Just a reminder if you don’t know already, Crunchyroll is now officially streaming the latest episode of this series on their website every Sunday. However, from what I’ve seen of the translations, they seem a little too over-literal…
The Great Sin
As Erin flies in the sky on Lilan’s back, she notices a signal nearby as if Lilan was being guided somewhere within the falling snow. She soon finds out it was Nason who has been keeping her under surveillance all this time. After putting Lilan to sleep, Nason explains that Soyon was originally to be his wife. His duty now was to ensure Erin doesn’t carry out the same mistake their tribe carried out long ago which was to get involved in war by letting others know of their skills to communicate with beasts. If Erin was to continue, both she and Lilan may have be killed. He continues that long ago, the kingdom of Orvalon had wanted their help to defend their own country using Toudahs. Eventually, the king became so greedy he began invading neighbouring countries and punished those who would not bow to him. Seeing this, the People of the Mist exiled themselves overthrew him together with his people before exiling themselves to a valley.
When the king of Orvalon was overthrown, he is unknowingly rescued by “Jeh” who belonged to another beast controlling tribe. After hearing his story about wanting the best for his people, she decides to breed large numbers of the King Beasts to force the ruler to surrender. Unfortunately, during their plan the King Beasts and Toudahs went berserk at the masses of blood, attacking both beasts and humans alike. This left the entire kingdom in ruins. As a result, Jeh who went against her people’s orders wasn’t allowed to return and leaving the borders of Ahon Noah, formed the current kingdom of Ryoza becoming the first Shinoh. Ever since then, it has been forbidden to use their skills and Soyon had secretly let the Toudahs die to help avoid such a tragedy from happening again by controlling their numbers. As Nason disappears warning Erin not to let Lilan fly again and to treat her like the others, Erin questions whether if it was really their skills to blame. She thinks about how she can let Lilan live freely as the way things were now and what she must do.
I bought the original two volumes of the Beast Player Erin novels thinking that was it finished but, looks like the author released another two just last month to round off the story – The Quest Arc and The Final Arc. This suggests we could see a season two of the show since the current 50 episode series is only looking to encompass the first two novels.
I’m digging the covers for the new cheaper paper backed versions… They even go together to form a bigger front image! Now why couldn’t they have these available when I decided to order them!?
Then again, I’m starting to prefer hardback copies of novels I plan to keep and since I’ve started started the collection with the brightly coloured covers already, I may as well keep the theme going too. Guess I’ll have to import them too later! ^^;
The Death of John
A letter arrives from John’s son telling of his death because of heart disease. Erin was very upset at the news but tries to act normally around everyone. Tomura returns from his holidays and notices she wasn’t herself and decides to talk to Ethal about it. An idea comes to mind. She decides to leave Kazalm for a day together with Erin so that they could visit the “secret hideout” that she and John used to go to. Along the way there, Ethal tells Erin all sorts of things about when John was still a student. He used to gather all the failing classmates and try to teach them and she would never understand why. When she asked, she learned he wanted to discover the talents within people. As Erin learned more about John and arrive at the little hut, she begins to feel better. She thanks John for discovering and helping develop the hidden talent in her and that she will lead a life that she won’t be ashamed of.
A Song of Grief
The war at the borders of Ryoza continue and although the Grand Duke’s army lead by Shunan continues to be victorious, their losses were not small. Many soldiers and Toudahs too were sacrificed. As Damiya sends flowers to the deceased to “purify” them, a grieving soldier runs to the cart and scatters th petals over his dead comrades. The divide between the “Horons” and “Wajaks” grow greater. The two brothers remember their promise when they planted the tree – that they will fight together on the battlefield to protect their country but Shunan was thinking differently now. He suggests they find other ways of protecting the country and keeping the people united. Nugan is unhappy that his father won’t send him to fight and also that his brother disagrees that they should follow their ancestor “Yaman Hasal’s” way, using force to bring peace. He decides they will go by their separate beliefs from now on.
The King Beast Named “Lilan”
Erin is given special permission to learn about cleaning after a King Beast but she almost forgets until Yuyan reminded her at the library that morning. For their lesson, they were to help clean the King Beast’s nest of its excrement. As the teacher gives instructions to guide the King Beast out and shows them the Soundless Whistle, Erin learns that it had a range of ten adult steps and is also reminded how painful her mother had felt when using it against the Toudahs. While everyone else was fooling around, Erin was diligently examining the excrements remembering how her mother Soyon once told her that just like a human, an animal’s excrement can show changes in their health. Soon, a storm is brewing and their senior Tomura warns them to clean up the nests fast because the beasts were well known to return to their nest during such weather but Erin had already thought of that and asked the other students to help her speed up the cleaning. The next day, Ethal approaches Erin wondering why she felt sorry for the King Beasts here and she replies they didn’t have the same brilliance the ones in the wild she saw had. After some tests, Erin is shown the baby King Beast named “Lilan” which meant “light” in the old language. It was taken from its nest and injured during the Shinoh’s birthday. After seeing Erin’s determination, Ethal decides to let her look after it her own way much to the discontent of Tomura.