The penultimate episode of Dies Irae does little to unravel the mess of its plot. Yet, next week’s is only going to be the last episode of its TV run (more about that in the comments section). Fujii Ren is not even close to becoming the hero that will stand a chance against the ULTIMATE NAZI SUPREME LEADER. I guess his lackeys are not doing properly their job of training him.
Japanese Title: 不死英雄[エインフェリア]
The episode opens with an answer to one of the second-rate questions of the show. Sakurai is part of a cursed bloodline that started when her grandfather created a magic lance (the one she is using as a sword) that sucks the soul of its wielder. Her family has always wielded the lance. Her brother, what was his name (I think Kai), promised her to break the curse, but something obviously happened to him and his girlfriend (?) Beatrice, and now Sakurai continues the tradition and wants to help the NAZI OVERLORD SUPER LEADER win so she can bring the two back to life.
Samiel, aka as Eleonore Von Wittenburg, aka as She-Two-Face, aka as master of the giant flaming skeleton proceeds with her plan to initiate the fifth swastika. Ren, in his current state, has no power to halt her advance or even just keep up with her ‘training.’ After all, we must not forget that all those buddies are out there to beat Ren in shape as he is preparing to confront the NAZI LEADER OF ALL NAZIS EVERYWHERE. Sakurai doesn’t really know what to do and Riza seems to be there with a plan, one she will realize later in the episode. When Ren is left unconscious, Marie manifests out of his body to protect him and gets her ass beaten really nasty. That scene results in Marie and Ren proclaiming (?) that they are a couple now, or at least that’s what I got out of their words. After all, they did refer to each other as ‘my girl’ and ‘my man’. That didn’t sound like a friendly call.
Also, we learn that Risa had three children, maybe, and that she is somehow connected to Kasumi, I think. Ah, and the priest wants to join forces with Ren to serve his own interests.
This anime is so confusing.
Giant Skeletons Everywhere: I don’t know what’s the deal with those giant skeletons, but I am starting to see a pattern here. All the higher brass gets their own version. For now, we have the RoboSkeleton and the FireSkeleton. I wonder what kind of giant skeleton we will see next.
Themes & Trivia
Lance: Since the series is drawing heavily from Christian imagery, I am going to assume that the legendary lance that Sakurai’s ancestor tried to replicate was the Lance of Longinus, also known as the Holy Lance, the Holy Spear, The Spear of Destiny, and more. According to the Gospel of John, the Holy Lance is the one that the Roman centurion Longinus (the name was not mentioned in the Gospel but it can be found in apocryphal Christian texts) used to pierce Jesus’ side when he was on the cross to make sure that he was dead.
It is widely used in popular culture as an object of power. In anime, the most famous reference is that in the 1995 anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Einherjar: Dies Irae mainly draws from two mythologies: Christian and Nordic. In Norse mythology, the einherjar refers to warriors who have died in battle and are brought to Valhalla by Valkyries. I am not sure how the term connects to Eleonore since she is very much alive and immortal.
It seems that this 12-episode run is not going to be enough to explain all that’s happening in the series. After the TV broadcast, 6 more episodes will run online in an attempt to properly wrap up the events and maybe even come to a conclusive battle against LORD NAZI SUPER VILLAIN. 18 episodes will be enough. I hope.
Don’t Mess with My Girl!
I am still confused. Are Ren and Marie a proper couple now? Did Eleonore just kill one of her best friends? Were they best friends? What’s with those wishes? Oh wait, Risa is dead? I mean, she was kinds one of the characters we knew the most for. And that wasn’t that much. I wonder what is going to happen in the next episode. Maybe… more giant skeletons?
How dare you hit my girl?
Don’t you dare hit my boy!
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