The weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, I attended a local convention. It was awesome, I got my relaxation on, and I was really looking forward to coming back to this website with some newfound energy and pep. Of course, all my best-laid plans seem to go awry, and the following Monday I ended up on my back with a terrible fever. Since then, the mystery flu has torn its way through the Silver-Frederiksen household like a tornado, and my husband is currently suffering its ill-effects. Awesome. With less than a month to go before an upcoming convention (where I’m saddled with several important responsibilities), it’s not really how I wanted to be wasting away my time.
The upside, though, is that we’ve finally gotten to my favorite episode in this anime series. It might seem kind of depressing to be peaking in the middle of the show, but I don’t necessarily look at it like that. The show overall has much more story to tell, but this is the episode that hits me the hardest in the feels box. I think that those of you who have been watching along will really enjoy the new perspective that you’ll gain on Filicia after you get done with this episode.
Watch episode 7 HERE.
Episode 7: Chirping Crickets – Spirits Down the River
The people of Seize are preparing for a festival particular to Southern Helvetia. Kanata calls it Obon, and it involves the creation of paper lanterns which help guide the spirits of visiting ancestors back to the land of the dead. As the festival approaches, Filicia recalls her days as a young soldier. Her experience in direct combat with the enemy, as well as her unlikely survival and rescue, weigh heavily on her as the other girls talk about the spirits of the dead and prepare their lanterns. Filicia elects not to reveal her true preoccupation to Rio, but instead decides to find meaning in what some might claim is now a hopeless, meaningless life during the decline of human civilization.