That’s it? You lost your knight status because of a tribute? Of course, I’m talking about Kaisar. He collapses in the middle of some densely-shrouded forest. A little girl pulls him back to safety, but nothing is what it seems in the foggy town of Nebelville. Nevertheless, Kaisar is the type who hears what he wants to hear, sees what he wants to see, so on and so forth. The little girl plainly tells him that she’s far, far older than he is, but does he care? Nah. The little girl tells him not to eat her parents’ food, but does he even consider her advice for a second? Nah. I don’t expect him not to eat the food, but he hardly took pause at the obviously strange scenario in front of him. Afterwards, he ends up telling the girl all about his troubled past. His father was bringing a tribute to the king, but bandits attacked as they are wont to do. Long story short, his father lost the tribute, so the king hanged him. Over a tribute, yo. A tribute. I’m not saying this doesn’t happen! I’m implying that the king is an unjust asshole! But obviously, what are you going to do against a king? Well, you can try to revolt and overthrow him, but that’s easier said than done. So naturally, Kaisar puts all the blame on Favaro. Is Favaro partly responsible? Probably. I wouldn’t put it past the guy. But the point is, Kaisar is powerless against the people who are truly at fault — namely, the king — so he’s taking his anger out on the one person he can take it out on: Favaro. Still, they’ll probably become buddies by the end of the story or something.
So what is up with the foggy town of Nebelville? Well, the town never really was… for the past two hundred years, anyway. Monsters had attacked and killed most of the towns’ inhabitants. Rita, the sole survivor, found a book full of dark spells, however, and she used said spells to raise the dead. Not back to life, mind you, but as zombies. Since then, she’s played house with those zombies. But how has Rita kept herself alive this entire time? For instance, what is there for her to eat? I suppose she and her horde of zombie villagers must have been preying upon unsuspecting travelers for the past two hundred years. Even if she didn’t partake in this feast — but if she didn’t, then again, what has she been eating? — she would still be indirectly responsible for perhaps hundreds of deaths. Yeah, the girl’s not exactly going to get past the pearly gates, if you know what I mean. This is probably why we see her up and about after the credits. Her zombie parents eventually turned on her for reasons unknown — maybe she lost control of them — and as expected, she turned into a bit of zombie herself. Still, she’s somehow managed to retain her mental faculties, so she’s not your averaged brain-dead undead. As a result, Rita’s now following Kaisar on his adventures. Great, we now have a loli-looking undead girl following our knight around, but she’s really an old soul. Still, what I liked about this episode is how profoundly the ruse had affected Kaisar.
So Kaisar’s been fooled by the fog of Nebelville. Oh well, it couldn’t be helped. He didn’t know what he was stumbling into. Nevertheless, we see the guy in absolute tears near the end of the episode. Is he genuinely that affected by the reality of the situation around him? Yes… yes, he is. I suspect he suddenly understands now how this one moment is actually a microcosm of his troubled past. It strikes me that being a knight in this universe doesn’t automatically mean that you’re anything special. Sure, you get special privileges above that of a commoner, but is that really a good thing? You’re still just a slave to the king, and if he’s an unjust king, he will cruelly and harshly punish you and your family on a whim. Again, Kaisar’s family lost everything over a tribute. A fucking tribute. Like the zombies that we see here, the king is rotten to the core. Nevertheless, like Rita, Kaisar yearns to return to the way things were. He fights for the past even when the past is already long gone (or dead). Perhaps his problem with Favaro, then, is that Favaro had dispelled the illusion — hell, he’s done it twice now — but Kaisar refused to drag himself out of the cave to see the world as it really is. But seeing the temporarily lifeless Rita in front of him, something might have changed inside him. How much longer can he waste his precious life on this revenge-fueled quest against Favaro? Or will our proud former knight finally free himself from the past and thus strike his own path?
Stray notes & observations:
— The angels and the demons continue to sit around and drop hints about the larger story to come. I wonder how long it’ll take either of them to truly enter the fray. And again, we see Jeanne in her location to the far north, but she stabs the ground and watches as the harsh winds whip around her. Nothing else to say about her contribution to the story in this week’s episode.
— For all the people complaining about Amira’s sudden bout of cuteness last week — and I admittedly wasn’t a big fan of it either — you’ll be happy to know that she’s toned it down this week. I think her chasing Hamsa around is the extent of it.
— Favaro seems to have resigned himself to his fate. He doesn’t do anything to try and kill Amira this week. In fact, it even seems like he’ll try and escort her to Helheim… for now. I still expect him to sell her out should the opportunity ever arise. After all, she’s revealed that she’s literally become the God Key after absorbing its soul. As such, she’s got to be worth a pretty penny to the right people. But who knows? Maybe Amira will be lucky, and our not-quite-so-heroic protagonist will eventually change his ways before that ever happens.
— Yeah, Amira tells her traveling companion all about the incident. She lost one of her wings when she stole the God Key. Still, the gods act all surprised that someone like Amira could even step foot onto holy grounds. Psst, maybe she’s not quite the demon that you guys so adamantly believe her to be.
— So why did Rita save Kaisar and tell him not to eat the food? Does our 200-year-old necromancer have a crush on the young man? Good God, don’t be such a cradle robber, lady.
— Hm, I don’t know about that.