Princess Principal gives us a rather disappointing display this week as the girls do the laundry for their mission.
The mission is to catch a murderer who uses nerve gas to kill those who raise their voices in support of the Commonwealth. They’ve established a link between him and the Kingdom’s military: he’s supposedly a soldier. How to get to him? Infiltrating the barracks disguised as a soldier is out of the question, as the military is open to men only (though it would have been interesting to see how these girls would have fared in that testosterone-filled environment). So they decide to get to the soldiers’ clothes and see which clothes react to a certain chemical to track him down. But with so many soldiers, it takes a while.
The episode, just like the previous one, lacks any sort of excitement as the girls are basically just washing clothes. They don’t even get to the gasser until the very end of the episode. But unlike last week where we had some focus on Dorothy’s family issues, we don’t get anything like that this time around.
We see the poor state the laundry is in and how the Princess buys it, despite its debts to the same person who loaned Dorothy’s father, to turn it into a more profitable business than before. They gather clothes from all around to increase their searching area and also benefit from their laundry business.
Going into the laundry room was kind of pointless because the poison gas man washed his clothes himself (though they had no way of knowing that), but it worked out in the end since someone gave that man’s uniform to the laundry. He goes to get back his clothes and ends up getting caught.
This episode’s mission is similar to the previous one’s: a somewhat less dangerous infiltration plan with harmless people around. And because of it being less dangerous, there wasn’t much excitement to be had. There wasn’t any special character focus here either to make things more engaging.
There’s Ange’s acting though, which is always amazing. She’s usually a stoic girl, but plays the role of a klutz in class, and now she’s acting like a delinquent. Her acting is so perfect, and she has a whole story made up to base her character on.
All in all, a rather boring episode this week due to the lack of events. Sure, they showed that not all spy jobs are exciting adventures, but we already saw that last week, and there wasn’t anything substantial regarding the characters as compared to last week. Last episode’s low-key spy mission somewhat worked because of its specific focus, but there wasn’t anything special here to make it work this time around. It did show that the Princess cares about the poor in her country to an extent by buying the laundry and making it profit, but this didn’t get enough coverage to make for something worthwhile.
We’re seven episodes in and we are still waiting for the show to get serious with its plot. It’s only focusing on characters or uninteresting stuff so far. The character spotlight is nice, but this kind of random laundry adventure isn’t. We’re still wondering when we’ll depart from these wearisome episodic adventures. The first five episodes had an enthralling environment, but now it seems the show has lost its touch in these past couple of episodes.
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