Guess this is what you lunatics would call “filler.” I’ve always found it amusing how that term’s so regular in the Otaku parlance. There are slowly-paced episodes that go on tangents, sure, but I guess it takes on a different dimension when the crew’s bound to fill up 26 episodes regardless of how much story they have to tell. It’s not like these all can be wall-to-wall fighting and this one wasn’t especially bad (that one awful episode of TRIGUN with the mutant family will always keep things in perspective for me,) but it’s definitely one of the lesser episodes.
My main objection is the amount of time that’s lavished (or wasted?) on the captain who’s hitting the Yoma juice too hard. For one, I’ve got the strong sense that she’s going to bite it fast enough that this whole sub-plot’s going to feel like - - you guessed it - - filler. More importantly, I had no idea who the short-haired Claymore giving her the pep talk was, meaning an excessive amount of screen time was devoted to some characters whom I had no proper introduction to.
And that really harps on the whole lingering hairstyle/identification problem.
On the plus side, it’s actually a rather brilliant stroke to make these Northern villains such charming and gracious hosts. There’s definitely something fishy going on. If these characters are master-level Yoma, then perhaps they’ve mastered the art of deception. It’s going to be harder for Raki to hate them after this, even as they’re plotting to wipe out Pieta. I’d wonder why these rat bastards are extending such courtesy to the kid, but I’m picking up on an intriguing dynamic between Priscilla and the king (that’s who he is, right?) It’s almost like she’s his favorite daughter and he’s humoring her whims like a big softee dad; sparing this little punk and teaching him swordplay just because she’s taken a shine to him. Which maybe raises the bigger question - - how can a big crybaby like Raki be so irresistible to the ladies?
Watch this episode "The Carnage in the North (Part 3)" below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.