「死者の幻影」 (Shisha no Gen’ei)
“Phantoms of the Dead”
A week into the season, typing “Episode 5” feels a little strange, but there it is.Sousou no Frieren is going to be a 28-episode anime series, so the four-part launch was actually gravy. Just obtaining two regular courses in this day and age is a further indication of trust in the business, but based on the sales of the manga, I believe it is justified. Although I’m still unsure if I’ll join the “love” or “like” camp with this series, it does seem like it may benefit from any further time.
That is due in large part—obviously—to pacing. The show Frieren at the Funeral is obviously not in a great rush to get somewhere. This, in my opinion, is a deliberate choice on the mangaka’s part to as closely as possible put us in Frieren’s shoes and enable us see the world through her eyes, where time has a different meaning than it does for us. Eisen points out that even though it was “not even a hundredth” of her life, her time spent with the heroes’ party had an impact on her. She is actually being changed by all of her interactions with mortals, whether she is aware of this (or likes it) or not.
Thus, Frieren sets out on his 100th voyage to Aureole alone, but with the knowledge that something is about to change. She and Fern make their first stop in a town plagued by reports of ghost sightings and mountainside disappearances. Frieren recognized this as being the work of an Einsam right away (this series is full of German names and terms, and this one means “lonely traveler”). It’s a mystical creature that entices humans—its only source of food—by showing them glimpses of their deceased loved ones. Fern wants to deal with the creature to help the town, but she is prepared to disregard it and go on.
Frieren and her companion(s) aiding the villagers on the road to her destination (which has a little Mushishi vibe to it) seems to be the core of the story. The death of Frieren makes sense in context because, like tigers or bears (or sun dragons), the Einsam is acting to secure its own life. However, in medieval civilizations, killing a wild animal that is preying on humans is permissible. Because this creature’s ability draws directly from the memories of its intended victims, the phantoms it summons are extremely persuasive.
Of course, good girl Fern sees Heiter (God help me, but this is such a basic yogurt character). Perhaps it is telling that Frieren sees Himmel instead of Flamme, whom she claims she expected to see. Frieren doesn’t pause whereas Fern does. Despite how much she has changed, she still has the ability to overcome her emotions and carry out her obligations. Fern eventually takes the necessary action, but we’ll never know if she would have if Frieren hadn’t taken the initiative. It’s also intriguing that Frieren tells Fern that she’s “used to hearing Flamme beg for her life” and that, despite Fern pressing her, she refuses to go into further detail.
Following the solar dragon, the mage and apprentice stumble across a grimoire that Frieren wants to add to her library because of its spell that allows one to see through clothing. She treats Fern somewhat harshly by giving her a taste of how powerful dragons are before shifting the attention to the subsequent chapter of the story. It seems that Frieren’s previous friends are always attempting to keep her from feeling lonely, and Eisen is also attempting to arrive here in order to take on a friend in the form of his former apprentice Stark (Kobayashi Chiaki). He was the one who confronted the dragon and prevented it from killing this community, though it is unclear exactly why it has since refrained from attacking.
Stark is undoubtedly a force, yet he is also hesitant. When his community was destroyed, he left it. Eisen, who recognizes a bit of himself in the young guy, chased him away. If the dragon is defeated first, he is ready to join Frieren’s group, but the idea of really fighting it makes him nervous. Due in part to the fact that no one in their right mind would be worried by the idea of facing a beast like this, Frieren appears to be more understanding than you might anticipate. This situation is a test of Stark’s character because he will undoubtedly play a significant role, possibly as a regular. In a way, it was almost like an audition as Frieren was the only one evaluating the performers.
Episode 05 of Sousou no Frieren transports us to the enchanted world of the character and leads us on a spellbinding trip rich in emotional complexity, supernatural trials, and the unbreakable relationship between Frieren and her youthful companion, Fern. This episode, a stand-alone jewel in the series, expertly examines the subjects of friendship, personal development, and the search of magic.
The Supernatural Challenge:
Frieren and Fern are shown in the opening scene of the episode strolling through a sleepy village steeped in mystery. People in this village have been mysteriously disappearing after running across the ghosts of their deceased loved ones. The villagers are afflicted by illusions, but these aren’t just any illusions; they were created by an Einsam, a malicious creature that tempts its prey with uncannily accurate visions of the people they cherish.
The presence of an Einsam is quickly suspected due to Frieren’s acute magical sense. She sets off on a quest to discover the truth behind this paranormal occurrence and put an end to the suffering of the villagers with a mixture of apprehension and resolve. As she confronts this moral quandary head-on, her character comes through.
Confronting the Past:
Meeting one’s history head-on is the main theme of Episode 05, a theme that strikes a chord with both Frieren and the locals. The delusions of Einsam lead people to confront the ghosts of their past and make peace with unresolved feelings and regrets. The anime’s ability to take on such deep subjects and smoothly incorporate them into the plot is a credit to its storytelling skills.
Frieren is confronted by the illusion of Himmel, her beloved human hero from years before, as she and Fern dive deeper into the mystery. This intensely moving scene reveals much about Frieren’s character. She must decide between severing the illusion and revealing the Einsam and allowing it to continue, causing her anguish and possibly endangering her friend. It’s a potent example of the moral conundrums that frequently occur in the quest for fairness and comprehension.
Friendship and Growth:
The unshakable friendship between Frieren and Fern forms the basis of Sousou no Frieren. Their bond is still developing despite their age gap and the particular difficulties they encounter as a result of Frieren’s prolonged longevity. As he struggles with the difficulties of the supernatural and the moral ramifications of their goal, Fern’s character experiences substantial growth in this episode.
Fern’s leadership and advice are evident in Frieren’s unshakeable faith in her abilities. The plot of the episode is largely supported by this relationship between the teacher and the student. It emphasizes how crucial it is to impart knowledge and ideals to the following generation despite enormous obstacles.
A Remarkable Blend of Magic and Emotion:
The seamless blending of enchantment and emotion is one of Sousou no Frieren’s distinctive characteristics. Nothing special about this episode. Viewers are treated to aesthetically magnificent magical sequences that are breathtaking and emotionally powerful when Frieren confronts the Einsam. A vivid and engaging watching experience is produced by the contrast between fantastical combat and reflective times.
Meeting the Red Hair Boy:
Frieren decides to take the risky step of confronting a dragon in order to steal a prized grimoire from its dangerous nest as they continue their difficult trek. They search for Stark (Kobayashi, Chiaki), a former student of Eisen who gained notoriety for a unique feat: beating the dragon in a fabled gazing contest, because this dangerous endeavor necessitates a fighter of immense power.
However, Stark modestly acknowledges that his win was more a result of being paralyzed by fear than of any act of bravery. Frieren gives Stark until dawn to make up his mind about joining their mission. Fern is unsure of Stark’s readiness, but Frieren is unwavering in her conviction, pointing to Stark’s incredible strength, developed by Eisen’s meticulous training, which allows him to cleave through solid rock with his powerful axe.
Sousou no Frieren Episode 05 is a masterwork of anime storytelling, to sum it up. It skillfully examines topics like friendship, bravery, and the pursuit of magic while providing viewers with a challenging moral choice. The emotional depth of the episode is only surpassed by its stunning spectacle as the relationship between Frieren and Fern continues to develop. We are impatiently awaiting the release of the next chapter in this enthralling tale, which is a testament to the series’ capacity to enthrall and engage its audience.
Full-length images: 36.