One of the things about Sai that amuses me is the way he's able to go from a slightly goofy character in a way, such as he was in the first episode and some of his more mellow moments, to a character that exudes confidence and charisma. Whether it's his inner demon king coming out or just his suppressed real self, the disparity between the two is something that makes me smile since seeing which is operating at any given time can change the way and entire scene comes across.
This episode of Ichiban is a bit more setup in general for the larger events going on regarding Sai. With his awakening moving right along, especially with his taking on the dragon now as its master, other beasts are starting to wake up as well. Fujiko is trying her best to take advantage of all of this near the dragon's lair as she hunts up a particular item, but for the dragon it's all about realizing that more and more creatures near the capital and the academy are moving about. The first half of this episode is pretty laid back about things in general though as Sai is learning more about the people in the academy and the general make-up of the land in regards to who gains positions of power in the government and why. For someone who wanted to be a Grand Priest, having this news be a surprise to him is kind of a surprise, but it's another peg that helps highlight how he's becoming dissatisfied with the way the world works.
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