Now that our team has reached the surface, Suka Suka’s getting for its final act. As usual, this episode prioritized developing its cast and atmosphere over overt plot momentum, although unlike last week, this episode was as much about Willem as Chtholly.
After arriving at the camp, Willem finally meets Nopht and Rhan, the final two fairies. Nopht opens up to him fairly quickly (after another unfortunately fanservice-y massage scene), but Rhan is mistrustful of him because he’s human. It’s been a while since we’ve seen how hated humans are, and it couldn’t come at a better time. While tuning a dug weapon, Willem discovers that the beasts that took over the surface and attack the islands weren’t just created by humans, they were created using humans as a genetic base.
This shocks Willem to his core, and he breaks down while Chtholly comforts him. Seeing the two of them together like this, I’m starting to feel a little better about the direction their relationship is going, although it’s starting to move way too fast. Willem only now admits to Chtholly that he loves her and immediately asks her to marry him. His decision is clearly driven more by grief than anything else, and I hope the show acknowledges that instead of blindly going ahead with their romance. If it does, Willem and Chtholly could work out well as a romantic couple. As is, going ahead like that is too rushed, especially since Willem only just admitted that he’s romantically interested.
The reveal about the beasts was only a small part of the episode, though. Most of it was just Willem getting to know Nopht and Rhan and Chtholly charming the soldiers with her domestic skills. Not a lot happened there, but it’s still fun to watch the soldiers start off as a bunch of tough guys, but fall for Chtholly as soon as she shows off her cooking and cleaning skills. Chtholly is still sticking with her resolve to live in the moment, regardless off what might happen. She mentions that some of her memories might still be disappearing, but she still remembers the people important to her. It’s a nice callback to last week and a good reminder of her tragic situation without leaning on it too much. Willem also gets a brief moment of sadness when he looks back over the ruins of his home town and remembers what it used to be like. Willem’s back story has always been one of the most interesting parts of Suka Suka, and it’s nice to see the show bringing it up again.
The other big reveal of the episode was a dream/memory that Chtholly has of Willem’s old friend Lillia bursting into a room to attack Elq. It’s clear that Elq was more than just some random girl and had some kind of supernatural powers. How this connects to Willem’s past isn’t completely clear at this point, but there’s definitely something there.
All in all, this was a slight step down from last week’s excellent episode, but we still got some nice quiet moments of Willem looking around the surface and a couple of big reveals. Next week looks like it’ll be more action driven since the episode ended with one of the expedition teams running into a monster of some sort. My one concern now is that Suka Suka won’t be able to resolve everything in the episodes it has left, but there’s no point speculating about that. For now, it’s moving along quite nicely.
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