OP2: 「Black Swallow Tail」 by UROBOROS
“The Seventh Brave”
Seven strangers trapped in a room, and there’s one question being asked: who did it? Despite the fact this episode took place almost entirely in one location (technically they can leave and step into the fog – but not very far), and was mainly just talking, this was probably the best episode since the premiere. Now that we know the deal, everyone is a suspect. No one trusts anyone, and I don’t trust any of them just yet. Actually, that’s a lie. There is one I completely believe: Fremy.
Fremy has nothing to hide at this point. She was an enigma up until the latest episode, having just confirmed that she was the Brave Killer. It wasn’t explained until now, but after hearing about her history and showing her fiendish right eye, I believe her. To me, Fremy simply can’t be the fake hero. Her early suspicions don’t relate to the current drama, but her being the initial suspect in the group is expected, though it cements that fact that it can’t be Fremy. Of course, I don’t know who the fake is, but I will say with certainty that it isn’t Fremy. If it is, I’ll eat my imaginary hat.
The Blame Game:
We also got to know a fair bit about the other heroes. Some we didn’t learn much else, like Nashetania and Goldov. Nashetania’s story was the driving force of the second episode, and Goldov’s story is just plain boring. There doesn’t seem to be much to his character other than his undying loyalty – unless, of course, he is hiding who he truly is. Mora is confirmed as being the overseer of all the Saints, and Chamo still seems like the strongest of the bunch, having gained her powers at age seven and accidentally killing her opponent in her first tournament. Hans, we learn, is an assassin who excels in sneaking in and out of places, and has adopted cat-like mannerisms and fighting style due to his upbringing. He’s another one that seems obviously suspicious, but I’m not so sure.
By the end of the episode, the heroes seem to shift their blame from Fremy to Adlet. After all, he was the first to enter the room, which we saw ourselves. But we also saw the blade in position before he got there, so I can’t think of him as the fake. His internals dialogue also seems genuine, like his affection for Nashetania. But it makes sense for questions to be flung his way – though the point still stands, if he was the fake hero, wouldn’t he have come up with an alternate story instead of walking into the dodgy position he finds himself in now? I don’t believe he’s the fake, but it would certainly be one hell of twist if it came to that. Anything is possible…
Suspect of the Week – Chamo:
I’ve had a seriously difficult time narrowing down my suspect list to just one name. Honestly, I can think of something to say about nearly all of them. I’m not even considering Fremy at this stage, and Goldov’s concern for Nashetania makes he feel he is just as he appears. Nashetania is still suspicious as hell. When she ‘fainted’ from exhaustion, I almost rolled my eyes. But it seems too obvious with her. We even saw her looking dubious in the opening parts of the episode, but it might all be misdirection. Still, I’ve got my eye on her.
Mora is keeping her cool, but I don’t believe everything she says. Hans is a tricky one, but I’m not sure; he’s leading the charge against Adlet – is that because he wants the suspicion away from him? Still, I’m naming Chamo as my Suspect of the Week. She believed Fremy was the fake till the very end, offering to kill or torture her throughout the episode. She distances herself from the group during their conversations, and it feels like she could be putting on an act. Of course, this may all be but a river of red herrings, but the fact remains that in this episode, Chamo seemed to be acting the most off. Nashetania as well, but I feel like the show is leading us into a trap with her.
Overview – What’s Next?:
I’ve still got my eye on Mora, Nashetania, and Hans, but I can’t be certain of anything right now. Part of me wants to know who it is already, because the tension is killing me; but waiting till the big reveal should be worth it in the long run. This episode may not have been action-packed or progressed that much, but the introductions and the tense questioning of Fremy and Adlet made for a thrilling episode. It really did feel like it lasted five minutes – which is always a good thing.
In other news: I’ve started my own anime blog – samuspeaks.com! It’s still early days, but my first post is out and it’s focusing on my personal top 5 anime. Feel free to check it out and leave a comment. I’ll be doing my own seasonal previews and reviews over there, as well as the occasional list or opinion piece from time to time.