Lugh begins his magic training with his new tutor, Dia. However, he’s not the only one that will learn something new. With Lugh’s Spell Weaver skill, Dia discovers a new love for magic and creates a lasting bond with Lugh.
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The first thing Dia wants to do is see what she’s working with and asks Lugh to pour his mana into a Fahr Stone. She’s impressed that he has that much mana, but Lugh’s not finished. In fact, he is unable to pour all of it in. Dia tells him to throw the stone as far away as possible and as quickly as possible. He flings it into the air and creates an explosion of unbelievable magnitude.
Lugh’s parents come running to see what happened and are delighted to see that Lugh was responsible. All they want now is for Dia to teach him some skills more suited to assassination than warfare. She was shocked but relieved that she wasn’t in trouble. Next, she hopes to discover what his elemental affinity is and is once more, stunned that Lugh has an affinity for all four elements.
After experiencing his first time with an element, Lugh learns a spell. It comes to him in his mind, but he cannot read the letters. Dia shows him the spell and Lugh copies her, producing a copper stone of lesser quality. Lugh asks Dia to write down all the spells she knows so that they might understand the strange characters.
They appear to follow the atomic qualities of the stones. Lugh suggests an adjustment to make gold, but when Dia tries she gets a headache and no gold. Lugh gives it a go and is successful. He then rewrites the spell and Dia tries again, this time successfully. His Spell Weaver skill is very rare, which is probably why no one else has worked out that this can be done. Dia’s time as his tutor is over, but Lugh still has more to learn. This time his father takes him to complete his first kill!
What did you think?
I love that this series is taking the time to explore the skills that Lugh chose for this life. We’ve seen how he can recover quickly and exceed his limits, so it makes sense that he can naturally expand his magical potential as needed. This time it focused on Spell Weaver and did a great job of exploring its limitations and how it can be used to exceed the natural order of things. If people normally get their spells from the goddess, Lugh’s skill has god-like potential as he can now share his spells.
I also enjoyed the way that Lugh and Dia grew closer as their training continued. It was pretty refreshing to see that nothing happened between them beyond a blossoming friendship. Lugh is a far more likeable character than Rudeus of Mushoku Tensei. Well, that’s what they want you to think! We know that Lugh is working towards the time when he will need to kill the hero, but you kind of forget that he is a seasoned assassin as he’s in a child’s body now. Appearances can be deceptive.
What have you learnt?
The final scene of this episode was surprisingly intense and almost caught me off guard. As I mentioned earlier, you forget that he’s a killer as we’ve seen him cooking and generally being helpful and polite. He’s a model child. So, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that he was so calm and collected when faced with Margaret, a nineteen-year-old girl facing the death penalty for burglary, murder, and arson.
Even as she sobbed and cried for his help, trying to explain the circumstances of what happened and how she hadn’t meant to do any of it, Lugh calmly told her not to worry and that things would be all right. That was when he sliced off her hand and informed her that the adrenaline would kick in and she wouldn’t feel any pain before she bled out. Of course, that was when she showed her true colours, forcing Lugh to finish things much quicker. I loved that we saw both sides of Lugh in this episode and how he has absolute faith in his father’s judgement. I think we’re in for one hell of a journey.
Other posts in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Quantum of Trust
- Episode 2 – Deal of Reincarnation
- Episode 3 – Magic of Bonds
- Episode 4 – Plan of Goddess
- Episode 5 – Qualifications of Assassins
- Episode 6 – Residence of Girls
- Episode 7 – Life of Falsehoods
- Episode 8 – Rites of Choice
- Episode 9 – Compensation of Assassination
- Episode 10 – First of Dates
- Episode 11 – Choice of Betrayal
- Episode 12 – Battle of Assassin