「殺生石 (ウタカタノユメ)」 (Sesshouseki (Uta Katano Yume))
“Killing Stone (Ephemeral Dreams)”
Bell and Mikoto are beaten into submission, after being waylaid by Ishtar’s Amazoness warriors. Mikoto is simply thrown into a cell, while Phryne imprisons Bell inside her rape dungeon. My stomach churned and I was physically recoiling throughout the entire ordeal, especially when Phryne was licking Bell and punching him in the nads. While the series does not explicitly describe what happens to Phryne’s prisoners, the implication remains through the depiction of scattered tools and horrific flashback to one particular victim. That’s a psychopath if I’ve ever seen one, and doomed be the male adventurers who she finds herself fancying in the world of Danmachi. She’s up there in strength too, being a Top 5 adventurer within Orario itself if you consider that she dominated Ais in combat. How would your average adventurer even begin trying to overpower or escape her clutches? JC Staff really sold me the despair and hopelessness of Bell’s situation, because I was really fearing for him on many different levels. Fortunately for Bell, Haruhime is able to locate and release him. The way he just collapsed into her arms, sobbing. You could really see how much psychological and emotional trauma Phryne was able to inflict upon him, even though she only gave him a mere taste of her sadistic program. But I’m definitely glad that Bell managed to get his way out of such a disgusting and unsavoury place. I don’t think I could have handled an escalation from Phryne, in her torture of Bell.
The Killing Stone’s gimmick is finally revealed as well. It traps the soul of a Renard on the night of a full moon, and upon being shattered, consigns them to eternal oblivion. A very cruel contraption indeed, and for what purpose? If shattered, each fragment allows a person to yield the power of Youjutsu. In Haruhime’s case, her specialty is level boost. It’s no wonder why Ishtar is seeking to conduct the ritual, because her familia will gain insane power overnight if everything plays out as she envisions. Since it’s a night with a full moon, Bell and his friends are on an extremely limited timer, hence it really frustrated me that he chose to hesitate instead of saving Haruhime from Aisha. Though I can understand any potential worries he might have, with regards to the Hestia familia being dragged into yet another war. Haruhime’s situation definitely worries me, but I can see that an imposing challenge is being established for Bell to surmount. In one of my previous posts, I mentioned how it was really silly of Ishtar to go about her plans in such a way that would invite open conflict against her from powerful factions within Orario. Now, even if Ishtar is successfully subjugated, it would lose any meaning to our heroes if Haruhime dies in the process. The cloud with a silver lining is that Aisha seems like she wants to look out for Haruhime’s interest, and that she might have done something herself, if not for the fact that Ishtar has wrangled a torturous charming spell which prevents disobedience. The win condition for Bell & Co from my perspective is securing, protecting and hiding away Haruhime for the duration of the night, since once the full moon elapses, the ritual cannot be carried out. And that gives ample time until the next full moon for the relevant authorities to act upon, in terms of dealing with Ishtar and her familia. Since a night with a full moon is only a couple of hours, I expect this arc to be wrapped up within the next two episodes max. So I’m excited to see how the Little Rookie will once again overcome impossible odds. Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading my post and see you next week for what I expect to be Haruhime’s rescue arc!
Aisha’s argument is brilliant. Bell needs to level up in his maturity and conviction, as things are moving in a scope that is beyond just his personal realm, particularly that he’s rising in reputation.
I eagerly await to see his progress.
Yeah, good for her for reaming him out. He needs a few kicks in the pants. Lucky that Mikoto was there to drag him away to safety.
I haven’t watched this episode, but… Phryne is a level 5. There’s no way she’s better than Ais, who is level 6 now.
Yes, high stats can allow someone to overcome a level disadvantage, but Ais has always had high stats herself before each time she’s leveled. There’s no way Phryne could have enough to make up the difference.
Of course not. But as you can see Phryne’s main flaw is her over confidence. The same way she’s insane enough to think she’s more beautiful then Ishtar she can think she’s stronger then Ais. Both are false.
I was pleased to see Bell no jumping the gun and rushing to save her. This involves more than just him but also his goddess and the new friends that joined his famlia !! The hesitation was completely natural and his decision after this will help with his mental maturity !
This is one ugly person I hope gets killed off in a war game.
This is obviously one type of fate worse than death. For that one guy in Happy Sugar Life Show Spoiler ▼
> taking a page from the MCU Avengers, Vision. It seems like since the events of the first season in Dungeon no deai o motomeru, the amount of competitors who wants to steam roll Bell has grown—a lot. This is not to say having adversary isn’t a good thing, but Bell will forever experience this kind of suffering.
Not really. It’s a bit of a spoiler, but trust me, after this arc, you’d have to be INSANE to try the shit Ishtar pulled.
Are we going to see it?
We’ve got 13 episodes this season right? I can’t see this season ending with the same intensity as the first if they’re moving straight on into volume eight.
I don’t know if I had too much action or not in this episode.
For me, not enough. Other than a brief skirmish at the start of the episode, there was pretty much no action for the rest of the episode. I’m absolutely looking forwards to next episode, where we’ll hopefully be seeing a lot of skirmishing and full on duels between Ishtar’s familia and adventurers from all over Orario.