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Catching Two Birds With One Mage

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Overview (Story)
The First-Class Mage Exam will now begin.

Frieren, Fern, and Stark have arrived at Äußerst, after parting ways with Sein. Any mages who would wish to enter the Northern Plateau should undergo the First-Class Mage Exam, and Frieren and Fern are the ones who were eligible to take that exam. So then, at least 57 mages are taking this exam, and they will be splitted into teams of three people.

The first part of their test is to catch Stilles — each party is given a cage, and they put a captured Stille in the cage. It seems that not only they have to capture the Stille in order to pass the test, but the test itself becomes a battleground to find out whose party shall survive.

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Review time! I had detected a lot of Frieren’s funny faces throughout the two Episodes!

So then, you know the reason why I waited for a couple of Episodes before writing a review, you know? But then, in order to find out and understand on what’s going on.

And then, let’s go and review!

It seems that Fern is already changing her character here — from being shy and silent, until at the time when she was able to become more serious, especially when she battles. Of course, that’s Fern! And she ain’t used to be the old one in the previous Episodes.

Meanwhile, Frieren’s funny faces are indeed detected here, especially when her partymates are quarreling or fighting! What a laugh there.

For the other characters here, in case, Frieren’s party members, Kanne and Lawine, they were always quarreling. But I did know that they had a secret teamwork in order to work things out. Kanne can be reckless sometimes, and there is a time when she was in danger, looking out on Frieren. But then, for my insight, you just have to stay back, if you think you can’t do it by yourself. Of course, you can’t do it when no one’s around you, isn’t it?

It seems that capturing that one Stille can be difficult for them, while Frieren is somehow looking more experienced to capture it by just knowledge. So then, when it comes to the other Episode (Episode 19), the flow of the story just changed. From just a simple test to capture a Stille, it becomes a violent battleground for survival. I am really surprised to this change, too!

Overall, the two Episodes is really just not enough. But then, let’s see if I can expect something like a twist in the story, where unexpected plot blocks may happen along the way. Oh man, I just need to wait for another week to see if there is a significant happening.

My Rating: AVERAGE (3.7/5)

Review Rating Summary and Breakdown

Story: (3/5) – From just a simple task to catching a bird (Stille), it has become a deadly battleground for survival. It’s just only shallow, making the plot to become more slow-paced than before.
Animation: (4/5) – Yep, animation effects doesn’t really fail me. Especially, when it’s Frieren’s turn to show her unusual, funny faces in both of the two Episodes.
Insights: (4/5) – It is really important to be prepared, rather than not. Who knows when dangers are coming? So then, it is really important to be prepared for the worst. Since completing that special task may ensue an unexpected conflict.

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Series Info
Frieren: Beyond Journey's End
© Kanehito Yamada, Tsukasa Abe / Shogakukan / “Frieren” Project

This Anime series can be watched on most local Anime licensors, and some VODs like Netflix.

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Inori Donz

Inori Donz is a blogger, video gamer, Anime enthusiast, bicycle rider, and Anime figure photographer. His favorite area of concentration is 'LoveLive! Series', where he plays its featured smartphone video games, as well as watching its Anime series counterparts. "I like Anime, toys and figures, and mostly, I like playing free-to-play video games. Definitely not your usual commoner you see everyday in the streets." He started his blogging journey since December 2013, with a free WordPress blog, named 'IemDonz Blog'. That free blog contains most of his Anime figure photography works, as well as some of his opinions and experiences in the Anime world.