The second episode of Grimoire of Zero explores the world a bit as our characters come across people deeply affected by the war between humans and witches.
Zero manages to talk Albus into leading them to the hideout of the Sorcerers of Zero. The Grimoire of Zero this kid speaks of is her book and it looks like someone isn’t using it for the good of anyone. She doesn’t reveal the truth behind how the book ended up in the hands it is now so as to not anger the kid. She isn’t technically lying to Albus, she just isn’t telling everything.
They disguise as witch hunters to stop at a village they find on the way and try to get some lodging there. But an issue about a missing ring, and then Albus blowing up in support of the Great Witch Sorena, leads to them being chased by the witch hating village.
The Great Sorena existed back in a time when regular humans and witches lived in a symbiotic relationship. But due to a big misunderstanding regarding a plague which affected the village, she was burned at the stake, despite having helped out the villagers a lot before that. The reason for burning alive a witch who had helped them all this time could be that there were some people in the village inciting hatred against her. Or it could be that there was a rise in distrust in witches all around and it ended up affecting this village too. The older generation still thinks somewhat better of Sorena since they’ve seen her and all, but the newer generation has had the hatred passed down to them.
Burning Sorena was the start of the hatred for the witches as they came back for revenge and indiscriminately killed people. The villagers might be in the wrong for killing Sorena without investigating into the cause of the plague, but that doesn’t give the witches the right to kill everyone, indiscriminately at that.
We see a nice scene where the Mercenary is having a normal conversation with Zero. She had been all alone in this world, especially after Thirteen left on his journey, or probably even before that. She didn’t have anyone to talk to since obviously no human would approach her without a weapon and murderous intent. For the first time in quite a while she has found someone to talk to. It doesn’t matter to her that the “someone” hates her kind; all that matters is that there is someone to here to keep her company.
Watch the most insightful dialogue from this episode right below:
We also see how aloof Zero is from all the mayhem around her. Despite having written the Grimoire of Zero and all, she didn’t consider that it can give its owner a very big advantage over the humans in this war given the convenience of magic. She also didn’t care about entering a witch-hating village and was only thinking about how delicious a soup they can make with those tomatoes. She isn’t interested in the war between humans, witches and beastfallens; she doesn’t care about any of that hatred.
Albus doesn’t know the true intentions of Zero, so it’ll be interesting to see what reaction we get when Zero reveals things about the book and all. The one leading the Sorcerers of Zero is an unknown person who never reveals himself, but the one actually running things is Sorena’s granddaughter. She obviously has a great deal of resentment against the humans for how Sorena was burned alive for a crime she never committed.
This has been another interesting episode. The interactions between Zero and the Mercenary were quite nice and the tiger dude is starting to warm up a bit to Zero. He’s having normal conversations with her, although he still doesn’t want to be part of any big problem, but that might change later on. Zero’s loneliness is now being taken care of as she has someone to chat with. The same probably goes for the Mercenary since he’s not the most loved person out there either. Grimoire of Zero is really good when its characters are interacting, and we hope it capitalizes on that while not forgetting other aspects.
While the artwork is good enough here, it’s only pleasant to look at when there’s not much motion. The little fight in the village looked immensely average. This isn’t the most visually appealing show this season anyway (that title goes to My Hero Academia), so we shouldn’t expect any sakuga here. Though we wouldn’t mind being surprised if White Fox does something spectacular with the magic attacks and whatnot. Their recent Matoi The Sacred Slayer and Re:Zero did have some nice looking moments occasionally, so these folks can do something.
Next episode we’ll probably be getting some more beastfallens. We got to see some humans affected by the war so now we might get to see beastfallens suffering from it. We’ve got more intriguing stuff to look forward to next week.
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