「蜘蛛のトラップは反則でした」 (Kumo no Torappu wa Hansoku Deshita)
“The Trap of Trap Spiders”
I had a lot of fun with this episode, learning about the different types of skills and magic was really interesting, and the way it was juxtaposed in between killing the lesser mob enemies, kept the pacing of the episode up and allowed for things to feel fast throughout the whole bout. I wonder if they expect us to forget the names because text boxes with their Adventure Rank name kept popping up. I mean do we really need a reminder of who everyone is, maybe for the guys from the lesser guilds, The Eyes of Forest, and umm… The Other One. But for Amanda as well? She really is an important character that has already made an impression. So I don’t know why the need for reminders. Even though I do like that not a lot of time was spent doing so, instead the episode just continued expecting you to keep along, I really appreciate that.
Anyway, I’m grasping at straws here, as the whole episode felt more of a sociable introduction to the dungeon and the history and lore behind it. Amanda does mention that she did come here once, but that’s the little seeds that plant an important part, as later when they reach the dungeon core, which is apparently a sakura tree, an evolved version of the mob monster they’ve been killing appears seemingly out of nowhere! They mention it as weird as this type of monster shouldn’t spawn in an already cleared dungeon, and instead theorize that it came to be into existence by their own violation. AKA they evolved on their own. Maybe fighting each other or holding spider tournaments or something. This causes two of the party members to be inflicted with Frenzy poison, making their eyes glow red in the process like they just blazed some fat grass. In this state, they accidentally go into a room that has a teleporter on the floor. Pushing Fran in as well.
Because of this Fran and the two-party members get transported to the final boss room, thankfully Fran learned thunder before, but only through skill share, so she will be unable to cast it unless Shishou finds her location.
This final dungeon seems all but a distraction, however, we have yet not forgotten that this is actually an exam for Fran and the other’s to get promoted to a higher rank, as previously discussed, it’s impossible for Fran to just skip levels like it’s nobody’s business. However, it does seem like they are throwing more at her than she can handle and not giving her enough recompense. So instead they force her into this exam, thinking it’s all fun and games until it’s actually not, and things go south. In this case, she gets separated from Shishou and things are not looking good for her as she has been reliant on him for so long. So we’ll have to wait and see how she gets out of this one for sure!
Another question is why did Amanda not hear Shishou when she picked him up after Fran got teleported, it’s a minor question, but it makes me think that maybe Shishou only shares telepathy with those he deems. However in this same vein, what if he just used telepathy to communicate with Fran? But because he says he’s unable to find her through all of the mediums he tried, maybe telepathy was also one of them. He tried echolocation among many other skills and non of them seem to be working. So Fran and the other two might be stuck somewhere in an unreachable place.
So – things are looking dire right now for Fran, but the next episode title is Summoning the Demon Wolf which also now properly appears in the OP, so I’m sure something is going to happen with that and she might be able to get out of this predicament she is in with little to no trouble. Here’s rooting for Fran and everyone else to be able to get out of the dungeon with little preamble except maybe just making sure this spider-looking Quelaag monster goes down easily.
Let’s wait for next week and see what happens!
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