My feelings from Episode 8 of The Price of Smiles continue on to this week’s Episode 9 and only grow. This is a weeping fest for me and even though I love Yuki, at this point I am too exhausted and angry at the whole thing for not entertaining me. Because yes, I am not entertained when I have to cry through half of the episode, because it’s so sad! No miraculous surviving or coming back to life, no escapes made just in time. This is plain war.
Episode 9–The Elegy of Dawn
Harold is ignoring Yuki’s orders and kills people left and right to will win the war. In the meantime we find out that the information Izana has sent last episode -which he had to pay for with his life- explains why chrars are not to be used too much. Before humans could live on the planet, they had to make it friendlier by sending microscopic mechanisms called nanomachines onto the planet, which made it possible to farm the land. When chrarslapis was found, nobody wanted to question where it came from, which was a big mistake. It comes from absorbing those nanomachines, so if you use too much of it from the air, the whole planet will soon be barren. Layla does some tests on this theory and explains it to Yuki and Harold and in the process causes a blackout in the area. When Grandiga suddenly attacks one of the borders very close to where the princess is. Harold sends her and Layla away and goes to fight them personally.
I’m not too fond of Harold, but taking another important person from Yuki’s life was too much for me. In the end he was driven by the things war had done to him: it took the love of his life, his best friend, and all the joy he had. It’s sad to see him go like that, even though I am glad that he didn’t try to overthrow Yuki. I just wonder what the use was of going on this suicide mission. They need someone who knows tactics well and war strategy. Now there is only a 12-year-old girl and nobody there can tell her anymore what to do. I don’t think Layla would do a good job of keeping Yuki from surrendering to Grandiga. I think she would be observing her little girl as she always does, proud of her for making her own decisions.
My personal highlight was the moment when they sat around the campfire eating soup and Yuki starts to dream of a less complicated life. I very much understand Yuki, because the feelings of sitting in front of a fire without a worry in the world and thinking it would be easier and simpler sounds so tempting. Going back to the days of working only for what one needs. No chrars and a simpler life. Of course Harold destroys those thoughts because he doesn’t believe in peace at all anymore. Because even back then people were fighting for resources…
That’s an order – Part 2
I had to laugh at that. Because just last episode I said how much Yuki has to use this sentence. I guess Harold also is good friends with his people and he has to make it clear when he is not acting as their friend but as their superior.
This episode had some bright moments like when Ciel received his name and when Yuki tried to cook. And even though it seemed like a harsh situation, I really liked the camping scene. Still, I am frustrated at this series for making me feel so bad whenever an episode is over. I can only hope that the last message in Episode 12 is a bit of a brighter one. I like Yuki and Stella and want to see a bit of happiness in this series. Pretty please?
Coming Next: The Ignition of Souls
The Price of Smiles
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast