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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/26/17
Mahmut's introspection – the "where did I go wrong?", "why does it always end this way?" – adds a nice aspect and depth to the story, and to him as a character. It's not just a telling of a tale, but the analysis and personal responsibility for understanding various political landscapes. It's still a painful learning process, though.

This week's lesson in fewest words: Math and trust may not win the war.

The court mathematician was calculating scenarios at respectable speeds. He even used an antique Beaufort scale! (A bit geeky I got excited over that. )
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Posted 9/1/17 , edited 9/1/17
Episode 8

And Mahmut continues to learn about why his line of thinking just won't cut it as a Pasha as Lucio answers his question pretty reasonably. First of all, the agreement is only to send reinforcements, and anything that happens thereafter doesn't violate the alliance. Also, they want to be open-minded when it comes to making alliances. And so, Mahmut gains his other traveling companion in Abiriga, who is originally from Tharros (which is on the island of Sardinia in ancient times), and he racked up quite a debt that he wants to pay off someday, and is not on great terms with his adopted father after investing in a different company that has scammed him. So Mahmut decides to gamble to pay off that debt, and it turns out that he was just testing Mahmut to see how he responds when presented with such a problem, and he passed. But in the end, Abiriga was exiled and he tags along with the captain's blessing. Pretty much, things were mostly chill relative to what's to come as all this hostility is merely a way to get Mahmut to see things in a different light, and that sometimes, it takes a war to stop one. Now that the main cast has assembled that things figure to get much more brutal.
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Posted 9/1/17 , edited 9/2/17
Great episode best part was when Mrs.boob shows up and makes them fall for her and he raised the 700 Ducates(legend of mana)
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Episode 9

And with the Empire's increasing aggression that Turkey is totally divided as the unification proposal has been rejected, and as such a civil war is on the horizon with brothers Balaban and Beyazit leading the charge on both sides, all while Aishe is caught in the middle of it. Those two bros sure couldn't be any different as Balaban is a results-oriented guy who actually opposed the council's decision to strip Mahmut's Pasha title, while Beyazit is the one who is loyal to Turkey. Balaban is such a shithead there with the way he is willing to sell out his comrades for results. Not to mention, making the soldiers having to sport pretty faces. And now, Mahmut is in a tight spot there with Eleanor having ambushed them. This is the start of something really ugly as the Empire can just sit back and have the Turks take each other out with this kind of division going on.
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Posted 9/8/17 , edited 9/8/17
I'm impressed at how they are adapting Balaban Al-Kaplan's character so far. A very intimidating man with a cunning personality.

Also glad to see they properly introduced Ayse Armut this week. Quite an important character.

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Posted 9/15/17 , edited 9/15/17
Episode 10

Mahmut manages to get everybody out of a jam, and then they get picked up by Suleyman. So it's onto Mujher where they have been branded as pariahs by Balaban. They have to enter in a roundabout way, and while that's going on more chaos is happening around Turkey. They then turn to Selim, a Sultan who is the father of Aishe's fiance Orhan, and the masked sultan throws them into a cell, but it turns out that Selim is on their side and with his every move being monitored that he's being pretty secretive about it. So the plan is to get Orhan to marry Aishe and have Selim's power passed down so that the other sultans who are pro-Empire can't stop them. While that's going on, Beyazit unleashes a secret weapon that can take Balaban down, and he uses those guns to convince Ismail to side with him. Lots of drama is building up here as Turkey is just a mess with most of the leaders willing to support the takeover not knowing the terrors that await, all while Mahmut is trying hard to make sure it doesn't happen.
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Posted 9/15/17 , edited 9/16/17
Another screenshot for my bubble collection is appreciated, but I actually felt disappointed the staff decided they were necessary. Bubbles just don't belong in this series. I'm sure there were other effective means of expressing Mahmut's discomfort with his disguise and the necessity of the lovey-dovey situation.



Otherwise, another really good episode with more twisted political intrigue (except for the one bone to pick above). And One-Eyed Eleanor now losing a hand? Ouch! Abliga blocking her chain-whip with chopsticks reminds me of when Saitama also blocked with chopsticks in bonus manga Lobster. Now expecting more exciting fighting techniques from Abliga!

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Posted 9/22/17 , edited 9/22/17
Episode 11

The civil war in Turkey has become a chess match. Mahmut is using the wedding as an opportunity to assassinate those corrupt sultans, but somebody caught wind of their plan and now those sultans are fighting back, all while Zaganos is moving in to seize the cities while the sultans are away. So in a bold move, Orhan kills Selim to become the sultan himself so that Kuluch can fight back. Things sure have gotten even more intense as things are boiling over. And the Empire guys must really be enjoying this as now they don't have to do anything to make Turkey their's if all goes as how the sultans intend it to go.
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Episode 12

And this chess match comes to an end as Mahmut totally outmaneuvered Balaban and he faces his death at the hands of his brother. Mahmut got his forces to retreat where an ambush was waiting them. They dropped the rocks, and fired at them as those shields were only designed to protect them against swords and arrows, and not bullets. Beyazit sure did let Balaban know that it's just a bad idea to betray their homeland as the Empire is quite skilled at the art of manipulation. Everything went just as expected and it goes to show that strategy can overcome a numbers disadvantage as Mahmut puts his tactical skills to the test.
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Posted 9/29/17 , edited 9/30/17
Shed some tears with this show too. *sigh* What a rough week! (hit me when I'm down already...)

Had an idea something drastic and pivotal would happen with Balaban, but not to that degree.



Secretly wished Balaban would have lasted the whole season as his VA is a favorite. At least Zapp is only one week away.
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Episode 13

And that's the end of the civil war as killing Balaban sent those soldiers packing, while a new regime is in. Mahmut is back as Pasha, and is now in charge of foreign relationships as now he fully understands what needs to be done. Instead of stopping wars, his purpose is to make sure no soldiers die without a cause unlike in the civil war. He used quite a clever trick to fake Fatma's execution by having her drink wine instead of poison, and then having her live on the outskirts. That was such a nice way to end the war, especially with the way Mahmut talked about the law and Kemal needing Fatma to raise him right. So with that, onto the next arc as Mahmut now starts a new journey.
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Posted 10/6/17 , edited 10/6/17
I'm surprised they didn't use a new OP theme song yet.

Seems like this was a good way to set up for the remainder cour of the season.
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Posted 10/13/17 , edited 10/13/17
Episode 14

With Mahmut on a new adventure having regained his Pasha title, that means it's time for new theme songs. Not bad, but the first ones fit the show's image better.

So Mahmut's first adventure takes him to Aryiros, and he comes up empty. But after seeing the caravan's daughter Niki in distress that he just couldn't stand by and watch her take all that abuse. So the plan is for the guys to disguise themselves as women and offer a glass from Venice to get the trust of Chinili. While things seem to be going well, things go awry when there's a shortage on cushioning material for the glass. But Mahmut's plan all along was to make Venice and the empire become enemies so that Venice would ally themselves with the Turks. Niki sure did make a great impression there as she's someone who is determined to get back what she lost.
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Posted 10/14/17 , edited 10/14/17
Finally, a new OP and ED theme song. Lovely start for the second cour.

Mahmut's gender bender outfit never ceases to amuse me tbh. I also really like the way they adapt the economic and political drama of this show. It's fairly well done as it ties to the overall story building too.

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