Rokka no Yuusha Episode 1 [First Impression]
“My name is Adlet Mayer, the strongest man in the world!”
“Legends say that when demons awaken from the depths of darkness, and turn the world into a living hell, the Goddess of Fate will select six heroes and give them the power to save the world. It is always six that are chosen. And for this reason, they are known as the Braves of the Six Flowers.”
How exciting! I haven’t caught up with too much of the new season yet, but I’ve just watched this first episode of Rokka no Yuusha and it’s looking really interesting, save for the worrying one-cour status which means we might get an anime-original ending of sorts. Do bear in mind though that prior to this, I tried out (and promptly dropped) that show about sky wizards fighting magical beetles, which -let’s be honest- will make practically anything look interesting in comparison.
In all seriousness, this does look good. I’m not sure where Adlet gets his amazing self-confidence from, but it was when he first appeared that things started picking up. I have no idea what it even means to be the ‘strongest man in the world’ – what does it mean to be ‘strong’? It looked like he went through hell with his master, at least. I doubt it’s in terms of physical strength, although Adlet is pretty good on that front, and Nashetania has him beat in terms of magical ability or whatever fantasy power is in play in this world. I guess it’d be something along the lines of being able to win the fights you pick, or don’t pick – Adlet can fight for sure, but he also relied a lot on tricks and his wits when he interrupted the tournament semi-final, and that can be counted as part of his ‘strength’ as well. A type of resourcefulness, you could say. At any rate, it was enough for the ‘Goddess of Fate’ -a pretty sketchy entity if I’ve ever seen one- to recognize him as one of the Six Braves, who are heroes tasked with the quest of sealing the Demon God and bringing peace to the land.
So it’s a high fantasy sort of thing, where a group of people go on adventures to fulfil their destiny and save the world – which is exactly the sort of genre I’m into lately. Arslan Senki was one of my favourites from last season, too. A fact we’ve learnt from the synopsis -that they’re taking their time with for now- is that there are actually seven heroes who have been picked this time round, instead of six – meaning that at first sight, one of them is an impostor working with the Demon God. It then says that Adlet, understandably, is the one whom everyone’s suspicion first falls upon, although from the perspective of someone who knows hardly anything yet the Goddess of Fate or Demon God seem more suspicious to me. I mean, he can hardly have faked it in jail, and we’re seeing all sorts of other anomalies pop up, such as Fiends killing potential Braves before they get marked. It must really be unlucky for the people who end up living their lifetimes when the next round of the 300-year cycle repeats itself. Why can’t they just kill the Demon God for good?
I think it was pretty obvious that the maid was actually the princess, especially when she used her own name by accident. I hope Adlet or someone else gives her a nickname soon, because my brain thinks Nashetania is a mouthful and is instead ingraining her in as ‘bunny girl with the big boobs’. I liked how she didn’t break Adlet out until he was confirmed as one of the Braves – he actually went through a hell of a lot of days in prison whilst he was still a strange guy who’d disturbed the peace, and her personal curiosity in him didn’t outweigh the reality that he’d done something bad. At least she was thankfully friendlier than the rest of her Ancient Egypt-style country though, which seemed to be pretty uptight over ceremonies, rituals and the like. All hail bunny girl!
And on that note, I guess I’ll be blogging this? If it’s been left untouched for a week, I guess no-one else is interested! Expect an Episode 2 post in due course!
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