In To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 03, "The Minotaur's Fortress," Hank Henriette and Nancy Schaal Bancroft hitch a ride on a covered wagon to Hank's next assignment. A Minotaur who had been under Hank's command was slowly disassembling a town to build an impregnable fortress. Every night, he would bellow and go forth, and the townspeople were desparate and afraid. Many lived in refugee camps in their own city because their homes had been destroyed. Nancy insists on following Hank into the fortress because she wants to understand what drives the man who had killed her own father. Will Hank let her? Will the Minotaur let them enter at all? And why can't Liza Renecastle find a blouse that has buttons?
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Best Moment in the Show
At the end, Theodore was no longer afraid. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The first two episodes gave us a taste of the tragedy surrounding the soldiers who had been transformed into previously mythical creatures. Seeing Nancy Schaal's father descend into a madness that threatened her and her entire town drove home how dangerous these soldiers have become. In other words, both the first and second episodes hammer home the "sacred beasts" aspect of the title. This episode did the best job of helping me feel the "abandoned" part.
In this episode, Hank had to hunt down the Incarnate named Theodore Sherman who could transform into a Minotaur. The episode gave us a scene that showed Theodore had been scared of fighting, to the point of paranoia. Hank had tried to help him calm down by showing him a coping skill: Hank cleaned and prepared his weapons so that when it came time to fight, he would be ready.
Apparently, Theodore took that lesson to heart, because he not only built the fortress; he filled it with traps and weapons to ensnare anyone who entered. Yet, even with all of that preparation, he was still terrified. It didn't help that Theodore's initial joy at seeing Hank turned to terror when he realized Hank was there to kill him.
After a brutal fight, Hank finally had the mastery. Theodore, bleeding from his injuries, asked Hank if he was going to die. Hank's an honest sort and didn't deny it. Then Theodore said (19:35), "In that case... I guess I don't need to be scared anymore."
Nancy Schaal finally got a taste for what Hank was doing -- and why. She didn't like it. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
He actually smiled.
"You can rest now, Theo," Hank said, and he pulled the trigger.
Everyone else had either labeled Theodore a monster or had turned their backs on him. Only Hank still saw him as the scared soldier he had been. I thought the melancholy was really effective here.
What did you think of Nancy Schaal's reactions to Hank's mission? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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