OP: 「Blow out」 by 鈴木このみ (Suzuki Konomi)
「愚者と死神」 (Gusha to shinigami)
“The Fool and Death”
I assumed wrong when I thought the terrorist plot from the last episode was stopped after the two guys from last week were wiped out. Good thing it didn’t end there, because Glenn’s face-off against the other two terrorists this episode was much more action-packed. They did rush through both encounters so they wouldn’t have to spend four episodes on setting the scene for the show, and most of Glenn’s deathly injuries are cured by deus ex machina, and Lumia’s abduction makes Sistine reconsider her positive outlook on magic too quickly, but it didn’t spoil the episode’s revelations and fights.
I was concerned that they would push for Glenn being a reformed pacifist to make him more presentable to the audience, especially after he tied up the mooks from last week and finished the rapist guy off with a “punch”. Those worries went away relatively easily with this episode as Glenn straight-up stabs one of the terrorist mages. Tying up the rapist guy for the non-lethal route didn’t help much either since it only made him a sitting duck for his friend’s skeleton army to practice their chopping skills on. He did knock out Huey, who miraculously played the long con at the academy just to be able to create a human bomb to take out the academy, but they establish nicely in the episode that he wants to use his abilities to fulfill his childhood dream of being more noble.
It sets Glenn apart from some protagonists that go out of their way to make sure someone constantly trying to kill them is spared, or is weighed down by immense guilt from any casualties. He still is able to show remorse and distaste for killing, but it’s interesting that the show is fine with showing Glenn willing to resort to his old talent of mage-killing if it’s necessary. It also adds to the payoff of this episode by building a stepping stone towards Glenn working to be the mage of justice he always wanted to be.
And thus, we end the introduction arc trilogy with a sneak peek of what’s to come in the opening credits. The OP hits on some explosive notes as they hint at the conflicts to come where Glenn has to have intense battles with mystery rivals, how the girls around him have connections to his past, a few slides of Cecilia’s time with Glenn, and, above all else, a girl with blue hair who goes from a cute student to a knight with a giant sword in seconds. If anything, it makes the set-up to all of these moments all the more enticing to see what happens next.