In Somali and the Forest Spirit episode 8, “Meetings and Bonds Paid For,” Praline gave Golem and Somali her own secret map of the library so they could find their way to the Head Librarian, who was on the bottom floor. What Praline didn’t tell them was that they needed to be careful not to trip any alarms, or the witch guard would attack. Was that an innocent oversight? As Golem and Somali picked their way down a huge central ventilation shaft, small insect-like sentinels spied them and sounded the alarm. With the guard witches racing in, Golem only has seconds to decide what to do. Can he protect Somali as they plunge down into the shaft? Does he have any other choice?
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Best Moment in the Show
Feodora knew what would happen if she showed the humans she was a witch. But could she stand by and watch Miya fall to her death? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Feodora Nebsolv was a young witch who had been blown off course and ended up accepting the hospitality of the humans in the village named Harasio. She’d has a close call just after awakening when the villagers suspected her of not being human — which she wasn’t, being a witch. But a golem named Lord Harasio (not our Golem!) vouched for her, and they accepted and treated her injuries.
Feodora couldn’t fly right away. She’d hurt her leg when she’d crashed, and she needed to give it time to heal. Fortunately, she’d made friends with Miya, a young human girl about her age, and they enjoyed each other company’s.
Then came a day when Feodora heard a commotion. When she got to the scene, she was sickened to see that the villagers had captured a two-headed dragon. It didn’t fight back; it was peaceful and begged for its life. But the humans butchered it. Feodora was sickened, but it was even worse when Miya hurled stones at the dying creature, too.
Watching what the humans did to the helpless creature broke Feodora’s heart. And when Miya threw a stone and verbally abused the dying creature, Feodora knew she couldn’t stay. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
it was too much for Feodora. She withdrew to the top of a cliff where she and Miya used to hang out. She wanted to leave right away, but it was too windy. She’d need to wait until morning. Unfortunately, the villagers were worried about her, and they started a search. Miya knew exactly where to look. She had no idea why Feodora was upset and tried to lead her back to the village. But a huge gust of wind caught her and hurled her off the cliff. She landed among some straining vines; a hundred meters below here were sharp rocks pounded by surf.
The searchers heard Miya’s scream and converged on the cliff. As they debated how to save her, Fedora saw that the vines supporting Miya would not hold. If she tried to rescue her friend by flying on her broom, the villagers would turn on her — maybe even kill her as they’d killed the dragon. But if she didn’t act, she have to watch her friend fall to her death.
It was an exquisite moment (17:20). We had seen how tender-hearted and kind Feodora was. We knew she loved her friend; we knew she didn’t want the humans to treat her as they’d treated the dragon — the way they almost had treated her before the golem had vouched for her.
So when the vines snapped, there was a breathless moment — would Feodora act?
Would Feodora save Miya and show the village her true nature, knowing how they’d likely react? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
She did. Knowing how the humans would react, she used her broom to intercept Miya before she crashed into the rocks. The humans acted just as she’d been afraid, and it took golem’s intervention to keep her alive. I don’t want to talk much about that — in this episode, human cruelty was almost too realistic; too reminiscent of headlines from a modern world where I’d thought such things had been banished. What I want to focus on is Feodora’s brave and kind choice to save her friend in spite of the danger to herself.
That’s the sort of thing that can change people’s hearts.
What did you think of the story of Harasio village? What what your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts about This Series
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Somali to Mori no Kamisama – Episode 8 discussion
- I Drink and Watch Anime: Somali and The Forest Spirit Episode 8 – Golems are Liars
- The Otaku Author: Somali and the Forest Spirit (Episode 8) – Meetings and Bonds Prayed For
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 1: Journeying Parent and Child
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 2: Edible Herbs and the Oni’s Dwelling
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 3: The Sea at the Bottom of the Cave
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 4: The Wishing Flower and the Promise Request
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 5: The Wandering Birds
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 6: Dying Flowers Look Up at the Birds
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 7: The Footsteps that Stalk the Witches
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 8: Meetings and Bonds Paid For
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 9: Memories of Minor Days
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 10: The Infant Child and the Green Fortress
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 11: Those Who Protect and Those Who Threaten
- Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 12: Bonded Father and Child