“Only Five Hundred Thousand~”
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.
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!
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.
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).
So if you didn’t buy Nashetania being the Fake Brave, there’s my (and the show’s) reasoning. Moving on.
Adlet x Fremy
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.
The Saint of Bloods
Now… I want to talk about Rolonia…
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.
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!
She’s not. End of discussion.
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!
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.
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!
- Adlet x Fremy
- The Reveal
- Overall strong finale.
- 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).