I for one am glad the War Game was done sooner than later, especially with how underwhelming the fight between Bell and Hyakinthos turned out to be. For starters, it was way too short for my liking, and two, strangely I didn’t actually feel like Hyakinthos and Bell actually fought against each other at all. Bell breaks Hyakinthos’ sword and lands a cut on him, Cassandra throws herself onto Bell, Hyakinthos throws some sort of magic at him, Lili counter tackles, Bell gets hit, survives with the help of the ‘lucky charm’ (secretly gifted by Freya– and if my memory served me right, she pulled a similar stunt with a magic book for Bell to learn magic), and knocks Hyakinthos out cold with a punch. That’s it. That was the fight. I wasn’t expecting Freya’s Minotaur 2.0 type of face-off, but I was definitely expecting something better than this, especially after witnessing how badly Bell was beaten up before undergoing secret training with Ais and Tiona. I also would have preferred it if the two of them were more on ‘equal grounds’ rather than Bell over-powering him by his sheer speed (even though we know it is one of his greatest strengths). Seeing Bell have an instant advantage that required Cassandra to intervene definitely watered it down. Properly duking it out would have been more fun to watch.
But that isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the episode. While the fight didn’t quite meet my expectations, I still found it very entertaining to watch. It was quite satisfying and fun to see Bell’s team cleverly come up with a way to deal with the huge the numbers disadvantage, and not to mention: They didn’t hold back any punches! (Not that there was any reason to!) Bell blasting his way into the chamber, Ryu serving as a terrifying threat and major distraction while using Welf’s wondrous magical weapons, which enabled Mikoto to slip through the defences and use gravity magic to contain their opponents, it was so much fun! But in order for their plans to go the way they hoped, all depended on Lili pulling off her disguise as one of Apollo’s children Luam, and infiltrating the base the night before (I knew it was her! YOU GO GIRL!). She was not only able to gain information on precisely where Hyakinthos would be located and helped Welf and Bell get in the easy way, but also was the source of spreading misinformation which caused the confusion. She also served as Bell’s clutch when he was being held down by Cassandra, and counter tackled the girl to get her off of him. Oh and we can’t forget Liach, watching over the real Luam whom they had captured to ensure he couldn’t foil their plans!
And Hestia? Well with her familia coming out victorious, she went all in when it came down to declaring her reward. She not only confiscated Apollo’s property (fittingly, making it into their new home after he had destroyed theirs), disbanded his familia, but also declared Apollo to be eternally banished from Orario (good move, one we can all agree one). DAMNNNNNNNN GIRL. Gods, take note to never put a cap on the future War Games rewards. Hestia just robbed him clean ahahahahahah!
But now that they officially have more than one member (besides Bell), and have taken over Apollo’s estate, Hestia has finally created a proper emblem for their familia: A bell with a Flame, and it’s the sweetest thing ever. Her heart burns for you Bell!
…I’ll see myself out.
Last but not least, besides Freya’s lucky pendant probably saving Bell’s life, the other reason why Apollo’s familia lost this War Game was because NOBODY LISTENED TO CASSANDRA. THIS GIRL IS ENTITLED TO SHOUT TO THE WORLD: “I TRIED TO TELL YOU!” She has tried to warn them countless times, starting with Lili sneaking inside. Sure she didn’t explain it well, but what difference does it make when foolishly, nobody took her seriously.
Well, you reap what you sow.