Sanzoku no Musume Ronja’s
seventh eighth outing focused on the adults and their ongoing struggle to kick Bolke’s bandits out of the rear keep. It was harmless and played for laughs as usual.
However, to quote my toddler: “Where’s Ronja?”
In short, Ronja isn’t really in this episode. Her role is largely to observe the adults, occasionally ask her father questions, and then spend a few of the final minutes in the woods wondering where all the animals have gone and being conflicted about not seeing Birk.
It’s an episode about the boredom of fall for people who don’t have television, I think.
If it wasn’t already obvious, this was not one of Ronja’s strongest episodes. Pretty and approachable, still and always, but it was a weird choice for a kid-centric show to ignore it’s child actor. The result was a much more restless audience.
It still deserves an 8, as it in no way conforms to the dismissive structure of a 7 but, by our standards for an 8, Sanzoku no Musume Ronja episode
7 8 provides the absolute narrowest margin deserving of one.