While Episode 6 was full of doubts and betrayals, Episode 7 of Grimoire of Zero took an abrupt turn and filled our characters with sentiments of bravery and defiance. It’s like someone showed them the last episode and told them to get their horses together because they are losing the fight. Not that they took the lesson to heart: Exploring prejudice in a fantasy story is fine but not when they have to repeat the same message in every single episode.
Japanese Title: 王都プラスタ
Why are all the beastfallen sleazy pigs, dishonest frogs, or drunken dears? How about a proud lion for a change, or a strong bull, maybe even a wise owl? The show has this amazing concept of half-human half-beast warriors, which in itself is not anything new, but as a theme it’s always relevant and interesting. And what does it do with it? Well, nothing. Apart from Mercenary (and maybe Wolfy in the future) the rest are just jerks. They use their strength to steal and take advantage of the less-able humans. I know that Grimoire of Zero is trying to build on its theme of prejudice, but excuuuse me, these beastfallen had all that rage and hate coming for them. How can you trust a race whose majority would probably either steal from you or eat your closest relative?
The show must treat the beastfallen the same way it treats its witches: give the viewers more stereotypes to play with. Thirteen is powerful but selfish. Zero is naïve and reliable. Albus is young and adventurous. That random girl is scared the shit out of her magic pants. We need to see the same level of variety on the beastfallen so that the world can be more fleshed out.
Apart from that and the last five minutes with Wolfy taking upon him to advance the plot a little, nothing really happened. Mercenary was used by a beautiful tavern lady who I hope we will see again (maybe they DO get married and open a tavern), Albus used his few seconds of Episode fame to activate Thirteen’s personal dryer, and Zero got really angry seconds before absorbing the full consequences of having a magical bond with someone who took an magic arrow to the stomach. That must have hurt. And now Mercenary HAS to go back to his master.
Personal Dryer: I need to find a witch to teach me that trick. While in-anime it was a failed attempt to humor, the spell’s real-life applications are limitless. Especially when you have little defiant witches splashing your face for implying you could betray your comrades.
Themes & Trivia
Dreams: We all have our own personal dreams, and more often than not, they are linked to something that is missing from our lives. Mercenary is a cooking aficionado who has seen too much bloodshed for his own good. It’s only natural that he wants to settle down in open a tavern. Like those legendary LVL20 D&D ex-adventurers who can destroy whole nations but they instead choose to settle down and open a tavern. Reminds me of Kvothe. Do you know Kvothe? Check out the The Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy series by Patrick Rothfuss. If there is one book you should read if you are a fantasy fan, that’s The Name of the Wind.
The problem with this episode was that the Deus Ex Machina whose sole purpose is to push the plot forward made his appearance once again. Some things were just too convenient. What? A reason to bring forth the beastly side of the Mercenary? One cute girl who lost her mother to the flesh-eating rage coming up. Not too roasted on the prejudice side please. What? The wolf-character needs to come back? And we also need a way to approach HIM? Of course, he is working for a witch. What? We somehow need to justify the dead mother now? One human meal coming up for that random graving for human flesh! Sometimes, you just need to plan your story beforehand to not make it feel like you are making things on the go.
Howling in the Dark
I have to admit that besides Mercenary, Wolfy is the only beastfallen that is even remotely interesting. Even if his reintroduction to the story was a bit forced, I am curious to see his backstory and how the heck he was entrusted with protecting Sorena’s granddaughter. He may be a sneaky wolf-of-a-bitch but I have a feeling he’s going to turn into an ally.
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