Seth meets the Bravery Quartet, a group of sorcerers going around the world protecting innocent people from the threat of the Nemesis. Will they be able to put a stop to this one? Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.
1. When we left off last episode, Uncle Sam and his trio of mages arrived in time to stop Seth from getting squashed and his friend Tommy from being touched by the Nemesis. Now in this episode, they get a proper introduction as the “Bravery Quartet”, a group of supposed do-gooders working together to battle against the Hollows Nemesis. With ease, they manage to seal the Nemesis off temporarily, and point out the need to evacuate the village.
Seth asks if he can fight alongside them, allowing him the opportunity to fulfill his dreams of battling the Nemesis and saving the world. They agree, and leave him to hold off the Nemesis while they get everyone else out of the village, which should set off giant red flags for everyone watching. If you’re really about justice and protection of the innocents, why would you leave someone who’s already proven themselves incapable of fighting this creature…to fight them again?
To his credit, Seth decides to try a different tack–abandoning the tools he didn’t know how to use anyway,he decides to stick with his Titan Punch. Unfortunately, the Nemesis is a little too experienced for that to work, becoming rubbery enough to bounce the punch of. From there, Seth comes up with a plan to tie the Nemesis up with a bunch of chains, and this actually works. But like most Hollows, this thing is able to fire ceros, and Seth narrowly avoids being disintegrated by the giant energy blast from its mouth. Still, while Seth isn’t doing great here, I like how well he was able to think on his feet, varying his tactics until he found a plan that worked.
2. What do you know, these sketchy characters who didn’t look like heroes at all…aren’t heroes at all! (The fact that their leader is known as “Don Bossman” should’ve tipped everyone off.) While Seth’s holding off the Nemesis, the Bravery Quartet does their best to empty the village out…only to find a large number of them hiding in the bank. Giving up on their facade because they know they don’t have much time, the Quartet ties up everyone in the bank and sets out to rob the town. This is a pretty sleazy racket, but I can’t say it’s not a solid one. Robbing a bunch of rubes while pretending to protect them is probably the most solid thief plan one could have in this world.
3. Well, things sure have gone to crap in this town. It sure would be nice if they had a sorcerer with some moral fiber to them who could stop the Nemesis from wrecking everything. Wait, they do have one of those–Seth’s teacher Alma, who gets to head back towards her home early after realizing the other town claiming a Nemesis threat was mistaken. Still, it seems more like she’ll arrive after this first mini-arc is done rather than show up in time to resolve everything and save her student.
4. This might be the first time such a low level villain has had a legitimately strong argument for being evil. From everything we can tell in these past two episodes, “normal” humans treat sorcerers like trash. One of the villagers in the first episode refused to even allow Alma to shop at his store. This episode, when Seth asks if he can join the Quartet, the villagers immediately start trashing him, claiming he’s nothing but a useless cursed boy who doesn’t deserve to work with them. Even when Seth arrives at the bank, clearly out of sorts, they just assume Seth and Alma were working with the quartet, apropos of nothing.
They’ve proven to be nothing but a city of bigots, attacking Seth and Alma for no reason other than they’re different from the norm. Having Don Bossman point that out to the protagonist added so much to this episode, because he goes from a generic villain to someone with an actual perspective on life, borne out of the observations he’s made in the world since becoming a sorcerer. Even when Seth attacks them (and does surprisingly well putting down all but one of them), the Don never actually attacks him. He seems to recognize Seth’s misguided idealism as a side effect of youth, and spares him rather than beating him up.
5. While Seth briefly managed to incapacitate the Nemesis, his fight with the Bravery Quartet wakes it up again. It breaks out of its shackles and rushes over to the bank, forcing the Quartet to escape early, with Bossman encouraging Seth to use the last of his strength to crawl away and abandon the villagers. But having made his mind up on the type of sorcerer he wants to be, Seth refuses to leave them–which I’m forced to begrudgingly agree with, ’cause it would’ve meant abandoning his friend Tommy, who’s been a decent kid.
Instead, as the Cero comes down, Seth somehow manages to block it with his own power, protecting all of the villagers and leaving the Quartet to wonder exactly what’s up with a kid who can block the energy of Nemesis monsters with his bare hands. A great question, for another episode.
Radiant is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation.