This episode was phenomenal. To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts has turned into my favorite anime of this season. Are you in the mood for some action? Check! Do you love touching backstories? Check! Characters who are easy to get attached to with a strong grasp of morality? Also check! This series has it all and, if you don’t believe me, allow me elaborate a little more.
First of all and without a doubt, this was my most cherished episode so far. We’re already deep into the action and the story is heading somewhere exceedingly interesting. I find it hard to point out something specific, since everything was pure gold. The plot twists were well thought-out and every single minute was worth my time, leaving me begging for more. Let’s take a closer look!
Let’s begin with Cain. This hot vampire is the villain every good anime deserves; he’s loony, genius, evil and unbeatable. His skills in manipulation and his sarcastic, merciless smile, give this series a whole new perspective. I’m curious about how he created those badass Incarnates, since they look completely inhuman. Did he just skip the ‘human’ part and do more advanced experiments? I guess we’ll find out eventually.
Cain might be totally nuts, but he’s right about some things. It’s really hard to deal with the fact that the government turned you into a beast for their own benefit and, after they are done with you, they just get rid of you. Plus, I agree with the part where he states that ‘While we’re alive, our souls might change and evolve, but it’s still our soul’. He’s got some strong arguments, but his actions are utterly wrong. Also, do you think that he’s jealous of Hank for getting all the hot girls?
Moving on, after the bloodbath and the fanservice scene with Schaal’s boobs, I was left speechless when Cain didn’t die, even though his whole torso was exploded. Plus, we finally saw Hank’s final form, where he turned into a gigantic, luminous giant wolf. I’m curious to see if he lost his soul or not. Anyway, Cain totally messed with his mind, forcing him to relive the most traumatic moment of his life…
Cain: Every minute Cain was on the screen is definitely considered a highlight. *mic drop*
Schaal: Schaal’s shooting was unpredictable. She was a lure for Hank, though I didn’t think that this episode would end with an actual bullet in her body… However, I don’t think she’s dead.
King of The Beasts: Rampage mode is on and Hank is unstoppable. I don’t know if he completely lost control of his mind, but he seems almost as dangerous as Cain at the moment.
Themes & Trivia
Cain and Abel: According to the Bible, Cain and Abel are the first two sons of Adam and Eve. Cain, the firstborn, was a farmer, and his brother Abel was a shepherd. The brothers made sacrifices to God, each of his own produce, but God favored Abel’s sacrifice instead of Cain’s. Cain then murdered Abel, and after God punished Cain to a life of wandering. Cain then dwelt in the land of Nod, where he built a city and fathered the line of descendants beginning with Enoch.
The Bible never explicitly states Cain’s motive for murdering his brother, nor God’s reason for rejecting Cain’s sacrifice, nor details on the identity of Cain’s wife. Some traditional interpretations consider Cain to be the originator of evil, violence, or greed. According to Genesis, Cain was the first human born and Abel was the first to die.
I sense a HUGE spoiler in this story…
Twilight: Werewolf VS Vampire: it sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Twilight, written by Stephenie Meyer, was released in 2008 and it narrates the story of a human girl, a vampire, and a werewolf. In To The Sacred Abandoned Beasts the main characters are also a vampire, a werewolf, and a human girl, though the rest of the story is completely different.
This episode was solid and I’m extremely hyped for the rest of the series. I’m curious to see if Schaal will be turned into an Incarnate in order to survive, and if Hank will ever regain his human form. I can’t help but wonder if the white-haired, yellow-eyed girl is somehow related to the King of Beasts. They look quite similar, don’t they?
The military equipment was out of this world and reminded me a little bit of Attack of Titan, but I struggle to understand the soldiers’ courage: if I destroyed someone’s entire upper body and he regenerated it in less than a minute, I think I’d raise a white flag and get the hell out of there…
When it comes to animation, it’s getting worse with every episode. In the first two it was cleaner and pretty decent. But, since I’m the type of person who values a good story more than a good design, I’m okay with that!
‘You’re the King of The Beasts…’
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts is definitely worth watching. It’s one of this season’s gems and I can’t wait for the next episode to come out. But, till then, I can’t wait to read your comments on the recent events!
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast