Log Post #12 of 13
Log Post #12 | From: warpio | Posted: 3/20/2018 10:56:00 AMUpdated: 3/20/2018 12:39:54 PM
|Episode 12 - The True Nature of the Curse|
One of the kids at the orphanage is on the verge of dying due to the birthday disease that is rumored to have killed a number of people... but he recovers instantly when the nurse takes him out to see, I guess because it's far enough away from the abyss.
Longing seizes people more powerfully than poison and more deeply than illness. Once it catches hold of you, there is absolutely no escape. That is quite a "curse", and yet the adventurers all willingly devote themselves to its pursuit. For them, a life without longing is more terrifying than death itself.
When Regu returns from doing laundry and pondering about his memories, he finds that deformed person crawling all over Riko and drooling on her. Nanachi says it's no big deal and Mitty is harmless, and in fact she even helped neutralize the poison in Riko's body.
Regu can't help but make Nanachi realize how bad her cooking is. I bet Riko will probably teach her how to cook when she regains consciousness.
Later, Regu convinces Nanachi to teach him how to avoid the effects of the curse, even though he can't see it. She takes him underneath a transparent blanket, a relic called Fog Weave. Using this as a visual aid, she explains to him how the curse is like these layers of invisible blankets that lay on top of us... they are so light, you can alter its flow of movement with your breath. Just touching this curse blanket isn't enough to be affected by the curse, it only affects you if you try to move up through the blanket. Once you break a hole in the blanket, the effects of the curse come to you all at once.
And the reason you can pass down through these curse blankets safely... she illustrates this really well with a drawing of someone falling through a blanket of spikes where the spikes are only on the underside.
This curse blanket is also the force field that creates light in the sky down below while also making it look dark and obstructing the view from above.
Nanachi's home being away from the effects of the curse is explained by something we already know, that the force field gets weaker the farther away you go from the horizontal center of the pit. She also says the predators that live in the deeper depths, like that thing that injured Riko, have adapted to the curse and gained the ability to see into the future. Despite how insane it is to go up against a curse this strong when you can't see it like Nanachi can or predict it like the creatures of the abyss can, there's no stopping the longing of a cave raider who has decided to descend to the netherworld.
While Riko and Mitty are having some kind of creepy shared dream, Nanachi guides Regu around with a communication device attached to his helmet, and suddenly Regu hears a cave raider blowing on his black whistle, and uses Nanachi's tactics to defeat the swamp monster that attacked this guy. It's the same monster that nearly killed Riko... Thanks to Nanachi's advice, he now knows how to manipulate the curse blanket to fool this creatures predictive abilities, and grab onto its snout which is the one weak point it has. Then he uses his incinerator on it after tying it down... but the creature doesn't die from this, instead it was forced to shed most of its spines and retreat, but it's no longer a threat for now.
Regu asks this cave raider who is ascending back to the surface to give a message to Jiruo to let them know him and Riko are still making progress, then goes back to Nanachi's place before he passes out... but this guy will also likely pass on the information that Regu is a robot with extendable arms and a huge hand laser attack.
Regu says Nanachi would be a huge help if she accompanied them on their journey, and she says she doesn't mind, but in return asks Regu to put Mitty out of her misery.
This episode was great, even though more than half of it was just Nanachi giving the audience and Regu and infodump of plot exposition, it was presented really well. Now there's only one episode remaining... I'm pretty sure there's gonna be plenty of room for a sequel. In fact I'm enjoying this so much I might just jump on the manga.