The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? (Episode 6) – A Bullet Tour? Are You Kidding Me?!
Well has been summoned to see the King as he has a job that needs his expertise with. A dragon has made a large area of land its territory, which could resolve the food shortages if it were gone.
The King has summoned Well to take care of a dragon that has taken over valuable farming land. As a noble without land, Well is the perfect candidate, but he won’t have to do it alone. He with have Brantack and Armstrong, the royal magician, with him. The bigger problem, however, is that with the dragon gone, the monsters that were too afraid of the dragon will swarm the land. Well is given a temporary army to exterminate the monsters and secure the lands. Elise has joined his army as a user of holy healing magic. She’s doing her best, but can’t help but worry about her fiance fighting on the front lines!
What did you think?
I’m feeling a little cheated right about now. Ever since the first episode, I’ve been patiently waiting for the monster-hunting to begin and when we finally get to it, all we see is Armstong throw a dragon around and then Well hitting it with a spell. Forget about the army of monsters that swarmed in. You don’t really want to see that. Instead, let’s focus on the wounded and Elise… Seriously, this feels like a huge mistake and could have been the action that would have made the slower episodes worth it. Then, to make matters even worse, the operation concubine concluded it the laziest manner. Elise thought that Well was already engaged to Lousie and Iina as they lived together. He asked her what she thought about concubines and, of course, she’s fine with it. So, Louise and Iina immediately declare their intents and that’s all done and dusted too. This was literally the least fun way to conclude two arcs that had way more potential.
What have you learnt?
As with any story, there is an infinite number of ways to tell it. The focus can be on different things or characters. It’s a good way to broaden what the audience sees, however, to do this at the expense of what could have been a pretty epic monster battle and a series of hilarious scenes where Louise and Iina try to awkwardly seduce Well is not the way to do it. It reminds me of the Godzilla remake where they kept cutting away from the action to watch a family at home with parts of the monster fight on the TV in the background. The OP has quite clearly shown that there will be monsters and fighting and at the moment it’s failed to really deliver on that promise. I guess another thing to consider is about setting the expectations of the audience early. There are still six episodes so I’m hoping that it will deliver and I am enjoying the series, but I do get annoyed at unfulfilled potential.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me?
- Episode 2 – A Succession Dispute? Are You Kidding Me?
- Episode 3 – A Loner? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 4 – Obligations? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 5 – Political Marriage? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 6 – A Bullet Tour? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 7 – No Magic? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 8 – Presumed Dead? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 9 – People Hate Me? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 10 – Toxic? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 11 – Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Are You Kidding Me?!
- Episode 12 – The 8th Son? I Guess That’s Not So Bad!
- Bonus Posts