Good lord, man! Doesn’t this usually happen after you lose the game? How dare you subvert the normal rules of playing for your life!
Can’t really blame the King, though, since he’s an unknowing tsundere trying to make sense of the world. Our favorite snot-nosed Gungi master is bringing out that sweet deredere a little bit at a time, but because the King has never experienced such a thing in his life, he has no idea how to handle this clearly ridiculous turn of events. I know I’m not the only who thought the King looked all adorable grumping about at the beginning of the episode, right? So much tsuntsun spent toward figuring out the ways of the world. He should be annoyed, but instead he’s excited and doesn’t know why! Now I know why Komugi changes the King’s life so much: She introduces him to moe! The King will get to live out his very own light novel now.
More seriously, though, that whole early scene between the King and Komugi is crazy tense. The King has to dip into this last set of psychological tricks and tries to intimidate Komugi by adding wrinkles into the game rather than being all tough and intimidating and whatnot. Too bad for him it fails because Komugi had kind of a shit life beforehand and already knew the pressure of playing for her life every day. It makes sense: Nobody cares about anyone but the best, especially for a game so recently invented, so only the best would make anything close to a livable amount of money. And she was supporting her family through all this? Imagine trying to do this by being, like, the best Call of Duty player or whatever. Yeesh. I wonder if Komugi ever had to deal with Fake Geek Girl accusations before she wiped the floor with inferior Gungi players?
So the King finds himself running headlong into a psychologically sturdy opponent — no desire other than to be the best (like no one ever was), because to lose even once means death. How do you undermine that? We can already see that the King is changing a little bit, because before, upon realizing how stupid and petty his ploy was, the King probably would have gotten pissed and beheaded Komugi just to save face. He threatens her here, too, but really, that’s because it’s the only way he knows when it comes to dealing with problems. But he doesn’t kill Komugi, and despite initially grousing about it, the King allows Neferpitou to reattach his arm. Letting people actually help him? The King’s heart has softened so very much!
And now we have things happening on the outside, too! All the preparation and picking at things on the outskirts of the royal palace has led to a golden opportunity for our plucky group of assassins. It all starts with Knov playing Metal Gear Solid 3 as he slowly but surely makes his to the palace interior. I enjoy the use of dramatic irony to up the tension, with the narrator being kind of a cheeky bastard in pointing out just how little of a presence the Chimera Ants have in the palace due to relying so much on Neferpitou’s En, and isn’t it a shame that Knov lacks that information? You’re kind of a dick, narrator! Knov has no choice but to be cautious in his approach to the palace since getting his cover blown would fuck up everything. Seems as if he will come across someone in the next episode, though; not surprising, since it’s not as if the Royal Guard would be like “meh effort” after noticing Neferpitou can’t keep up her massive En net for a few hours.
But, yes, Knov making his move, and Leol making his move, too, thinking he’ll pick off Morel nice and easy now. I won’t underestimate the dude since he’s pretty cautious and clearly has something up his sleeve, but it won’t be nearly as easy as he hopes it will be. He’s probably not a giant dumbass like Cheetu, though, so entertaining things will probably occur.
And here’s our latest example of Hunter x Hunter — you know, for kids! Palm is going to sneak into the palace by posing as a secretary recruited via human trafficking, I think?? Seems like that’s what was going on, though that site could have been just regular ol’ Hunter x Hunter Craigslist and this guy is just picking the cutest girls to be his office workers since he runs a Mad Men work environment. Where is HR so that we can lodge some complaints?!