“A Trap and a Rout”
Chasing Adlet – An Unfortunate Flashback:
After things started looking bad for Adlet last week, I expected he’d have to prove himself this time around. He’s stuck it a tricky position where he should obviously be the fake – he admitted to being the first in the room, and no one else said otherwise. He tried his best to make a case for himself in the first few minutes, but he buckled under the pressure, taking Fremy hostage and appearing even more suspicious as a result.
To us, it should be obvious that it’s not him. From what we’ve seen, something odd definitely went down, which resulted in Adlet being framed as the fake. To the others, however, blaming Adlet seems like the most logical thing to do. But surely they’d think that someone who eagerly admitted to being the first to arrive would know what he was getting himself into? Adlet knows no better, but neither do the others. Except, of course, for the fake.
The second part of the episode saw Adlet and Fremy hiding in the woods surrounding the temple (I take it they are still within the barrier?). But more interesting, perhaps, were the snippets of Adlet’s past we saw while he was knocked out. We’ve already seen the malnourished Adlet confronting his master, but the moments with his friend and his mother were rather tender, given his current predicament. It seems originally he was more interested in picking mushroom than being a fighter, never mind the strongest in the world. Taking kicks to the stomach and forcing a smile in the face of his demise was his first steps to becoming the best of them all. He keeps repeating that one line, but every time I hear it from now on, I’m just going to remember the pummelling of a near-death boy who wanted nothing more than to seek vengeance on those who ruined him.
He even asked the question: “Why did I survive?”. Hopefully, to make a difference. Either Adlet is the fake and we’ve all been duped, or he’s a genuine boy seeking the rid the world of its horrors. Whatever the truth, I’m rooting for him, even if keeps repeating that one line over and over again.
At first there was six, then there were seven, and now there’s… eight? Adlet is throwing out the idea that there must be two heroes working together to pin the blame on him – ADLET MAYOR, THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD. It makes sense, but I don’t know what to think of this twist, if it is one. First off, maybe one of the real heroes is just working with the seventh, or maybe there’s more than seven, eight, or even nine heroes after all. I was just getting used to there being one fake; having a second liar in the group makes this even more difficult to figure out, if it will come to that. Adlet (and the series itself) seems to be setting up for there being an eighth person involved in all this, so I’ll reserve my judgement until this theory has been confirmed.
Suspect of the Week – Mora:
This episode was mainly about Adlet, the others blaming him, and then his escape and the snippets of his past. The group seems to consider the mystery solved, though we know that’s not the case. The most telling signs in this episode are how each of the seven are reacting to the situation with Adlet. Nashetania seems genuinely shocked and in disbelief that he could be a fake. And funnily enough… I believe her. After this episode, I really do think she’s just an inexperienced, anxious princess who can’t deal with all of these revelations. Am I being naive? I don’t know – Nashetania being the fake seems way too obvious this early in the game, so I’m counting her out for now (even if she’s the most popular suspect among commenters here, and viewers in general).
As for the others, Hans is convinced that Adlet is the fake. Chamo still has a grudge against Fremy. Fremy doesn’t care. Goldov is more concerned with protecting his Princess or watching her reactions to all of this. He was the first to swing against Adlet, which raises suspicions. However, it’s Mora who I still don’t believe. No one has even considered that she could possibly be the fake. She explained a lot of things this episode, like how the petals in their tattoos would disappear if a real Brave were to die. If true, that means the fake wouldn’t want Adlet to die, else they would know he was real all along. The ones who weren’t actively trying to kill him in this episode were Nashetania and Mora, and since I believe Nashetania is sincere, Mora is the biggest suspect yet again.
Overview – What’s Next?:
If there’s really two fakes in the group (with one character yet to show up)… well… I don’t want to consider that right now. Figuring out the seventh is enough already. As for the episode itself, it was probably my favourite of the series so far. The art quality is improved again, and Adlet’s flashback was very insightful to understanding his character. But is he really the strongest in the world, like he proclaims? I don’t know about that. We’ll just have to wait and see. If he can get out of this predicament alive, maybe he is deserving of that title.
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