In Fairy gone episode 10, "Cursed Child," the surviving members of Dorothea are trying to work through their grief after the losses suffered in the previous episode. Mariya Noel feels more and more like the "cursed child" of her youth, but she's not the only one hurting. Even Free Underbar, a soldier, feels the effects. Can the team hold together? Can they go through with their next mission? Any why is Mariya suddenly visiting a crime boss?
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3 Favorite Moments
Moment 1: Klara's Breath of Kindness
A small gesture of kindness can go a long way. Capture from the Funimation stream.
This show seems to have found its groove. The previous two episodes were were focused and moved the plot forward, and this episode continues the trend by dealing with the aftermath of a colossal mission failure. Mariya, of course, blames herself for Oz Mare's death, and she begins to withdraw into herself. She's sitting on her bed, alone in the dark room, when Klara Kysenaria quietly knocked (3:53). Not receiving an answer, she knocked again, and Mariya finally asked her to come in. Holding a single candle for light, Klara pushed the door open. She immediately realized Mariya had been sitting in the the dark, so guess what she did! Klara blew her candle out. It was a small gesture of kindness, but I think it meant something to Mariya.
Moment 2: Free's Survivor's Guilt
Free's survivor's guilt can't be easy to bear. Capture from the Funimation stream.
We got a couple of scenes where Free is sitting along in bars. We don't know if he's getting drunk, but we know what he's doing: He's trying to deal with the death of a comrade. He's holding Oz's arm patch, and you can see that he's struggling with his emotions and memories. My favorite of these scenes seems to crystalize not only the previous scenes in this episode, but other scenes from previous episodes. In particular, it gives a lot of meaning to the flashback where Free remembered a comrade hurling himself in front of an attack to save him (see my Thoughts from episode 2). After dinner at Ray Dawn's estate, Free wanders outside to watch the clouds racing under the stars. He's still holding Oz's patch when he says (10:47), "Why? How is it I keep surviving?" Sure, we all want to survive! But we also want to think well of ourselves. Free feels guilty for surviving. He's still feeling the effects of the previous episode in addition to the weight he's been carrying since the war. This little scene made him feel a lot more authentic to me.
Moment 3: Free Absolves Mariya
Mariya had to feel a huge sense of relief! And disbelief, too, maybe... Capture from the Funimation stream.
The scene at Don Jingle's house really worked for me. Mariya had visited Don Jingle -- who is actually an organized crime boss! -- because she had worked for him before as a body guard. He had been kind to her, and she still looked on him as a grandfather. Given how she was feeling, it's no wonder she sought out someone like that! She had told Klara she wanted to go alone, so of course Klara and Serge Tova followed her! Free even joined them after awhile. I'm not sure if Free was impatient or worried about her, but he decided to just walk in (16:00). Mariya's still an emotional wreck, and so's Free. Don kept his focus on Mariya's well-being, and he demanded to know serious Free was about protecting her, so he responded that "We risk our lives for each other's sakes." Serge and Klara agreed. At Mariya's continued protests that she wasn't up to it, Free knelt on one knee beside her (19:15) and told her not to run away; that she still had the goals she'd joined Dorothea to achieve; and that she didn't "have to run off for our sakes." Free hasn't shown such emotional insight before, so it's almost amazing that he said just the right thing to get through to her! They were used to danger; with or without her, they were going to be in the line of fire. But she doesn't need to protect them by running away because they can take care of themselves. Mariya must have felt a tremendous sense of relief!
Thoughts: Mariya Freed from Her Past?
Was I the only one who thought for a terrible second that Free was going to propose to Mariya when he went down on one knee? I was thinking, "Dude! Timing! This is not the right time!" Fortunately, it didn't play out that way. I think he's too old for her anyway, and I like them as a platonic pair better than I'd like them as lovers.
Did you see those artificial fairy vehicles after the end credits (23:23)? I've poked fun at them before, because they looked so ungainly! I've changed my mind, though. Seeing a couple dozen of them sprinting across a battle field was intimidating! Especially knowing they were jammed full of artificial fairies. The animation really sold it! They looked like some kind of unholy spider trucks!
In my summary of the previous episode, I wondered why Schwarz Diese had wanted to steal the fairy weapon since the Emperor had bestowed on him anyway. While reading the Reddit discussion of this episode, I came across a theory by user theguyfromuncle420__. His theory is that Schwarz didn't want Dorothea to inspect it, which makes sense. I think we'll get more details on his plans in the coming episodes (and it feels strange to have a new-found confidence in the show's plot!).
Speaking of new-found confidence, there was a lot I liked about this episode. I liked how it took seriously the consequences of the previous episode. I like watching the friendship grow between Mariya and Klara (who, for some reason I should probably figure out someday, remains my favorite character). Not only that, but it looks like some of the flashbacks that made no sense to me before actually had a dramatic purpose!
You know, they don't make a bad team! Capture from the Funimation stream.
All of that's kinda cool!
Another development I thought was encouraging was how Free took responsibility for bringing Mariya into Dorothea. It started almost flippantly, and he's now feeling the weight of that decision. True, he couldn't just let her go (seeing as how she has a fairy and all), so there are some mitigating circumstances. Still, I think it's healthy they're talking about these things with each other.
Don Jingle seemed to agree near the end. I was really happy to see that there was a strong individual from Mariya's past who didn't die. He was someone who obviously could take care of himself (and a lot of others, too), so he sent a precedent that Free, Klara, and Serge could build on. No, Mariya wasn't a cursed child. She had been through the destruction of her village; she'd lived in a refugee camp; and she had stayed with individuals on the fringe of society who were far away from medical science. It's easy to see how a child could misperceive the implications (i.e., a risky life means a higher probability of death). It was beautiful to see Free, Klara, and Serge try to heal that misperception.
I like these characters. The world's growing on me. I really hope they keep moving in this positive direction!
What did you think of Don Jingle? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
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Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Fairy Gone - Episode 10 discussion
- The Otaku Author: Fairy Gone (Episode 10) – Cursed Child
- AH Brandon Anime Reviews: Breaking the Curse - Fairy Gone Episode 10 Anime Review (YouTube)