The ninth episode was an endless battle, focused on Hank and Garm. It wasn’t bad, but I felt like the story didn’t move forward. Allow me to explain more!
Hank is wandering in the mountains, having nightmares about the Incarnates he killed. Maybe he’s realising that it wasn’t the greatest idea and that he rushed to finish them all… Who knows… Soon after that, an old Incarnate friend appears, trying to convince him to follow Cain’s vision. They end up in a battle that makes Hank look like a kitty cat. I can’t help but wonder if Garm didn’t kill him (since he had many chances to do it) because he still cares about him, or if he really just wanted a fair fight in order to prove his superiority.
Meanwhile, Schaal is trying to speak with Claude, in a discreet attempt to protect Hank. I get the feeling that ‘till the end, Claude will either turn against his father and save the day, or he’ll remain the same brainless brat as he is. By now, the only highlight of the show is Liza, because her bubbling and intense personality feels more sincere than everyone’s else. By the end, after the military team finds Hank, he falls off a cliff, leaving us in a cliffhanger. Hue hue hue!
Battle: Garm seems to have incredible healing abilities, considering the fact that Hank stabbed him over and over again and one minute later he was brand new. This wolf could be a powerful antagonist and I don’t see how the military team is gonna eliminate him. R.I.P. soldiers…
Cain: I know we didn’t get to see Cain in this episode, yet the fact that he sent Gram to convince (or kill) Hank made me furious! He’s so fancy and delicate that he doesn’t even bother to do this by himself? He and Hank used to be childhood besties; Cain should have gone instead of Gram. I like Cain as a villain and he his motives make sense, but many times I wanna slap him.
Liza: Don’t ask me why, I just love this girl!
Facts & Trivia
Garm: According to Norse mythology, Garmr or Garm is a wolf or dog associated with both Hell and Ragnarök, and described as a blood-stained guardian of Hell’s gate. Ok, this explains a lot about his skills…
After finishing this episode, I ended up with the following conclusion: Cain is right. His actions surely are wrong and monstrous. However, humans created Incarnates, used them and after they their usefulness expired, they wanted to kill them WITHOUT EVEN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THEM. Damn you petty humans, why not trying talking instead of shooting for once? Anyway… I get a feeling that Hank is starting to understand what is happening and he’s now in an inner fight with himself. Why? Because on one hand, he’s determined to fulfil Elaine’s wish, but on the other hand he realises that maybe it’s not the right solution.
I think that Cain and Hank are highly interesting characters and it’s a shame that their feelings and thoughts are left unexplained or are poorly expressed. If we get to see more of what’s happening in their minds, I’ll be satisfied with this anime. If not, the rest of the series might be just a big waste of time…
‘I want to understand them…’
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast