Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Brave of the Six Flowers) Episode 12 Review

“Only Five Hundred Thousand~”

Finale

Oh just five hundred thousand? Well okay then.

Oh just five hundred thousand? Well okay then.

There are two ways you can do a finale—end with a bang, or leave your audience craving for more. Rokka no Yuusha clearly went for the latter in this one. And I don’t mind it at all. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, I’m assuming that you’re already accustomed to the penultimate episode being the BIG ONE.

For the none fans out there, in Game of Thrones, the second to last episode is often the one episode where a lot of things go down: epic battles, grand revelations, major character deaths, stuff like that. The very final episode would often have the previously mentioned elements, but often, the BANG in the penultimate episode is still where it’s. In GoT, the finale is mostly reserved for cliffhangers that would want viewers speculating for months and months until the new season comes out.

Rokka does something very similar to this. The penultimate episode was when Adlet and Fremy had to work together as they attempt to fight off Goldof, Nashetania and Maura all at the same time, and it’s the big episode that helped clear Adlet as not being the Fake Brave. The finale on the other hand wrapped up the season’s main story and teased at what’s yet to come.

Katsura Kotaro--I mean this talking fiend guy's still coming guys.

Katsura Kotaro–I mean this talking fiend guy’s still coming guys.

Was it satisfying? Yes, I’d like to think so. If not, then please read on ahead and let me try and convince you otherwise.

The Culprit Is You!

Yeah you!

Yeah you!

It was Nashetania. I thought that maybe it was Mora, but she’s still very much a contender for Fake Brave in my eyes seeing as now we’re back to square one with Rolonia’s sudden appearance. But before we move on to the new Brave, let’s talk about our murderous bunny princess.

When I first saw Rokka no Yuusha, the male part of me went like, “DAMN!” I thought to myself, that if this show didn’t have any special about it, I at least hope that the next time I go to a con, I’d run into a Nashetania cosplayer (a female one of course). And it’s not just looks that made me like Nashetania. In the first few episodes I enjoyed her playful, albeit naïve behavior—but looking back (and yes I actually did), there was one part in episode two where Nashetania tells Adlet about how when she was a child, her father tried to have her be killed.

I buy it. She was betrayed by her people, the same way the fiends betrayed Fremy.

I buy it. She was betrayed by her people, the same way the fiends betrayed Fremy.

In episode two, Nashetania tells Adlet about the Civil War in her home country of Piena. During this conversation, Nashetania tells Adlet about how her father blamed her for the Civil War and had ordered her execution. Nashetania spent quite some time away from home until she became the Saint of Swords—it’d be stupid for anyone to think that a person betrayed by her own family (kind of like Fremy in a way), would just easily forgive them and forget the fact that they tried to kill her.

It makes sense that Nashetania is the Fake Brave. I mean she does have a logical motivation as to why she would want peace (and also one of the fiend leaders probably came to her when she was on the run and corrupted her).

“All I dreamed of was of a night when I could sleep without fear of death. If I could give that to the entire world, it wouldn’t bother me how often I sleep on the hard ground!

“All I dreamed of was of a night when I could sleep without fear of death. If I could give that to the entire world, it wouldn’t bother me how often I sleep on the hard ground!”

So if you didn’t buy Nashetania being the Fake Brave, there’s my (and the show’s) reasoning. Moving on.

Adlet x Fremy

Fremy, you're so cute.

Fremy, you’re so cute.

They kissed!

I don’t really have much to say about this, because I’ve talked about it before. Like Nashetania being the Fake Brave, I buy this shipping (not wholly), but regardless I support it. They have chemistry and some bantering exchanges, and based on the scenes where both of them would jump in to shield the other’s life, I buy that they really love each other.

There’s a progression to it and it doesn’t feel forced.

Jelly with a side of salt.

Jelly with a side of salt.

The Saint of Bloods

Now… I want to talk about Rolonia…

Are you a cow or an elephant?

Are you a cow or an elephant?

She’s been quite possibly the most hated character in the show and she hasn’t even been in it for a good fifteen minutes!

What are the things people don’t like about her?

  • People don’t like her design.
  • People think that she’s a new love interest.
  • People think that it’s dumb that they’re back to the 7th Brave thing.

Design 

Seriously are you a cow or an elephant?!

Seriously are you a cow or an elephant?!

A lot of people didn’t like Rolonia’s looks because of her armor and costume and second, they don’t like her because she’s fat.

First off, who cares? Second, didn’t we just spend a season with a cute little bunny girl waifu with a nice ass… who turned out to be a psychotic murderer? Why judge Rolonia so harshly because of how she looked? I’m not gonna lie, her armor was kind of weird and unappealing to me (and so is Hans’ raggedy appearance), but while I loved Nashetania’s look she was the character I ended up hating the most and Hans became the Brave I loved the most besides Adlet.

Give Rolonia a chance and don’t judge her solely by how she looks—She’s the SAINT OF BLOOD. Who knows what she’s capable of!

Love Interest 

She’s not. End of discussion.

Rolonia's not getting in the way of Adlet x Fremy guys!

Rolonia’s not getting in the way of Adlet x Fremy guys!

But no, really, people seem to be all upset that she’s going to get in the way of Adlet and Fremy. Look, I love Adlet and Fremy together, but I don’t think that Adlet’s going to start having a harem anytime soon. Why? Because first off, we’ve already realized that this show isn’t as dumb and generic as we all probably thought. And second, she knows Adlet.

If you join a new group of people and you see your friend there—and you see that he’s injured, wouldn’t you want to stick with your friend first then later start talking with the other people in the group? And also, what’s wrong with trying to help someone and being nice to them especially if your power lets you heal others? I’ve been to numerous boards seeing this paranoia that maybe Rolonia will get in the way of Adlet x Fremy, but my question is why? She wanted to talk to someone she hasn’t seen in a while and she was trying to be nice.

What? Are the people thinking that Rolonia is a new love interest also the type of people who think that when a girl is talking to them or being nice to them that means that they want to be more than just friends? I don’t know.

What I do know is that Fremy is not very trusting of people and it’s no surprise that she’s acting the way she did in the closing minutes of the finale, and really, that was obviously done in a comedic fashion. A little light-heartedness is good for a show that was pretty much all about paranoia and killing each other.

The New 7th Brave! 

Well they were six just a while ago...

Well they were six just a while ago…

Okay I’m not going to defend this one that much, because I agree, it might be a bit of the same shtick all over again. But I would like to remind anyone reading this to think about the fact that so far, Rokka no Yuusha has done a great job at breaking story clichés—first there was the mystery and second making the first girl we meet be the villainous one.

I don’t know if we’re going to have a second season, I hope we do, but I’m not going to judge the show, because the last time I did that, I was proven wrong. And my God… I am so happy that I was dead wrong about Rokka, because this show is without a doubt my favorite of the season.

LOL look at Goldof.

LOL look at Goldof.

VERDICT 

Seriously, don’t be upset about the new Brave, have faith. The show has wowed us all before by not being what we initially thought it was going to be and it ended with a cliffhanger. For the people who didn’t like the rather action-light finale, then I’m sorry—books, movies and anime do these kinds of things all the time. Unless the show is about to end, then there’s not going to be a grand and epic finale. When a show is still going to continue, it’ll leave you with a cliffhanger, hoping that it’d entice you to tune in for the next season.

Score: 9/10 Excellent!

  • PROS
    • Adlet x Fremy
    • The Reveal
    • Rolonia
    • Overall strong finale.
  • CONS
    • Rolonia (I know that I defended her, but I can’t quite give this episode a perfect score because her appearance did bum me out a bit).
Hey Mora, I still got my eye on you.

Hey Mora, I still got my eye on you.

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Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Brave of the Six Flowers) Episode 11 Review

SCIENCE!

Adlet and Fremy Vs. Three Braves

I keep on mentioning this in every episode review but screw it, I love the fact that Adlet Mayer, the self-proclaimed “Strongest Man In The World” just keeps on proving to everyone that he is not someone to be taken lightly. Not only did he have to go up against Hans the master assassin and Chamo the swamp fiend summoning brat in previous episodes, but now he had to face Mora Chester the Saint of the Mountains, Nashetania the Saint of Swords and Goldof, a sixteen year old who can apparently not be killed by bullets. Sure Adlet had help from Hans against Chamo and Fremy against all three of these Braves, but just the sheer fact that he survived everything that’s been thrown at him so far is amazing.

Fremy protects Adlet.

Fremy protects Adlet.

This just goes to show that Adlet Mayer’s strength doesn’t lie in his skills, strength or powers given to him by some deity. No, Adlet’s strength comes from his unwavering resolve and determination. Even when he’s been beaten, broken and bleeding, Adlet kept on fighting and kept on moving. Not once did he say, “I give up”, and when he did in the last episode, he did so in a way where he sacrificed himself to make sure that no one would go after Fremy should he die. I swear, Rokka no Yuusha is definitely now amongst my top 5 shows of this year and if something wants to beat it, Death Parade, Food Wars and Ore Monogatarii, they need to be real freaking good.

Beaten, broken and bleeding, Adlet still fights.

Beaten, broken and bleeding, Adlet still fights.

Oh and before we move onto Adlet’s answer to the riddle of the Fake Brave—I do want to talk about crazy Nashetania. Crazy Nashetania was pretty cool, and probably one of the tougher enemies Adlet had to fight due to the speed of her magical flying swords. But besides the fight itself, I’m curious as to how quickly she just snapped like that—from “I want to protect Adlet” to “I want to kill Adlet” I mean. I get that she felt betrayed by him, but (and I’m gonna assume that we’re still working on the same grounded logic here) I just think that there’s something more to that moment of crazy that she just had.

I have my eye on you.

I have my eye on you.

Adlet Mayer: Aztec Batman

Okay, I’m not going to lie; I’m no detective. If I was in Adlet’s shoes I wouldn’t have figured out any of that and I would have been dead (actually I would have died from just a normal fiend, but I digress). Adlet’s deduction of the Fake Brave’s plot had me raising my eyebrow, but looking back, everything Adlet said made sense in the context of the story. From the temperature rising and falling and to the Sun Saint’s disappearance, everything was laid out right from the start and I guess it’s my fault for not thinking about any of that (but like I said, I’m not detective).

Yes Mora, SCIENCE!

Yes Mora, SCIENCE!

Adlet really is Aztec Batman. Not only did he go up against the whole Justice League, but he also acted as genius detective whilst trying to survive everyone. In the end he relied on luck to save his skin, but that was one of those gambles characters like him have to make in order to live through the most terrible of encounters. Now I’m not sure if Adlet’s really figured out who the seventh and Fake brave is—but seeing as Chamo decided to side with Hans in finding the others, I have a feeling that if Adlet points his finger at Mora, both Hans and Chamo will probably side with him (at least Hans, not sure about Chamo).

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see who the real Fake Brave is next episode because this week’s episode did end in a cliffhanger.

VERDICT

            I love this show. I swear to God, I’m so glad I didn’t drop this. I thought that it looked generic and had a generic plot, but damn, I do love being proven wrong sometimes.

Score: 9/10

  • PROS
    • Adlet and Fremy Vs. Three Braves
    • Crazy Nashetania
    • Adlet’s Deduction
I figured you two walked off to look for everyone, but what the hell?! ADLET COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED!

I figured you two walked off to look for everyone, but what the hell?! ADLET COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED!

Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Brave of the Six Flowers) Episode 10 Review

THAT’S THE POWER OF LOVE!

Adlet x Fremy

I don’t ship. I might joke about gay or lesbian pairings every now and then, but as a personal rule I don’t do it, not because I have a thing against shippers mind you. To me, shippers are no different from plot theorists who speculate on what might happen next or who’s going to be the Straw Hat crew’s newest crew member, which is something that I consider myself as. For the most part when I see a potential romance in anime or any kind of show or movie, I just hope that the characters’ relationship doesn’t feel awkward or forced.

Romantic relationships in any story, much like any other story element should never come from out of nowhere. And although I see where Fremy’s attraction for Adlet might have come from, I’m not entirely sure when and where The Strongest Man in the World fell for our half-fiend sniper. Maybe it is love at first sight like mentioned in the show and maybe it was something else, but I can’t help but think—who cares?

Adlet Mayer speaks from the heart.

Adlet Mayer speaks from the heart.

I like it and I’m not going to be a nitpicky jackass that’s going to pointlessly complain about this because I like both of these characters. They’re both well written and they do have a weird kind of chemistry. And most importantly, there were two powerful scenes showing Adlet’s love for Fremy—the first was when it was just the two of them talking and next was when Adlet surrendered to Mora just to make sure that they don’t pin things on Fremy after they’ve done with Adlet. And Fremy switching over to Adlet’s side was great and I bought it. Everything here worked, I don’t care if I felt like Adlet’s love for Fremy came out of nowhere. It all made sense to me and I enjoyed the scene when she finally sided with Adlet—which is ultimately the point of watching anime for me.

Fremy Speeddraw doesn't believe Adlet Mayer.

Fremy Speeddraw doesn’t believe Adlet Mayer.

Mora Chester You Lying Bitch

Seriously Mora, you’re fucked now. You’re the Fake. I knew there was something fishy with how you kept telling everyone to just kill Adlet on sight. You lied about Adlet hurting Hans and now you’ve been found out…

Hans Humpty has you figured out.

Hans Humpty has you figured out.

But that said, just like how I love Adlet’s fight with Hans and later with Chamo, I loved how his fight with Mora was like. For all intents and purposes, Mora Chester is the Superman of the Braves. She’s super powerful and if she hits Adlet even once, I have a feeling that that’ll be the end of him. It’s these seeming impossible fights in Rokka no Yuusha that I love so much.

I think Chamo was lying when she said she was the most powerful Brave.

I think Chamo was lying when she said she was the most powerful Brave.

Nashetania Goes Insane

Nashetania has always been interesting to me. She was a subtle character that hid a lot behind her flirtatious and happy-go-lucky attitude. In a different anime, Nashetania would either be the super pure and super positive girl that wants everyone to get along! Or, again in a different anime, Nashetania would have been a bimbo slut who uses her flirtatiousness for laughs… But no, in Rokka she’s a subtle and tamed combination of both. And I love this about her because she’s more believable to me this way, and the more believable a person is the more I tend to like them (not that over-the-top funny characters aren’t likeable, in a purely technical and story-telling eye, this is what I prefer).

In episode 10, Nashetania loses her shit after hearing the lie Mora the Fake Brave told her. I get that she feels betrayed since she thinks that Adlet is the Fake, but there seems to be more than just that happening in that girl’s crazy little head. Whatever it is, I want to know. And that’s another thing I love about this show, they have cliffhangers, but the cliffhangers genuinely makes me crave for more in a way that doesn’t make me feel like I’ve been cheated.

Nashetania loses her mind.

Nashetania loses her mind.

Verdict

Despite the fact that a ton of things happened in this week’s episode of Rokka no Yuusha, I can’t help but write a shorter review in comparison to previous writings. I don’t know why. But let me be clear… this was a damned good episode. I feel like a perfect 10 episode should be one that leaves me thoroughly satisfied and not questioning anything about what I just saw. I love this show and this episode was great, but I do feel like Adlet’s infatuation kind of came out of nowhere.

Score: 9.5/10

  • Pros
    • Adlet x Fremy
    • Adlet vs. Fremy
    • Adlet vs. Mora
    • Mora’s lie and Nashetania going crazy.
  • Cons
    • Just the whole love thing… which I feel like I should judge more but screw it. It was a damn good episode.

Rokka no Yuusha (Rokka: Brave of the Six Flowers) Episode 8-9 Review

  • Adlet Mayer vs. The World

Hans was probably my least favorite of the Braves right from the very first time I saw each of them in the opening (mostly for design reasons). I was yet to know of his personality and past, but since I’m a judgmental jerk I immediately disliked him due to me assuming that he’s going to be the annoying jokester assassin type of the crew. And then he showed up and annoyed me with his “NYA” talking quirk, giving me another reason to hate him.

NYA! NYAAA!

NYA! NYAAA!

I was also annoyed by his insistence on accusing Adlet of being the Fake Brave. I mean I understood that they mistrusted Adlet and that the main reason I was annoyed by their accusations was because of how much I loved our main protagonist. But regardless, I was peeved and kind of felt that his accusations felt forced and even tiresome at some points, using logic that made little sense to me.

Aztec Batman.

Aztec Batman.

When Hans and Adlet actually fought each other I knew that neither of them was going to be killed by the other. By virtue of being a main character I figured that Adlet was going to win and to prove his innocence and earn Hans’ trust, he was going to make sure he doesn’t kill the guy. But just because I felt like I knew who was going to win, the duel between Adlet the Aztec Batman and Hans the Neko Assassin was still tense and exciting.

For the most part, Hans and Adlet are on the same level. Hans was more agile, ferocious and an all around better fighter than our protagonist (which helped make it even more intense to watch Adlet go up against him), but it’s the fact that he’s so much more dangerous and skilled than Adlet that made the whole thing that much more exhilarating to watch. Adlet had to figure out how he was going to beat Hans since there was no way that he could go toe to toe with him, and it’s this figurative game of chess that he plays in these high-pressure situations that made this fight (and the one with Chamo) so entertaining to watch.

Blood Brothers.

Blood Brothers.

After their battle we then see the two form a bit of a bond, a bond that only got stronger when the two fought side by side against Chamo and her puke monsters. There’s great synergy between their characters and now that Hans is on Adlet’s side (I still think he is despite how Maura seemingly convinced him to mistrust Adlet), I have a feeling that these two are going to be quite a duo later on in the story.

But let’s talk about that fight with Chamo before we move on.

Ugh... Chamo.

Ugh… Chamo.

Chamo is the youngest and most immature Brave—and this immaturity of her is what annoys me the most about her. She’s selfish and cocky, but not in a fun way (think Jeff from Community or Barney from How I Met Your Mother). But the thing about her being annoying is something that I’m actually conflicted with because of two things—first, it makes sense for the youngest Brave to act the way she does and second, it does make the story that much more intense to have the most powerful Brave to be someone so childish. Like all the other Braves, she’s flawed and unlike Adlet and Fremy who have a more refined view of their flaws, Chamo doesn’t because she’s a child. So while I am getting tired of the constant finger pointing in the show, I can sort of forgive Chamo a bit more.

Because again, THAT fight happened.

Adlet and Hans had to team up together to try and take down Chamo and her puke monsters. Not only did we get to see Chamo’s powers, but we get to see through an intense all-hope seems lost type battle. Adlet and Hans can easily take down one or two of Chamo’s puke monsters, but there was a near infinite amount of them swarming them from all sides. And even as Adlet and Hans try and find a hole in her defense, Chamo would just easily thwart their attempts at her.

Cocky Chamo.

Cocky Chamo.

Again, this scene showed off just why Adlet is such a great character. Even in a high-pressure situation that was somehow more intense than his fight with Hans, Adlet had to and successfully came up with a way to beat Chamo. To beat the most powerful Brave, Adlet had to not just survive, but he also had to figure out which of his tools would work best against Chamo, when and how to use them and at the same time coordinate with Hans, someone he’s never fought with before. A poorly written protagonist would have just overpowered Chamo and breezed through her minions, some people like to see overpowered characters, I don’t and in a purely fanboyish and adrenaline junkie perspective, Adlet just rocked it in this scene.

I know for sure that Hans isn’t the Fake Brave despite Nashetania’s insistence. In fact, I feel as if whoever’s leading the hunt for the Fake and is pointing their fingers the most might actually be the Fake—Mora and Nashetania. But before I get into any conspiracy theorist type ramblings let’s move on.

  • Fremy and Adlet
Fremy and Not Adlet

Fremy and Not Adlet

We don’t see Fremy and Adlet together again until episode 9, but during episode 8 there was that scene where Mora talks to Fremy. In it, Mora tried to get a better read of the half-fiend Brave and learn more about her, whilst also trying to remind her that Adlet is their enemy. During this scene we get a clue that although Fremy hates Adlet, Fremy seems to care and worry for him.

Fremy’s hate for Adlet isn’t a tsundere type hate/love thing; it’s better than that because this show isn’t written by a hack. No, Fremy’s hate stems not from her refusal to acknowledge her feelings for Adlet, but rather her genuine dislike of Adlet’s personality. Adlet was someone that’s lost everything, someone who doesn’t have powers and would stand no chance against the Demon God, and yet he was there, and yet he was the one trying his damndest to stay cool and calm and believe in everyone and himself. Fremy hates Adlet because she couldn’t understand why he was like this.

As we’ve learned in episode 6, Fremy didn’t really have the best kind of childhood and that everything she’s loved betrayed her (unlike Adlet who’s loved one’s sacrificed themselves to help him keep going). There’s a clear contrast between these two character and it’s what Fremy hates and finds interesting about Adlet—if the light novels progress to a more Fremy x Adlet shipping than Nashetania x Adlet, then I’d buy it.

Fremy wants to know more about Adlet.

Fremy wants to know more about Adlet.

I’m not saying that because I’m an expert in love or something. I say this because it’s clear that Fremy is attracted to Adlet at least in the sense that she wants to know more about him, and it’s not instant infatuation either, which I like a lot and find to be more believable than real romance animes. And yeah, it may seem weird that a show about young adults with super powers fighting an army of demons beats romance animes in terms of romance, but good story telling isn’t just about how cute or how cool characters and scenarios are—in a more technical level they’re more about seamlessness.

  • Mystery Hour

When I first started watching Rokka no Yuusha I had honestly expected this show to be super generic and would focus solely on the characters battling against the Demon God—but no. This show proved me wrong and I’m so glad that it did, because what we go is so much more interesting than what I was expecting for them to have. Right now, the main focus isn’t getting the Demon God, but rather finding out the identity of the Fake Brave and how in the heck the Braves are going to find a way out of the fog.

You're kind of suspicious yourself you know?

You’re kind of suspicious yourself you know?

There’s plenty of finger pointing here, plenty of theories and plenty of in fighting. These are all both good and bad things to me. Focusing more on the good first, the mystery elements of the show not only give an awesome but paranoid air of tension throughout the season. It’s something different, but it’s also something that pits our characters together in a believable way—and I don’t mean that just in a purely physical confrontation kind of way, I also mean that in a verbal way. There are fights, there are arguments and there’s an inevitable backstabbing.

Unless you’ve read ahead in the light novel, there’s not really anything TOO obvious that would point to the Fake Brave, which is fantastic (save maybe for that ending). You might get clues and you might begin to speculate, but there’s never anything solid in the show itself. There are plenty of red herrings in the show itself and it’s fun watching the characters figure stuff out.

What I don’t like about the mystery aspect is the often contrived theories and equally contrived reasons as to why a theory can’t work. It feels too forced and it can be just as annoying as the ceaseless finger pointing happening between characters, which does help make us more sympathetic towards Adlet (if you weren’t already) because unlike everyone else, he’s not pointing fingers, not making wild accusations without concrete proof or anything.

Mora, shut up.

Mora, shut up.

The one thing that I particularly disliked about these past few episodes was how Mora is just so dead-set in thinking that Adlet is the enemy, going as far as saying, “KILL HIM ON SIGHT.” I don’t really care if it paints her as the Fake, but I do find her attitude to be irksome.

Verdict

If your friends aren’t watching Rokka no Yuusha then why are you still friends with them? Either force them to watch it or tell them that they suck.

Goldof you salty.

Goldof you salty.

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.