[OWLS June Blog Tour] Rokka no Yuusha: The Strongest Man in the World

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Alright, the holder of the “Shortest OWLS Post of May” title is here again with another (hopefully brief) post for June. This month’s topic is Pride, which sounds like another suspicious topic. I’m not arrogant, and I’m definitely not defensive, okay?

In honor of “Pride Month,” we will be discussing the word, “Pride” and its meaning. We will be exploring pop culture characters’ most satisfying and joyful achievements or skills that they possessed and whether or not these qualities could be seen as a positive or negative aspect in their personal lives and/or society.

Once again, I had a hard time with this topic. After much careful deliberation that definitely didn’t happen two days before the post was due, I decided to a look at the character I think best embodies how I think of my own sense of pride, Adlet Mayer from Rokka no Yuusha. Since the series is somewhat of a mystery series, I’ll say up front that I will be keeping this post light on spoilers.

If you’re not familiar with the story of Rokka no Yuusha, it’s set in a fantasy world and revolves around a legend of six chosen warriors destined to defeat the Demon God. When the heroes are assembled, they find that seven heroes, or Braves, have been chosen, and they must work together to find the fake.

As for Adlet, he has the honor of being one of the chosen Braves as well as the “Strongest Man in the World”…or so he says. Understandably, this proclamation puts a fairly large target on Adlet’s back, especially when combined with Adlet’s tendency to pick fights with powerful opponents.

The reason I like Adlet as a character is that he talks big but actually has the will and determination to deliver on his words. In my mind, pride is self-acknowledgment of skills that you possess, and arrogance is self-acknowledgment of skills you don’t possess (in a simplistic sense). I also feel like I’ve felt that sense of being everyone’s target from my school days.

While Adlet doesn’t have any special powers like the rest of the Braves, he uses his wit (and a lot of deception) to overcome his enemies. I don’t exactly have many physical challenges in my life, but I would say that Adlet’s approach is fairly similar to mine in that regard.

Any challenge comes with a certain level of uncertainty, and I try to move forward into the unknown with a sense of trust in myself to figure it out as I go along. I’ve always been a very indecisive person, so one of the ways I push myself out of that sense of paralysis is simply to tell myself that I’m sure I can handle it.

And as Adlet demonstrates, I’m not saying that I fly blindly without forethought. He carries with him a myriad of hidden weapons, such as smoke bombs or poison darts, to get himself out of any situation. I want to make sure I’m as ready as I can be, but I don’t want to let the unknown deter me.

That’s all I’ve got this time. I hope I made some semblance of the point I was going for in this post. And if you haven’t watched Rokka no Yuusha, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a pretty fun take on the mystery genre that I enjoyed despite how the show ended up doing (“Rokka no Sales” is still funny).

And as before, be sure to check out the surroundings:

Yesterday, Naja wrote about Piano no Mori, a show I’ve been enjoying this season.

I’m sharing today with Jack over at The Aniwriter, so there’s probably already a post there since my posts always come out later in the day.

And up next is DynamicDylan over on the Youtube side.

Rokka no Yuusha Final Episode (12): It’s never over

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While this episode made for an interesting “ending” (if you could even call it that), there are still quite a few questions that remain for me. First off, it didn’t seem like Nashetania was getting any direct orders from the Demon Lord…I’m not really so interested in how she got her plan as much as how she was able to become a Brave at all. I guess the only explanation that makes sense to me is that she knew she was likely to become one of the six, but the selection of seven is what ultimately foiled her plan. And now that Nashetania has been busted and left the group, does she just fade away and never come back? Maybe make a cameo as an enemy later or something?

This series certainly was interesting to watch…it ended up making a better mystery than the actual mystery series of the season (Ranpo Kitan). I get that they’re trying to introduce a similar theme by adding Rolonia to the cast, reviving the mystery of the seventh when everyone thinks they’re safe from it, but I wonder how they’ll keep the mystery at the same level. I can see how the mystery’s harder now that most people have been exonerated, but I can’t imagine how it would be more fun. I guess I just need to hope for a second season to see, right? I suppose I could just shift my suspicions to the next in line on my list from this season (Maura), but we’ll see. Rolonia seems too obvious and Goldov still doesn’t make sense, but I assume they’ll be the first suspects for the group.

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 11: Stand back! Adlet is going to try science!

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Phew…nothing pleases me more than to watch a scientist outsmart a group of magic users. This episode really does show why I like Adlet’s character. I’m actually a bit sad that he was constantly labeled as the seventh. When you’ve decided that a culprit is obvious from the start, it’s hard to consider other possibilities. I’m actually convinced that Adlet would have still been able to discover the truth even if his life didn’t depend on it, but it’s something that can only remain in speculation. At least he’s finally in the clear, right?

I also can’t believe the episode ended with the corny mid-sentence ending as a cliffhanger. Don’t get me wrong…I expected the cliffhanger, but I didn’t think they’d do it like that. Oh well, it looks like next week’s episode will reveal the culprit all along and finally put the arc to an end. As I may have said before, I’m not really quite so interested in who the seventh is as much as what everyone plans to do with the knowledge. Do they plan to just keep the seventh around?

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 10: He chose!

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They really like making the rounds with the suspicions of the seventh. This week’s episode places the suspicion more on Maura. And I don’t say that only because she lies about Hans…it’s also the fact that Nashetania turns on Adlet too. Given her affection for him, there’s not much reason for her to change her mind so easily if she were actually the seventh. The only reason I can think of is that she has realized that she can no longer place the blame on anyone (with Hans gone) and is forced to choose the most likely second suspect.

This show is actually quite fun, mostly because of how much they shuffle the suspicion throughout the group. My suspicions still haven’t changed, but I will admit that they are being disturbed by this episode and last week’s episode. That being said, we’re only left with two remaining episodes. I suppose they can only throw the suspicion on so many people…eventually it has to end. Hopefully we get the reveal before the end…it would be tragic if we didn’t.

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 9: Suspicions everywhere

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Another theory from Adlet was squashed this week. That part of the show is actually starting to get annoying to me…it feels like Adlet comes up with very logical reasons for his theories on how the barrier was activated, but they end up getting refuted with “nope, magic doesn’t work like that”. I think it’s a really frustrating way to inject magic into a world. As for Nashetania’s statement about Hans calling her princess when he entered, I went back and did a quick check. I couldn’t find the part where he actually calls her princess, but I noticed that Maura calls her princess before he enters the temple, which could explain why he did. I’ll probably do a more thorough check later. I still find it very unlikely that Hans is the seventh.

Naturally, my suspicions are still the same with Maura and Nashetania as the most likely candidates. Maura lost a little bit of suspicion this week because one of the reasons that I suspected her deeply, her statement that the crests would disappear if one of the six died, was confirmed by Nashetania (she wasn’t there when Maura was explaining to Hans). This makes it unlikely that Maura was trying to trick everyone by stating that. That being said, she’s still unnaturally “untouchable” when it comes to blame because of her reputation, so not all suspicion is lost. Finally, it really looks like this fog barrier is actually the final boss for this series and the show will end with the group escaping (and I’m guessing the seventh won’t be revealed). I guess we’ll see.

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 8: Ally finally recruited

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Despite the events of this week’s episode, I somehow still don’t find Chamot that suspicious. She seems like the strongest of the group with her newly revealed ability to summon defeated fiends, so I don’t see any reason why she would need to hide herself. Also, her attitude doesn’t seem right…wanting to kill everyone one-by-one until she finds the fake is not something the seventh would say. My suspicions remain unchanged…Nashetania’s behavior is still strange and Maura’s resistance to suspicion is almost annoying. Adlet’s listing of people who know how to activate the barrier only amplifies those suspicions.

I’m really liking Hans as a character. I think he makes a solid pairing with Adlet given his similar strategic approach to bad situations. I don’t think I’ve suspected him for a second despite the fact that he seems to be the only Brave smart enough to fool the others in the first place. Finally, what was Nashetania trying to say about her suspicion of Hans at the very end? Was she saying that she was mistaken because of the excitement? Or was she saying that there was something he did that was suspicious that didn’t get fully noticed in all of the excitement?

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 7: Some background information

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So most of this week’s episode was spent telling Adlet and Flamie’s backstories…another slow one. The battle at the end of the episode between Adlet and Hans seemed pretty cool, though. That aside, with regards to the suspect for the seventh hero, am I just being too overly sensitive to Nashetania’s actions or was she actually very suspicious this week? She seemed to heavily assert Adlet’s innocence…which I took as her being upset that the person in the group she actually liked was under suspicion. Also, the scene where she couldn’t hear the battle at the temple…are those ears just for show?

I’m really curious what the end goal is for this series given its pacing. Just how long is this group planning to stay trapped in this fog? Is the show’s climax going to be at the point when the group manages to escape the fog? Does it come coupled with finding out who the seventh hero is or is that a recurring mystery until they actually reach the Demon God?

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 6: Trait of the strongest man?

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This week’s suspicion update…no real change for me. My suspicions are still with Maura and Nashetania as the seventh hero. Maura increased suspicion slightly this week because of her awkward interaction with Hans. Why ask him to show her his crest to prove Flamie is alive instead of simply showing her own as a demonstration? As for Nashetania, Adlet has a pretty strange theory right now involving two culprits, which naturally points to Nashetania because of the existence of Goldov. That being said, she lost a little suspicion in that Goldov was willing to attack Adlet despite her objections.

I’m not a huge fan of how Adlet was acting this week. If I were any of the other heroes in a real-life scenario, I’d have been suspicious of him too. He’s basically acting like the desperate culprit trapped in a corner. I get that he’s sure of his innocence and is trying to stay alive, but he’s only really make things worse for himself. Anyway, more clues next week? The title of next week’s episode suggest that there will be an explanation of some kind of motive…

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 5: Suspicions switch

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And just like that, it looks like Adlet is the focus of everyone’s suspicions…not too surprising given that he was the first one into the temple and is the only one whose actions cannot be verified by another hero. That being said, the “revelation” of the locked room is flawed in the same way that all locked room mysteries tend to be flawed. A locked room scenario is created with the assumption that there is only one entrance into the room and that entrance is locked.

However, a hidden entrance basically invalidates every assumption that they can make. For example, Hans argues that it should have been near-impossible to close the door after it was opened, but the fact that Adlet saw no one when he entered means that the culprit would have had to leave from another exit. Of course, I don’t blame the other heroes…they’re basically taking Adlet’s word, after all. That being said, my suspicions currently reside with Maura and Nashetania until I see evidence otherwise. Will these guys finally be able to exit the temple next week or will it be more talking?

Rokka no Yuusha Episode 4: Time to find the culprit

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It looks like everyone has finally gathered and it’s revealed that there are actually seven heroes instead of six. Judging by the situation at hand, I can see why Adlet is the most suspicious of the seven. He has no noticeable power derived from the Saint of a Single Flower and he was the only one alone in the temple long enough to activate the barrier. He’s also probably the only one of the seven that none of the other six knew before being selected.

So what does that mean for Adlet? Does he have some hidden purpose for the Demon God that even he doesn’t know? Or is he just the obvious scapegoat for the true culprit? I’m currently entertaining the theory that someone threw out this week. Maybe there is just a seventh chosen hero this time to help out somehow. But that seems unlikely just because this week’s episode suggests malicious intent from the impostor…