“The Reason of Two”
Adlet & Fremy’s History – Talking Fiends & Losing Family:
After this episode, I think it’s fair to say that neither Adlet nor Fremy are the fake hero. They were already at the very bottom of my suspect list, since the past few episodes have made it pretty clear that both of them aren’t as guilty as the others believe them to be. It was good to have them both share their stories with one another, and even for Adlet to have his tsundere “I’ve not fallen in love with you!” moment. Despite the fact the others wish to kill Adlet, he’s still got a smile on his face and is looking at this positively. But now we know that’s because of his master’s harsh teachings.
We finally learn the name of his master, Atro Spiker, a man who was originally on Fremy’s hit list, but escaped her gun because she thought him too old. His infamous training methods are apparently well known, with all his pupils said to have fled because they couldn’t take it. Of course, Adlet proves that claim wrong, saying that he was turned from an average little boy to (potentially) the strongest in the world, through his studies and practice of secret weapons, poisons, gunpowder, and science. Adlet doesn’t have powers like the Saints, so he’s had to put even more effort into his fighting abilities. We’ve seen his tricks and boxes of secret weapons from the very first episode, and it makes sense why he has so much to carry around. He’s certainly strong after all those years of training, but without his tools, he’s bound to have difficulty.
The most interesting part of the episode would have to be the introduction of one of the three who rules the fiends. Honestly, when he came strolling menacingly down the field and then stopped in front of Adlet and his friend, I was not expecting him to raise his hat and start talking in an eloquent voice. It caught me by surprise, but this has me much more interested in the fiends. The fact that they can speak and seemingly have their own hierarchy makes them feel more rounded, and if we eventually explore that further, I’ll be keen to see the other fiends in charge. As for now, we know that this one in particular ties Adlet and Fremy together: he came to their village and divided their people, taking them to the fiend’s side of the war; and Fremy was born because of this his wishes to have a half-human in their company (before she was later betrayed by her own mother and those she had called her friend). As Adlet says, they are both more similar than they originally seemed, which made this whole encounter so easy to watch. But as Fremy also points out, Adlet at least has something to believe in, and she’s jealous of that. But I’d say there are two Braves who would work well together to take down the real fake, I’d place my bets on Adlet and Fremy.
Suspect of the Week – Nashetania:
We’re not focusing too much on the ‘fake hero’ right now, and even less on the idea of there being an eighth person. Others were saying that the eighth doesn’t necessarily need to be another hero, just another person involved in this scheme. As for now, Adlet is still the major suspect in the eyes of everyone, except Nashetania. She’s very quiet in this episode, except for when Adlet is concerned. I said last week I thought her concerns were genuine, and I still believe they are. But now that I think about it further, it’s possible that if she is the fake then she feels guilty for Adlet being blamed for it. She’s certainly grown to like him quite a bit, and wants to rid him of suspicion. At least we can say that Nashetania and Goldov can’t be working together on this, going by their conversation about Hans. He seems out of the loop compared to the princess, who is ready to prove that the cat-like assassin may be the fake after all.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Another strong episode, like the previous two. I appreciated Adlet and Fremy’s backstories getting fleshed out further, and trying them together with that one particular fiend. They’ve both gone through some horrible things to get where they are, and I’m rooting for the two of them. I’m also still liking Nashetania, even if I suspected her again this week. Hans is an obvious choice just by his nature and profession, but I think his eagerness to kill Adlet stems from him genuinely thinking he is the fake, and not because he, himself, is the fake and needs to get rid of one of the Braves.
Full-length images: 11.