In order to get funds for their journey, Menou will need to investigate the source of a drug that is turning people into monsters. Luckily, Ashuna is already looking into it and gives her a good lead.
The Executioner and Her Way of Life (Episode 8) – Monstrine
After failing to leave Akari in the Pandamonium, she returns to shore. With nothing else to do, they visit the market which is weird and wonderful compared to what Akari is used to back home. However, Menou spots a guy that she believes is following them. Sure enough, as soon as he has walked past them, he attacks. Of course, Menou was ready for it and returns the attack with interest. While she was fighting, another man took Akari hostage. That’s not going to stop Menou!
The two attackers were arrested by the police and taken away. They didn’t get far before turning into monsters, which forced the guards to kill them on the spot. After dropping Akari back at the hotel, Menou visited with the local priest who was not too impressed with the request for funds that had been submitted. Of course, she could approve it if Menou helped her with another problem.
An addictive drug had entered the local market and it was turning people into monsters. Menou was tasked with finding out who was doing it and dealing with them. She instantly put Momo on the case as she looked into another avenue. Momo was beating some street kids when she came across Ashuna who was also looking into the drug. She told Momo that she believed it was the count’s daughter and that she was about to host a ball.
What did you think?
This episode was even slower than the last one, however, that’s not even close to my main issue with this episode. There were at least three occasions where the same animation sequence was used repeatedly. There was the scene where Akari jumped into Menou’s bed, the scene where Menou talked with Momo about the Monstrine case, and when Ashuna and Momo were at the bar. Every time it happened, it felt oddly like Deja Vu…
Now, that would be great if it was actually a part of the story, but these instances just felt like an excuse to reuse the same piece of animation to save money. I could be wrong. This is a time travel story after all and in which case I’ll gladly take it all back, but my gut is telling me that’s not the case here.
Overall, it was a little bit of a disappointment of an episode and I can’t help but think they could have squashed this one and the last one together and taken a little more time on the fight with the Archbishop. I’d have gladly taken another episode of that fight. The best thing is that the next episode looks like it’ll open with some tension as Manon tries to kill Menou.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Executioner
- Episode 2 – The Lost One
- Episode 3 – Taboo in [Red]
- Episode 4 – The Ancient Capital Garm
- Episode 5 – Goodbye
- Episode 6 – [Regression: Memories, Soul, Spirit]
- Episode 7 – Port City of Libelle
- Episode 8 – Monstrine
- Episode 9 – At The Evening Ball
- Episode 10 – The Daughter of a Lost One
- Episode 11 – Pandæmonium
- Episode 12 – The Duo’s Journey
- Season One
- Volume 1 – A Chance Meeting, and…
- Volume 2 – Played for Fools