TheTruth.com ain’t got nothing on Zvezda when it comes to anti-smoking zealotry.
Sekai Seifuku: Bouraku no Zvezda was a really underrated show from this year that managed to be both silly and thematically solid as a show about what family is. The first two episodes were alright, but it was the absurdity of the third episode that really hooked me on the show.
In that episode, Zvezda decides to launch a crusade on all smokers. The catalyst for their stance was an encounter with a smoker in a restaurant. His nonchalant request to light up his cigarette indoors causes Kate to go on a fantastically over-the-top rant about how smokers are scum that make others unnecessarily suffer from the toxic fumes.
Zvezda starts off combating individual smokers and after another great rant from Kate, they find immense support among non-smokers, and the way how things quickly escalate from there was hilarious. Lynch mobs violently assault smokers in back alleys, forcing them to go underground and hide in speakeasies. Zvezda essentially gains control of the city, warning of harsh consequences for any remaining smokers found in their territory.
The episode also ends in hilarious fashion, with White Light dropping a magical atomic bomb in an attempt to take out Zvezda as they confront the last remaining smokers. The smokers are caught in the blast, but they are unharmed because the bomb wasn’t designed to harm people without souls, like smokers. This disdain for smokers is so blatant to the point of being admirable. Given what has been seen of the world of Sekai Seifuku so far, it is also not out-of-place. If you haven’t seen this show yet, I’d recommend at least watching up to this episode just because of how funny it was.