The Winter King says it best in this episode, that to win back something lost, restores pride and prestige. Frankly, the Winter Nation is dirt poor, sad nation. Used by the northern countries, and held in check by a demon stronghold off their coast, they can do little to improve themselves. Something has to give for he southern country to expand beyond just it’s agriculture revolution. And it’s in this need that the hard work of Hero, and the cunning of Demon King, come to fruition. Not only to restore one nation, but give back something in return.
Two footholds were established on either side of the front lines. Aurora Island, in the Human world, is controlled by the Demon forces. Gateway City, in the Demon world, is controlled by Human forces. These footholds area sore spot for either side. The intrusion into each other’s territories has hurt the pride of some very proud people. Any loss or gain by one side at this point would tip the balance kept between the two.
The strength of Hero, combine with the tactics of Demon King, provide that solution for both. Their plan removes the thorn from each side, without giving an unfair advantage militarily to either of them. Personally, I found Hero’s method much more enjoyable to watch. The easiest way to cause a soldier to lose heart is to break him emotionally. If hero had used brute strength, it would have given the soldiers something to fight against. But decimating them emotionally left them unable to fight, and only looking for a retreat. On the other side, Demon King and Female Knight give the Winter King the tactical and strength advantage to force a retreat of the Demon army.
In addition, each side lost something as important as territory as well. Female Knight, in a we done action sequence, defeats one of the strongest warriors in the Demon world, the Arctic General. And the retreating Demon forces encounter the return of the Holy Crusaders, a morally decimated and physically exhausted group, all but wiping them out. This will put a dent in either sides’ plans to wage war on the other.
A small, but important change, comes from this conflict. The remaining Human forces left Gateway City are let in a precarious position. With too few forces to hold the city, they are forced to negotiate with the Demons. This presents an opportunity for both sides to achieve a win, where one didn’t exist in the past. The nature of their negotiations could impact how relations between the two sides fare in the future.
I still find this show enjoyable to watch. This week showed a little more of hero’s story, which was desperately lacking. And with the introduction of Winter Nation as a player in the story, things will get all that more interesting. Here’s to hoping for a great second half!