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Review: Fairy gone Episode 21 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Fairy gone episode 21, “Rusted Warrior and Unopening Door,” Nein Auler wanted to take Marlya Noel off the case. After all, Marlya is one of the few remaining fairy-possessed, and the Eins Order might be after her for their world-ending ritual. But Marlya offers herself as human bait, with support (and offers of protection) from her entire team, especially Free Underbar. Is that the best idea? Wouldn’t it be better if Marlya were more secluded? While she’s still on the job, she tells Ray Dawn, the newly appointed Prime Minister, that’s she was a survivor of the Suna massacre. He was visibly surprised. Later, he calls her — alone — to a meeting room. Does he intend to reduce the number of survivors by one? Or does he has something else in mind? And why did Wolfram Row spring Axel Laboo out of jail?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

Veronica’s capable of doing a lot of things. Harming or killing Marlya is not one of them. Capture from the Funimation stream.

I like tragedy. Actually, let me rephrase that. I like tragedy, in retrospect. I like remembering Shakespeare’s Othello, but during the play, all while I’m seeing what a beautiful relationship Othello and Desdemona had, and seeing the effect Iago had on them, it feels really painful. Seeing something beautiful destroyed for such base reasons just adds to the agony.

I’m getting that kind of vibe from my Best in Show moment.

Marlya and Free are on duty. During this episode, we learned Chima, the little blue cat-like creature, is sensitive to the scent of fairies. So when Chima demands attention, the two Dorothea agents follow.

Turns out Chima has a skill other than being adorable. The little creature can track fairies by scent. Capture from the Funimation stream.

They arrive at a huge set of wooden doors. Veronica Thorn is on the other side. She’s in town with her newly acquired fairy weapon as part of her quest to assassinate Ray Dawn. Marlya, knowing Veronica is also fairy-possessed, explained the Eins Order’s plans, and offered Dorothea’s protection (19:52).

Veronica refused, and she went so far as to say that the only way to stop her from killing Ray Dawn would be to kill her. Kana Ichinose, the voice actor portraying Marlya, did a fantastic job in this episode. In a broken voice, she said that of course, she couldn’t kill “Ver.”

“Probably not,” Veronica said (20:33). “But I’m different. Even if you were the one in my way, I would…”

“You wouldn’t do such a thing,” Marlya said, with conviction.

As tough and callous as Veronica tried to sound, Marlya saw through her bluff. Capture from the Funimation stream.

Veronica slumped against the door, still out of Marlya’s site. From her expression, one thing was clear. No, she would not kill Marlya.

There are three known individuals who are fairy possessed. Ray Dawn is one of them; Marlya and Veronica are the other two. I have a terrible feeling that Veronica’s going to be the one who ends up sacrificed to one faction or another. And I’m afraid that’s going to destroy Marlya’s heart.

For a series that’s so heavy on politics and world-building, it’s sure found a way to make me care about these characters — Marlya and Veronica especially!

What did you think of Ray Dawn’s antics? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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