Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Brave of the Six Flowers) Episode 7 Review

Flashbacks Can Be Really Sloppy!

PROS

  • The Adlet and Fremy scenes
Adlet Mayer and Fremy Speeddraw chat by the campfire.

Adlet Mayer and Fremy Speeddraw chat by the campfire.

I know that there are Adlet and Fremy shippers out there, and I’m one of you people, but this PRO isn’t really about the shipping of these two particular characters (though that is a plus). This PRO is more about how the first ten minutes of the episode impressed me by not only giving us a quick but efficient look into not one, but two of our protagonists’ backstories. It didn’t quite have that emotional punch that a prolonged Naruto or One Piece flashback might have, but I’m okay with that.

It gave us information about the characters’ pasts, hinted at what could come for them in the future and developed a relationship between Adlet and Fremy.

ALSO, TALKING FIEND!

ALSO, TALKING FIEND!

  • Adlet Mayer is Batman!

In a video I made summing up my impressions on the first six episodes of Rokka no Yuusha, I liken Adlet Mayer to the Dark Knight himself and I feel like this episode is further proof of that comparison.

When written poorly, Batman is an overpowered jack-of-all-trades that has a counter to everything and everyone, which makes him cool yes, but from a story telling prospective it’s kind of hokey and lame. In the hands of a more competent writer, Batman is grounded to just being a mortal man who pushes himself past his limits and someone who uses his wide-array of tools to give him an edge over insurmountable odds, may they be dozens of armed thugs or something more supernatural.

Adlet Mayer is the latter type of Batman. No, he’s not a grumpy prick that is the Caped Crusader, but just like Batman, Adlet Mayer is just a mortal man with no powers or any kind of special in-born talents or abilities. Everything that Adlet is now happened because he pushed himself past his limits and learned how to be adapt to any situation either with the help of his arsenal of tools or through his own cutting and wit.

Young Adlet learning how to make his arsenal of ninja like tools.

Young Adlet learning how to make his arsenal of ninja like tools.

I love characters like this. They’re grounded, the odds are against them and seeing them struggle and later triumph over impossible odds is just so much more satisfying than seeing yet another shounen hero who can transform into whatever form and overpower his opponents.

Young Adlet training relentlessly with Atro Spiker!

Young Adlet training relentlessly with Atro Spiker!

  • Fremy’s Past

Fremy’s past was only touched upon briefly, but again, it was efficiently told. It was enough to tell us about her character and how she feels. We learn about Fremy’s history and we learn about her motivation.

Fremy Speeddraw is determined to kill the Demon God.

Fremy Speeddraw is determined to kill the Demon God.

The thing about this episode that I really liked (but also kind of annoyed me) was the duality in Fremy’s character. I get why Hans and Chamo are suspicious of her, but I’m not going to lie, it’s getting a little tiring, especially since both Hans and Chamo feel like stock characters (the jokester assassin and the over-powered murderous cutie). But I do like how their suspicions did add to Fremy’s character in a way.

Earlier in the episode we learn about how Fremy feels betrayed by her mother and fiend family. Her sole motivation to kill the Demon God is to rub into the people that abandoned her the kind of monster they helped create. But even though she’s now cast aside her fiend blood and family, she’s still scene as a freak by her fellow Braves.

  • Aldet Mayer vs. Hans Humpty

The fight between Adlet and Hans was quick, but it was pretty enjoyable and the fact that it ended in a cliff-hangery way’s making me real excited for the next episode.

Adlet vs Hans!

Adlet vs Hans!

Stray Observation: When Goldof overhears the commotion back at the temple caused by Adlet and Hans’ fight, Nashetania brushes it off—the camera is positioned to her back, not showing us her face when she just started to walk away from the scene and lead Goldof away. If this isn’t a hint that Bunny Princess ain’t the 7th Brave, then I don’t know what it is.

EGAD! ON WHAT GROUNDS DO YOU MAKE THESE ACCUSATIONS TEMPTRESS!?

EGAD! ON WHAT GROUNDS DO YOU MAKE THESE ACCUSATIONS TEMPTRESS!?

CONS

  • Chamo and Hans are annoying.

I really dislike their characters right now and maybe it’s because we just haven’t had the time to get to know them better, but when they’re on the screen, all I see are stock characters.

All I see are Trope Characters.

All I see are Trope Characters.

VERDICT 

When I first saw Rokka no Yuusha, the only good thing I had to say about it was that it looked pretty and that Nashetania’s charms instantly made me fall for her—but now, it’s clear to me that despite having a super clichéd main plot, the way this show handles its characters and story-telling is impressive.

SCORE: 9/10 – Excellent!

  • PROS
    • The Adlet and Fremy Scenes
    • Adlet is Batman
    • Fremy’s Past
    • Adlet vs Hans
  • CONS
    • Chamo and Hans are annoying.
She won't.

She won’t.

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