Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 10 Review – Quick Summary
In Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 10, “Landosol at Sundown,” Pecorine and Kokkoro were worried. Karyl had disappeared unexpectedly, and now she had not come home. Things got even more tense when Yuuki announced the arrival of a very wounded Miyako and Shinobu. Shadows had attacked Landosol. Even worse, at their forefront was one of the Gourmet Guild: Karyl. What will Pecorine, Kokkoro, and Yuuki do? Is there anything they can do? Or will Landsol fall to the shadows and Kaiser Insight, the “Princess” who commands them?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 10
Pecorine just showed what it means to decide to be hopeful – in spite of the facts at hand. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Pecorine and Kokkoro stood in Karyl’s room. They were worried about their friend, because she had not come home. Trying to think of what might have happened, contemplating the cute stuffed animals on Karyl’s bed, I’m sure that neither of them forgot what Karyl did at the end of the last season.
Pecorine is a hopeful woman. She’s so extremely hopeful that I might consider her completely insane. I don’t know anymore. The last decade of my life has left me in a position that I no longer can tell the difference. But I know this: Pecorine won’t give up on her friend. Period.
As they discussed what to do, Pecorine said (02:21), “I’m sure she’ll be hungry when she comes back. Let’s have her favorite foods ready for her.”
That is such a Pecorine thing to say that I just shook my head in admiration. Her hope takes her places I’ll never see, and I admire her for that.
Best in Show Moment for Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 10
Crushed by the knowledge of what she had done, Karyl could only beg Pecorine for help. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Karyl Triggered a Memory
A lot came together in this episode. Just look at Yuni’s contribution! She set the stage for Pecorine to stand before her people, in opposition to Kaiser Insight, and declare that (21:32), “In the name of Eustiana von Astraea, I will protect everyone from you!” That’s powerful stuff!
Or Pecorine’s attempts to win Karyl over with honest affection. It’s unfortunate, but someone as brainwashed as Karyl is almost immune to something so pure and unaffected as honest affection. I know that, because I’ve witnessed it.
You might be able to tell from the tone of my favorite comment, but this episode jarred something loose in my psyche. It’s something I knew was there, but I’d tried to keep it under lock and key, if only for a little longer. It’s not something I wanted to face.
Karyl had had enough. The weight of her words and actions weighed too heavily on her. She wanted to bring about an end. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
It’s Karyl’s fault. Did you hear her tone of voice when she said (12:53), “I’m going to end everything now?” Rika Tachibana, Karyl’s voice actor, packed so much existential despair into that voice that hearing her left me cold. That’s the voice of someone who has seen too much; has done too much; who realizes their role in what has come to pass; and is ready for it all to end.
That’s when it hit me. I don’t care what you think of the forty-fifth president of the United States. Five years ago, I might have cared. I don’t now. I’ve seen what I’ve seen, and I know what I know. I’ve studied and understood the lessons of our far past. I’ve learned the lessons of our recent past. And right now, today, I see a lot of Karyls around.
And I fear for their future.
Transition: Karyl and the Lessons of History
To try to sum this up as succinctly as possible, I left the Republican party when I saw them celebrating putting children in cages. “It’s more complicated than that,” they tried to tell me. Me, who has this strange, unusual tendency to side with facts, asked if their policies led to those children in cages. Children, I might add, who were torn away from their families under false pretense at the southern border of the United States.
“Well, sure, but we have to protect the borders,” they said. Completely ignoring inconvenient facts like protection takes many forms. Many of which do not harm children. All of which were options available to us.
And that group decided on the option that included cages.
Did you know that a lot of German officials committed suicide after the liberation of the concentration camps? In many cases, the facts those officials had conveniently ignored were shoved in their collective faces – specifically, the exposure of the atrocities that had happened within. The German people were as civilized as any on the planet. Just like we are today. So when faced with the facts their complicity actively assisted in six million deaths in the concentration camps alone, the weight of that knowledge crushed them.
I had hoped we had learned the lesson taught by their passing. I was wrong.
At what point does Karyl start thinking, “Damn, maybe I shouldn’t hurt other people?” Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
A lot of the people I grew up with (and loved) sided with those who cheered the caged children. They cheered again as a band of terrorists assaulted the US capital. I even have some of their Facebook posts as proof. Now, they long for the return of the instigator of those horrors. Certainly, we haven’t reached the level of atrocities we’ve seen in World War II. Still, if they cheer children in cages, what else will they cheer?
Perhaps a war of aggression in Ukraine? The forty-fifth President of the United States praised that country’s leader, after all. And that leader’s aggression in Ukraine. “Genius,” he called the dictator.
Delivery: Karyl has Pecorine to Rescue Her
Karyl has Pecorine to pull her back from the edge. My favorite moment in this episode, lest I forget the intent of this post, was how Pecorine responded when Karyl begged (20:56), “Pecorine… Help me… Help me, Pecorine!”
Of course Pecorine will help her. Of course Pecorine will fight to save her. But those people I grew up with: What’s going to happen to them when they realize what they’ve done? What’s going to happen to them when they realize they’ve potentially destroyed one of the greatest experiments of human government? What are they going to think of themselves when they look around a world where the tenets of the current Russian regime or the values of organized crime have taken over what used to be a free land?
Karyl at least had the honesty to admit she had been wrong. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The people I grew up with had been decent people. Now, they cheer when they hear the name of the Russian leader. They long for the return of the ex-President who praises him. What going to happen when they realize just what they’ve done?
Because at this point, and I feel wretched for admitting this, but I am not sure I can emulate Pecorine, as much as I admire her. Sorry to dump this on you, but it’s important that you know I’ll always be honest. I’ll always try to give you something you can’t get anywhere else. And this is where I am right now.
And where I am right now is not a charitable place.
What did you think of Yuni’s contribution to this episode? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!
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