Granbelm and I are having a lover’s spat. It’s entirely caused me and my terrible mood this weekend, which prevented me from enjoying episode 6 very much. Hopefully, when my mood improves, and I get back on a regular eating and sleeping schedule, I will be able to appreciate this episode and this series overall more thoroughly. For now, though, the review must be written. It’s important to try to stay on schedule.
In comparison to last time, Granbelm episode 6 focused on the “real world” and not a mech battle in Magiaconatus. Some of the questions that came up last episode were addressed. Nene is still alive, though no longer a mage. Compared to that other girl in episode 2, Nene is handling things very well, probably because she has the loving support of two sisters. Now that she doesn’t have magic influencing her, maybe Nene will finally grow? Other questions, though, weren’t even brought up. Nobody talked about Mangetsu’s sudden and scary power-up, or what it might have to do with the heart of Magiaconatus.
There may have been a major hint dropped to the mysteries remaining, however. Shingetsu said that instead of mages being in control of the magic in Magiaconatus, perhaps the will of Magiaconatus is actually controlling the mages. It does seem to have a will, desiring only one mage, the Princeps. The fact that Granbelm has continued for generations, repeating every few years or decades, suggests that Magiaconatus is not satisfied with the mages who have won. It’s instead seeking someone else— probably Mangetsu. I still don’t have any real idea what makes Mangetsu so special, or if it has to do with her past or family history. On a related note, there were some interesting insights into the personalities of Mangetsu and Shingetsu, as they discussed the ups and downs of life as teenagers aspiring to be better people.
Now we come to what was, for me, the meat of this episode: Anna. As we all know, Anna is a little mentally unstable— or we could say she’s hyper-emotional. Some of that is just the way she was born and the way her mind developed. But in my opinion, some of Anna’s mental unwellness could have been prevented or countered early on if her mother and adopted sister Shingetsu had just been honest with her before now. They finally told her, in this episode, that she was never qualified to be a good mage; if she became one, she would be bound by destiny to be weak and suffer. To protect her from such a fate, Anna’s mother adopted Shingetsu, planning all along to have her be the family mage.
Using the magic technique of controlling fire and ice outside of Magiaconatus was what Anna depended on to prove her power as a mage. But it turned out that, every time she thought she succeeded with the technique, it was actually Shingetsu doing it.
Anna is shocked, and though she made a show of accepting her fate and wishing Shingetsu good luck, she still can’t give up on her dream. She’s lived her life to this point with no other purpose but being a mage. Having your reason to live crushed, and suddenly being told the cruel truth— that would be extremely hard to bear for any highschool girl. On top of that, Anna is someone who feels raw, powerful emotions (like rage, hate, envy, and desire) on a much deeper level than the average girl. It’s only natural she’d become crazier and more reckless after this turn of events.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on Granbelm episode 6. Considering that my enjoyment was low and that I expected a lot more by this point in the series, I’m glad I managed to write a decent post about the episode.
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(Images from: Granbelm. Dir. M Watanabe. Nexus. 2019.)