In Fairy gone episode 3, "Greedy Fox and Lying Crow," Free Underbar and Mariya Noel receive an assignment to retrieve part of the Black Fairy Tome from professor Cain Distarol. On the way, they meet Sweety Bitter Sweet, who is undoubtedly after the same thing as Free and Mariya. Cain's assistant, Damian Carme, is alarmed when a fairy suddenly appears and begins knocking out all of the lights. Is a thief trying to use a fairy to help steal the Black Fairy Tome? Will Sweety and Free cooperate to retrieve the tome -- or will they fight over it? And who else is involved in this heist?
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It's a good thing I never claimed Free was subtle, or I'd feel pretty embarrassed about now! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Free and Mariya are on their way to meet with Cain Distarol when Free panics and tries to push Mariya behind a wall (10:43). She's understandably curious, but his explanation that he had just seen "Sweety" doesn't help. She wonders if he saw an old girlfriend or something, which seems like a reasonable explanation given what he said. She wasn't jealous or anything, which I really liked -- sometimes, a male/female relationship that's not a ship is a relief! His reaction to her question was so loud that the next time he looks up, Sweety has sauntered over and had recognized Free. That means that their cover was blown even before they reached their target. The situation was even worse than they realized, though, because the informant that Free had talked to earlier in the episode, Axel Laboo (or Axel Lovu in the MAL character list), saw both Sweety and Free. He was clearly upset, because he was on some kind of assignment, and obviously, Free and Sweety weren't going to make things easier for him. This moment wasn't just one man panicking; it was two. That made it kind of fun.
Mariya was almost in time to stop Axel. Free was still busy with the fairy! Capture from the Funimation stream.
As I watched the episode, especially during the scene where Free and Mariya talked to Cain and everyone else, I wondered: How was Axel going to steal the tome? He didn't seem to know where it was, and it seemed Cain's house was huge. Then that strange little fairy (that Mariya called "cute") zipped in and starting knocking the lights over (14:58). Sweety knew right away what was up, and as soon as he realized, Damian dashed out the door. He ran to the bedroom to check the tome. To his relief, it was still there. But so was Axel! Apparently, Axel had narrowed down which room it was in, but he waited until Damian showed him exactly where it was. That meant he didn't need to waste time searching for it. He immediately grabbed it (15:21). Mariya gets points for being right on Damian's heels as Free tried to disentangle himself from the fairy's interference; she was almost in position to intercept Axel, but he was a little too fast. I thought Axel's tactic was well thought out!
This was a solid moment of tension. Would they compromise? Or attack? You can probably guess how it went down... Capture from the Funimation stream.
After a decent chase scene (just how does Sweety run so fast in those heels?), both Sweety and Free corner Axel. Thinking he can rely on the tension building between Free and Sweety to distract them, Axel makes a break for it. Sweety's gunshot through his back demonstrated the error in his reasoning (20:12). In fact, it dropped him to the pavement. She intentionally didn't kill him, and he was still desparate to get away. So, he threw the Black Fairy Tome (actually more a small Black Fairy scroll) right between the two of them. It was fantastically tense moment -- maybe the most tension in the whole episode. The two of them stood staring at each other until Sweety drew her sword and attacked. Axel used the opportunity to limp away. He's a smart thief!
First, I want to note my exception with the title. We Crows do not abide liars, so once we get to the bottom of the Crow who's lying in this episode, we'll take the appropriate action. I guess I'm disappointed that the writers didn't consult with us first, because we could have acted to avoid this public spectacle.
It looks like the leader of the terrorist/mercenary band, Beevee Liscar, was alone one of the teams who hunted down and killed the fairy imaginals, which seem to be the weapon form of the fairies (as opposed to the fairy primordials). I wonder if that's significant? And just what is Wolfran Row's relationship to him? That seems like it will be significant later on.
Was it me, or did the animation standard dip a little in this episode? For example, when Free questioned the informant, I wasn't sure it was Free at first. It seemed to recover the longer the episode went on, but it still bothered me.
Sweety Bitter Sweet? Really? Really? Well, she can handle herself in a fight, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.
I have to admit I was impressed with how little Mariya was intimidated by Sweety. I mean, she wasn't even a little daunted. I love her confidence! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Was I the only one who thought Cain Distarol looks a lot like Thomas Edison? As a fan of Nikola Tesla, I have to wonder if Cain stole the Black Fairy Tome from someone else...
I like the idea of "show, don't tell" as much as anyone. However, I'm starting to feel like they're throwing a lot at us without giving us time to absorb it. Maybe you think it's not that bad; I'm certainly willing to entertain the possibility that I'm just not as quick as I used to be. But we've got a government organization (Dorothea) to which Free and Mariya belong, two organized crime groups (Arcame and Gui Carlin, which Free and Mariya tried to infiltrate in episode 1), and a terrorist group that Wolfran and Veronica Thorne belong to. And just how are they different from each other?
I have no idea what group is doing what. I don't know why Damian seemed to belong to the terrorist group (with Cain's help, apparently). I don't know why Sweety belongs to Gui Carlin. Alex's apparently with Arcame and works as an informant for Dorothea -- and I have no idea why.
Maybe the particulars don't matter, but I have to wonder: if they don't matter, why introduce these groups at all?
This series has a 12 episode run, and we're a quarter of the way through without any sign of the introductions slowing down! This series has a 24 episode run, so I guess it has some time to lay the groundwork, but this just feels a little excessive!
As long as I'm venting, how many more flashbacks do we need to understand that Wolfran has angst? I'm think I'm pretty clear on that point by now!
Sweety pulls a pistol on Free? Fine! Mariya pulls a sniper rifle on Sweety! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Those things aside, the second half of the episode really picked up. You'll notice my first favorite moment was over ten minutes into the show! After that point, I really did enjoy the episode. There were some solid character moments, and even though Sweety tried to push her to the side, Mariya held up well, and even kept up with both Sweety and Free when it came to chasing Axel.
Plus, Mariya proved once again that she's adept with a rifle. Consistency is cool!
Oh, and did you see how much Mariya was enjoying her glass of wine (13:40)? I'm wondering if that was her first one!
What do you think of the show's pacing? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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