My Thoughts on “Sabaku no Harem” Chapter 6
Chapter 6 ends the two chapter arc that started in chapter 5. Child slavery is a heavy subject and I think this series managed to handle it well within the scope of Lala DX style shoujo. The problem is what happens after the end of this chapter. I have chapter 7, so I know the aftermath of freeing the children is not dealt with. Of course, I want to know where the children go after they are free. Do they go to another orphanage only to risk being sold into slavery again? Are they adopted out to adults they don’t trust, therefore causing the adoptive parents trouble? Are they released onto the street where they will be rounded up by slavers again? Do they enter Prince Kallum’s palace and become concubines and servants — de facto slaves? What of all the child slaves in the country? Is Kallum going to liberate them too?
Then there are the questions about King Aleph. Why is gathering more child slaves? Was he gathering only girls? Why did he cut Mishe loose? For what purpose was training Mishe? Did he personally “discipline” and train her? Aleph also implied that Kallum didn’t always have this view of slavery, so what was going on before Mishe entered his harem? What was Kallum and Aleph’s previous relationship? There are so many unanswered questions raised in this chapter. I feel this series has a promising future if goes down the serious path.
And now for some of my favorite scenes from the chapter. I must admit I like how the filtering script I developed handled the shadowing. The “depth” pleases me. By the way, you can comment on the individual images. I wrote my thoughts. Feel free to comment away on the images.