The battle to claim a Stille continues. Fern’s group are fighting to keep their one while Frieren finds herself in a standoff with an old mage who knows exactly who she is. But what is the true purpose of the test?
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End (Episode 20) – Necessary Killing
Ubel takes the fight to Wirbel, slashing at their surroundings with a powerful slicing magic. Wirbel can’t see it but he’s worked out that her range of attack is about five metres. She’s somewhat impressed that he’s worked that all out, but it’s not going to save him. If anything will save him it’s the fact that he’s placed her in a bind spell, making it so that she can’t move. She wonders if he’s ever killed a woman or a child before. He indulges her time-wasting by confirming that he has fought in wars where the opposition used women and children fighters as a way to catch the opponent off guard.
He’s about to kill Ubel when Fern steps in. She tells him she killed Ehre, forcing him to give up and leave. Without Ehre, he can’t pass the exam. Of course, he soon finds Ehre unable to move, completely dominated by Fern’s ordinary offensive magic. Then, he finds Schaf who has been incapacitated by Land. He’s carrying them across the battlefield when they stumble upon a Stille.
Meanwhile, Luafen has taken Frieren’s Stille, leaving Denken and Richter to stop them from pursuing her. Richter reveals that he’s going to kill one of Kanne and Lawine so that she has to give up. He also tells her about the prize for becoming a First-Class Mage – the chance to request any spell from Serie, the keeper of humanity’s magical knowledge. Denken tells him that he doesn’t need to kill them and that he will keep Frieren occupied for the remaining time left in the exam.
What did you think?
Firstly, I’m just going to get this off my chest. I hate it when an episode is building towards a fight and then just as it’s about to begin, the episode ends and we have to wait another week. Had this episode not been full of juice tidbits I would have been quite annoyed. As it is, I’ve been doing some thinking and I’m going to try to get it all out of my system before the next episode begins. I’m just speculating so I could be way off the mark, but here we go.
The First-Class Mage exam is a complete sham. I believe that Serie works for the Demon King and anyone who makes it through the exam ends up becoming one of her pawns. On top of that, the exam kills a large number of mages in the process which is insane. Just because someone fails the exam it doesn’t mean that they won’t be stronger in three years time. There’s something about Serie that reminds me of Aura the Guillotine. They both have the same smug look like they believe that they are invincible.
Another thing that has me puzzled is Denken’s involvement in the exam and that seemed to confuse the organisers of the exam. I think Denken knows what is going on and has come to put an end to it. I don’t think he’s going to attempt to defeat Frieren although I’m sure he’ll make a show of it, what with the chance of fighting with the legendary hero from the Hero’s Party. That said, Richter reminds me of Lugner and that’s concerning for Kanne and Lawine. I also feel like Wirbel is not there by chance either, possibly hired by Denken to aid his mission of exposing the mage’s association and Serie. I can’t wait for the next episode.
Also, one last prediction. Could Ehre be the girl who inspired Wirbel to declare that he would kill all the demons? It looked that way to me!
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