In Fairy gone episode 6, "Fellow Traveler," the tenth anniversary of the end of the war is approaching, and the empire is rolling out a new model of artificial fairy. But that new model has a problem: Some of them randomly attack civilians. Can Mariya Noel and Free Underbar figure out why? Dorothea leadership receives another lead about the Black Fairy Tome, and Nein Aular sends an unlikely pair to investigate: Mariya and Klara Kysenaria. When they arrive, the informant wants to increase the price -- and threaten their lives. What can Klara and Mariya do against so many attackers? And if they prevail, will this turn out to be another dead end?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
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3 Favorite Moments
Klara was a little surprised (and maybe disappointed?) that Mariya might still get lost after studying the map. Capture from the Funimation stream.
This episode had a lot of cool little moments between Mariya and Klara. My first favorite moment, for example, showcases Klara's almost sarcastic wit. They had just arrived in Escreque (the placard said Sinquenje, whereas the translation said "Escreque, former territory of Sinquenje;" I'm kinda confused). Neither of them had ever visited this city before. Mariya made the mistake of saying, in an off-hand way, that she hoped they didn't get lost. Klara seemed taken about and asked (9:30), "You'd get lost after having seen the map?" Then she strode off. Mariya looked embarrassed, and she probably should: she's a field agent, after all! At least Klara didn't make a huge deal out of it, but she got her point across. On a side note? While Klara wore a dress that more or less blended in, Mariya's rifle box on her back was anything but inconspicuous!
Have you ever seen a less impressed expression than the one Mariya is wearing in this shot? I think Buz seriously overestimated his aura of power! Capture from the Funimation stream.
Just minutes after Klara zinged Mariya for not having memorized the map, the two women meet Buz the informant (9:53). He's very large, smacks his lips, and looks at Klara in a sexually appraising way. Her expression doesn't change (she's quite the professional) and proceeds to remind him that he's already been paid and should tell them what he knows. Mariya, meanwhile, seems to have heard or sensed something behind a partition. Buz shockingly says he needs more money -- well, he says they should "sweeten the deal," and I actually did laugh out loud at Mariya's expression, which was a combination of disgust and complete unimpressed-ness. Then ole' Buz played what he thought was his trump card -- he signaled his men, hiding behind the partition Mariya had seen, and they attacked. There were five of them. Sounds like the odds were against our heroes, doesn't it? But between Mariya's rifle box and Klara's chair, four of them dropped in four seconds. And when Buz tried to draw his sidearm, Mariya and Klara pressed very sharp blades against his neck (10:45). He wisely re-holstered his weapon and decided that maybe it would be a good idea to tell them what he knew. The fight was fast; the two Dorothea agents were crisp and decisive in their moves. That's how to win a fight against superior odds!
Everything's a matter of perspective. Klara seems intent on finding the best way to look at things. Capture from the Funimation stream.
Mariya and Klara chased the agent they suspected of buying the Black Fairy Tome onto a train just as it was leaving the station. They split up to search both halves of the train, but for some reason, they didn't see their suspect, even though he was there. So, they settled down to wait until they reached the station. Mariya asks Klara why she joined Dorothea, and Klara relates the story of how Nein had saved her in the aftermath of the war (16:40). Unlike previous flashbacks, this felt a lot more immediate, as it directly related to the action in front of us. It was nice learning something concrete about a character -- it was a pleasant contrast to the flashbacks we've been getting at the beginning of the episodes because when this flashback was done, I felt like I knew Klara a little better. What made it really cool, though, was how Klara reacted to Mariya sharing that she'd never know her mother or father. "I guess that makes me fortunate," she said (17:25). At Mariya's startled look, Klara said, "I mean, I lost them, but I have my memories." Not only did the response make Mariya re-evaluate her perspective, it showed that Klara is trying to stay positive herself. I wish we had gotten this kind of characterization earlier!
The chemistry between Mariya and Klara was just fantastic. Klara seemed comfortable helping Mariya past some rough spots. Remember Mariya's expression when they entered the decidedly seedy bar (9:41)? She was so close to running back out that Klara had to take her hand to lead her forward! Mariya, for her part, took Klara's lead, and when the time came, she did exactly what she had to do.
And can we take a second to admire just how awesome they looked on a motorcycle?
I don't think this is Klara's first ride on a motorcycle! Capture from the Funimation stream.
As you can tell from my three favorite moments, I really enjoyed watching Mariya and Klara in action. I appreciate strong characters, particularly strong women characters -- and especially quietly competent strong women characters! So I think it's no stretch to say that this is my favorite episode from this series so far.
This week was also the first time I had a sense that the plot was moving forward smoothly. Sure, we got the (apparently) obligatory flashback/history lesson at the beginning, but honestly? This time it felt relevant. The others might actually be important, but they felt disconnected to me. This week, the lesson played right into some of the intrigue with Ray Dawn.
It's starting to look like the plot is going to focus on Dorothea chasing fragments of the Black Fairy Tome. That could work out just fine: I've always liked quest-style plots. There are a few other things that the show will have to do. In no particular order:
This show has a lot of potential, and it might be starting to realize it! Capture from the Funimation stream.d
- Focus the flash-backs and history lessons on things we need to know
- Structure the plot so that we can see the relevancy of the flashbacks; I don't mind trying to remember stuff, but I don't want to have to take notes as if this is a history test -- the kind of history test that ignores relationships and focuses only on names and dates
- Continue to build these characters; this episode restored a ton of goodwill I feel for the show simply because I liked the characters
- Ramp up the political intrigue, but in such a way that it affects the characters
This is a pretty rich world, at least as the narrative has portrayed it so far. There's a ton of potential here! I hope the show can establish its footing and let these characters shine!
What did you think of Mariya and Klara's chemistry? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!