「 人造迷宮クノッソス」 (Kunossosu (Jinzou Meikyuu))
“Knossos (Man-Made Labyrinth)”
Plummeting Mortal-Xenos Relations
As expected, we see a huge escalation in conflict between mortals trying to protect Liveria and the Xenos who are desperately seeking out their kidnapped kin. When even the most hopeful of Xenos in Lyd cannot control his anger to the point where he’d cross blades with Bell and warn him to fuck off, when they had been so friendly in the past, it speaks volumes about how things might have gone past the point of no return.
And one has to wonder how Bell can go around fixing these fractured race relations, even if he goes at it with the best of intentions. He genuinely wants to save Wiene. Seeing how he defied Ryu and insisted on putting himself on the line for the Xenos’ sake, even after they rejected him, I’m confident his sheer tenacity and passion will win them over. Especially now that they’ve reached a critical juncture in saving the captured Xenos from the Ikelos Familia, where cooperation is vital for them to even stand a chance considering how Dix is Level 5.
It’s too late for Ranya and the other Xenos who were murdered. And I don’t expect the Xenos community to forgive and forget so easily. But hopefully they can realise that not all mortals are evil. And that most of the mortals can understand this place of hurt where these Xenos are coming from.
The Legacy of Daedalus
As for the history lesson, that explains how Dix could operate around Orario under the nose of the Guild and various Gods. It’s because he’s a descendant of Daedalus – the creator of Babel as well as the Knossos, a secret man-made labyrinth that serves as another entrance into Babel that only those of his bloodline can freely move around in. Seeing his bloodline as a curse, he views the use of Knossos as his birthright. That he is entitled to do whatever he wants with it, even if his actions within the artificial labyrinth are horrific. Namely kidnapping, torturing, enslaving and murdering sapient monsters.
So why would he do such things? Turns out all these awful deeds have an underlying motive. Dix wishes to accrue funds that will allow him to finish building Knossos and put a rest to the obsession which eats away at him. If he wasn’t so unremorseful, I might have felt a modicum of sympathy for him. However, he’s unapologetically cruel and evil that there’s no room for giving him leeway. Many people are born with congenital conditions that inflict pain upon them, but don’t seek to intentionally subject others under a similar suffering.
There are no real excuses for Dix as far as I’m concerned, and hopefully Bell will exact karmic retribution upon this nasty piece of shit. It’s been a really long time, since the minotaur fight at the end of Season 1, where I felt this kind of excited anticipation for Danmachi. J.C. Staff have really been on fire compared to Season 2 and I have had absolutely no complaints to make so far, which is pretty rare, meaning there’s a real chance we’ll be getting something truly incredible.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!