So we now have death descriptions for the first six to die.
Each one now has an identical description of how they were found dead, and a varying line at the end addressed to Maria from Beatrice:
- Krauss: Welcome Maria, happy Halloween
- Natsuhi: See, didn’t I tell you? Bellies are full of candy.
- Eva: Everyone has a belly that’s full of sweet dreams.
- Hideyoshi: A belly could never be full of disgusting things.
- Rudolf: That’s why we want to be simple and sweet like candy.
- Kyrie: So this is dreamland for you. Happy Halloween.
Anyway, this new chapter is called “Jessica and Kanon”. Perhaps they are the next sacrifices, not Sayo and George?
Gohda and Kanon are trying to persuade Jessica not to confront Beatrice.
What I’m finding somewhat odd is that if Beatrice is in control of the narrative still, she pointedly didn’t show the murders of the six adults by magical means on-camera. If that was described explicitly, the only grounds we’d have to disbelieve magic would be to accuse the narration of lying.
Jessica intends to grab Beatrice ‘by the collar’ where she’s sure Beatrice will confess. Undeterred, she goes straight to Beatrice’s room. It’s locked.
When Jessica demands, Gohda doesn’t want to let her in, but Kanon goes along and provides the key. Beatrice, however, is nowhere to be seen.
She has, at least, left a note - apparently to taunt them. Jessica flips out a bit.
We see the contents of the letter. Beatrice basically wrote that Jessica and her parents are stupid and ugly. Playground level taunts, sure. But they really fuck with Jessica, and she ends up having an asthma attack as she cries. Kanon understands her best, and asks Gohda to leave.
We follow Kanon and Jessica back to her room. There’s a sweet and quiet scene from Kanon’s POV trying to comfort Jessica, while wrestling with the ‘furniture‘ self-hatred narrative. Eventually, Kanon goes to wait in the corridor, not realising - or allowing [himself] to realise - that Jessica probably wants [him] to stay with her while she grieves.
Beatrice appears just to make that same point and repeat that Kanon is ‘furniture’. Because she’s just a horrible person, you know? She says some gendered crap about the worst way to betray a woman being to betray her hopes. She accuses Kanon of hurting Jessica massively.
Kanon, I’m counting on you, tell her to go fuck herself.
Yay! Kanon does!
Beatrice isn’t much put out. She says Kanon and Jessica are perfect sacrifices for twilight2. Kanon’s like wait, hold on, we’re not dating, what.
So Beatrice is like, whatever, I’ll just murder Jessica to get a rise out of you.
That’s… some… kind… of… face… D:
So then Beatrice fills Jessica’s room with golden butterflies. This is narrated. It’s compared with ‘gold leaf inside a snow globe’… interesting. I mean, Beatrice does have a lot of gold, witch or not.
But this gold is more naimated than mere gold leaf. The butterflies try to suffocate Jessica, and when Kanon intervenes, dance a ‘rondo’ around the two.
Also: ominous chanting and that repeating ‘magic noise’ that I’m not really sure how to describe.
Kanon is like, fine, I’m gay for her, are you satisfied. Beatrice manifests. ahahaha.wav plays. She calls them a duck with green onions, which gets a cultural note.
Of course, Pokémon fans are familiar with this one.
This didn’t go so well for Kanon last time.
Out of a ‘mound’ of butterflies, Beatrice summons someone or something.
A large friend in a questionably tight-fitting tux shows up!
With the power of goat furries on her side, Beatrice is truly unstoppable.
Also it has a cool magic sword.
Beatrix is really blowing the SFX budget here.
But oh, this is unexpected.
Kanon has a magic sword too! wtf! This abruptly became a shonen anime.
Kanon says it “can’t even be used to trim the roses”. Apparently this relates to [him] being a ‘subhuman being’, i.e. ‘furniture’.
Kanon says there’s no way [his] powers can kill Beatrice - it would be like throwing a rock at the moon to smash it. But… oh I’ll just screenshot it rather than quote the entire line.
So. Kanon knows considerably more about magic than the narration has let on so far, and there’s something more to this ‘furniture’ thing than just a narrative used to abusively indoctrinate children into serving Kinzo.
Kanon intends to disrupt the ‘water’ and therefore Beatrice’s manifestation. It won’t kill Beatrice, but it will give them a respite.
The swordfight is semi-animated - as in we see the lines traced out by swords in the darkness. It gets really shonen.
In short, Kanon takes a hit, but wins by teleporting behind the Goat Butler and pwning it with a massive sword combo. So that’s a thing Kanon can do apparently.
Kanon tries to hit Beatrice, but succeeds only in disrupting her form for a second. For that, she says she won’t let the two of them get away after all.
Jessica makes a speech in defence of Kanon not being furniture.
Unfortunately, this perfectly suits Beatrice’s purposes in seeking ‘two who are close’.
Beatrice summons another servant? Apparently the ‘stakes’ of various demons are not just flying magic stakes, but wielded by anime girls that Beatrice can summon?
Funny, I was expecting something a bit more like this:
Here are some Asmodeus facts:
Asmodeus (/ˌæzməˈdiːəs/; Greek: Ασμοδαίος, Asmodaios) or Ashmedai (/ˈæʃmᵻˌdaɪ/; Hebrew: אַשְמְדּאָי, ʾAšmədʾāy; see below for other variations) is a king of demons mostly known from the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit, in which he is the primary antagonist. The demon is also mentioned in some Talmudic legends; for instance, in the story of the construction of the Temple of Solomon. He was supposed by some Renaissance Christians to be the King of the Nine Hells. Asmodeus also is referred to as one of the seven princes of Hell. In Binsfeld’s classification of demons, each one of these princes represents one of the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride). Asmodeus is the demon of lust and is therefore responsible for twisting people’s sexual desires, as seen in the book of Tobias especially. He is also said to be here on Earth after millions of years in hell. In Jewish and Islamic lore he is the king of the demons (Shedim/Jinn).
So as for characterisation here…
So she’s much more powerful than the Goat Demon, and in particular, much faster. She executes some frame-perfect strats to turn into a stake and rattle around the room, and poor Kanon has no chance - but Jessica intervenes and sacrifices herself to save Kanon, predicting she’d hit [his] back.
After satisfying herself with Kanon’s ‘oh shit’ face, Beatrice summons Satan, the stake/demon of wrath. Satan turns out to be a very similar-looking anime girl.
At last, at least, Kanon refuses to be called furniture. Apparently Satan remembers the last episode as well, since she killed Kanon the time before.
So, Satan kills Kanon too, again way too OP. Kanon apologies to the not-quite-dead Jessica for not protecting her. But Jessica says it’s fine, and Kanon is not furniture any more. Then, to squeeze an extra drop of overwrought tragedy, she dies before Kanon can give [his] real name.
Beatrice takes the chance to gloat over Kanon and vow to mutilate [his] corpse and ‘disgrace’ [him] further. Wow, she’s insecure.
She summons a magic space mouth to eat Kanon, and the narration promises we’ll soon see what worse humiliation she has in mind.
New chapter: ‘New Rule’. I guess we’ll find out what that means.