In To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 01, "To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts," the Northern Union of Patria is in the middle of a civil war with the Southern Confederation of Patria. The latter's superior defensive positions have given them an edge, so the Northern Union is desparate to come up with a way to turn the tide. Doctor Elaine Bluelake found it for them: She discovered a way to turn normal soldiers into the equivalent of mythical beasts. While the Sacred Beasts (called the Incarnates) were certainly able to reverse the Northern Union's fortune, they did so at a price. Will Elaine and Captain Hank Henriette find a way to counter that price? Or will they lose everything they fought to protect?
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Best Moment in the Show
The kraken Incarnate brought friends! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The moment that introduced the Incarnates was pretty cool, but my favorite moment in this episode was part of the battle montage (8:32) that showed just how much they affected the course of a battle. We see Hank easily dodge an attack (8:50) with an assist from Cain Madhouse. We got to see a quick shot of Elaine looking really concerned about the physical changes in some of the Incarnates, which foreshadowed what was to come. We even got a little humor as some male Incarnate soldiers tried to peep at a Siren-like Incarnate, who made them pay for it.
My favorite moment, though, was the battle of the ironclads that was interrupted by kraken and friends (9:25)! The kraken came up underneath one of the ships and tossed it aside. Two Incarnate friends leaped off its "shoulders" and took the attack to other ships. It was a cool moment that emphasized just how massive and dangerous the Incarnates were. And did you notice that the music sounded very much like what you'd expect from the period of the United States Civil War? That was a nice touch.
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