What is happening to you? You’re finally giving yourself over to the power of moe, King. Komugi is your waifu. Nobody else may claim.
Jesting aside, I love how the King’s slow change of heart has been handled. It’s like a hard swing has already taken place, but the last one to realize it is the King himself because he’s literally never felt this sort of thing before, so he has no idea how to reconcile it. His display of power in front of his minions strikes me as how he believes he is logically supposed to act, think and feel. “I am the King, so my power is the greatest!” The King acknowledges the strength in others, but because his strength leads to physical domination of others that has tangible results around the world. The King can look down and see his power at work. Is not a King supposed to have dominion?
Komugi’s power? She gets to be good at board games. A King can acknowledge it, but should he respect it, especially in comparison to his own power? But what the King thinks in his mind and feels in his heart are totally different. In competition, the King sees Komugi’s worth as a person, even though she is someone he would normally look down upon as weak and fragile. It’s a battle between the personal and impersonal — seeing people up close versus viewing them from afar. Before now, humans had been an abstract notion to the King. He was born to rule because he was born powerful, so he should exert his power. He didn’t need to think about it, because nobody posited a reason to do any thinking. Why mull over something that is so obvious from the time of birth?
Then his heart turned into gooey chocolate because Komugi is so good at Gungi. D’aww.
Meanwhile, Poufy Pouf is freaking out because the King is all moe about SOME GIRL and is changing. He’s going to become some hippie feminist environmentalist and won’t be concerned with being the most dominant alpha male ruler of everything forever. My tears, they flow like twin waterfalls! I suppose I can sort of feel his despair, though. Literally his only reason for existence is to protect the King so that he will fulfill his destiny as the ruler of all existence. If the King does not fulfill that destiny, then why the hell does ol’ Poufy even exist? Everyone loves an existential crisis, yes?
Seems as if all the Royal Guard might go rogue to some extent eventually. Like, they all are devoted to the King and have his protection in mind, but there’s also something undermining their actions. Well, maybe not Youpi … yet. There hasn’t been too much on that end so far. He seems the most straightforward of the trio so far. It does seem significant that he is the one to notice odd behavior from both Pouf and Neferpitou. Neither of those two seems likely to betray the King at all, but he might be put in danger if they actions due to some desire within themselves. Neferpitou wants to fight Morel because he’s strong. There’s the hope that he will come, but will Pitou be proactive in seeking that fight if that’s what it takes to engage Morel in battle? And Pouf is in the midst of his crisis about the King’s place in the world and possibly shifting views. He’s by far the most unstable of the trio, at least from what we have seen thus far. (Maybe Youpi is also batfuck crazy and has mostly hid it. I have no idea.)
Of everything that’s going on, the small fractures in the Royal Guard are what’s most likely to allow the Hunters’ plan to assassinate the King to have even a remote chance of success. Maybe they regroup and are able to defend the King successfully. Maybe not. I think it would be funniest if they tried to keep a tight ring around the King while he’s playing Gungi, but he gets pissed off and throws them all out of the room.