Episode nine of Jintai is the first self-sufficient installment, a tale whimsical, albeit with darker implications – our heroine experiences a 360 revolution of society, alongside also, a subtle moment of warmth.
Like with any episode of Jintai, the surface may seem quite nonsensical within this short story – although the deeper meaning however most certainly is not. Now the issue is that whilst we do recognize there’s more to the tale – of course, it’s not something so easily grasped. Yet then again, before thinking that one is simply incapable of understanding the series, there is perhaps a superior means of assessing it.
Animation is a work of art – and Jintai is one of those more renowned few. Artwork can be interpreted many different ways, and it’s possible that either the creator of this series wished for those who encounter his work to think of it from his point of view, a specific message which he hoped for them to see – or perhaps he desired for individuals to find their own understanding within, if not even, both of those simultaneously.
That in mind, looking at this episode, it initiates as our heroine is apparently stranded on a remote island – she was tasked with aiding some exiled fairies in finding a place to call home, however unsurprisingly, all goes wrong for our adorably unlucky heroine. One would believe that as she’s stuck with several fairies, all hope is at least not lost as they usually can twist reality to their liking – although unfortunately for our heroine, the fairies with her all happen to be depressed, and perhaps even only short of suicidal, resulting in that they’re not very cooperative.
Yet interestingly, they find salvation in placing themselves as citizens of the great queen – our heroine.
It’s an awkward role, although the fairies find joy and satisfaction in serving our heroine – who they go on to treat as true royalty. And indeed, the situation features her going from lost in the middle of who knows where – to progressively living a lifestyle with all she could possibly desire, and more.
An intriguing aspect is how whilst this unfolds, our heroine doesn’t necessarily become engulfed in it – all throughout, she does look as if she remains aware of what exactly she is involved in, however, this seemingly doesn’t stop her from taking advantage of it. She makes the most of what the fairies offer her – and she actually exhibits a vibe of royal panache for quite a while, carrying out some duties of a queen, and catering to her citizens.
A fully functioning fairy driven society flourishes into prosperity – and there’s some more comical moments to be found within this, such as a certain narcotics incident, or the occasional seductive Engrish voice of our heroine.
As anticipated however, the monarchy starts to crumble before totally breaking down – and eventually, becoming total rubbish. Our heroine’s life as a queen is reduced to ruins – and she finds herself awakening on the sandy shore of the island, back to point zero, surrounded by relics of a failed empire.
Although she needn’t worry, the fairies attempt to set her as a queen again, a déjà vu – yet she declines their offer, and a short while following, her grandfather and assistant arrive to the rescue. This is merely a split second scene – however, whilst one would normally expect our heroine’s grandfather to scold her, he merely taps her head in a gentle manner after a lecture. His gesture of subtle punishment is splendid and heartwarming as it makes apparent how, first and foremost, he’s concerned over her well-being – something truly refreshing to see.