“The Heroes Gather”
An Ugly Episode:
First things first, this episode was ugly. There’s no point sugar coating it: this was one of the worst looking anime episode I’ve seen in quite a while (and I watch World Trigger!). So many shots were needlessly zoomed in (which I presume was by error), characters were speaking out of shot, and about 80% of the episode just looked off. Character models were wonky, and the CGI fiends and environments are overwhelmingly poor. Note: These screencaps are not reflective of the overall quality of the episode – these were the passable parts lodged between one terribly-drawn scene after another. That camera-spin at the end was nauseatingly bad. God… whose idea was that?
I found myself wondering what Rokka no Yuusha would be like if it were animated by a more renowned studio – would it have received better treatment? Passione are still newcomers, so this lackluster execution is to be expected, but it’s still disappointing because the first episode in particular had some promising art direction and fight choreography. Since that premiere, we’ve never got anywhere near that level of animation quality.
And Then There Were Seven:
Thankfully, the last few minutes of the episode saved it from being terrible. It’s an odd one, because the first two-thirds of the episode were below average, and not just in the visual department. Apart from some lame fights, nothing really happened. We learned that Fremy is in fact the Brave Killer – going out of her way to assassinate those who could have been eventually chosen. Yet, as Adlet points out, she seems to want to take down the Demon God herself. Why? We don’t know just yet, and I suspect that mystery will be drawn out until the very last moment.
The episode finally gets good when the final three Braves are introduced. Chamo Rosso (Kakumi Ai) is introduced as the strongest Brave from the offset – a little girl who is already well-known by all of the others. Mora Chester (Satou Rina) makes her appearance after being referenced last week. She’s the most mature of the bunch, and instantly feels like the ‘leader’ of the pack. And then there’s the seventh Brave, Hans Humpty (Suzumura Kenichi), an oddball with cat-like characteristics who doesn’t seem shaken by the revelation that there is an extra Brave among them. They’ve all got their mark, but legend dictates that there is always six Braves – no more, no less.
It took a while to get to this point, since it was in every synopsis of the series, being the major ‘hook’ to get us interested. The good thing is, I am interested now. Last week may have been a step-down, much like most of this episode, but now that we’ve reached this pivotal moment, I expect (and hope) things to heat up from here on out.
Suspect of the Week – (Mostly) Everyone:
There’s a fake among the seven – that much is obvious. It could be that particular individual is unaware of the fact, but I’m going to assume otherwise. Since we’re introduced to everyone now, I think it’s only fair to judge them all from what we’ve seen of them. At this stage, some have alarm bells ringing. In order of appearance (and order of most to least suspicious), we have:
Overview – What’s Next?:
The seven Braves finally meeting saved this episode. It could have been an ugly, boring disaster, but thankfully it got to the point of no return, and I’m genuinely excited to see how this plays out. Mora, Nashetania, and Goldof are the most suspicious as of right now, but I’m sure everyone has a different opinion, and our opinions will likely change from week to week, depending on which characters we focus on and whose actions come across as suspicious. I know I went over everyone in this post, but I’d love to hear who you think the fake is, and why.
Of course, if you already know who it is, then don’t bother saying. No spoilers, please. Don’t ruin it for everyone else. Much appreciated.
Full-length images: 24.
ED2: 「Dance in the Fake」 by RUCCA