“The Time to Reveal the Answer”
The Seventh Brave – Nashetania Loei Piena Augustra:
So there we have it – it’s Nashetania. After being trapped by the barrier for eight episodes, all is revealed. I don’t wanna be like: “I called it”, but I kind of did. Back in episode one, I knew from this moment that something was fishy about Nashetania. She was my first ‘Suspect of the Week’, and even though I recognised her as one of – if not the – most obvious choice, I tried to spotlight others in hopes it could be them. I made it clear from the start that I didn’t want it to be Nashetania, because it was too obvious. So many people called it, and looking back, there was so many giveaways that anime-only viewers caught on to. Her breaking the tablet was as obvious as it comes – it wasn’t an understated scene when it happened, and so I tried my best to ignore it, despite how vital it was.
But of course it was Nashetania. It had to be. Last week I said I wasn’t sure who it was, but a day later I looked back at the discussions and tried to narrow it down to who it could have been. By the end I knew it was either Adlet, Nashetnia, or Goldov, because those three interacting with the tablet was a key moment. I realised it a little too late after I made the post, but what could I do? If anyone has been following me on twitter, you’d know that I came to that realisation last week and still didn’t want to accept. I can’t fault Rokka no Yuusha for delivering an asspull at the very end, because it was all grounded in evidence up till the big reveal. Unfortunately, the evidence was far too obvious, and I think we all realised many, many episodes before we probably should have.
The Sixth Brave – Rolonia Manchetta:
But the best part of the episode wasn’t the reveal of the seventh… it was the reveal of the sixth! That’s right, just when everything seemed clear, Rolonia Manchetta (Kanemoto Hisako) came stumbling in, apologising for being late due to the fog keeping her from entering sooner. My first reaction was just to laugh, because I knew what was coming. And then she said those wonderful, hilarious words: “Um, I’ve been wondering… Why are there seven of us?”
And so it all begins again! Except it doesn’t, because the anime is over and I wouldn’t count a second season as guaranteed. The last few minutes of this episode were pretty solid, setting up for the story ahead while reminding us, yet again, that there’s still a fake within the group. All along there were only five real Braves among them. The rug has been pulled from under our feet, and the pain in our asses has never felt so good. Last week I said I loved a good cliffhanger, and this is one. But I also love a good twist, and Rolonia strolling up just as the credits were about to roll was just… perfect.
The Eighth Brave – ???:
Now begins the spoiler territory. For twelve weeks I managed to remain unspoiled for who the identity of the seventh was. I saw hints and a few giveaways, but nothing that ruined the experience. However, around thirty minutes after finishing this episode I managed to spoil myself for who the new Seventh “aka the Eighth” is. I tried so hard all this time not to ruin the anime, and now that it’s over I’ve gone and ruined the light novels for myself.
Perhaps ruined is a little overdramatic, since I wasn’t sure I was ever going to read them, and even still, I might read them at some point despite knowing the Eighth’s identity. Personally, I don’t think we’re getting a second season of Rokka no Yuusha; from what I’ve heard the sales are not great, and I don’t think Passione would risk another season of something that isn’t giving them profit. If, like me, you suspect there won’t be anymore of the anime and you want to know who the Eighth Brave is, feel free to read beneath the spoiler tag. Otherwise, ignore it and find out on your own!
Overview – Final Impressions:
Rokka no Yuusha was a blast. Every week I was entertained, both as a viewer and a blogger. Just watching the mystery unravel and reveling in the tension made for a satisfying experience, but gathering all my thoughts in these posts and sharing my theories was what made it that much more enjoyable. In the end, the fake may have been the one I didn’t want it to be, but I can’t complain too much. The evidence was rock solid, and Passione did a good job adapting the source material, even if the production quality was poor at times and the art quality was inconsistent from episode to episode.
It’s rare for a single light novel to be adapted over one cour. Perhaps it’s because the Rokka no Yuusha volumes are longer, but I have to give credit to the staff and studio for taking the slow route with this one. It paid off to take the time to focus on the Braves and get to know them before the curtain was pulled back. Narratively, it makes sense for it to be Nashetania, made clear by Adlet’s flashback to their interactions across the series, so I can’t moan about that either. All I can say is that Rokka no Yuusha delivered what it promised, and proved to be fun weekly watch because of that.
As I’ve said, I doubt there will be a second season. Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong, but if by some freak occurrence it is announced, I’m not sure whether I’d blog it or not. Now that I’ve read up on the events of the following light novels, I feel I know too much to properly talk about what will go down. Of course, this is all hypothetical. If the anime ends here, there’s always the source material to read. I’m sure plenty of you will be eager to jump onto the light novels after this episode’s cliffhanger. Right till the end, Rokka no Yuusha had us in the palm of its hand.
I feel I can safely say this is one of the best mystery anime in the past few years. It’s been a treat to blog, and thank you all for your comments and input. Many of us solved it early on, but that doesn’t ruin the overall experience one little bit.
P.S: Please use spoiler tags if you wish discuss anything regarding the new “Seventh Brave” or anything else that wasn’t covered in the anime. The temptation is real, but let’s not ruin it for those who’d rather find out on their own. Sadly… it’s too late for me.