This week’s episode introduces Liliruca Arde, also introducing the concept of the support. I feel like they talked more about the role of the support in the manga than the anime…essentially, they move dead bodies out of the way to give adventurers room to fight (because monsters can’t just fade away like they do in games) and gather the loot (because you can’t just walk over loot and pick it up). Also, in many games, there are inventory slot restrictions or weight restrictions, so I guess supporters help with that.
That being said, it feels like a very menial job, so Lili never interested me as a character. I questioned her purpose in the dungeon…she should at least have some buffs or heals to be a true support in my eyes. That being said, I never read far enough in the manga to get to know her more, so I’m judging her solely off her introduction, a typical case of someone with trust issues born from being abused by a Familia desperate for money.
So based on the end of the episode, it looks like next week will be dealing with another one of Freya’s yandere “games”. I’m assuming that the experience will solidify Lili’s trust in Bell and compel her to leave her Familia and join Hestia’s. That being said, there was one scene in this week’s episode that confused me. Why show a random scene with Ais? It felt like “we’ve been forgetting about this girl…let’s give her some screen time”.