The second day of the First-Class Mage exam has begun and Fern’s team already have a Stille. Now, they just need to keep it and all stay alive. Meanwhile, Frieren has a plan to catch a Stille, but it will ruffle some feathers!
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (Episode 19) – Well-Laid Plans
This is only the third party that Frieren has experienced and it’s shown her that Heiter was right when he said all parties were different. That steamed from when Himmel tried to encourage the party before they fought their first dragon. Surprisingly, Eisen admitted that he was scared. Then, rather than trying to fein false bravery, Himmel confirmed that he was too and was worried that he had now not done his duty as the party leader. Eisen reassured him, saying that he was no longer tense. Still afraid, but not tense! Frieren’s party for the exam were nothing like that party.
However, they had come up with a plan to catch a Stille. It was drastic and would no doubt upset many of the other mages. They realised that the Stille were sensitive to mana so they would stay away from anything imbued with it. And, since they were inside a large barrier, nothing would get in. Not even water. Lawine would freeze the main lake while Kanne would put a tiny amount of mana into each pool of water they found. Then, they would wait beside an untouched pool and use a binding spell from a hunting tribe. Frieren would have to sit completely still, suppressing her mana in its entirety while they waited. The Stille came and was quickly caught by Frieren.
Unfortunately, the spell alerted the other mages to their presence, well, the ones that hadn’t already been killed by monsters and the ones fighting Fern’s group in an attempt to take their Stille. They have to hold out until sunset to keep hold of the Stille.
What did you think?
So, this was a fascinating episode. It’s always nice to see more of Himmel and the others, especially when we’re shown that Himmel isn’t the typical party leader who excels in bravado and bluster, although I think we already knew that. Still, it was good to see him admit that he was afraid and how that surprisingly reassured Eisen. I’m starting to think that I’d like to see a prequel series that follows the original quest because there’s just so much more to see than the glimpses we’ve been shown. Anyhow, back to this episode. It was such a Frieren plan. I’m going to sit here and wait until the Stille comes to us! It helped that they had made it so that their pool was the likely one that it would come to, but it was the perfect plan for Frieren and her immortal patience.
On top of that, I love Fern’s battle analysis. She’s already worked out who the strongest mage is in the group that’s attacking them and can quite easily hold her own using basic defensive and offensive magic. It’s got to be quicker to cast and with Fern’s reaction speeds she will eventually tire her opponent. We saw that with Lugner. It’s just a matter of time. Of course, the real kick is that all of the party has to survive to pass this part of the exam, so it’s not enough that Fern survives, she needs to ensure her entire party does, but then I’ve got a feeling that they will be all right. Even Ubel will be fine fighting against the so-called leader of the other group and his experience fighting the Demon King’s army. Stuff like that doesn’t impress Fern in the slightest.
I can’t wait for some of these mages to realise just how powerful Frieren is. It’s going to be like when an overpowered isekai hero reveals their power levels to the unsuspecting. There are going to be some good reactions in the next epsiode.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Journey’s End
- Episode 2 – It Didn’t Have to Be Magic…
- Episode 3 – Killing Magic
- Episode 4 – The Land Where Souls Rest
- Episode 5 – Phantoms of the Dead
- Episode 6 – The Hero of the Village
- Episode 7 – Like a Fairy Tale
- Episode 8 – Frieren the Slayer
- Episode 9 – Aura the Guillotine
- Episode 10 – A Powerful Mage
- Episode 11 – Winter in the Northern Lands
- Episode 12 – A Real Hero
- Episode 13 – Aversion to One’s Own Kind
- Episode 14 – Privilege of the Young
- Episode 15 – Smells Like Trouble
- Episode 16 – Long-Lived Friends
- Episode 17 – Take Care
- Episode 18 – First-Class Mage Exam
- Episode 19 – Well-Laid Plans
- Episode 20 – Necessary Killing
- Episode 21 – The World of Magic
- Episode 22 – Future Enemies
- Episode 23 – Conquering the Labyrinth
- Episode 24 – Perfect Replicas