Music of the Week #226

Late because the previous post was late



There was one particular show I thought about picking up, Gifting, or rather, Kono Subarashi Sekai ni Shufuku Wo but there’s something about the ENTIRE genre of losers dying and then reincarnating that I find absolutely droll. I find them even more droll than magic battle academy harems. Maybe it’s because of the fact that blatantly killing off the main character who may or may not have been a failure at his life and have his entire slate wiped clean and have him retain his knowledge of his previous life to apply to his new one. Maybe it’s because I blatantly hate self-inserting but you can’t get any more wish-fulfillment than that. As many shitty harems as I watch, I only actually enjoy around a handful of them. Actually, the only ones that I can legitimately say I have active interests are around 4, maybe I’ll discuss and mention those at a later time eh?

This week’s theme is that of one of my personal favorite characters in the entire series in terms of lore and presentation. The Burnt Ivory King was a former noble of the warrior nation of Forossa and he was sent North when the ancient force of Chaos (yes, that Chaos from Dark Souls with the tree roots and lava) appeared in their country. The Ivory King set off with his people to the frozen north and established the kingdom of Eleum Loyce, with its high walls made for containing the Chaos instead of keeping others out. The King ruled well, and placed his throne in front of the hole leading down to the Chaos so that he may serve as the first line of defense against the creatures that dwelled there. Some time or another, he gained a queen that is revealed to be another portion of Manus’s soul but she was instead accepted and loved to an extent that she overcame her dark intent and worked to serve under him. A time came when the Ivory King felt his soul weakening and to eternally protect his people, he threw himself into the Chaos along with an army of his knights. The player arrives to the frozen ruins of Eleum Loyce and finds his wife, Alsanna keeping the Chaos at bay and she bids you to find the remaining Loyce Knights to accompany you down to the Chaos and release the Ivory King and his knights from their torment. You venture out into the kingdom ruins to find more Loyce Knights and at the end, 4 of them join you into the descent where you battle an army of Charred Loyce Knights. The 3 that followed you sacrifice themselves to disable the gates that their fallen brethren come from while 1 helps you fight his fallen king and his fight’s presentation is something else entirely.