Well, this episode certainly got a nice song title reference for the title of this review. But enough about that. Not much more to say really other than let’s get right into it.
Continuing right where the last episode left off. Chise is in the mouth of a dragon being carried away. It also turns out Iceland is the home of dragons, well their last home. Much like mages, dragons are slowly dying too.
So, the strange man taking Chise, well, after a short tumble into the water and Elias revealing to be there the entire time. It turns out the guy (although it was not fully addressed, but slightly mentioned) is Elias’ mentor.
Chise also meets this super old and dying dragon, which will be very important this episode.
But anyway, Elias goes off to talk about the dragons, which it turns out the food for the dragons was rather scarce this year, so that was their reasoning behind the dragons being on the move.
So, Chise goes to play with the hatchling dragons while the other two go off to chat. Honestly there was a few nice scenes of her just playing with them.
Chise then talks to the old dragon. The scenery looks really nice that it shows. It only did this since that old dragon, when it dies it will turn into rocks and trees. The surrounding area also has similar features of old dragons.
Chise spends time with the old dragon, the two share memories, and a bit of the pain Chise went through growing up becomes slowly more revealed. But the dragon knows Chise wishes to die, however states that the living should not envy the dead but to live life to the fullest. Thus, the dragon gives Chise time in his memories peacefully remembering the old days of him flying the sky before ultimately nearly passing on.
Elias and his mentor return, and well the hatchling dragons might be the last generation of dragons. Chise too might be the last generation of mages. However, there is hope.
The dragon has a tree starting to grow out of him. He asks Chise his last request, that when she needs a staff, she will use one of his branches when the time is right. Thus, the episode ends on the sad, but slightly hopeful note for Chise.
So, this episode covered all of chapter 3 of the manga. It was nicely done and did not feel rushed or too stretched out. I really forgot what it was like to actually know and enjoy the source before reviewing the show. I mean sure Twin Star Exorcists I was very into the manga, but 90 percent of it was original. This is the first time in a long time where it is following the source faithfully.
Anyway, as a whole I did like this episode. (no shock) This was mostly due to the fact it followed Chise and really gave more to her character’s back story, while like always not revealing all the details, namely her mother. Which if you noticed gave details about her death this episode, while not stating them. I am not going to say what it is, but I will leave it at that until the series says it or shows it in more detail.
I think it was this chapter which got me hooked on the manga. Watching it as an anime, I can say it didn’t as much. However, it still holds a lot of weight to the series. It starts to show the change in Chise into who she will become, while still having her being held back by her past.
I am glad Elias did not get much focus, sure it would be interesting to know what happened between him and his mentor, however, we will see more of them later. For now, it was about Chise.
Overall Enjoyment: 85/100
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