“The Girl Who Kills Braves”
Fremy Speeddraw – The Reluctant Shooter:
After this episode, I can see why Fremy is a fan favourite. She’s a stoic badass with a fanservicey outfit, after all. But for me, of the four Braves we’ve seen so far she’s probably my least favourite. I thoroughly enjoy Adlet and Nashetnia (PS, I’m going to ignore their new/incorrect names), especially when they’re together. And even Goldof came across more likeable with his introduction. It’s only first impressions, but at the moment Fremy just seems like a girl with one expression, and a reluctance to be a team player. I’ve seen enough of her character many times before.
We didn’t get concrete answers about why she’s being labelled the ‘Brave Killer’, which is to be expected, since the misunderstanding resulted in a tense brawl in the last few minutes of the episode. We’ve only met four Braves, and they’re already trying to kill each other? How are they going to react find out that one of them is an impostor…? It’s funny that synopsis has essentially spoiled us for the ‘big twist’ that hasn’t even reached our screen yet; we’ll have to meet all of them before the characters are aware of it, but it is interesting to know that someone is lying before the characters do.
Last Week Did It Better:
Last week, I said that an episode of traveling and well-inserted exposition was a good thing. I still stand by that, especially after this episode. Without sounding too negative… nothing really happened? At least last week we got to know more about the history and lore of the world, the countries, Nashetania’s tragic past, and the blossoming relationship between Adlet and Nashetania. Plus, we also got introduced to two more Braves. This episode? Adlet and Fremy’s exchanges were rather dry in comparison, the fight choreography as was uninspired as the CG fiends, and we didn’t see any other Braves. I can’t help but feel this episode was the letdown, and not last week’s – like many have claimed.
And then there’s fact that Adlet and Fremy were literally presented with exposition in the shape of a convenient map, by a friendly face, at the best possible location. I get it, it does make sense that they’d be waiting for the Braves so close to the border, but these convenient situations one after the other had me rolling my eyes. Hopefully, now that the plan is made aware to audience (and the characters), we can just get on with it.
Suspect of the Week – Mora:
Originally I would have said Fremy again. After all, her motives aren’t any clearer, and her words at still cryptic. But I think her being the Brave Killer is obviously untrue, and there must be some misunderstanding. She’s prepared for a fight, and must be aware of the rumours being spread about her – Adlet certainly wasn’t aware that his ‘cowardly’ fighting methods had become common knowledge. It’s also possible that Goldof is misdirecting the attention to Fremy, if he is the true suspect. But this time around is has to go to Mora. She’s not even been introduced yet, and I’ve already got a funny feeling about her. She’s apparently the first to reach the meeting spot, and along the way she’s conceived – or has agreed to – a plan that could result in one of the Braves being left behind. If that’s the case, then maybe she’s hoping that only six will show up and they’ll all be unaware of the seventh one left behind. Suspicious much?
Overview – What’s Next?:
I’m looking forward to Mora’s introduction, based off what I’ve heard of her character, and by looking over her dark, moody character design. We’ve still got two others to meet as well, so hopefully that comes sooner rather than later. I may have praised the slowness of the second episode, but this time around the pace didn’t do itself any favours.