Holy info dump Batman! Though it was well executed, a lot was revealed in this episode.
This is my guess, but it seems that Rome has continued to keep fighting after the war that wiped out everything, and the peace talks we keep hearing about are between Rome and other countries. Erm, I’m not the best at politics.
However, the existence of Rome is a big deal, as in our current world history, the Holy Roman Empire doesn’t exist anymore. Rather it dissolved, was a bunch of loose states, and then Prussia unified them to form Germany. Thus, our current Rome is either from an alternative world history where Rome never collapsed, or a world where Germany collapsed, and came back to life as the Holy Roman Empire. I’m thinking it’s an alternative world history.
Although the amusing/disturbing thing, is in a way, even though it’s called Rome, it’s Germany going to war and causing trouble for everyone. Har har har. Go figure.
In this episode, Rio decides to return back home. Probably what’s ahead of her is an unhappy but needed path to marry the Roman Empire in her dead sister’s steed. Kureha already explained to us why this sucks, but with the peace negotiations going badly, I don’t think Rio has much choice. Right now, this world doesn’t need more war to tear it apart. I just wish there was another way for, but Rio has accepted her fate. The question is will Rome accept a child out of forbidden love?
It’s hard to imagine the story going on without Rio. While I have predictions, I’m not entirely sure what path this anime will now go. It seems we won’t have the bloody battle at the end that I’ve been predicting. Then again, I have a hard time seeing this anime go out without a bang, or end on an anti-climatic note. I guess the question is, will Rio get there in time to prevent the Roman Army from wiping out Seize?
On another note, learning about the history of Seize was pretty cool. That explains a lot, Seize formerly being a tourist town.