Anime Best in Show

Review: To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 02 – Best In Show

Quick Summary

In To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 02, "The Dragon's Daughter," John William Bancroft doesn't have the most money in the world, but he's happy living with his daughter Nancy Schaal Bancroft and the orphans in the orphanage. He's less than thrilled about being drafted, but he makes arrangements to keep the orphanage going. When the war ended, it was quite a shock when he came back as a gigantic dragon. Realizing he was still the same man in a different form, they let their relief and joy at his return take over, and for a time, all was well. But the villagers became increasingly alarmed as their livestock started going missing, and the dragon starting howling through the night. Can Nancy keep her family together? And what is she to make of the sudden appearance of Hank Henriette?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

You know the cliche: There's a monster in the castle and villagers holding pitchforks and torches converge to burn the monster out. Though I have definitely seen that sort of thing play out in real life! But between a lack of affection for cliches and an existential exhaustion at that sort of thing in the real world, I was dreading seeing it happen here.

The lead-up was certainly there. John started bellowing in the middle of the night. Townspeople were getting worried. Even his daughter was on edge. So when they showed up on Nancy's doorstep, I feared the worst.

One of them said that he'd lost many cows (10:25). Another pointed out they were torn to pieces. She asked if they suspected her father.

"Here it comes," I thought.

But it didn't. One man presented evidence, and he knew it was circumstantial (10:40). Another pointed out that they didn't want to suspect him because they were so grateful to him for protecting them in the war. So instead of storming him with weapons, they asked him to wear a huge bell. That way, if John in dragon form was attacking their livestock, they'd know.

An older man even said that he hoped this would prove that John's innocent! After all, if the next attack was silent, it wasn't him!

Some faith in humanity restored!

What did you think of this moment? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

9 thoughts on “Review: To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 02 – Best In Show

    1. “the second episode wasn’t really a favorite of mine, but i think it served its purpose.”

      Did you think it was a little slow?

  1. It was a great episode and this series is already one of my favourites of the season. There’s a lot of plot elements that I’ve seen in other shows, but so far it’s managed to add enough small little details to keep it interesting, like the rational mob.

    1. “so far it’s managed to add enough small little details to keep it interesting, like the rational mob.”

      That’s my take on it, too. I appreciate the little extra effort they’re putting into those details!

  2. That really was a good scene. I felt for everyone involved. The sad thing is that taking away the kids might have accelarated the breakdown, if that’s how it works in the first place. I liked the image of the dragon helping cultivated the land; it’s not something you see often.

    1. “The sad thing is that taking away the kids might have accelarated the breakdown, if that’s how it works in the first place.”

      I wonder if emotional state plays a part? There’s certainly something about each individual that affects how quickly their minds get overthrown.

      Sad to think that keeping the children safe contributed to his decline; but honestly, the decline was happening, quickly or slowly, and there’s no known way to stop it. He would have turned on them sooner or later, wouldn’t he?

      “I liked the image of the dragon helping cultivated the land; it’s not something you see often.”

      That was heart-breaking, because it showed what could have been if they could have found some way to arrest the degeneration. A dragon as a farm hand would have been revolutionary, and such a help to his community and family. And now he’s dead.

  3. I liked that the villagers weren’t completely stupid. They knew something was up but couldn’t prove it and didn’t want to doubt, but they also didn’t leave the kids there to potentially get hurt and they took steps to confirm the truth. Rational mobs are few and far between in story telling and I really liked this aspect.

    1. “Rational mobs are few and far between in story telling and I really liked this aspect.”

      It was a small detail, and it didn’t take a lot of time, but it really drew me into the episode!

Leave a Reply to tcrow Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.