They say happiness doesn’t last forever and this seems to be true in this anime’s case. After six magnificent episodes, Episode 7 of To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts disappointed me. Are you curious to learn why? Let me elaborate a little more.
This episode started quite abruptly and made me feel like plenty of important events were skipped. At first, I thought I might have skipped 1 or 2 episodes by accident, but this wasn’t the case. It’s just that he story is becoming weaker and the production is probably ready to drop this amazing scenario off the hill. However, let’s move on to this episode’s events.
It appears that paranoia became Cain’s best friend, since he didn’t want to kill Schaal and gave her a bulletproof dress before shooting her. But the bullet penetrated it enough to cause a serious trauma and a huge blood stain. Are you confused about his motives? Me too… So, moving forward! Many months later and after Hank’s disappearance, Schaal returns to her hometown. Thus the villagers were cautious towards her, considering the fact that last time her father was about to burn the whole town. However, her father returned in a dragon-zombie mode, furious and full of rage. Schaal decides to man up and shoots him with her gun. He seems to be dead for good this time and she finally got into Hank’s shoes and understands more about his motive. Meanwhile, Cain is about to start another war, cause that’s what crazy vamps do!
Explanations: The explanations about the old and the upcoming war were by far my most cherished moments of this episode. I was looking forward to learn more about this world’s past.
Schaal: Even though Schaal is still a pretty dull and predictable character, I admire her emotional strength in this specific episode. Killing her father must have been the hardest thing to do -I’d never do it in her place- but this decision will probably make her grow.
Even if I disliked this episode because of its rushed flow, I also adored it for its symbolism. Schaal needed to return to the place where she lived her most happy and most sad memories and relive them in order to discover and forgive herself. It was an amazing scene! Her bittersweet moments were necessary in order to see some character development. The rest of the story, however, was full of holes and lacked in explanations. Plus, I really missed Hank.
It seems that everything is gonna be darker from now on, since a big war is just around the corner. I’m curious to see if the rest of the ‘dead’ Incarnates will return and how the main team will handle it this time. Will they kill them or use them to win Cain? Can’t wait to find out!
In conclusion, this was a weak episode with some strong emotional and explanatory moments. The continuation seems promising and I hope that next Monday we’ll all be amazed!
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast