「愚者ベル・クラネル」 (Beru Kuraneru (Gusha))
“Bell Cranel (The Fool)”
My one qualm was that Bell never had the opportunity to take out Dix with his own two hands. And gratify my need to see him enact revenge. But that was one way to announce a new Minotaur in town – smashing Dix into human flesh paste, before storming out to singlehandedly take on the Loki Familia.
Return of the Minotaur
If the Minotaur defeated by Bell seemed formidable, Asterius was easily the Mike Tyson of Minotaurs – easily able to keep up with 3-4 members of the Loki familia at a time. At first, I reckoned he would be fodder for the Familia to buy time for Wiene and Bell. But he immediately exceeded my expectation by easily matching Tione, Tiona and Bete, exchanging blow for blow before summoning down lightning from the skies to incapacitate all three. That was when I knew Asterius was in a whole other ballpark.
When Aiz sliced off his arm, I thought the fight was over. The Sword Princess had finally thrown in her lot, and as one of the most formidable adventurers in the city, I expected Minotaur sashimi to be on the menu. However, Asterius continued fighting. Completely unbothered by the loss of a whole fucking arm.
Seeing him match Aiz blow for blow stole away my breath. He rolls on like a tank and proceeds to trade back – smashing Aiz’s left shoulder with a brutal strike and putting her arm out of commission, the moment which Gareth deemed his intervention to be mandatory. Sure, he had to flee. But taking on five members of the Loki familia alone – including the Sword Princess – is no mean feat. But this was merely the entrée for a soul shaking emotional rollercoaster.
Fuck me. That might just win Death of the Year in the upcoming Best of Anime 2020. It’s between that or Show Spoiler ▼
. Wiene’s death completely crushed me. She had always wondered why she had been born to suffer such a cruel life and existence.
But knowing that Bell tried to save her and dying in the arms of her most beloved person gave her unimaginable happiness and comfort, affirmed her personal reason for suffering through a difficult life. When she tried to touch Bell’s face, only for her hands to disintegrate into dust, I had to swallow down my tears. Seeing Bell’s intense outpouring of grief, regret and agony at her passing struck me really hard in the guts. And those beautifully ethereal vocals from Sajou no Hana elevated the scene to masterpiece tier. I can’t deny that I cried really hard. He may have been a fool. But no one can deny that he has a heart of gold.
Part of me wishes that Wiene stayed dead for the emotional impact. Was that an asspull? I guess. Especially since it didn’t come at any price. I was half expecting that Fels would crumble into dust. If we’d always known that Fels had a resurrection spell up his sleeve, and that it had a ridiculously low chance of succeeding, it would have made for a better setup. Though it may have given away the surprise. Because from receiving her fatal wound to dying, I was devastated and fully believed there was no chance of going back. It sure hurt good before they revoked everything. But overall, I’m extremely relieved that she was resurrected by Dia Orpheus.
It’s early days. And the season hasn’t concluded. But I want to pre-emptively thank J.C. Staff for putting their heart and soul into such an incredible adaptation. You can feel the love that the animator, director and other staff had towards this arc. And hats off to Fujino Oomori for constructing such an incredible story with heartfelt characters.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post. See you next week to discover what fate awaits Bell, whose reputation is now in the gutters. And what follows on, since the fundamental crisis remains unresolved – the Xenos are injured and certainly face reprisal for trespassing and carrying out attacks on mortal territories.