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Having heard what happened to Octavia, Lidia finds her bound and gagged inside a crate. The two of them go back a long time, and Lidia still holds a grudge for a duel that Octavia won. She would like nothing more than to see Octavia suffer, but the military decided Octavia’s punishment, and Lidia leaves her in the crate. Arawn and company meanwhile have arrived at the military base thanks to Rathty digging them a tunnel there. To get back at the Empire for the previous battle, they sneak into the base, and Riannon takes a group to raid the warehouses while Arawn look around. Ogam happens to find the boxes full of corpses and shows Arawn, but they don’t understand why the Empire would be gathering bodies, so Arawn has Ogam look into it. Arawn then comes across the crate that Octavia is being held inside, but before he can question her, he’s interrupted by Arthur. Arawn finds out from Arthur that they kill prisoners, so he doesn’t let on that there’s someone inside the crate, and their attention is soon turned to how the Empire’s troops have found them.

In order to escape, Arthur and Arawn set fire to the base and successfully distract the guards. On their way out, they ride past Lidia and make sure that she knows that this is payback. After returning to Avalon, they’re happy with all the food they were able to take, but there’s one empty crate that Arawn knows had Octavia in it. He doesn’t deal with it right away though and instead talks with Ogam about the corpse situation. Ogam found out that the corpses are being put on ships and sent somewhere, and what’s even more strange is that the Empire is gathering corpses without regard for which side they belonged to. Arawn has a suspicion about what’s going on and hopes that that’s not it. Later that night, he goes back to the warehouse to look for Octavia and finds her. Still loyal to the Empire, Octavia tries to fight him, but he parries everything she throws at him and eventually notices that she’s injured. Arawn puts away his sword because he can’t kill someone who gave up on living from the start, and he questions why people don’t try to live freely without throwing their lives away for law, honor, or pride. This has a disarming effect on Octavia, and after Arawn suggests that she forget everything and live quietly somewhere, she faints.


For whatever reason, I really enjoyed rooting for the good guys’ victory this episode. Maybe it was because they put some nice heroic music in when Arawn’s group was escaping or maybe it was because we got to see Lidia all riled up, but either way I liked it. Come to think of it though, Lidia was surprisingly emotional this episode after being a fairly calm through the last battle. I would guess seeing Octavia again is the reason behind that, and her losing her cool probably foreshadows her downfall (it would be nice if it were Octavia who gets to fight/kill her). In any case, the big mystery right now seems to be what’s going on with those corpses. I can envision the Empire trying to raise an undead army or something, but that’s probably a little too outlandish. Maybe they’re thinking of getting into the soylent green business…

I also have to marvel and point out again how well the animation quality is holding up halfway through the series. The action choreography has been very good, but even non-action scenes like the one between Lidia and Octavia in the dark have been pretty well done (in particular, I liked how they were reflected in each other’s eyes). The WHITE FOX team continues to exceed my expectations in this regard, and I hope it lasts all the way to the end.

June 11, 2009 at 7:46 pm
  • June 11, 2009 at 7:59 pmCecelia

    This episode was pretty good. Now we wait for Octavia to officially join the harem.

  • June 11, 2009 at 8:05 pmEld

    moe in a box

  • June 11, 2009 at 8:14 pmAlgester

    mmm they change a bit of how arawn finds octavia… it was supposed to be a funny moment <_< sigh…

  • June 11, 2009 at 9:47 pmKyon


    care to spoil it for me? I’d love to know how he really found her :D

  • June 11, 2009 at 10:46 pmfragbet

    Lidia is all kinds of crazy.

    ALso, Octavia in a box = hawt

    She’s already Arawn’s harem, she just doesn’t know it.

    If I remember right Arthur did see Octavia tied in a box, thinks Arawn is into kinky stuff, and promises Arawn to deliver it to his room. Pretty funny yes, but I guess the anime wanted to avoid too much innuendo.

  • June 11, 2009 at 10:47 pmHarouki


    My octavia in the box was ruined! She was supposed to be found during a Gael raid by Arawn who was looking for ham T-T, and Arthur actually opens the box and thinks Arawn wants another wife =P

    The Trailer had it better >.>

  • June 11, 2009 at 10:54 pmSplash

    Arthur needs someone to keep his bed warm for him at night. Maybe he will scoop Octavia?

  • June 12, 2009 at 12:11 amdszx

    Octavia is hawtness

  • June 12, 2009 at 1:35 amgenesiscopy

    octavia is the tsundere in this game~ lol

  • June 12, 2009 at 7:07 amewok

    Octavia training the Gael tribe = expertly trained barbarians FTW!

  • June 13, 2009 at 3:49 amDxJ

    @Haruoki: Nooo! They even made the scene for the trailer! WHY did they not use it?! WHYYYYY!! Nao must wait for DVD deleted scenes lol.

  • June 14, 2009 at 1:17 amAeolia Schenberg

    I hope Lidia doesn’t get killed off.

  • June 14, 2009 at 9:41 amDK

    In the next episode: Arawn plays cupid for Arthur and ‘Tavia.

    … No, seriously.

  • June 15, 2009 at 8:52 amG

    Hmm….the corpses ….. hmmm….. Don’t tell me their gonna make the same thing with Utawarerumono?!

    One of the episodes with the Undead Army.