The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 7

The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 7

The Pandemonium

Episode 7 of The Executioner’s Way of Life featured another one of the Four Major Human Errors. This time, we got to see the Pandemonium. And from what I remember, this was the Error that we could infer the least amount based on its name and description.

But, to be fair, what the Pandemonium ended up being makes sense given the name. It’s an area on the ocean that’s covered by a thick fog. And anyone who enters the fog gets lost and is never seen or heard from again.

What’s a little unclear is whether the fog is actually a part of the Pandemonium. Flare made it sound like the fog is what’s sealing the Pandemonium so that it doesn’t expand. Also, we’re not actually told what the Pandemonium is because it seems most people don’t know. Even Menou and Momo are unsure.

Menou and Akari heading toward the Pandemonium from the anime series The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 7
Menou and Akari heading toward the Pandemonium

Of course, it makes sense that nobody knows what lies within the Pandemonium. That’s kind of the whole point. If someone went in to find out, they’d never return to tell anyone. But, when Akari enters the region, she’s attacked by a giant monster that she says has eaten her before.

Is this monster the Pandemonium? That might be somewhat correct. But, there’s likely more to it. I doubt that one monster itself is the calamity. Instead, I’m going to guess that the monster is a piece of the Pandemonium. There might be a whole bunch of deadly things within that region of the sea.

Unfortunately, we may never get a definitive answer about the Pandemonium’s true nature. Akari could try to explain it. But, since the mystery is part of what makes it the Pandemonium, an explanation isn’t needed. It’s not straightforward like the Sword of Salt.

The Wilderness

A lot of adventure anime skip over the wilderness. And by wilderness, I mean the vast expanses of open land between settlements. They do this because the meat of the series is going to be happening in towns, dungeons, etc.

The Executioner and Her Way of Life is no exception here. We did skip over the adventures of Menou and Akari as they traveled between cities. But, at least we got some information about the wilderness and what lies within it. That’s more than most similar anime give us, so it’s worth discussing.

First, we’re told that there are a bunch of dangerous monsters that live in the wilderness. That’s no surprise. But, what is surprising, is that these monsters prevent people from exploring. And while there are “adventurers,” they’re actually only highway bandits. If you stray from the pilgrimage routes, you’ll have to be on the lookout.

Momo trapping Ashuna in a dungeon from the anime series The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 7
Momo trapping Ashuna in a dungeon

There are also ruins scattered throughout the wilderness that have dungeons beneath them. Momo traps Ashuna in one such dungeon, presumably because Ashuna was following her. I doubt Ashuna happened to be heading in the same direction as Momo by chance.

What’s interesting about these ruins is that they seem to be somewhat common. Momo doesn’t make a big deal about there being ruins and a dungeon in the wilderness. She speaks of it as if it’s something everyone knows about — or at least the Executioners. So, will we ever learn the history behind these ruins?

It would be interesting if the ruins connected back to the Pure Concepts in some way. So far, we don’t know why those summoned to this world have them. Does it have something to do with the summoning process? The world itself? I’d like to find out.

Manon Libelle

From what I remember, the port city Menou and Akari traveled to is Libelle. On a small island off the coast is Libelle Castle. And in it lives a teenage girl named Manon Libelle. She’s the current leader of a faction called the Fourth (the fourth faction).

So, the Fourth isn’t a very creative name. But, Manon isn’t the one who came up with the name. She’s currently leading the Fourth in place of her father, whom Flare captured. Why did Flare capture him? Because the Fourth is pretty much a terrorist organization.

Flare also killed Manon’s mother. So, I don’t understand why she didn’t kill Manon’s father too. I guess her orders were to capture him and she had the authority to kill anyone who got in her way. Anyway, the Fourth now consider Flare, and Flarette (Menou), to be their arch enemy.

Manon Libelle gesturing toward an iron maiden from the anime series The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 7
Manon Libelle gesturing toward an iron maiden

Alright, we need to talk about the scene at the end of the episode with Manon. But, before that, allow me to set up my theory. Remember when Manon gave all the nobles sandwiches? Well, at first, I thought the reveal was going to be that they were poison sandwiches.

After seeing the final scene, though, I have another theory. There was a shot that focused on the contents of the sandwich. One of those contents was some kind of meat. And at the end of the episode, Manon directs a young girl into an iron maiden and kills her.

So, is Manon feeding human meat to the nobles? I kind of feel like that’s what’s going on. But then the question is, why is she doing that? And what is she doing to these girls to get them to climb into the iron maiden on their own?

Conclusion

What do you think of The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 7? What do you think the true nature of the Pandemonium is? Do you think we’ll ever learn more about the ruins in the wilderness? And why do you think Manon is killing children? Let me know in the comments.

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