In To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts Episode 12, “Those Who Seek,” Hank Henriette leads that attack against Centaurus and Cain Madhouse’s fortress. Hank’s coordination with sergeant Gerald Corlani was absolutely perfect — until Martin Wall, the North’s commanding officer, issues a command that changes everything. When Cain makes the full extent of his plan clear, Claude Withers and Nancy Schaal Bancroft are aghast. But what can they, as mere humans, do against the might of someone like Cain? Can even Hank prevail against him?
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Best Moment in the Show
Hank was done for; Schaal literally picked him up and, through the strength of her conviction, helped him to stay in the fight. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Argh! There are two moments that I just adored in this episode! Do I go with irony or primitive instincts that underpin the human race? Well, since the instincts mean I get to talk about Schaal, let’s go with that…
In keeping with the solemn shōnen tradition of the hero has to be beaten down before he or she can win anything, Cain just beats the daylights out of Hank. All night, Cain kept creating clones of himself; all night, Hank tried to slash them, only to open himself to attack from other Cains. By morning, he was bleeding and exhausted. The sun rises, and his werewolf form fades. Bloody, he falls to the ground.
Cain tried to reason with Hank. The vampire said (16:39), “If possible, I truly want you to survive. As my friend.”
I think he was earnest. Deranged, possibly; but I’ve give Cain this: he’s been as unwavering in his dedication to his vision of the world as Hank has been.
Schaal is well over her fear of Cain. Or pretty much of anything, based on her expression. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Hank doesn’t want to abandon his mission. He tries to rise, but his body won’t respond, and he begins to slump to the ground.
Schaal catches him (17:41). Petite Schaal, the young woman who couldn’t even fire a gun at the beginning of the series, dared to incur Cain’s wrath as she ran to Hank’s side and helped him stand. Her touch and the memory of her words inspired Hank to invoke another mode (what I’ve seen people on Reddit call Ultra Instinct Hank), but that’s not what I thought was amazing. What I thought was amazing was Schaal’s courage and strength, a mere human defying the undefeatable werewolf.
She and Hank have become quite the team. I’d like to see a second season just to see what’s next for their relationship!
What did you think of the final episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
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