“Blossoms of Doubt”
After this episode I think we can now narrow it down to two major suspects. I’ll get to them in a moment, but first there’s Adlet’s explanation to talk about. The episode itself wasn’t particularly heavy on content, but all the scenes felt vital in one way or another – whether it be to throw a red herring to the audience or hint at what’s to come. Rokka no Yuusha is a series laced with doubt and deception, where we can barely trust any of these characters until we feel they’ve earned it. Adlet has always seemed the most honest and believable, with his tragic backstory and his unbeatable passion, despite his lack of natural talent.
It looks like he’s proved his innocence to the majority of group (bar one – more on that later), so when he’s given the chance to explain what he thinks is going on, it had me intrigued to see Fremy’s reaction. Of course, if he knew the answers this soon, it would be too easy. I think parts of his analysis are likely correct – Lauren may very well the 8th, and the timing of the sword activation may not have been when they suspected. However, Fremy quickly proves that not all he thought was possible, especially when it comes to the fog. I don’t know if these exact details will be crucial to the identity of the fake hero, but I suspect that information could be useful in a few episodes.
Suspect of the Week – (#1) Mora:
Because the episode didn’t move forward that much, or provide any major revelations, I’ve decided to shift the format this week. Not just because of the simmering mystery, but because at this point it feels like there’s only two options for who the fake hero is. I can’t narrow it down to one or the other, so I’ll speak about both, and why I don’t trust each of them.
First off is the one I think it is, and who I want it to be: Mora. I’ve said it since before she was introduced, that her initial plan to go ahead of the others raised suspicions. From the moment she appeared on screen she’s been confident of her knowledge and everyone has believed her words. She’s the head of the Saints, so it does make sense why the others wouldn’t initially doubt her, but something just doesn’t feel right. Whether it be her telling Fremy to finish Adlet off last week, or her attempting to convince the others of his lies this week, she’s adamant that the ‘Strongest Man in the World’ is the fake of the group, when he’s clearly not. And when Hans declared Adlet had figured out the 7th’s plan, the look on Mora’s face was less ‘Oh really, do tell’ and more ‘Oh shit, panic mode’. Still, she’s composed and has an answer for everything. She hasn’t even been considered within the group, and I see so many viewers believing her to be the wisest and most trustworthy. There’s no telling where her knowledge turns to lies.
Suspect of the Week – (#2) Nashetania:
But there’s also Nashetania to consider, especially after that smile. I named her the Suspect of the Week in the premiere, if only because of that ominous shot of her silhouette staring out at the crimson red sky. She’s a character that’s gotten on lots of people’s nerves, but I can’t say I’m one of them. If she is in fact innocent in all this, I can definitely believe that she’s being genuine in helping Adlet and instead prosecuting Hans; but if she is the fake, it would also make sense. However, I wouldn’t be surprised. In fact, I would be quite disappointed if that is the case, because it’s just too obvious. The majority of viewers have suspect her from the earlier episodes, and it’s easy to see why. I’d like to think Rokka no Yuusha is capable of actually surprising us with the reveal, and not just throwing the one we all suspected from the get-go.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Nothing much has changed, expect that I’m only really considering Mora and Nashetania as the main suspects. That could switch before episode 12, but I feel like it almost has to be one of them. If there is more than the 7th part of this plan, and it’s not Lauren, then maybe it’s both of them? Perhaps we’ll get closer to answers next week… but it’s more than likely that the reveal will be teased until the finale. If that is the case, it better be a good one – aka not Nashetania or Goldov.