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Tower of God Episode 13

Tower of God Episode 13

Rachel Spelled Backwards is Satan

Okay, so I was wrong last week when I predicted that Rachel pushed Bam out of the bubble and into the Shinsu “for his own sake.” And I’ve seen a lot of people mentioning how much they hate Rachel for betraying Bam like this. But I don’t really see it that way.

Obviously Rachel was just revealed as an antagonist of the series, but I’m still not entirely sure what her role is going to be going forward. I just don’t see her being an antagonist all the way until the end. She’s probably going to have some sort of redemption arc just like Sasuke Uchiha — which is to say a surface level one.

Also, I have to say this betrayal actually makes me like Rachel a lot more as a character. Up until this point, she had no real personality and there was barely any reason for her existence. But now she’s been revealed as a dynamic character in her own right.

Headon and Rachel from the anime series Tower of God
Headon and Rachel

The way in which this episode told Rachel’s story from episode 1 until episode 12 was also done very well. Everything up until this point was from Bam’s perspective. So showing the events of these episodes from Rachel’s perspective instead was a great way to build up her character in a short amount of time.

And one of the most important aspects of this quick recap of Rachel’s perspective is that it didn’t change her character. She’s always been the person we see in episode 13. It’s just that now that we aren’t viewing her from Bam’s point of view, we see her for who she truly is — as some of the other characters already have been doing.

It’s clear that both Khun and Endorsi have known what kind of person Rachel really is.

Journey to the Top

While I understand that it made sense to show the scene of all of Bam’s friends finding out that he’s “dead,” I think it could have been done better. I don’t know how it could have been done better, but it seemed to be trying to be an emotional scene. And the problem with it trying to be emotional is that it isn’t emotional because we know Bam is alive.

Think of similar scenes from other anime. Any time there’s a scene like that, that’s actually emotional, it’s because the character in question is dead. Or at the very least, the viewers are lead to believe they’re dead. Since Bam is the protagonist of this series, there was never really a question about him being dead or alive.

However, with Bam seemingly dead, the rest of his friends band together to help Rachel reach the top of the tower. After all, this is what Bam would have wanted them to do (if he had actually died).

The challengers of the tower from the anime series Tower of God
The challengers of the tower

The fact that all of Bam’s friends are now climbing the tower with Rachel flips the entire prologue on its head. Does this mean that Bam won’t be climbing the tower with Khun, Rak, and the others? If so, I actually think the format of this prologue was genius.

Normally a prologue sets up your main characters (the protagonists). But if all of these characters are going with Rachel, then we basically spent the entire prologue setting up the antagonist group. Now, I’m not saying Khun and Rak are really antagonists themselves, but perhaps by the time they reunite with Bam, they won’t feel indebted to him.

Maybe by the time Bam catches up with them, they can truly view him as a rival. They wouldn’t hate him, but they would respect and want to beat him. It would almost be the same relationship Luffy and Shanks have.

End of the Prologue

At the very end of the episode we get a shot of what looks to me like Bam as an adult (pictured below). That may not be the case, but since we aren’t told it’s not him, I’m going to assume that’s who it is for the sake of this discussion.

My first question when I saw this shot was, “is this Bam towards the end of his journey, or is this Bam after a time skip that happens at the end of the prologue?” I think either way could work. Foreshadowing a scene towards the end of the series is always neat. But at the same time, I’d like for Bam to be an adult for the majority of the series so I hope that’s him next season.

Also, the Navigator (I forget her name already), mentioned something about Rachel having been traveling without Bam for a while by the next time he sees her. So that seems to lend credibility to a time skip happening after the prologue.

Bam as an adult(?) from the anime series Tower of God
Bam as an adult(?)

What I really like about how this episode ends is that it opens up the story to be something entirely different from the prologue. Bam has a new goal, he might have an entirely new cast of characters around him, and if there’s a significant time skip we may be able to ignore a lot of the more questionable world-building aspects of the prologue.

And before I conclude this review, I guess I should also point out two other possible identities for the person we’re shown at the end of the episode. I’m also entertaining the ideas that it could be King Jahad, or more likely, whoever’s waiting for Bam on the 77th floor of the tower.

Conclusion

As of the writing of this review, I don’t believe a second season of Tower of God has been confirmed. But based on how popular the source material is and how popular the first season of the anime seems to be, I think it’s only a matter of time.

But what did you think of this final episode? Do you think Rachel’s betrayal made her a better character? Or do you hate her now? And how do you think the following seasons of this series are going to differ from the first? Let me know in the comments.

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Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 26

Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 26

Unlimited Mana Works

The final episode of Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2 was a pretty good one. While it might not be the most interesting part of the episode, my favorite part was when Myne shows the Knight Order, Ferdinand, and us just how much mana she really has.

This scene is mainly good because of the visuals and music used during it, but I think there are still a few important things to discuss regarding it. First off, the fact that Myne has so much mana is important. We know that Ferdinand also has a large amount of mana and could have done what Myne did, but even he’s surprised by how much she has.

And this revelation of the vastness of Myne’s mana pool is what leads to the events throughout the rest of the episode.

Myne performing the healing ritual from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Myne performing the healing ritual

However, there are a few things I don’t really understand about Myne’s mana and its connection to the Devouring she’s afflicted with. We know that the Devouring and her mana are directly related — the Devouring occurs when a non-noble is born with mana.

Later in the episode, though, it seems to be implied that Myne’s vast amount of mana is somehow related to her previous life. It could be that she has an immense amount of mana even for someone who suffers from the Devouring. So is mana related to how long someone has lived? And why can’t commoners survive with mana?

Then, there’s also the question of how the Devouring affects her body. I thought using her mana was supposed to stop it from eating away at her life force. So why is she bedridden from using mana? Originally I thought she used too much, but it really looks like she had a lot to spare.

Dreamlike World

I don’t know about you, but I found the fact that Ferdinand, the head priest of the church, drugged a young girl within his secret chamber so that he could look into her memories without her permission to be a little creepy. Obviously, he drugged Myne because he knew she wouldn’t consent otherwise.

At first, I thought he was just having her taste test his new mana potion because she had previously said they tasted horrible. And to some extent that may have been true considering she mentioned that this potion tasted sweet. But it quickly became apparent that this was essentially a date rape scene.

Sure, it worked out in the end (for now), but there’s no denying that the casualness with which Ferdinand spiked a young girl’s drink while the two of them were alone is a bit worrying. Is this something nobles routinely do?

Ferdinand syncing his mind with Myne's from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Ferdinand syncing his mind with Myne’s

I don’t remember what episode review it was in, but earlier on in the series, I mentioned that I think Myne and Ferdinand could end up in a romantic relationship of some kind. This idea was furthered by the events of this episode, including when the two of them sync their minds together.

It’s at this point, when Ferdinand learns of Myne’s past life, that he also learns she was an adult. And as we see, he relays this information to Karstedt, basically laying the foundation of his relationship with Myne.

Him telling Karstedt that Myne has memories of her life as an adult is basically the equivalent of him saying, “I know she looks like a child, but she’s actually legal.” So now we have the fact that Myne will be married off at some point “soon,” that Ferdinand is an eligible bachelor who’s pushed his own interests onto Myne, and that he knows Myne is mentally an adult.

Ehrenfest Noble Society

However, all of those factors aren’t enough for Ferdinand to marry Myne. There’s still one, very important issue he needs to solve: Myne isn’t a noble like he is, so he would never be allowed to marry her.

So how does Ferdinand plan to get around this little inconvenience? He asks Karstedt to adopt Myne so that she’ll be a member of a noble family. You may be thinking that he asks this because he wants to protect Myne and also use her knowledge for his own benefit, but that line of reasoning doesn’t entirely check out.

If that were the case, Ferdinand could simply adopt Myne himself or have another member of his family do it. But if he did that, he probably wouldn’t be able to marry Myne. By having Myne become a member of the Karstedt family, there’s no issue with him marrying her.

Ferdinand and Karstedt discussing Myne from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Ferdinand and Karstedt discussing Myne

I think that Ferdinand and Karstedt are both members of some movement to overthrow the ruling class of the country (which was revealed to be called Ehrenfest). Whether this ruling class is the church, a king, or even the nobility itself, they need Myne’s help to accomplish their goal.

So, yes, they do want to protect Myne for their own interests. But you have to question whether or not Ferdinand has an ulterior motive when it comes to his involvement with Myne. There are just too many things lining up for it all to be mere coincidence.

Conclusion

I’m looking forward to the next season of Ascendance of a Bookworm. It will be nice to see if Ferdinand’s grooming of Myne continues, or if everything I’ve speculated about was all actually wrong. But what do you think about a potential relationship between Myne and Ferdinand? Let me know in the comments.

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Kakushigoto Episode 12

Kakushigoto Episode 12

Hidden Truths

Just as Kakushi was keeping a secret from Hime, I’ve been keeping a secret from all of you. I actually knew how this anime ended ever since the third episode or so.

You see, a little problem with writing about anime that’s currently airing is that manga readers love to spoil it. And for one of my early episode reviews, someone decided it was a good idea to comment a spoiler for the end of the series. Obviously, I blocked their comment so it wouldn’t spoil all of you, but I was spoiled.

I also get people who tweet spoilers at me (follow me on Twitter by the way) because I guess they think that’s acceptable as well. To be honest, I don’t mind being spoiled myself. However, if I already know what’s going to happen, I can no longer give my honest speculation about the future of the series in these reviews.

Kakushi being crushed by Weekly Shounen Jumpo magazines from the anime series Kakushigoto
Kakushi being crushed by Weekly Shounen Jumpo magazines

Moving on to the actual episode at hand, Kakushigoto episode 12 was much more serious than anything else in the series. I think we all kind of assumed that would be the case based on the buildup over the course of the series. However, what surprised me a bit was how little the disappearance of Kakushi’s wife played a role.

We knew that she either died or went missing in some kind of boating accident, but we didn’t know more than that little bit that was hinted at. And this episode didn’t really give us anything more to go on. It simply confirmed that it happened and that the news of it getting out is why Kakushi quit drawing manga.

But the one joke this episode had that I thought was pretty good was the nature of Kakushi’s accident. The fact that he was crushed by a pile of Weekly Shounen Jumpo magazines was great — especially when Tomaruin mentioned that if it was any of their competitors he would have been fine.

Seven Years Gone

After Kakushi is crushed by the magazine pile, he ends up in a coma for one year. He goes into his coma when Hime is 17 and wakes up from it when she’s 18 — old enough to know the secret he’s been keeping from her all this time.

But when he wakes up, things aren’t all back to normal. His memory of the previous seven years before his accident has been erased (hidden, actually). So when Hime goes to visit him in the hospital, he doesn’t recognize her because in his mind she’s still 10 years old, not 18.

This is the part of the episode that I was spoiled on. I was told that Kakushi had an accident that put him in a coma, and that when he wakes up, he doesn’t recognize Hime and has no memory of anything since she was 10.

Kakushi and his underlings creating manga in the hospital from the anime series Kakushigoto
Kakushi and his underlings creating manga in the hospital

A lot has changed in the past seven years since Hime’s 11th birthday in the previous episode. We don’t know exactly when a lot of these events occurred within that 7-year span, but Tights in the Wind was officially concluded, Rasuna became a top-selling mangaka with a studio of her own (including some of Kakushi’s old assistants), and Naru became a reporter rather than an idol.

First of all, it was nice to see that Tights wasn’t abruptly ended due to Kakushi’s retirement. It actually went on for at least another 100 chapters after we last saw it and got a proper ending. What surprised me most, though, was that Rasuna became a popular mangaka. Of Kakushi’s assistants, Ami and Aogu were the two who really wanted to go down that route.

And of course, it’s disappointing to see that Naru had to give up on her idol dreams.

The Meguro River Detective Agency is on the Case!

The Meguro River Detective Agency (MRDA) is back in business after a long hiatus. But before talking about their role, I should probably mention something from when they’re first shown in this episode: The “hot guy” as Hina Toumi referred to him.

The introduction of Hime’s cousin could have been left out as far as I’m concerned. There was no real need to say that Kakushi was the product of an affair, or that he came from a kabuki family which is why Hime’s grandfather disliked him, or even that he had a half-sister with a child.

All of that could have been left out without affecting the story. The only part that it mattered for is that we’re told Kakushi’s half-sister is the one who gave Hime the key to their old home — and even this could have been solved simply by saying Rasuna did it.

Hime running from the anime series Kakushigoto
Hime running

But the MRDA doesn’t have time to look into the claims made by this “hot guy” who says that Kakushi is the product of an affair. They have bigger fish to fry! That’s right, they need to help Hime drag all of Kakushi’s old manuscripts to the hospital.

I have to say I actually liked this part of the episode. It was good seeing the MRDA back together (including the one girl who wasn’t a founding member). And the fact that their work actually brought Kakushi’s memories back was a nice, wholesome ending.

However, even the MRDA has its fair share of secrets. Founding member Hime Gotou has actually been hiding the fact that she draws shoujo manga from her father. And to make things even more scandalous, her fellow detectives are actively helping her hide this information.

Conclusion

What do you think of the final episode of Kakushigoto? I probably would have preferred it to be a little less serious — with more stuff like when Kakushi was crushed by Weekly Shounen Jumpo. But aside from that, I thought it was a good ending to the series. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Tower of God Episode 12

Tower of God Episode 12

Underwater Hunt (Part Two)

A lot happened in Tower of God episode 12, and I want to discuss all of it. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have much information on everything that happened. There were a lot of twists, a lot of mysteries hinted at, and potentially a lot of things that were rushed through so that we can finish the prologue of the series next episode.

But I’m going to give the anime the benefit of the doubt this week and assume that all of the things that didn’t make sense to me were that way on purpose. If you’ve read the source material, feel free to let me, and other readers, know how faithful this episode really was down in the comments.

So the first thing to discuss is Khun’s plan for passing the Administrator’s test. I think it could have been shown and explained a bit better as it was happening, but in the end, all the important elements were there. Basically, when the test began, we were introduced to all the different moving parts, and Khun makes use of this information.

There are six main groups we have to keep in mind during this test: The group taking the test, the seals, the goblins, the worms, the pigs, and the bull. The bull is the wild card, so we can basically ignore it unless you think Anaak and Endorsi hunting it was all part of the plan to keep it distracted.

But the main plan involved using the pigs and worms to prevent the goblins from getting to the seals. Khun had Laure herd the pigs into the worms feeding area, and then the pigs were released from within the worms to fight the goblins. I like that the pigs weren’t just forgotten about.

Ranker Princess of Jahad

Yuri Jahad finally showed up again with the rest of her entourage, and she’s kind of a big deal. It was already implied that she was one of the strongest and highest-ranking of the Princesses of Jahad, if not the strongest and highest-ranking. But I didn’t really understand just how strong she was supposed to be.

If Anaak and Endorsi were to team up against Yuri, and both Anaak and Endorsi had ignition weapons while Yuri had nothing, Yuri would win. We know this because Ren was able to defeat both Anaak and Endorsi, and then Yuri was able to easily wipe the floor with Ren.

Surprisingly, Ren was also killed in this episode by one of Yuri’s retainers. I really thought Ren was going to be the major antagonist for the next arc or something.

Yuri Jahad and Ren from the anime series Tower of God
Yuri Jahad and Ren

We also see that although Ren works directly under the king, Yuri outranks him in that regard too. Sure, Ren attempts to kill Yuri, but when Yuri originally relieves him of his duty as the collector of the Month series ignition weapons, he actually seems to be afraid of going against her word — not because of her strength, but because of her status.

I’m thinking that Yuri might be a real Princess of Jahad (the daughter of the king) rather than an adopted one.

But the biggest surprise for me was when Yuri was referred to as a Ranker. Clearly she’s strong enough to be a Ranker, but I thought she was trying to find her way to the testing area to start her climb of the tower. Aren’t Rankers those who have already made it to the top?

The Khun Family

This episode also introduced a new member of the Khun family, of which Khun is also a member of if you couldn’t guess. We don’t actually know what Khun’s given name is at this point, but I assume we’ll learn it eventually. And likewise, we don’t know the given name of this other Khun family member who appears.

I also don’t remember if he was part of Yuri’s entourage or not, but I guess that doesn’t matter for now. What matters is that we know he likes to mess with other members of the Khun family, and that like our Khun, he’s an outcast.

We really don’t know anything other than that about him. But allow me to make some predictions.

Because the Khun family has been so mysterious thus far, I’m getting an Uchiha family vibe from them. This is clearly one of the more powerful families in this world, and these two members we know of are the only two we know of — much like Sasuke and Itachi for a good portion of Naruto.

And just like Sasuke and Itachi, I’m predicting that Khun is going to make it his goal to take down this other Khun for whatever reason. But, once he does take down the other Khun, he’ll probably learn that the two of them were actually on the same side fighting against the main family.

Maybe this other Khun is even our Khun’s biological brother.

Raging Bull

As far as I’m concerned, the bull was a lot better in this episode than the previous two episodes it was featured in. I think it looks really stupid on land, but once it was actually swimming through the Shinsu like the “fish” it is, it looked a lot better.

When swimming, the sideways head looks more natural because it’s perpendicular to the spine anymore. Also, the cape turns into ray-like fins, which is also a much better look. But with all that said, there’s still one major problem I have with the appearance of the bull: It’s size.

The Bull swimming towards Bam and Rachel from the anime series Tower of God
The Bull swimming towards Bam and Rachel

Perhaps the bull becomes larger as it soaks in more Shinsu. If this is stated in the source material, then I could understand that swimming through the condensed Shinsu sea could make it grow over time. However, this isn’t something that was ever mentioned in the anime, and that led to some apparent scaling issues.

When the bull was on land, it looked like it was maybe 10 – 12 feet tall. That’s a decently sized creature, and definitely not one I would want to run into. But by the time it eats Bam in the Shinsu sea, it must be at least 80 feet long. It’s massive, and with each pass of the bubble, it appears to grow larger.

However, one good thing did come out of the bull becoming larger. I really liked how Bam was eaten by it and then destroyed it from the inside — exactly as he learned to do at the start of the series. It was a good way to show that he’s learned from his past experiences.

Navigators

There’s not much I can really say regarding Navigators right now, but from what I understand, it’s an official title much like Rankers have. I believe the shorter, white-haired man in Yuri’s group has been previously referred to as a Navigator, and from what we’ve seen this title means exactly what you’d think: He helps Yuri navigate the tower.

The interesting thing about Navigators is that this known Navigator refers to Hwaryun (I’ve also seen her name as Hwa Ryun) — the red-haired, eyepatch-wearing, Wave Controller — as a Navigator. And he expresses surprise at seeing a Navigator there. So, there must be something to Navigators we don’t yet know.

First, how does he know she’s a Navigator? Second, how does one attain the title of Navigator? Are they just a subset of Ranker who serve as guides? And, as Yuri’s Navigator asked, what is a Navigator doing here anyway? Why was she taking the tests to climb the tower with all the others?

Even though she isn’t participating in the Administrator’s test, maybe we’ll see her rejoin the others and help guide them through the floors.

Rachel’s Betrayal

Of course, I can’t finish this episode review without discussing Rachel’s betrayal of Bam at the very end. When we were shown Bam and Rachel reaching towards each other in slow motion, I knew something was going to go wrong. But I can safely say I didn’t expect Rachel to stand up and push Bam out of the bubble.

Oh, and I should clarify that the betrayal I’m referring to in this section isn’t Rachel pushing Bam out of the bubble. The real betrayal is that Rachel was pretending to be a paraplegic.

The main question I have right now is: Does everyone fail if Bam fails? It seemed like that was the original condition of the test, but maybe if Rachel is eaten by the seal monster, she and everyone else still pass while Bam fails. I think that has to be the case because otherwise, Rachel would have just thrown away her own chance to climb the tower.

Rachel pushing Bam into the Shinsu from the anime series Tower of God
Rachel pushing Bam into the Shinsu

So, why did Rachel pretend to be a paraplegic and then push Bam out of the bubble and into the Shinsu sea as they were about to pass the Administrator’s test? Did she really betray him? Is she working for someone who doesn’t want to see Bam succeed? Is Bam’s success somehow a threat to her own?

I think the answer is a lot more boring than you’d first expect. From what I’ve seen, Rachel is extremely self-conscious about the fact that Bam doesn’t really have a dream of his own, and that he basically only lives to serve her. I think Rachel doesn’t want to see Bam risking his life for her dream, and so this was her way of releasing him from what she sees as his burden.

It’s basically Rachel telling Bam that he doesn’t need to live for her sake anymore.

Conclusion

What do you think of Tower of God episode 12? Is Yuri really a Ranker? Is Khun actually just Korean Sasuke? Does Shinsu make the bull grow larger? What do you think is the deal with Navigators? And why do you think Rachel betrayed Bam? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 25

Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 25

Trombe and Battles

It looks like my prediction that Myne was going to be kidnapped by Schicicoza of the knight order was incorrect. I really thought it was going to happen considering the whole kidnapping flag has been raised numerous times and this was the first time Myne was “alone” with a noble who seemed like he would do it.

Of course, it could still happen at some point later on in the series, but I don’t believe Schicicoza would have anything to do with it if it does happen. I wouldn’t say that he’s learned the error of his ways, but he’s definitely learned not to mess with Myne.

I’ll come back to Schicicoza in just a bit, but I want to first discuss the new information we’ve learned about trombe. Well, the new information isn’t really about trombe, but more about Myne and her connection to the mana-absorbing plant.

Myne captured by a trombe from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Myne captured by a trombe

We still don’t really know what a trombe is. However, it seems to be implied that trombe aren’t a plant that exist on their own, but rather spontaneously appear due to high levels of mana. We first saw this when Myne turned a fruit into a trombe simply by picking it up and putting mana into it.

This week, that theory seems to have gained more traction, with Myne’s (mana-filled) blood causing a trombe to burst out of the ground. Ferdinand makes it seem like a trombe was hibernating in that location, but I think the blood actually created the trombe.

And we’re also told that all of Myne’s bodily fluids contain concentrated mana. Not only can her blood produce a trombe, but her tears can too. I wonder if the blood of children with the devouring was ever collected by the church.

Who Holds the Highest Rank?

The best part of the entire episode was seeing Sir Ferdinand flex on all the knight order plebeians (nobles). Last week I discussed how Ferdinand appeared to be a much higher ranking noble than anyone in the knight order based on how they followed his lead, and now that’s been confirmed.

I actually think Ferdinand is from an even more important family now than I did previously. And the reason for this is due to how he spoke about the knights being punished by their lord for failing in their duties.

At first, when Ferdinand mentioned their lord, I thought he meant Lord as in a deity. This seemed to be the case when he first mentioned how Myne was chosen by their lord to serve the church on account of her vast mana reserves. However, upon further inspection, this doesn’t really add up.

Sir Ferdinand from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
Sir Ferdinand

There are multiple gods and goddesses in this world, so would Ferdinand really be referring to a singular Lord? It’s possible since there is a king of the gods. But what I think is more likely based on his continued reference to the lord punishing the knights is that he’s actually referring to the lord of the region.

We haven’t heard anything about how the region is actually governed and there’s been no mention of a royal family of any kind. So perhaps this region is controlled by a powerful lord instead.

And if that’s the case, could it be possible that Ferdinand is actually a member of the lord’s household? We know he is exceedingly wealthy, is highly educated, wields a vast amount of mana, and holds the highest rank of anyone we’ve met so far (other than the High Priest within the context of the church).

Disgraced Knight Order

We know that the knight order has disgraced itself by failing to adequately protect Myne after Ferdinand ordered them to. But what does this mean for the series going forward? Are the knights really going to be punished? And if so, won’t that cause them to bear a grudge against Myne?

I don’t think the knights are actually going to be punished. At the end of the episode, Ferdinand mentions that Myne needs to show the knights her true value by finishing her duties and putting an end to the trombe fight. This seems like a setup to bring the knight order over to her side.

The knights will be shown Myne’s value and will be indebted to her for their transgression against her. So the “punishment” that they’ll probably receive is that they’ll be called upon at some point in the future to help Myne when she needs it.

The knight order bowing to Sir Ferdinand from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2
The knight order bowing to Sir Ferdinand

When Ferdinand mentions the fact that the knights will be punished, he also fails to specify the nature of the punishment or when it might occur. He simply states that their lord will punish them at some point in the future. This also seems to be setting up the idea that the knights will be called upon to help Myne at some point.

But why would Myne need the help of the knight order?

I think Ferdinand is plotting to take down the church, and he’s going to use Myne to achieve this goal. We know he has a secret reason for joining the church, and I had previously predicted that he planned to reform it from the inside. But perhaps his plans are greater than mere reformation.

If Ferdinand truly is from the lord’s household, then the lord could call upon the knight order in the future to repay their debt to Ferdinand and Myne by helping them overthrow the church.

Conclusion

What do you think of Ascendance of a Bookworm season 2 episode 11? Do you think trombe are spontaneously created by mana? Is Ferdinand a member of the ruling family? And what do you think the knight’s punishment will entail? Let me know in the comments.

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