After two intense episodes, Danmachi pulled on the breaks and slowed down quite a bit this week. With Bell undergoing training for the War Game, we got to see how Hestia (with the help of Miach and Takemikazuchi ) had stalled out the War Game meeting , and organizing Lili’s rescue mission. What I really liked about the episode was the use of its time. I liked that we were spared of Bell’s training, and the story was able to make progress of resolving unfinished business, in particular with the Souma Familia.
Although I did find the whole thing a tad underwhelming, it was still interesting to see that what it took for Lili to be officially released. Souma is a strange God. Up until now, he just let Zanis (his commander) do whatever he likes, making him nothing more than a figurehead, which is a terribly reckless decision since Zanis is a very dangerous individual. But luckily for Lili, Souma gave her an opportunity. He challenged her to drink the addictive Divine Wine, and repeat what she had just said while she was sober. It was not an easy feat, but Lili’s inner strength of her resolve to protect Bell and Hestia from getting hurt was able to repeat her pleas to stop the fight. And to make it all the more sweeter, Lili had finally been set free from the Souma Familia, and is now part of the Hestia Familia.
But she isn’t the only one to join the party! After they had successfully rescued Lili, Welf and Mikoto both made the decision to leave their current familia so that this way, they can properly support their friend in the looming War Game. They are incredibly lucky that their God/Goddess are on good terms with Hestia, otherwise this request wouldn’t have been an option to begin with. That being said, between the three of them, Mikoto is the one we know the least about. But considering how she has been committed to righting the wrongs, and her new friendship with the party, I can understand why she would be willing to make such a move. With that in mind, I am looking forward to seeing more of what kind of chemistry she has with the group.
And having three new members of the big deal for the Hestia Familia, especially when we consider the circumstances they are in. Unfortunately due to Hermes’ poor luck of the draw, he ended up pulling one of the worst options: Seige, which presents a major number disadvantage with Bell (at the time) being the sole child of the familia. It’s also an understatement to say, even though they now have a total of five members, they are still at a disadvantage, which is why Hermes made a proposal to allow other familias and their children to assist Hestia in this challenge. Apollo of course, was having none of it until Freya succeeded in mocking him about being afraid of “helpers”. (Of course we later learned that she had thought about crushing Apollo, and I burst out laughing because I knew she was thinking of that!) That isn’t to say Apollo caved into their, rather he made an incredibly petty counter-proposal: The Helper must be an adventurer from outside of Orario.
…Well he is certainly going to regret making that counter proposal, as the one both Hestia and Hermes had in mind was none other than Ryu herself. And we know just how powerful and badass this girl can be.
Overall although it was lacklustre at times, I still had a lot of fun watching this episode. It was a good change of pace before the crazy war game that’s about to ensue. We also don’t know what Hestia will claim from Apollo when they emerge victorious, though if the OP were to indicate anything, perhaps considering their home had been destroyed by his children, they will take over his mansion. Kekeke, that would be a sweet payback. And of course there is still Zanis, who is unlikely to go down quietly after-this. We got a taste of just how freaking bonkers the guy actually is!