Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25 Review

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25 Review

Mythical Era Monster: Spiegel

We learn a bit more about the dungeon in Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25. For example, it now appears to be confirmed that a mythical-era monster lies at the bottom. This monster is the Spiegel.

I believe we first heard about the Spiegel in Episode 24. It might have been slightly before then. But, regardless of when it was, it was said to be sort of like the Einsam Frieren and Fern fought in Episode 5. If you don’t remember, Einsam are monsters that create illusions of the dead.

But, how is the Spiegel, which creates replicas of those who enter the dungeon, similar to an Einsam? The similarity isn’t in what they create. It’s in how they extract information from the minds of their targets. This is how the Spiegel is able to create perfect replicas.

The Spiegel at the bottom of the Tomb of the Ruined King from the anime series Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Episode 25
The Spiegel at the bottom of the Tomb of the Ruined King

In this episode, we also learn that the Spiegel itself is pretty weak. If the mages can defeat the replicas and make their way into the treasure chamber, they should win. The replicas are the only way the Spiegel can attack them. And, they technically don’t even need to defeat the replicas.

But, in order to get into the treasure chamber, they’re going to need to at least defeat Frieren’s replica. Her replica cast a spell on the door barring entry unless she’s defeated. Unfortunately, the other replicas are going to show up soon, too. They’ll be converging on the mages in the lowest part of the dungeon.

How do we know this? Lawine has insider information. Her brother was a member of an advanced party sent to explore the dungeon. From that expedition, we know the Spiegel’s strategy is to surround the intruders in the dungeon’s depths.

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Conquering Dungeons with the Hero’s Party

As we already know, Frieren enjoys exploring dungeons. She likes finding magic items, and it reminds her of the time she spent with the Hero’s Party. But, exploring dungeons isn’t the only thing Frieren likes about them.

According to Frieren, the Hero’s Party is the party with the record for the most dungeon clears. It’s too bad she didn’t say how many dungeons they cleared or how many the party in second place has cleared. But, at the very least, we know that Frieren has a lot of experience in this.

From all that experience in conquering dungeons comes her love of planning for raids. Frieren enjoys planning out how to take down a dungeon boss just as much as she loves finding magic items.

That’s something I can relate to. I like planning out how to beat hard content in games more than the act of actually beating the hard content.

Himmel, Eisen, and Frieren fighting a dungeon boss from the anime series Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Episode 25
Himmel, Eisen, and Frieren fighting a dungeon boss

In the end, the mages come up with a pretty simple plan for conquering the Tomb of the Ruined King. Frieren and Fern are going to fight Frieren’s replica on their own. And, while they’re doing that, the rest of the mages in their group are going to hold off the other replicas.

Remember, according to Lawine’s intel, the other replicas are on their way. They’re heading into the depths of the dungeon to trap the mages there and finish them off.

How are Frieren and Fern going to defeat Frieren’s replica, though? Frieren’s going to fight it head-on and keep it distracted. Then, when Fern sees an opening, she’s going to hit it with a blast of Zoltraak. Frieren (and her replica) has a very specific vulnerability that this plan should be able to exploit.

The Mage to Kill Frieren

After the death of Flamme, Frieren returned to give a message to Serie. Flamme wanted to tell her that the kingdom was going to legalize the study of magic. And, she wanted Serie to be the one to teach the imperial court mages.

Serie, however, doesn’t have the same view of magic as Flamme did. Flamme wanted magic to be something that everyone could enjoy. But, Serie believes that magic should be special. She doesn’t want to teach magic to anyone she deems unworthy. So, she declines this request.

On the flip side, I guess Serie has no problem teaching magic to those she does deem worthy. If that wasn’t the case, why would she offer to teach a spell to anyone who becomes a first-class mage? And, this also explains why the first-class mages gatekeep this position — Serie wants it that way.

Frieren and Serie meeting after Flamme's death from the anime series Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Episode 25
Frieren and Serie meeting after Flamme’s death

Anyway, at this last meeting between Frieren and Serie, Serie makes a prediction. Since they’re now entering the age of human mages, there are only two ways for Frieren to die. Well, I guess other than living out her natural life.

Serie predicts that either the demon king or a human mage will kill Frieren. And, since the Hero’s Party defeated the demon king, that only leaves one option. But, is Serie’s prediction going to turn out to be right? Technically, yes — even though Frieren is going to survive.

I seriously doubt Frieren’s going to be killed at any point. However, Fern is going to kill Frieren’s replica, which has all the same spells and skill as the real Frieren. So, in that regard, Serie’s prediction turned out to be right. But, we should also keep in mind that Fern isn’t acting on her own here.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End Episode 25? Do you think the Spiegel is literally the purple crystal we saw in this episode? How many dungeons do you think the Hero’s party conquered? And, will Frieren tell Serie that her prediction about a human killing her turned out to be correct?

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My review of Episode 26 is available now.

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