In Fairy gone episode 7, "Stubborn Blacksmith and Biased Rabbit," the one-hundredth anniversary of the war's ending draws ever closer, and more of the new artificial fairy models are "malfunctioning." A long-brewing feud between the military and Ministry of Fairy Affairs is coming to a head: who should investigate the problem and take responsibility for it? Meanwhile, an informant reaches out to Mariya Noel and Free Underbar with a surprising offer: Sweety Bitter Sweet has a proposition for them! Should they explore it like Free wants to? Or stay away, which is Mariya's recommendation? After all, can anything Sweety says be trusted?
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Mariya and Free couldn't help but argue in front of their boss! She seemed used to it, though. Capture from the Funimation stream.
There's nothing like arguing with a co-worker in front of your boss! Mariya and Free had just come from a meeting with Sweety where she proposed a joint operation. Free seemed inclined to go along with it. Mariya, on the other hand, had different ideas. Nein Aular seemed a little incredulous and asked Free to explain, and he started to do just that. But Mariya interrupted him, saying, "Not that she seems trustworthy" (14:17). They even went back and forth a few times until Free changed the subject. Mariya has never seemed like a wall-flower, but I'm glad to see her gaining confidence. Now, she just needs to some tact!
The doctor didn't think Free's joke at Mariya's expense was funny. I'm not sure Free was joking... Capture from the Funimation stream.
Do you remember in the last episode how Klara Kysenaria wore a high-class dress and hat? Mariya, dressed in slacks and carrying a huge rifle slung across her back, looked like Klara's hired muscle by comparison. After Nein accepted Free's recommendation and approved the operation with Sweety, the doctor helped Mariya get dressed up, too. She was very unsure of herself, even after the doctor said it looked good on her. It took Klara forcefully telling her, "It works on you, don't worry" (15:18) before she warmed up to the idea. She even told Klara that she looked cute. Klara got sudden demur and expressed doubt. That was interesting, but not half as interesting as the comments that followed. Serge Tova immediately fell all over himself to tell Klara that she looked cute, the same word that Mariya had used, but with a completely different reaction. "I'm making it plain that I'm uncomfortable," she said dismissively (15:36). That was quite a contrast to the exchange between the other partners. Mariya muttered that she wasn't good with that kind of thing. To which Free responded, "I bet" (15:42). He earned the doctor's elbow in his ribs. Plus, Mariya either didn't get it or didn't care; or maybe she even agreed! Talk about a completely different team dynamic!
Mariya needs to practice her poker face! Capture from the Funimation stream.
I think I know Sweety, Mariya, and Klara's plan. At least, I think I know part of it. And Sweet executed her part of the plan with admirable precision. The three women obtained an audience with Gilbert Warlock, who really likes to stand on interior balconies and look down on people. Their actual goal, I think, was to get him to admit he has part of the Fairy Tome (or some such artifact), which would give Dorothea enough evidence to get that time's equivalent of a search warrant. Sweety's trying to get him to let her look at it, and he's completely against it. She tries all sorts of arguments, each ratcheting up his anger until she says that she's performed well enough to deserve a look. She used his response (which was that it's only natural she would server their interests; just how did this guy get to where he is?) to actually approach the stair case. His guards pointed their guns at her. She taunted him, "Has someone stolen it?" Angered, he answered, "There's nobody in this world who can take my property" (20:01). Mariya and Klara exchanged changes (which could have been a little more discrete, to be honest) -- he had just admitted he had the material! It was a subtle moment, but I appreciated it.
We had significantly fewer flashbacks in this episode. In fact, I think we only had one, which was after the end credits. It showed a younger version of Sweety, riding across a wasteland, asking the driver about a dead capital -- that used to be the center of the world, according to the driver. Not sure what that was about...
What did you think of the scene just before the ending credits? Sweety basically outed Mariya and Klara as Dorothea agents. Klara almost looked angry, but Mariya looked more determined. I think Sweetie's betray was part of the plan. Was that how you read it?
The way the artificial fairies are so easily hacked reminds me a little of insecure Wi-Fi. I think the Ministry of Fairies needs to up its game! Add some authentication at least! Or encrypt the signal's payload or something. Encryption has been around since 1900BCE, so i think it should be available to them!
Are you having a hard time putting together all of the characters and their affiliations? I am. I've found a post by Reddit user RosaRedMage to be very helpful, but we're seven episodes in, and I'm not even sure I should be rooting for Dorothea, much less who I would be rooting against!
In this episode, a justifiably skeptical Mariya asked Sweety about her relationship to organized crime group Gui Carlan. Sweety brushes it off, saying she's only using them. What's she using them for? She's after the Black Fairy Tome, that's clear (at least, I think it's clear!) -- but why? Just to sell it?
Isn't that kinda like Mariya using Dorothea to find Veronica Thorne? Despite her scorn for Sweety using someone, isn't she doing the same thing? I mean, does she really feel any loyalty to Dorothea? She only joined because Free gave her no real alternative; and she's still hunting for a known fugitive not to bring her in, but to renew her friendship!
Sweety taunted Free for having joined a government agency, especially a government he had once opposed. Is he really loyal to Dorothea or its government -- or does he have his own angle? He seems awfully grumpy in the last couple of episodes.
Free has seemed awfully grumpy in these last episodes. Maybe he's loosing track of who's who and what's what, too? Capture from the Funimation stream.
Or how about Wolfran Row, Free's nemesis? He's supposed to be in another organized crime group called Arcame, but didn't you get the impression that he was just there until he could do -- something else? Something we don't know about?
Is that what this story is really about? Is the whole political caste corrupt (I'm thinking about the feud between the military and the Ministry of Fairies; or how Nein's meeting with the Prime Minister ended in this episode)? Is the story about outsiders like Sweety, Mariya, Free, and Wolfran fighting in their own ways against the corrupt political world?
This is what happens when I don't have a clear central conflict: I start manufacturing one!
Or do you think I've missed it? If so, I'd love to hear your perspective! Let me know in the comments!
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