An Unlikely Confession:
I’ll tell you one thing: I did not go into this episode expecting a confession of love. And certainly not one between Adlet and Fremy. Their relationship has been the most focused on throughout the series, but I never ever thought it would actually cross into the realms of romance. For a moment, like Fremy, I suspected that this may just be some weird plan of Adlet’s to get her guard down. Who knows, he may be the villain after all – in that moment I honestly doubted him; but thinking about it more and watching the episode develop, I’d consider his confession to be genuine.
Fremy’s initial reaction is to be expected. She probably was just as shocked as most of the audience (unless you were rooting for this pairing?). Ten episode in, I feel bad now for slamming Fremy when she was first introduced. I’ve seen so many stoic characters or her sort that I’ve grown irritated by them, but Fremy has received plenty of development and possibly the most screentime after Adlet, so I’ve warmed to her since this mystery plot kicked into full gear. Seeing her finally accept that Adlet is not the fake was a wonderful moment; her tears were powerful, and the voice actingYuuki Aoi was superb – the cracks in her voice felt more than acting. I still don’t know how I see these two as a potential couple, but I’ve liked all their interactions, and this one was the best to date. If both of them make it out of this alive, and we do get a second season, I’d be interested to see if the romance blossoms between this unlikely pair.
Assault on Adlet:
However, confessions aside, Adlet’s not having the best time right now. He’s convinced Fremy after many efforts, but he’s got one stubborn enemy: Mora. I’ll save all my thoughts on Mora for the next part, but I just have to say that her obsession with pinning the blame on Adlet is becoming irritating. I can see why she may have thought that when the mystery was introduced… but now? Hans did a good job defending him, but she just can’t let it go. She’s not holding back either. The offence on Adlet was constant in the second half, and tensions were high. Fremy saved him in the end, but now there’s another one who’s out for the kill.
For two episodes in a row, the same characters have sent alarm bells ringing. Yet this time, while on the surface Nashetania seems the most out there, suspicious, and downright weird, I still don’t believe it’s her. I don’t trust anything she says, especially considering how her mood seems to fluctuate with the wind, going from happy to furious to manic to giggly without much transition. At this point I think there’s something psychologically wrong with her. Maybe she’s just not prepared for this quest or the lies around her, or maybe this was all part of her plan to fool them all? But if so, who was she fooling? She seems too cuckoo for me take seriously as the villain here. When she attacked Adlet at the end, I’m willing to be that it’s because she felt betrayed and isn’t thinking straight, and not because this was her evil plan all along.
Suspect of the Week – Mora:
Mora is so obviously the most dubious character of the group. I still like her a lot, but she really annoyed me this episode (in a good way, sort of). When she communicated with the other Braves, telling them to kill Adlet, I felt like screaming. This whole thing feels like a plan in motion, even if it’s not going her way by the end. She’s also expecting Nashetania to act the way she is, which either indicates they’re working together or she’s aware of her emotional instability and using it to her gain. I’m glad Fremy didn’t comply with her wishes, but I fear the consequences. Just as Chamot says, Mora is intimidating, even if her CG cubes are laughable.
Overview – What’s Next?:
This was a surprising episode. First off we have the out-there confession, and the progression with Fremy’s development. It’s seriously impressive how much Rokka no Yuusha can do when so little is happening. These seven characters (well, not Goldov – he sucks) are constantly intriguing, and I’m hooked when it comes to the mystery, even if the production quality and execution isn’t quite up to scratch. We’re not gonna see the Demon King any time soon, if ever, but I’m okay with that. I’m loving these chases in the woods, and the tense ongoing conflict between the Braves. I suspect next week will be a wild one, possibly ending with the revelation of the fake. Is it Mora? Nashetania? Adlet? Time will tell. My bet is still on Mora.