q: Having a homicidal killer wife is kinda dangerous man.
A: That’s the kind of person who lives to chop things up regardless of who or what; I’m sure he’s pretty aware of it. Possibly. Maybe.
She seems to volunteer to chop up the meats in the barbeque food stall, so it’s not like she actually kills right? Probably. Most likely.
Wife chops up husband→Hustband eats wife→Both use salaries for medical treatment. Sounds like a perfect married life.
Q: There’s this stuff about half-wolves, werewolves, and half-werewolves, and I am totally lost.
Q: Why did Walter just up and leave?
A: Because of some sort of message from Yokomichi Masamitsu
Q: It sounded like both Drake and Dudley were using the Brachium Justitia Vetus…
A: In the novels, there was a printing error as well so you couldn’t tell which was the Novum, actually.
But, here’s the explanation from the official site:
Brachium Justitia Vetus (lit. Grand Justice; Old Generation)
One of England’s Testamenta Arma, in the form of a pair of very large silver gloves, and the left and right have different effects. Dudley owns the left glove. By swinging it downwards, she is able to remotely control weapons within its range.
Dudley’s character profile
Brachium Justitia Vetus (left hand) user
Drake’s character profile
Brachium Justitia Vetus (right hand) owner
It may be that both gloves are actually Vetus.
Q: What were Ms. Bell and Adele doing in that tight space!?
A: Eh? Well, you know… They themselves were dropping hints and stuff… Don’t make me say it alright? It’s embarrassing.
…Playing rhythm games.
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
・The English force that rushed in
Good God, there are people like this in this country too!?
Especially that squad leader guy who had his arms up, even at his age!
・The logo that looked like St×rbucks
“LONDON STG CAFE” - by the way, the actual St×rbucks also uses a mermaid as its motif (trivia).
・The fourth naked dude
This week, the naked guy is wearing clothes so you’d think there’d be no naked guys, but dammit, he shows up!
On a side note, someone on Twitter commented that it’s the third naked guy; I hope he isn’t forgetting a certain someone.
・Fish and Chips
The stick thing isn’t a potato, but breaded cod. The square thing is an apple fritter. There are a few places in England that’s got this.
A time-buying technique of the spear-branch of the Honda clan - anyone who attacks during “Thinking Time” will be labeled a cheap coward. Of course, Walter didn’t stop because of that. He was just so caught off guard that he just stood there in surprise.
One of the ten brave Amago warriors. If you look at the signframe closely, you can sort of read it, though it’s written pretty finely.
・The last date scene
Why does the Living Bones in the background have breasts?
Episode 6 - The Man and Woman in the Plaza
Q: Ms. Gin is fighting like normal; I thought Drake’s Testamenta Arma would make her fail?
A: Lord Drake’s Testamenta Arma, Brachium Justitia Novum* has the effect of “Making the attacks of anyone who defiles England’s justice fail”. However, like Gacchan’s body-strengthening ability which hurt Drake, there is a loophole that actions that the Testamenta Arma classifies as “An action that does not defile England’s justice” will be given permission to pass through, even though it will hurt the owner of the Arma.
Gin runs with this; she attacks like so: Execute attacks → Let the attack fail as it goes against England’s justice → Use the failure as a transition to another attack
The initial attack is judged as being against England’s justice and negated; however it connects to the next attack, which is also negated. This forces the Testamenta Arma to recognize that the first negation was “against” England’s justice. Unable to deal with this contradiction, the stubborn Testamenta Arma ends up having to let Gin’s attack land on Drake.
On a side note, Drake’s line about every single attack from Gin landing on him shows that she has gotten used to being forced to fail by the Testamenta Arma, and her attack efficiency has gone up.
* - There’s still some confusion re: Vetus and Novum, but I’ve translated this as-is.
Q: Why was Masazumi saved by the male uniform?
A: If she had big breasts, then she couldn’t just go *whoosh* and slip out, right? Well, jokes aside, the male uniform has a light armor plate, which was what was being held still [by Hatton’s former body] so she was able to slip out quickly.
Q: Why did Nate just spit out blood?
A: The strong smell from the huge amount of lemon juice went *POW* on Nate’s very sensitive sense of smell, which made her flinch, She then got stabbed by a whole bunch of knives.
Q: Why did Nate and Walshingham suddenly get into some water-bondage play?
A: It didn’t look like Nate could win so she just tried to seal her opponent’s movement instead.
Q: What was all that stuff “Scarred” talked about in the Tower of London?
A: As what Scarred mentioned in episode 4, she wanted to give Tenzou some information about the Lost Nobles incidents.
Some background on the actual history for history recreation:
Q: Yeah, like I said, what’d she say?
A: For now, you should be OK as long as you get these two points:
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
・”Oh my. There is a banana peel.”
That was probably also prepared as a “failure” for Brachium Justitia. (probably)
・Neshinbara’s Flashback Scene
Pay close attention to the number of beds.
Antonym: Large-breast Protection
That’s Queen Anne’s beheaded ghost.
・”One After the Next with Henry VIII!”
It’s actually kind of a problem since it kind of matches actual history.
Also, “Climax! Virgin Queen Elizabeth!” is the sequel to this game.
And his special move is “Defender of Faith”; what the heck kinda game is this?
・The rhythm game
It seems to be some sort of revolt suppression killing game. What a gory genre!
It seems to be a reference to an old manga, “Aa!! Hana no Ouendan”.
・Evil Teletubby Fairies
Based on the English educational program, Teletubbies. They look reeeaaally similar though… Is this alright?
・The white thingy on sale
It feels like I’ve seen this somewhere…
Specifically, in season 1, episode 3.
Episode 7 - The Storyteller in the Hall
Q: So like, what’s with Toori’s crossdressing?
A: The official stance is that crossdressing also serves as an offering to his god. Official stance. To anyone who thought that it was a new character and swooned a little… My condolences.
Q: What was the meeting with England about:
A: As below:
The two countries’ expectations:
The current situation is that England is blocking the Musashi’s movements under the guise of “safeguarding the Musashi”. The main focus of this talk is whether or not England should allow the Musashi to leave port, which ≒ whether or not to form relations with the Musashi, acknowledging that it is an independent, sovereign nation.
Flow of the Negotiations:
Masazumi: “The Musashi is working to prevent the apocalypse; this is something that all countries can benefit from. For this, we would like for you to lift the ban on the Musashi’s departure.”
Elly-B: “No, that won’t do at all. Your collecting all those Armaments of Deadly Sins will upset the power balance between nations, and it won’t benefit England at all. And besides, you don’t even need to through all the trouble of picking fights with every single nation - just stay still under England’s protection and you can get all the Armaments in the Peace of Westphallen. Wouldn’t that be the most efficient?”
Masazumi: “We wish to reclaim the Musashi’s sovereignty and to call off the provisional rule that has come about from the Harmonic Unification War through the recovery of our Lady Horizon’s emotions in the Armaments of Deadly Sins. Therefore, we cannot simply wait until Westphallen for the other countries to bring the Armaments together; we must proactively retrieve the Armaments ourselves.”
※This once again makes clear the intent to restore sovereignty to the Musashi, and to lift the provisional rule, conforming to the policies established by Mr. Naked in episode 6.
Masazumi: “However, we will seal our right to declare war. Furthermore, for any nations that relinquish their Deadly Sin Armaments to us, or are not in possession of any, we will ally and form a non-aggression pact with them.”
※This means that the Musashi itself as a country will compensate for the massive power imbalance; this gives the other nations a choice of giving up their Deadly Sin Armament(s) instead of having to go into war with the Musashi.
Masazumi: “We would like to form an alliance on these grounds.”
Elly-B: “I refuse. I mean, you’re picking a fight with the Testament Union and throwing the world into a rut; you’re more like some endgame boss. If you really plan on getting rid of provisional rule and kicking out the other nations out of the Divine States, then we’ll just use our ground forces to exterminate you all right here.”
Masazumi: “Well then, we’ll just force our way out of the country and propose all this to some other nation.”
Elly-B: If you plan to force your way through, then we’ll use E.X. Calibur and the Dutch fleet to attack you. Plus, we’ll request that the other T.U.-affiliated countries also help in grinding you into the ground. If you don’t want all that to happen, go and beg for me to forgive this entire discussion.”
※If they scrap the entire discussion, the Musashi will lose face, branded as an inexperienced country, unable to properly negotiate.
Masazumi: “We imagine that England wants to have the honor of being able to have sunk the Musashi.”
※Hypothetically speaking, even if the Musashi were sunk, England still has to deal with the Armada Battle, which means that they need to refrain from using their own country’s resources as much as possible, and rely on other nations’ powers. England is trying to display its loyalty to the T.U. while trying to gain an excuse to have other countries do to the dirty work. However, from this, the possibility that other countries might criticize England like: “Does only England want to keep as much of its power to itself?”, and those from the Musashi say: “Well, England wanted to participate too, but they wouldn’t use their own resources to benefit countries other than their own!”
Masazumi: “Adding to this, we find that it would be practically impossible for England to attack the Musashi for the following reasons:
※Basically, what she’s saying is: “We’ve already established that you cannot attack the Musashi, and I’ve already made sure that the Musashi itself can’t be attacked (using history recreation as a just cause to the T.U.), so let’s just negotiate and establish relations.
Elly-B: “Let’s look at it the other way - what does England have to gain from allying with the Musashi? You’re in conflict with the T.U., so how will you compensate for the other countries’ criticisms and interference?”
Masazumi: “The Musashi will use England as a hub of trade.”
※By changing the usual trade routes to include England, the number of vessels docking will suddenly increase. England will be able to make use of the Musashi’s strong foreign trade, bringing great benefits. Eventually, as other countries join in, the merits will go down, but going ahead of everyone else, they will get a huge first-mover advantage.
Masazumi: “So, won’t you form an alliance with the Musashi?”
※At this point, the Pope-Chancellor is thinking “If we can benefit from all this, then we’ll (K.P.A. Italia) give up our Armament and ally with the Musashi too, so go and ally with ‘em already, England lol”
Elly-B: “(Hm… They understand England’s current situation, and seem seriously do want to ally with England…)”
Vela: “Wait right there! Tres España’s got an objection to all this!” ←When they barge in
Q: So basically, they said what?
A: So basically, they said this:
Masazumi: “We need to go around and get the Deadly Sins Armaments to prevent to apocalypse so let us leave.”
Elly: “Even if you don’t do anything, you can get them all at the Westphallen Conference, so stay put under England’s watch and stop fussing.”
Masazumi: “For the Musashi to rid itself of provisional rule, and restore its independence, we can’t just be given the Armaments, but get them back ourselves.”
Elly: “If you got all the armaments, then you’d totally mess up the world power balance.”
Masazumi: “We’ll make up for it by allying with the country. So let’s ally.”
Elly: “We can’t trust you, so no. If you got rid of provisional rule, then all the other countries’d have to leave the Divine States for that crazy harsh Fallout-like wasteland outside, and we can’t even reclaim that. If you’re gonna insist, then we’ll just have to smash you right now.”
Masazumi: “Well then we can just hightail it outta here and ally with someone else.”
Elly: “Try it if you can - we’ll use our terrestrial forces, aerial fleets, Excalibur Caliburn, and other nations’ military power all to crush you.”
Masazumi: “You’re threatening us like this, but you gotta deal with the Armada battle and Mary’s execution, and you don’t even even have any real reason to wipe us out, so you can’t really do it, can you? We’ve even got something prepped for you (an excuse to the T.U.) so that you don’t attack us. So let’s be allies.”
Elly: “What kinda benefits we talkin’ ‘bout here?”
Masazumi: “We can make England a trading hub, and you can make boatloads of money. So alliance, yeah?”
(Pope: “We wanna get in on the action too, so just ally already dammit!”)
Vela: “Juuuuuuuuuuuust a moment there!”
Q: So what exactly is Mary?
A: According to the Testament, Mary Tudor should have been born from Queen Catherine, and Elizabeth from Anne Boleyn. In this world however, Catherine couldn’t bear a child, while Anne Boleyn had twins. In accordance to the discrepancy with history recreation, Anne Boleyn was executed. For the two kids, the stronger one would inherit the title of Fairy Queen Elizabeth, while the other would get the title of Double Bloody Mary.
Q: Didn’t Drake’s arms just get sliced right off?
A: After being brought back, O’Mally used some healing ability on him. And as half-wolf (hard wolf), he has exceptional recovery so as you can see, his arms stuck back pretty well by the next day
Q: It looks like Walter just cloned himself… How’d he do that?
A: He committed seppuku and cloned himself (crap explanation). To make things clearer - his weapon is called a gravity sword. If you expand its structure, it sort of looks like:
←Gravity || Gravity→
It’s sort of like this, used to slice things. A very high-level application of it is the separation of a body down to the cellular level, creating a low-density copy of him. This is what he did.
Q: “Tension. 5 Seconds.” What was up with that?
A: Queen: “I’ll be saying something really important to set a really cool scene, so I want to up the tension. So, my dear subordinates, say something to get me really pumped up. You have 5 seconds.”
Q: Why did those 3-Plum girls suddenly run the hell away from some seaweed?
A: Let us take a look at [season 2’s] episode 3. Seaweed. Where did that show up again? Yes, that’s right. Mr. Naked’s seaweed armor. These are the remains. Yes indeed.
Q: Who was that guy walking in the corridor from the last scene?
A: Well, it is pretty obvious if you took a look at the ED credits, but well, he is Maeda Toshiie. Details, next epsisode.
Q: Is Tenzou a wuss?
A: Tenzou is a wuss.
But, this is a world where the most important thing is history recreation, and the other party is someone who has to die. If Tenzou did something crazy here, it might escalate into an international problem, and the Musashi might have to do something crazy too. So considering all of that, getting too deeply involved here is impossible… Or rather, let’s just think about it like this, and forgive his being a wuss this time.
Q: Girl, if you’re in love, then just say it!
A: Mary said that she wanted to be a woman who would leave an everlasting scar on the one she loves. However in the bath, Mary treated his wound. And being a strong spirit-based magic used = there won’t be a lasting scar.
“Ah, so it must not be me, since she healed my injury.”
But looking at Mary’s position, it’s just a matter of taking it one of two ways:
-Turning him down implicitly by healing his injury
-By leaving the scar there, she implicity confesses
That being the case, do look forward to it!
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
(Also contains his comments for the Kansai broadcast of ep. 6)
・山ー (Walter’s HN)
When you write the Yamanaka (山中) from Yamanaka Yukimori (山中・幸盛) [which is the name he originally inherited], it sorta looks like trident, right? And so, with the Urban Name of Trident:
When you write it vertically, it looks just like a trident. However, unlike the novels which have the text vertically oriented, the anime has it all written horizontally.
・This week’s naked corner:
This week, we have Nate filling in the nakedness quota. It’s finally a girl who’s naked!!
Oh, right, Mr. Naked’s also in his birthday suit this week, after a long time.
・Cross section of Lypē Katáthlipsē
It really kind of looks like some sort of fleshy thing. What is going on in that thing.
Hey, Shirojiro. You seriously trying to pull that off in formal wear?
Episode 8 - The Decision Maker on High
Q: So who is Maeda Toshiie really allied with?
A: He’s currently got a lot of positions, but fundamentally speaking, he is a man of Oda.
He is currently staying in Oxford Academy because as the Mercenary King Wallenstein, he holds German troops to bolster the forces of the English. Quite the important personage, so he gets free admission to the conference hall.
Q: What was the meeting with England about? ~Part 2~:
A: As below:
A summary of what’s happened:
After promoting the collection of the Armaments of Deadly Sins by stating that it is both for the reclaiming the sovereignty of the Musashi and for avoiding the Apocalypse, Masazumi proposes an alliance that will let England share in the Musashi’s military and economic power. It was a proposal that England, having to prepare for the Armada Battle and the Peace of Westphallen, was seriously considering. But at that moment, the conference hall was intruded upon by Tres España, and just outside of the hall was the P.A. ODA’s Maeda Toshiie!
Flow of the latter half of the negotiations:
Vela: “We’re against that trade alliance yeah? And you guys claimed we were misusing history recreation by trying to execute Horizon, so are you just gonna let them executing Mary slip?”
Toshiie: “P.A. Oda is also against this. If an alliance is formed between the two of you, then we Hashiba + M.H.R.R. will keep you in check and crush you. Well, that’s going to happen later on anyway, so I’d like to just have them crushed right here and now. If England can’t do that, then my Kaga Million Geist can do it. I can attack the Musashi right now; would you give me the order, Fairy Queen?”
Vela: “Yeah, yeah, why ain’t’cha gonna war with England if they’re gonna be executing Mary?”
Horako: “If the person being executed for history recreation wishes herself to be executed, would not the conducting of this be considered right, rather than wrong? I cannot comprehend the basis in determining the allowing or preventing of history recreation, and whether it is right or wrong, when the person herself wishes to conduct it. (Therefore, I see no reason to prevent Mary’s execution based on this situation) However, if there is one who wishes to save Mary, and I can understand that one’s reasoning, then I shall, at that moment, fight England to save Mary.”
Gin-san: “Understood. Mary’s execution is to be unavoidable, so we shall prepare our declaration of war from Spain.”
Toshiie: “Well, now that Tres España’s out of the way, let’s deal with our end of the business.”
Masazumi: “Fairy Queen, I retract the motion for an alliance. Instead, I would like to request that you cancel your contract of employment with Wallenstein. In his stead, I propose that the Musashi will join the English fleet in the Armada Battle. Maeda Toshiie, can you offer a deal better than this?”
Toshiie: “(I can’t) By the way, do you know about Avalon? …Hm, seems you know about it, but you’ve never even seen it. That’s just as far as you’ve gone right now. Well, see you then.”
Q: I don’t quite get that Changeling stuff.
A: Based on the talk from Elizabeth as she was guiding Masazumi and from Howard’s conversation, they are essentially that, but a little different.
Q: What were those marks about “Booth Stations” that Ic scribbled onto the map?
A: Those ｘ marks on the map where stations of the soldiers on guard duty are located. Ic deduced that this map was for a plan to attack the Tower of London to extract Mary. In order to fix Toori’s gaffe of declaring that Tenzou would be attacking the Tower of London, Ic cleverly said “This must be a tactical map for a date!” By camouflaging the guard stations as “Booths”, he pointed out stations (ones that Tenzou missed out) that he personally confirmed to Tenzou.
Q: I don’t understand what the whole explanation in Avalon about the Apocalypse was.
A: The black pool in Avalon is the collection of the phenomena (distortions in the Earth Pulse) thought to be induced by the Apocalypse, gathered by the English whose special trait allows management of the Earth Pulse. That pool’s characteristic is:
Anything that gets thrown in will be decomposed into ether, and then completely annihilated.
Normally, the ether particles that make up the air (and airspace) don’t decompose. While matter will change its shape, either itself will continue to exist (essentially the laws of conservation of mass/energy). However, that pool does erase ether; the ether that composed the glove that Masazumi threw in was completely erased from the world. Afterwards, the ether that was erased will create another bend in the Earth Pulse, and cause another phenomenon.
Based on their research, England, along with the Protestant half of M.H.R.R., think that the Apocalypse is this pool, but on a global scale: the entire world will be distorted, the Earth Pulses will not have enough time to repair, resulting in “nothingness”.
Q: The naked dude is doing the nasty with EX Caliburn, but why are the TRUMPS just sitting there and staring?
A: In the original work, Asama and Ben Jonson had a drinking game with everyone, and as a result, everyone’s pretty much drunk. Asama herself said “In Japan’s history, alcohol made from rice (ergo, sake) has power in the purification rituals (misogi); sake can cleanse a shine maiden’s liver of intoxication, so it’s just like drinking water, ‘kaaaayyy? (while beer and fruit-based wines have a limit of 2 dozen bottles)”. This girl isn’t just a sniper miko, but a drunken boxer miko too?
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
In reality, just the H.R.R. is an acronym for Heiligen Römischen Reichs, which refers to the Holy Roman Empire. [M stands for Momoyama]
It’s Hashiba + Holy Roman Empire, but when Nobunaga was alive, Hashiba was under them so they are hiding the fact that a portion of the leadership was through Oda.
By the way, in Season 1, Episode 12, this was not included Toori’s long speech for some reason.
・German Mercenary Corps
The Landsknecht. For details, I leave Wikipedia to that.
Looking back at the relatively plain downtown scene, you can see a few signs recruiting for mercenaries.
・Kaga Million Geist
Written in Kanji as 加賀百万獄 or 加賀百万G.
Why is it in red? [well, I can’t change font color here so I did bold] Eh, well, no need to read into it too much, yes.
・Why the English guard were on their knees
They wered asked why they stare at Futayo, whose skirt is closed, when she crouches down. Normally, it’s open anyway, so why are they looking? When asked this so bluntly, like they had no hopes and dreams, they genuflected.
Episode 9: One Parting Under the Night Sky
Q: Why’s Adele in charge of the Armada Battle?
A: The person who should originally be in command, the chuunibyou novelist, is currently out of commission in order to keep Macbeth’s curse from doing anything. Hence, the knight and retainer - Nate and Adele - who have been trained in strategy and tactics, were put in charge. But, Nate is currently off to London for her revenge match, so Adele is in command.
In addition, during operations planning, the defender Adele keeps coming up with offensive strategies, while the attacker Nate keeps coming up with defensive strategies; “Are they subconsciously trying to make up for their own abilities’ inadequacies?” is the thought. Hence, the operations HQ was called the “Inadequate HQ”. Not because the strategists are “inadequate” in certain areas… Yes, of course not.
Q: What was the exchange between Juana and Segundo all about?
A: It was all about this:
Facts that serve as the premise:
Things that happened in Episode 9:
Segundo plans to sacrifice himself in order to keep Tres España’s newly constructed fleet untouched
To try and stop Segundo, Juana reveals her true identity
For someone like Juana, who is a half-elf, to reveal that in Spain where there is discrimination against half-elves, is a pretty bad situation.
The Mister, in order to protect Juana, he puts on the act that Juana is telling a lie to try and stop him. Era-san also verifies that Juana is a full-blooded elf.
Q: The genius sister tornadoslapped Malga and then kissed right after that smackdown. What for?
A: Gacchan, after being browbeat full of losses and then being left out of the Armada Battle, is desperate - “I would even die for your sake.” After saying this, the genius sister is quite angry.
※Someone who, despite her looks, is serious about LOVE (and EROS) will not accept someone who forces her help on someone who didn’t ask for it, and then telling her that she will have to be with her because of that.
In the kiss that you saw, Kimi also lightly bit Naruze’s upper lip. As for why she did it:
Q: What was Naruze going to say after that “Because my father—!” thing?
A: Details unknown. But- (There is a spoilery detail outside of the anime’s coverage)
It seems that her family comes from a line of the Holy Roman Empire’s Anti-Technohexen Squad, so one can take a guess that something happened. (written in volume 4C, page 469)
Q: What did they mean about Tenzou “snapping” in the scene where he splits off?
A: A certain Mr. Naked who was wearing clothes in season 1, episode 1 said something really huge under the premise of “I’m going to go and confess!”
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・Norman Conquest III
Neshinbara’s maiden work. Why it’s already at 3, is apparently because there was an incomplete 1 and 2. Art by Gacchan. The Ma-N-Ko being in red was Toori’s idea. [Manko = vajayjay in Japanese]
…This is all turning into Jump stuff instead of historical stuff - is that alright?
To all those under the heavens of these fifty years,
how have you been?
As we face the Apocalypse, I recently am,
as a ninja, living out a plain existence
Moving onto the main topic, due to personal reasons,
I would like to request to drop out of the academy.
This is because a heretic such as myself
does not wish to bring such problems upon everyone.
Now, it is time that this pest shall excuse himself.
Please take care.
・Battle of Plymouth (July 31, 1588)
Originally, the English fleet, played by the Musashi, should have slipped behind the Spanish Armada from the rear-left and rear right. (this was the aim of the Musashi’s drifting)
However, the Spanish vessels that should have turned around to face the Musashi instead retreated, and the surviving ships from the Battle of Lepanto attack the Musashi in the wheel formation on both sides. This ends up serving as the “English fleet slips from the rear-left and rear-right”, thus satisfying the condition for recreating the Battle of Plymouth.
At this rate, the Musashi won’t be able to use its air-to-air combat capabilities, and get beaten down. Hence, Adele reacts by:
Generally speaking, the Spanish wheel formation is broken so they try to regroup with Segundo’s group. In the real battle, ships were sunk, so ships that were intecepted here were accounted for, and the battle’s recreation is declared over. They now move onto the second stage of the Armada Battle, the battle from Portland to Calais (the Battle of Portland). ALl of this, the anime has covered quite nicely.
You can find more info here, among other places.
・The Ships’ Models
(click for larger size; picture taken from Horizon Thread #214, post #69)
① Ship of the Line: A little ahead of its time; a ship that appeared around the latter half of the 17th century. Incredibly high firepower.
② Frigate: The picture is of one in the 19th century, but they appeared around the 18th century. A variant successor of ships of the line.
③ Galeas: The primary ship in the Lepanto and Armada Battles. Not very battle-oriented, and used often as a trade ship. [the Grande y Felicísima Armada did in fact consist of mostly repurposed merchant ships]
④ Galley: A generic ship in the Lepanto and Armada Battles. Used widely in the Mediterranean Sea.
⑤ Trireme: A small galley used since primitive times. Essentially a rowboat.
⑥ Cog: A ship in use since the 10th century (the picture is of a dhow, which was a square-shaped sail of a cog)
⑦ Schooner: A 17th century ship with a distinctively elegant silhouette.
Episode 10 - Howler at the Theater
Q: The flow of this episode’s Armada Battle
A: Something like this:
This episode’s Armada Battle features:
Engagement #2: Battle at Portland
Tres España defense; England gives chase and intercepts.
Engagement #3: Battle at Calais
Recreation: England sends in 8 fire ships, resulting in mass confusion within the Spanish fleet.
Recreation in the work:
The Musashi chases and attacks the Mister-Fleet in front. This serves as the Battle at Portland, which is declared over. From here, resupply is carried out, followed by the start of the Battle at Calais.
8 fire ships are prepared by the Musashi and charge at the Spanish fleet. However, the Mister uses this against them and has the 6 leading ships (filled with explosion spells) counter the fire ships, causing huge amounts of damage to Musashi’s exterior and hull. And it’s not just explosive spells, but also spells that release light, serving as chaff that disperses in the explosion.
The Musashi’s automated dolls which pilot the ship have their shared memory conected to the ship’s onboard sensors; the huge amount of chaff caused an overflow, and crashed the automated dolls.
Unable to move, the Musashi is helpless as the Mister’s forces attack. During the resupply time, the Mechanical Phoenixes attack from the sky, followed by the ships in wheel formation as they bombard the outer and inner ships of the Musashi.
Musashi’s in a huge pinch! What now, Adele?
Q: When the chaff was scattered, why did the automated dolls stop functioning?
A: There were innumerable amounts of spell talismans in the Spanish ships that were used as an attack. For the automated dolls that can percieve ether, they couldn’t process all the ether responses generated by the talismans, and crashed.
Q: So then why did they start working again?
A: Adele’s scream of “Someone heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp!!!!” was able to activate the primary function of the automated dolls - “to help people” - and reawaken them.
Q: What did Musashi-san’s “instructions” mean?
A: Her instructions were: “Reboot immediately with an isolated environment state blocking all incoming shared sensation connections from outside.” They shut down from the overload of information coming from the ship’s sensors and the shared memory of other dolls so Musashi told them to use only their eyes and ears - like humans. [One way to put it in computer sciency terms is, they ended up in deadlock with the shared resources (memory) because of the surge of information that had to be processed at once, so she had them reboot and force the use of only local resources to prevent further deadlocks.]
Q: What was that stuff Nate said about her Argenté Chaîné and such?
A: Basically, the Argenté Chaîné is one of the articles left by Jeanne d’Arc [nicknamed the Maid of Orléans, as Nate referred to her] from her execution. They can bind even angels, and share some qualities of Immortals; even if they break, they can regenerate by bathing in the light of a full moon.
Q: They were saying that Shakespeare was just one person, or two people… So how many are there?
A: This kind of thing sometimes happens with geniuses; the old Shakespeare had two personalities, and referred to herself as “Watashi”. Ever since she and Neshinbara were separated, the two were integrated and she began to refer to herself as “Boku”, resulting in the Shakespeare of now.
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
The contents are actually lemon curry ‘bro… (Obviously tastes like crap)
・The merchant couple’s hats
Written are the characters “武113・0912”. Kinda small for the three sizes.
Yellow Bomb: Barrier of Purification
Green Bomb: Crush Evil, Spread Truth
Blue Bomb: Wandering Purge
Red Bomb: Evil Ghosts Begone
By the way, even if they are all anti-ghost stuff, Hatton, who is a spirit, and not a ghost per se, is pretty much unharmed.
Episode 11 - Successful Candidate in the Flower Garden
Q: Why was Cecil falling whenever the genius older sis walked?
A: Cecil’s ability is “To distribute one’s own weight”; the reason why she can fly is because she distributes her weight to someplace else. Here, she places weight on Kimi so that she cannot perform her Summit Dance; however, the rhythm and even sound of her footsteps are considered offerings allowing for the execution of the Summit Dance [hence, the signframes above her head]. This nullifies Cecil’s ability, causing her to fall down [because her weight is getting forced back onto her] with Kimi’s every step.
Q: What were those floating lantern things around Dudley?
A: Historically, Robert Dudley was said to have been Elizabeth’s lover, which caused a huge scandal in England. In recreation, they dealt with this by “putting him in jail for this scandal and excluding the shadier parts”; they got a lone girl, had her inherit the name of Dudley, and locked her up. Elizabeth is the one who rescued Dudley from her prison and ordered her to stay by her, unafraid of any such “scandals” (Elizabeth is busting open the cell in the flashback scene). From then on, Dudley pledged allegiance to the Fairy Queen.
Q: Why was Mary talking about the color of water lilies or something?
A: In the language of flowers, they have different meanings:
Perhaps she was wondering what kind of image Tenzou had of her; because Mary is very honest, she probably asked this purely out of curiosity. By the way, the reason why the ninja started talking about water lilies is because he tried to recover from his gaff, yes.
Q: I don’t get that stuff about Collbrande and Caliburn.
A: In the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur, Arthur breaks Excalibur, and gets a new one later on. This has also been done in history recreation, with two swords being made. The first sword is the King’s Gift Sword Type 1: E.X. Collbrande, and the second is the King’s Gift Sword Type 2: E.X. Caliburn. Excalibur Caliburn has a scabbard with a protective power, but the scabbard for both Excalibur Collbrande and Caliburn is missing; its whereabouts are missing, based on the historical recreation for England.
Tenzou might have done research on Henry VIII, earth pulses, and compressed dimensions, or perhaps it might be information from Horizon’s storage dimension, from which he guessed: “Is it not possible that Excalibur Caliburn’s scabbard is the ‘earth pulse’, and the world of the faeries = the place within the earth pulse where the broken Excalibur Caliburn is being fixed? And Excalibur Caliburn is the key to opening the storage within this earth pulse?” By pointing the sword at oneself = conducting the ceremony for the enshrined sword, he was able to successfully draw out Excalibur Collbrande.
Q: Who were those ghosts that were waving as Mary was being brought away?
A: Queen Catherine and Queen Anne, as well as the 300 that Mary had to sacrifice [for history recreation]; they probably gathered to celebrate her departure.
Q: What was that “favor” to the Musashi that O’Malley referred to?
A: When the Musashi came to England, it came under light bombardment from the Spanish stealth ship [the San Martin]. The shells could have been been deflected by the gravity barriers, but they considered the risk that the stray shells might be deflected towards England and instead let the shots land on the Musashi. Plus, when E.X. Caliburn was used to take out the last shell, O’Malley’s ship [the Granuaille] was shielded from the airflow disruption since the Musashi acted partly as a buffer, and O’Malley felt like she owed them for that.
Q: What happened to the Ulqi vs. Bacon fight?
A: In the novel, he simply ended up stalling the regular soldiers, but it was modified [!!] in the anime, where he fought with Bacon. Hence, even those who have already read the novel can’t say for sure. The most commonly accepted explanation is that by the end of episode 10, when Shakespeare play atmosphere was lifted, the fight ended.
※Without the play pocket-dimension, Bacon’s hammer would cause large amounts of collateral damage.
Q: Tenzou and Walter aren’t fighting? What the hell! The OP lied!
A: That’s how it went in the novel, sorry. In fact, the people who read the novel were even more surprised when they saw them fighting in the opening! Tenzou’s goal is to rescue Mary anyway, not fight with Walter. He would just just end up wasting time if he did.
Q: The Gods of War here were kinda weak compared to season 1 huh? And the color’s different too.
It was cut out, but they actually made 6 different, successful random attacks on the Musashi. The Technohexen squad kept trying and trying and trying, and on the 7th raid, they were finally able to predict where the Gods of War would pass within their effective range, and intercepted them.
There was no need to aim very precisely so they fired more powerful, unguided shots, landing a lot of damage.
In terms of pilots, the season 1 pilots were such aces, to the level where they would be assigned as the Pope-Chancellor’s personal escort (even though they got Kyaa~ Kazuno-san!’d). These guys here were also pretty good, but if they were aces like those from the first season, they might’ve been able to avoid the shots… The reason why the color is different is thought to be because it’s for night operations.
Q: Futayo, what the hell have you done to Muneshige!
A: Based on Masazumi’s explanation during the barbeque, she misunderstood that SEX = “to deepen one’s understanding of the other” = “fighting lets you speak with your fists so basically it’s that”
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
・The number of arrows [technically bolts]:
If you count the arrows, it goes exactly by the book: 8, 16, 32, then 40. What is up with this anime’s staff?
Getting insecure and taking it out on Margot,
Getting hit by an idiot,
And still, Margot trusts in me.
That’s why I’ll win, for sure.
For Bacchan… I mean,
・The “Big! Busted! Blonde!” pose
It’s a transformation pose from one of the Space Sherrif Sharivan series. He [either author or VA] seemed to have requested “something like Gavan please.”
・Pinch (All-nighter) mode!
When Malga Naruze switches into all-nighter mode when the deadline is approaching, it takes a mere 0.5 seconds for her to roll up her sleeve. Now let’s take a quick look at her sleeve-rolling process (anime as reference). She gets really pumped up and her tension is multiplied three-fold.
(From the official site)
・The indescribable breaded thing
The famous Horizon-produced Blue Thunder product, “Croquette Bento” with 100% raw butter croquettes and a leather croquette. They are both chosen with the highest probability of suitability… For clothes, that is. And hey wait a minute, that’s clearly a belt, no matter how you look at it!
・The others’ bentos
The Asama Shrine’s famous specialty Kuzunoha bento, “Kuzu-yarou”*
(kuzu is Japanese arrowroot; kuzuyarou is a profanity)
The setting is such that Adele can’t use chopsticks very well, so she uses a fork. If you take a good look at the scene, you’ll see that there is indeed a single fork. Also, Hassan’s bento is covered in curry; you can notice it if you compare it to Suzu’s bento.
Asakusa, Shinagawa: 100% (all on fire)
The Musashi is just super beat up. (and of course, since the enemy has just been reinforced, it is at 0%)
Episode 12 - Where the One Scarred by Swords Belongs
Q: Wha- What the hell is Futayo saying!?
A: From the last Q&A, Futayo misunderstood “Sex = learning about each other through fighting”; it would be good to keep this in mind thinking back to season 1’s fight between Futayo and Muneshige.
Q: What did Itoken and Nenji-kun do…?
A: Some incubus-style physical exercise for getting to know each other better!
Itoken is an incubus, so it’s some 18+ sucking-out-vitality stuff! Nenji-kun blocked up the holy water sprinklers and the keyholes to keep anyone else from escaping! We hope to see you next week in your town!
Q: How did Noriki dispel the disappearing magic pitch?
A: The Valdés siblings’ magic pitch is made of the two balls with Abilities cast on them, and is composed of the two ball’s powers combining into one. The result of this is a single ball with twice the power from the two balls, set at the optimum trajectory. From there, it enters into a special space wherein the ball seems to “disappear” for the person being pitched at. Noriki was able to see through this, and punched that special space, thereby dispelling in and batting the ball back.
Q: The Valdés siblings said “We have won with our magic pitch!” but didn’t they lose?
A: My little sister, in baseball, there is a rule that if the pitcher catches the ball, then the batter is out.
Q: Who was the girl inside Jizuri Suzaku?
A: Naomasa’s little sister. Back then, when their home town was attacked, Jizuri Suzaku didn’t move due to a malfunction in the OS. They would end up being completely wiped out, but at that moment, Naomasa’s dying sister herself asked Naomasa to have Jizuri Suzaku assimilate her as a living organic OS. She is the body in that blue cylinder; the blue color isn’t hiding anything, but rather, the parts that seem to be hidden actually are not there at all. And when Michiyuki Byakko attacked while the sister was still functioning as the OS, the original Jizuri Suzaku OS booted up, as a form of self-defense.
Q: So does that mean that Jizuri Suzaku is actually Suzaku from the 4 Sages-level Gods of War?
A: Well, yeah.
Q: Why did Fusae fall down all of a sudden?
A: Like how Michiyuki Byakko has a distinct ability to create a “path”, Jizuri Suzaku has a distinct ability to make its surroundings a “sky”. At the last moment, when that ability was activated, the “path” from Michiyuki Byakko was overwritten with the “sky”, causing Byakko to fall.
Q: At the end, did Gin just drop her arms?
The way it was going, her arms would have been cut off. That was the same way that she lost to Muneshige, and in this way, they would be of the same ranking or level. Gin didn’t want that to happen so she herself admitted her defeat by purging her arms.
Q: This ain’t fried rice, it’s curry!
A: Oh yes, it is curry oh yes. …There’s no point trying to understand Hassan; it’d be a loss either way.
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The thing written on the seal on the missile is a biohazard mark (seems like it was the director’s idea). By the way, the explanation was cut out in the anime, but in the Horizon-verse, Incubi are gas-based beings.
・Nenji-kun, your eyes are kinda scary.
Based on Tweets from Kawahara-san of the staff, it’s a parody of Youkai Ningen Bem (Humanoid Monster Bem).
If you notice, there are Kobolds carrying little Kobold kids and parent-and-child ones too.
・The God of War that Margot shot down
Actually, this was shot down by her before too.
・Noriki’s One-legged Batting Form
If you take a look at when he hit the ball, there are indeed two balls. One was returned back to the Valdés siblings, while the other flies over Noriki’s head [like so:]
・Isn’t the battle going like, really crappily?
If you check out the background, there’s some gods of war flying around.
Episode 13 - The Greedy Ones who Cross Borders
Q: That loop-the-loop was so cool! But why did they do it in the first place?
A: For the Musashi to win in its carrying out of history recreation, there is a need for it to conduct a chasing battle. They need to capture a ship from the Tres Españan side in order to win, but before that could happen, Felipe II blew it up. This is in order for the Spanish to be “unable to lose” because there is no more ship for the Musashi to capture. Adding to this, the Spanish main fleet is trying to circle around the Musashi, in order for them not to fulfill the conditions of a chasing battle [that is, the Musashi should be behind the Spanish]. So the Musashi did that crazy stunt so that the Spanish wouldn’t be able to get behind them [by making use of the 3D nature of the battlefield, much like how a pilot performs a loop to get behind an enemy chasing him].
Q: What did Felipe mean when he said “No, for me she’d be Tudor, huh?”
A: Historically, Mary Tudor and Felipe II were married, so that is official what is written in the documents. But this is the first time they’ve ever met face-to-face. Usually, Mary is referred to as Mary Stuart (the one who will birth the next king of England), so that’s why he said that it was only “for me”.
Q: Why did Gin stay on the Musashi? And why did Gar-Shige (Garcia) stay on the Musashi too?
A: Right after the fight between Gin and Futayo, the Spanish Armada already left, having completed the Armada Battle. Gin, having been left behind on the Musashi, after some “complications”, was treated as a VIP guest of honor and is staying on the Musashi. Two days after the fight, Gar-Shige boarded the Musashi. He ran from Yamaguchi all the way up to IZUMO [check the world map; he ran from Tres España all the way up to Hexagone Française]. Tachibana Muneshige, in the middle of his procedure in disinheriting a name, and Tachibana Gin, who requested to disinherit her name, transfered into the Musashi Ariadust Academy as Tres Españan exchange students, and also became residents of the Musashi. Historically speaking, Tachibana Muneshige kind of ended up following Toyotomi, who later became a daimyo, Tokugawa, so it might be some sort of reference to that [see: Wikipedia].
Q: Suddenly, new characters everywhere!
A: They are members of the student councils and chancellor’s boards of the other countries. If you’d like to know details, please read the novels!
Comments by the author on Twitter on the episode:
From the top:
・The person coming after midnight
Pay attention to the shadows
[I am not sure what this refers to; do let me know if you see it or something]
・Pope’s Little Sis
Actually you can see the picture for a fraction of a second
・Everyone from all the countries
I’ll be writing down what volumes they show up in to help promote sales alright?
Highlight the text [well, just look below since I can’t spoiler tag] for the rest of the characters who are outside the anime’s coverage. They are all great characters in their own right, so make sure to check out the novels!
Monkey-faced person: Vol. 3
Girl with the oni-horns: Vol. 3
The long-haired [naked] blonde and the delinquent: Vol. 3
The horned girl with a whole bunch of swords: Vol. 3
The animal-eared girls and fish: Vol. 4
Girl with the horn and the other girl with prosthetic arms: Vol. 4
Additionally - the girl who showed up right in the beginning of S1 Ep1: Vol. 3