When I learned that I had been handed the review To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, I felt agitated. Was it gonna be a good show? Would I be able to watch four episodes in a row without using buckles to keep my eyes open? Thankfully, in both questions, the answer was YES! This anime turned out to be great and, sincerely, I feel pretty excited to see what’s next. Though, until then, let’s take a look at this episode’s events!
This episode follows the pattern of the previous: Hank, Schaal, and Liza locate and eliminate the remaining Incarnates. This time, the beast was Artie, who, no matter his looks, seemed to maintain a big part of his human consciousness. He was heading east while looking for something, but his path was blocked by a monstrous metal bridge. This bridge -according to all the characters- symbolized the new, peaceful era and should be kept unharmed at all costs. On the other hand, Artie, a soldier who sacrificed himself in order to end the war, didn’t symbolize anything and should be vanished since he was not useful anymore. I struggle to understand this cruel logic and this episode got me thinking about how sad and inhuman it is to use people and take advantage of them and after your will is fulfilled to throw them away…
Meanwhile, Schaal still seems more like a supporting character instead of a main and she prefers to keep guessing things rather than asking Liza or Hank. Though, I’m not gonna judge her yet, since she’s in a mourning period.
Beast Mode On: Artie’s beast mode caught me off guard and left me cheering. The series are amazingly drawn so far and the monsters look tough enough, but this was the most impressive beast so far. As an original Godzilla fan, I always enjoy seeing huge dinosaur-like creatures. So, cheers to that!
Finale: This bittersweet finale torn my heart into pieces. Artie deserved to get his last wish fulfilled and to see a glimpse of love, hope, and humanity before dying. It was quite emotional and it got me thinking to not judge a book by its cover. He might have looked scary as heck, but his motives were pure.
Themes & Trivia
Do I know you?: The white flower which blooms in the intro song, reminds me of Cheza’s flower from my beloved series Wolf’s Rain. It’s called night-blooming cereus and it’s a cactus’ blossom which blooms only at night. I would like to mention that Wolf’s Rain main character, Kiba, is a big white wolf, while in To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts, Hank transforms into a big white werewolf. All the above might be a coincidence, or it might not…
Kafka: As the series continues, I can’t help but remember Kafka’s book, The Metamorphosis. In this all-time classic masterpiece, a man is suddenly transformed into a cockroach and cannot offer anything but problems to his family anymore. So, they start to isolate him… How are these two completely different stories connected though? Well, the beasts, who used to be soldiers, were worshiped like Gods while in the war’s era. Though, when the war was over and they got trapped in their inhuman forms, not being able to offer something to humans anymore, they got treated like garbage and no one tried to help or understand them…
I can say that To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts is well made. I like the scenario, the design, and the fact that its story provides food for thought. Yet, I would like to see something new taking place in the next episode instead of a repetitive happening similar to this. I would like for this anime to dig deep into the characters’ psychology and I will honestly appreciate even more the production if they keep the whole action-story thing in balance. I set high standards for this!
‘I would like to see the ocean, just once…’
In conclusion, it was a very emotional and bittersweet episode, which gave a new perspective to the beast’s feelings. I am excited for the continuation, since many breathtaking events might be just around the corner. Till then, I can’t wait to read your opinion here, in MANGA.TOKYO!
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast