Episode 4 – Ranking of Kings: The Treasure Chest of Courage
Treasure Chest of Braveness has formally earned its preserve this week. Earlier than we dive into why this episode mirrors a few of the finest entries of the unique season, I want to get readers in control on what to anticipate within the coming week relating to these critiques. I’ll fly out to Japan on Friday and will not be again at my desk for over per week. I will be creating all types of thrilling materials for you guys to learn (and watch) with Jacki Jing, however I’ll have much less time to sit down down and watch anime, satirically. I am going to do my finest to get Thursday’s assessment up for you guys on the identical day, however the next assessment could also be late or, if I am too busy working in circles in my home earlier than flying out at ass-early within the morning, each episode critiques could find yourself bundled collectively.
I’ve made it no secret that the Underworld princes are my favourite secondary characters in Ranking of Kings. Favoritism apart, it is a good 22 minutes of tv. “Immortality and Three Brothers” revisits a few of the most surprising moments of Despa, Desha, and Ouken’s fraught relationships, from confronting the homicidal insanity of their father to Ouken tragically falling into step along with his progenitor. Not all of this info is new (a few of the sequences right here even seem like reused from the unique sequence), but it surely’s the primary time we have seen it by way of Ouken’s eyes. The narrative additionally does a stellar job of constructing on the brothers’ variations and the way these variations inform their particular person relationships.
Desha has lengthy had a fancy about his look and the way a lot he resembles his father. He and Desha have been thought of “failures” insomuch as Satun’s experiments did not imbue them with immortality. Desha’s actions usually seem to lack empathy, even within the face of the horrors of battle, however the fact is that he is internalized his tasks because the inheritor so completely that he doesn’t enable himself to show his vulnerability publicly. In reality, his father’s actions, the mercenaries, and ultimately Ouken’s slaughter deeply ache him. Despa, whereas not hindered by his visible resemblance to his father, nonetheless homes insecurity as a result of his lack of battle prowess. He makes up for this by way of strategic pondering, crafty, and a strong ethical compass. It was solely a matter of time earlier than Despa’s view on essential evils would put the 2 brothers at odds.
Ouken’s story invokes pity greater than the rest. Arguably, his plotline edges too near Daida’s personal in execution; each hinges on a father in search of to evade demise to proceed their quest for energy, and each sons lose their sense of company in consequence. Daida’s is, fortuitously, short-term and would not outcome within the younger king regressing right into a blood-sucking assassin. Ouken’s fall is so lamentable as a result of it’s partly rooted in his personal naivety. He was keen to be Despa’s “sure man,” even when that meant perpetuating battle all through the dominion. He slaughtered Gigantes with little thought and first noticed his newly found immortality as a strategy to be extra environment friendly in finishing up battle campaigns. He was good-looking and sturdy in battle, however there’s little proof that Ouken considered a lot past what he was advised.
Consider these occasions in distinction. Because the brothers transfer collectively to defeat their father, Ouken guarantees to create a kinder Underworld Guard in order that the occasions of the battle don’t repeat themselves. But, when Desha is seated firmly on the throne, Ouken, spurred by uncontrollable battle lust, disassociates as he frequently thrusts his sword into the pinnacle of a useless Gigantes. He fails to reside as much as his promise, a lot in order that when he’s solely consumed by insanity, he slaughters his personal troops. The in-universe clarification for Ouken’s transformation is familial corruption. The circumstances of his delivery, and his father’s manipulation of darkish rituals, corrupted Ouken in order that even when he willed his father’s presence out of his physique, he nonetheless grew to become a blood-thirsty soldier fixated on observing demise.
Ouken’s story may very well be ascribed to magic, but it surely’s nearer to the reality that his personal actions corrupted his spirit and awoke one thing that was at all times there. Symbolically, this seems as his father’s face, and Ouken begins to see him all over the place. Is that this however a symptom of the circumstances of his delivery, or has Ouken aligned himself with Satun in his willingness to proceed killing in his kingdom’s identify?
“By no means assume that battle, irrespective of how essential, nor how justified, is just not a criminal offense.”
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