Awesome. Sorry because I was busy in real life but anyways, I think there's there's more than that in this new chapter here:
Excelis's dilemma continues when even the retiring governor said no to her development project proposal. Her reason of her development plan? Salabria is suffering the overpopulation problem and she needs to curb it with that project, although this ironically makes her not too different than Feuillet. Also, said retiree is also one of few people who did not discriminate the vampires due to his experience in witnessing Hybride's crisis 50 years ago. Why, he actually urging Excelis to visit Solum to see the truth herself.
Speaking of Solum, the argument between bakery owner and housewives are getting intense with the latter rioting over the bread's price despite the former try to tell them that he had not choice. Fortunately, Hiroto comes here to pacify the situation by having some talks: he will likely gonna lend some money to the bakery owner while having the housewives to help out. Sorceire also helping out by having Neka to fund Solum for a year but keep in mind that this solution is only temporary...
Hiroto and others are still wondering who sabotaged the wheat price to even begin with. While this is going on, Hiroto recalls that the upcoming election is coming in 4 days and thinking that he is unlikely going to vote for Feuillet, considering his plans to ruin his rise from chapters ago. He then asks Alvy for help, though the latter said that even the elves are unlikely going to help Solum. This marks the beginning of Hiroto's rivalry with Feuillet and Excelis...
From the way I see it, this chapter is only a prelude to the Election Arc because not only the wheat price thing is being manipulated by the obvious perpetrator, we still have Excelis whose "good intentions" isn't not even considered pragmatic.
Really? Already? Well whichever the case, Hiroto has 2 rivals to worry about and Solum's woes about the wheat prices is more than just a mere coincidence. As you said, Excelis's visit Solum will be an eye opener for if she visit the town and see the truth herself.
Come to think of it, is Soichiro is the only one who somewhat realize Secondaria's grudge against Hiroto?!
This chapter seems to be a lull between the big events, as nothing that special seems to happen in it.
Though we do see that some of the discrimation against the vampire tribe hasn't completely gone away, but at least Sorceire was there to help smooth things over.
Also Mimia looks like she is trying to fix Hiroto's collar on the final page, at least thats what it looks like to me (since the final image is covered by the end of chapter logo), so we can't really tell what shes trying to do.
Oh?! Already?! That's quick?! But dang!, this chapter actually skipped the part where Secondaria Elves Association rejected Excelis's steward's suggestion to vote for Excelis? As well as Ruin's discovery of the vampires after
Either way, let me analyze the chapter, shall we?
Hiroto's arrival at Secondaria delighted Darmur and both of them are discussing how to solve Solum's wheat price problem. All Darmur can do is arranging a meeting between Hiroto and Kazm but also warn him about Kazm himself, for he is notorious for woman as a trading chip for his own good. Not that Hiroto have any choice though, since he still trying to figure out what was Feuillet's plans really are in order to fulfill his ambition as the Governor of Salabria.
Speaking of Feuillet, here he is remarking about Hiroto's arrival at his town but worries that the air carrier only make the young lord more famous by utilizing the vampires for the work. Instead of supporting the Air Carrier itself, the lord plan 'not' to support the carrier and he has a plan, a sinister plan for Hiroto. Something tells me that he is up to no good again and considering his supporters who also dislike the vampires, maybe this is part of the plan...
Meanwhile, Hiroto is at his carriage where he is worrying that the meeting is actually part of Feuillet's trap. On the way, however, they stumble upon Luluk who is threaten by a knight just because the kid bumping into him. Yes, you're right about that human's prejudice and discrimination against the vampire are still persists (not helping matters that even Regulus, an Elven Republic country also belittles the vampires as they view them as menace). It takes an intervention from Sorceire and Alvy (really) that force that idiot to leave. Something tells me that this actually foreshadowing 3 things to the LN (if the manga itself goes that far)...
Gezerkia's havoc across Olsina and her plan to attack Salabria next at LN's Volume 5, and Disgurd's rivalry with Hiroto via her shaky alliance with Urseus in LN's Volume 14-15. Both of them eventually befriends with Hiroto after witnessing his true character.
Emperia's (rather the entire Hybride itself) hostility towards the vampire and its misunderstanding about the vampires since Volume 5 (yes, even in Volume 17, some of Emperia's affluent figures (especially Finnath, the Anti-Hiroto Faction and even pre-character development Felkina) still hated vampires and yet belittles Hiroto despite his contribution in building the bridge between humans & vampires.) The biggest stinger of them all? Hybride isn't the only kingdom who antagonizes the vampires. You have Phyllis, Magia, Agnika and Gassel, even Regulus Republic-the only "kingdom" that is run by the elven senate who looking down at Hiroto and the vampires.
Luluk's own vicious beatdown by vengeful Magia soldiers (similar to those of Phyllis who was badly beaten at Volume 6) at LN's Volume 15. Here, he is lucky to have Sorceire and Alvy protect him from the spiteful human that draw his sword at him. In Volume 15, Luluk got beaten so badly that the incident will have horrific ramification to Magia: Zeldis, Gezerkia and even Disgurd would launch an attack onto Magia capital with Disgurd cut her ties with Urseus for her disgust of humans attacking even little vampires. Additionally, this alone becomes a cautionary tale to those who antagonize the vampires across the continent.
Anyway, everyone rendezvous with Valkyria and Mimia who arrive at Darmur's place shortly after but, for some reason, Hiroto feels unease as he still worries about his negotiation with Kazm may effect Solum in the future. Speaking of which though, I think Mimia tries to gain his attention or something.
Judging by the chapter itself, it seems that Feuillet was indeed behind Solum's wheat prices and he is willing to do anything in order to yank Hiroto and others to the ground. May I speculate that Kazm's meeting may be part of Feuillet's plan.
Really? About the shorter chapter, I really dunno. Maybe the mangaka is busying on drawing her other manga aside from this series or something. Or even the crew want to get to finish the Election Arc and move onto Gezerkia Arc or something, I dunno. I just wish there is no setback in the series. Either way, due to my busy work in real life, I will going to do the analysis onto the manga abridge style
Lets move up, shall we?
The latest chapter continues with the arrival of Kazm and he is easily to be as despicable smug when he hits an eye on Mimia, only to be hissed by Valkyria who immediately defended her from him.
Anyways, the meeting between Hiroto and Kazm with the latter praise the wheat price 3 times than the original. Hiroto thinks it is ridiculous but Kazm going to give him some offer on one condition: He must sell Mimia in order to receive fund from Secondaria. Needless to say, Hiroto is not happy to hear it and shooing Kazm out from the room for his insolence, though Kazm remain smug about it and tells him that it is such an "unfortunate" and leave the room. What comes next is going to be crucial to Hiroto's decision.
1 hour later, Illion, a merchant who visit Hiroto on Excelis's behalf, is next to visit Hiroto. He tells Hiroto that Primaria will gladly to help Solum if he vote for Excelis...and supporting her own Development Order. Hiroto is stunned to hear this and along with Alvy, he warns Illion that what Excelis did is no different than Feuillet but the Illion isn't budged by this and replies that his lord did what she have to win against Feuillet (though what she isn't exactly practical considering even a retiring governor told her that her plan was bad in the first place). For Solum's safety and benefit, of course, Hiroto will not vote for Excelis and when Illion asks if this is about the vampires, he replies that it is because of his trust for the vampire.
Judging by the end of the chapter alone, it is clear that Hiroto will go independent because of 2 things: Feuillet's ambition and Excelis's naivete. Things are about to get spicier...
Hi. Since you have read further into the series then I have. I was wondering about the relationship between Mimia and Valkyria.
I know they both obviously love Hiroto (especially given the fact that Valkyria kisses Hiroto passionately).
But what do they think of each other? Do they consider themselves love rivals for Hiroto's affections? Or do they think of each other as good friends?
Some of the Light Novel illustrations give some examples of what they seem to think of each other, but its not a totally clear picture.
So I thought I would ask you based on what you have read from the LNs.
Also one other thing minor thing I noticed-
I noticed that Zalia is literally a female version or female copy of Soichiro.
As the only noticeable differences in appearance between the two characters is that Zalia has far more feminine facial features, elf ears, and a very buxom figure. Otherwise they are copies of each other.
So I am wondering...is Zalia the other worlds version of Soichiro?
Like how some characters in fiction tend to have parallel versions of themselves in different universes or worlds that can also be a different gender then the original mainstream character.
Well, regarding the relationship between Mimia and Valkyria, it would more like the combinaton of the both love rivals and also good friend. As the LN progresses to this point, they becomes prominent allies to Hiroto in the latter stories. Maybe because of they are in a similar situation where their species are discriminated by humans?
In regards of Zalia, appearance wise she seems looks like a female (and leven) version of Soichiro without his elves fetish thing as well as her unweavered loyalty to Urseus.
This is a very good question, since I hope that an anime based on this series will be adapted despite the chances of that itself is slim, which hopefully make people turn their attention to the series as a whole. Here are my personal speculations:
In regards of anime adaptations based on which, I personally think that the Light Novel will be adapted for the series. since it is originally written in the first format after all. The story arc should focuses on the bizarre adventures of Hiroto, with his route to be the next Salabria's next State Sheriff as (at least) Season 1 plot.
As for the others media such as visual novel or even drama CD? Well,
The visual novel could be possible considering Kagami's vast experience as writer for some eroge companies, most of them involving high levels of ecchiness, with the likes of High School DxD. This may be his first (somewhat) rated C visual novel in his entire career. The only thing questionable is the ending of the said visual novel: either will be following the main story or even split into different ending with each girls, just like any ordinary Visual Novel.
As for Drama CD, the story for the media is rather random; it may comprises with either the compilations from Gaiden Series, some stories from the main arcs, or the original that would be linked to the said main arc in an unforeseeable future. Which one of these three will ever goes for the plot? I dunno, but only Kagami can give such answer...
As for the would be seiyu for the would be anime, here is my personal list of this