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Episode 2-89

Season 2 Episode 89: Taboo (1)


2-89 Welcome cake

beefcake

The Priestess of Chaos grants Yuta permission to enter Kalibloom, although the number of citizens who opposed the group, including Riche, had only grown.

Asha expresses relief that Yuta was allowed to enter, but Yuta implies that he could have broken the barrier, much to Asha's surprise. They then discuss Yuta's changing personality; he feels more combative than before,[1] uninterested in matters that don't concern him, and fears that he may turn into a bad guy later on. Yuta thinks it may be better then, if he stays away from everyone, but admits that he doesn't want to stay alone, as he's been alone for a long time. He is about to ask Asha to give Leez to him, but he crumples the paper. Next he touches on Asha's misunderstanding with Leez, regarding her hating suras. Asha admits that it was a misunderstanding, and Yuta points out that when Asha first met him, she made a similar mistake: she also thought that Yuta couldn't be a rakshasa because superior suras had been confined to the sura realm.[2]

Asha tells him to stop, since Ran already lectured her on the matter. Yuta asks then if she's hurt, because she did it for Yuta's sake: in the short term, for him and Leez to get along, and in the long term, to avoid a card she had gained through a stroke of luck. He tells her that even though he knew that she saw him as a card to be used,[3] he didn't care and was still grateful to her for keeping his identity a secret. He tells her that it was only a small, so she doesn't need to be upset. This suddenly reminds Asha of being told similar words by Rao Leez. Before she can respond, however, Yuta tells her to clear the misunderstanding with Leez: if this continues, everyone will leave Asha,[4] like he told her before.[5] She must become more honest to be remembered as a good person. Asha coldly informs him that it isn't necessary, since she isn't a good person anyway. Yuta closes his notebook, and decides to stop interfering. He tells himself that if Leez drifts apart from Asha, it can only be good for him.

Leez greets Yuta with a "Welcome" cake with raw meat inside, which he instantly devours. As Ran complains that the decorations aren't worth the time and effort, they hear a commotion outside: an angry crowd demands to see Asha, and criticizes her for keeping the resurrection spell to herself. Ran understands how they feel as he was once in a similar position, but also sympathizes with Asha, since the spell is traumatizing on the user. He recalls being in a similar position: after his parents died during the Cataclysm, he begged his aunt, then the Priestess of Resurrection, to revive his parents (whose bodies he had frozen), while refusing to believe that the spell could no longer be used. However, he also felt that their pleas were pointless: if the bodies aren't immediately frozen, the name gets crossed off pretty fast. Leez just observes the scene silently.

Spoilers and Trivia

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  • Yuta implies that he could have broken the Earth Barrier. In Season 1, he was able to nullify Agwen's hoti brahma, so he may be able to nullify even god-level items made by primeval gods.[6]
  • The lessons Yuta referred to are likely his lessons from Shuri. She taught him in particular to keep his mind calm and to only attack if he's attacked first.[7][8][9]
  • Asha briefly thought of Rao Leez. She also thought of him briefly while in the water channel.[10] She most likely met him while he was on a mission on Carte.[11]
  • Asha always thought negatively of herself, or at least of her own actions. She told Brilith long ago that her path was 'corrupt from the start.'[12]
  • We later learn that Yuta can use Insight when his eyes turn blue-green, though it isn't clear what purpose they serve here. See spoiler section of chapter 2-110.[13]
  • On the wall of Cafe Maple, the flyer for the opening of the Temple of Chaos is gone. It was last seen 2 chapters ago.
  • We now have a better idea of what happened to Ran during the Cataclysm:
    • When Halfs were caught in emotional resonance, he apparently first sought his mother for help.[14]
    • His mother may have turned on him instead.[15]
    • Afterwards, he froze both his parents, but his aunt could no longer revive them, as the corresponding spell could no longer be used after the Cataclysm.[16]
  • The spell for freezing is bhavati varuna. The temples of Water and Resurrection are both in Mistyshore (though the temple of Resurrection disappeared with Visnu), so Mistyshore could have been specialized in revivals.

Episode 2-90

Season 2 Episode 90: Taboo (2)


2-90 scaredy Ran
During the night, while Ran worries about the people (this time Halfs) just outside the hotel, Yuta appears in his room, writing that he doesn't want to be alone. They move their ensuing discussion over to the dining table over a few drinks. After Ran complains about his brother Lutz, Yuta asks his opinion of Leez's heavy winter clothing. Ran comes up with a few unlikely reasons, but thinks it's cute, so he suggests just letting her be, since it's probably only a temporary thing. He is sad that Leez has so little time remaining, as shown by hoti yama. Yuta ignores his concern and asks if Leez is wearing more clothes because she's scared of him being a sura. However, Ran counters with another question: had he done anything to give himself a guilty conscience? Realizing that he was right, Ran asks Yuta to tell the truth.

In the morning, Leez finds Ran passed out at the table, which is covered with empty bottles, and Yuta admits that Ran was up late giving him some advice. Leez is shocked that Ran is a drunkard, while Yuta remains silent on the fact he emptied most of the bottles. He then picks up all the bottles at once using his scarf, and begins a discussion over why she is wearing so much clothing, and if it was to keep him away. He asks her whether it was because of the hug earlier in the forest. Though Ran told him that he needs permission to do so, Leez always hugged him without asking before, and it made him happy.[17] When Leez brings up his development, he tearfully assures her that he is still the same person inside as he was before his recent development. Leez then decides that it is important for her to trust her friends, because it hurts when they don't trust her.[18] When she tells him she will believe him if he says everything is fine, he joyfully reaches out to hug her with his scarf, dropping all the bottles.

At the Chaos Temple, Teo feels sad and overwhelmed by all the things she couldn't remember, and blames herself for not protecting the city and losing so many lives. Elwin responds that it wasn't her fault at all, and she knows who was, in fact, responsible.

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  • Many Halfs only come out at night because of the people who hate them.[19]
  • Ran is sure he locked the door. Perhaps it was a magical mechanism, and Yuta simply nullified it.
  • Yuta didn't react at all to Ran's comment about Leez dying early. This seems rather off.
  • Ran drank a lot. Well, he is a college student...
  • By adding the number of bottles in the two frames where Yuta picks them up, the total is at least 30 bottles. If Ran drank 6 bottles, it means Yuta drank at least 24 bottles.

Episode 2-91

Season 2 Episode 91: Taboo (3)


2-91 I didn't mean your clothes

A meeting is held at the Fighters' Guild to help Teo learn of the events that happened during the gap in her memory. Parr is called upon to prove that the man who stayed with Teo was associated with the invading suras. She explains how he tried to convince Teo to leave the barrier,[20] then how she saw him later on, perfectly fine, after Teo disappeared. Another person later joined up with him.[21]

Elwin then explains how Yuta tried to help her when she was kidnapped by a superior sura.[22] This superior sura then inquired about the very same one-eyed man.[23] Zard then concludes that Teo was tricked by a person in cahoots with the suras.

Leez bought a new shirt for Yuta without buttons, since he was always leaving his previous shirt open in the front. Yuta writes that clothing made him uncomfortable and he prefers to have none, which leads to a misunderstanding between the two. When Ran asks Asha about her clothes, she explains that her suit was specially customized for her and has exceptional defensive capabilities. She added that her cloak is for storage as she pulls out the Vajra she used to save Riche from an attacking Sura.[24] Ran wonders why Riche was among the group of people who are opposed to them if Asha saved her life, to which she responds that it was probably because of the hoti visnu.[25]

Riche's assistant brings her the records of Asha's trial for the 29 homicides that were ruled to be an accident, adding that they were hard to obtain, as someone seems to have gotten to them first. It took him 100,000 gold to piece everything together. He then questions her purpose for digging up this info which could prove dangerous for her. Riche speculates that the outcome of the trial would have been different if people knew Asha could cast hoti visnu.

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  • Leez first noticed that Asha uses her cloak for storage in Season 1.[26]
  • 100,000 gold = 4.4 million USD (varies with the USD/won exchange rate).
  • The one who got to Asha's evidence first might be Claude. This would explain:
    • why he knows so much about Asha and her plans despite never meeting her
    • why he's confident he can escape criminal prosecution,[27]
    • and why Asha was so agitated when she learned that Leez had met Claude.[4]
    • Further supporting this: when Riche sends evidence against Asha to Saha On, she tells him not to disclose the information to Claude Yui.[28]
  • There is some foreshadowing to Riche's involvement: she has been building an enmity with Asha throughout the season, and she is aware of Asha's murder record.[29]

Episode 2-92

Season 2 Episode 92: Taboo (4)


2-92 younger Riche
Not long after the N0 Cataclysm occurred, Riche Seiran had an unknown person's body frozen in hopes of getting him/her resurrected with the now-defunct Hoti Visnu spell, against the advice of others. She offered a 1 million gold reward. At Eloth University, Agwen is surprised by the amount offered. The younger Asha cryptically remarked that it was a shame. Agwen then congratulated her on having full exam marks again. Half a year later, there were still no takers, so Riche finally relented and held a funeral.

In the present, after browsing the files, Riche considers the fact that Asha saved her life, and the fact that magicians like her are needed in such times. She decides that she is willing to overlook the files if Asha acknowledges what she did and apologizes.

At the hotel, Leez and Ran discuss their progress on the competition for the Neutral Bow. Leez claims that she is going to win, much to Ran's incredulity. Riche shows up alone to confront Asha. When asked why she didn't use Hoti Visnu on any of her homicide victims, Asha replied that she didn't know the spell at the time so she couldn't, and this was a pointless waste of time. Once Riche takes her leave, Ran questions Asha about the homicides. She simply replies that they were accidents, and that she paid the fines - case closed. Leez tries to change the topic and urge them to go to diner.

Back at the mansion, Riche decides that instead of making her information public, she will send the files to the President of the Eloth Magic Guild, who is the #1 ranked magician on Willarv and wanted the death penalty for Asha.

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  • A million gold is about 44 million USD (varies with the USD/won exchange rate).
  • Asha was accepted into Eloth University at age 13, and graduated at age 16,[30] placing the flashback events between N8 and N11. Riche is 34 in N16, so she'd be between 26 (age appearance: 13) and 29 (age appearance: 15) back then.
  • Leez brags about being close to winning. She actually finished reading the book on bhavati kubera around this time.[31]
  • Leez already heard about the murders at the Temple of Earth.[32] Even so, she didn't try to defend Asha like one would expect her to. This is probably because, since discovering the murders:
    • Asha tried to strangle her,[33] something which Leez kept thinking about.[4][34]
    • Asha sliced open her head with bhavati marut as if it were nothing.[35]
    • Thus, Leez knows that Asha is quite capable of the murders.
  • This is the first time that there is a confirmation that the 29 murders were separate cases. See the spoilers section of the next chapter for more.

Episode 2-93

Season 2 Episode 93: Taboo (5)

2-93 Yuta hunting

I'm on the hunt, I'm after you

After a night of hunting, Yuta enters the Kalibloom checkpoint where Asha, as his sponsor, is waiting for him to return. He mentions that he had to go out further than usual to hunt thanks to Kasak's earlier patrols. Asha asks if he ever feels any guilt over killing other suras, and that they must often beg for mercy. On the contrary, he replies, they understand and accept the fact that they will receive no mercy from a hunter. Among the suras, those who get overwhelmed with guilt over hunting do not survive long. Asha wonders how it would be if humans had the same outlook over killing each other, then concludes that it would not matter anyway since guilt would be her downfall.

Lutz fires a shot from the Neutral Bow while he and Ran are out evaluating it, and finds that the longer the bowstring is drawn, the further the arrow flies and the more vigor is consumed. Even at its lowest power, the bow's function is inaccessible to most people. Both brothers wonder why Riche didn't ask a half with high vigor to try out the bow when she had it, and Lutz suggests that Ran try the bow later after he builds up enough vigor first. The elder brother begins to leave in a rush for a meeting when his brother throws out a couple of quick questions: Did Asha really kill 29 people, and was he not at her trial?

The President of the Eloth Magic Guild is about to review Riche's documents when a messenger bursts in to announce that a pair of low-level suras have been spotted at a village ~500km (~310 miles) away. The President, #1-ranked magician and Priest of Light Saha On, uses hoti surya bhavati surya to immediately eliminate the threat without moving from his desk, and brings his attention back to the documents. He is feeling tired, so his personal bodyguard, Tilda Melliot, jokes that he could use ask Asha to return him to a more vigorous state. He reminds her that he has been on the DNR (Do Not Resurrect) list for a while now. After quickly browsing the documents, which reveal that many of the homicide victims had aliases and/or had a god's name, he tells Tilda to prepare for immediate departure to the Human Search System.

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  • Yuta notices that Asha looks unwell. This may be due to the use of hoti visnu, which eats away at her existence.[36] She also looked unwell after using hoti visnu on Yuta, and we see blood on her towel after the group escapes the water channel.[17]
  • It was actually possible to deduce the way the Neutral Bow works, as soon as Ep.2-23:
    • The first time it was fired, Ran and Leez begged Yuta not to let go of the string, before guiding him to a window where he finally did release the string. As a result, the Neutral Bow formed a large tornado attack.[32] The strength of this first attack was because Yuta held the string for a long time as he was rushed to the window.
    • Yuta then tells Asha that Ran can't fire the bow because it requires a lot of vigor.[37] We could deduce from this that the Neutral Bow has a minimum vigor threshold to form the string.
    • When Yuta fired the Neutral Bow again, the arrow vanished right in front of him, and formed a much smaller whirlwind, at a closer distance.[38] Compared to the first time, the main difference is that Yuta probably didn't hold the string as long.
  • Although this is the first episode in which we get a good look at Saha On, in fact, he was mentioned numerous times throughout the series:
    • Episode 6: What appears to be Saha On's silhouette is shown when Brilith mentions summoners.[39]
    • Episode 22: Laila receives an urgent message from Saha On, from the Eloth Magic Guild.[40]
    • Episode 25: Laila mentions the 4 AA magicians. Throughout the series, and through elimination, it is possible to guess that the #1 AA is the second from the right, with the others being Claude, Lorraine and Laila.[12]
    • Also in Episode 25: Asha says she wants access to the Human Search System. Laila tells her to get permission from the other AA magicians apart from her, who were all in Eloth at the time. Since Claude is based in Rindhallow, and Lorraine doesn't seem to hold a long-term position there, the remaining AA is probably in charge of the Human Search System.
    • Episode 64: Brilith lists, among others, the "magician who single-handedly operated all of the city turrets during the Cataclysm, saving Eloth from annihilation". We see the silhouette of Saha On at that moment, further hinting that he's in Eloth and possibly with a position in the temple.[41]
    • Episode 2-17: Saha On is shown arguing in favor of a stolen goods law. It makes even more sense now: he's the presiding Judge of Magic.[42] He might also be the one pushing for a bill for Half rights.[43]
    • Episode 2-18: Siera warns Asha about her reputation among some 'high-rankers', regarding her 3-year disappearance and involuntary homicides. Of the high-rankers, #2 Claude, #4 Lorraine, #6 Airi, and #10 Siera are all favorable towards Asha. #5 is Asha herself and #3 Laila and #9 Teo didn't seem particularly hostile against Asha. By elimination, that only left the #1, #7 (Praul Ajes, who doesn't seem particularly aggressive) and #8 (unknown) magicians as possible high-rankers against Asha, so it seemed quite likely that the #1 AA himself was against Asha.[44]
    • Episode 2-20: Claude notes that Asha was denied use of the human search system, further hinting that the #1 AA may not be favorable towards Asha.[37]
    • Also, throughout the series, only 3 priests were left unaccounted for: Light, Wind, and Sky. One is in Eloth and two in Aeroplateau. Given that Wind and Sky are likely associated with Aeroplateau, it seemed quite likely that the #1 AA in Eloth was the Priest of Light.
  • Extras about Saha On:
    • Currygom mentioned in Lorraine's profile that she doesn't like her fiance (already mentioned within the series), because he isn't buff. Ari's blog profile mentions that Saha On took care of him after he lost his parents, before Lorraine took over. She also mentioned a love triangle once in her me2day (now closed) between Lorraine, Saha On, and Lutz during their university days. All this hints towards Saha On being Lorraine's not-buff-enough fiance, which is pretty much confirmed by the next episode. This may also explain why the #4 AA magician can't break off her engagement: her fiance is higher-ranked than she is.
  • On Asha's murders and her motive, and the subsequent involvement of Riche then Saha: these were foreshadowed throughout the series and could be guessed in large part:
    • Episode 25: Asha needed access to the Human Search System.[45]
    • Episode 46: Asha "jokes" that if the magic guild jurors are on her side, she can even get away with involuntary homicide by magical accident.[46]
    • Episode 63: joke where Ran thinks that Asha looks like the type to commit involuntary homicide by magical accident. It turns out he was correct.[30]
    • Episode 2-7: Asha's records reveal that she did commit murders. Riche, who after this chapter has reason to hate Asha, has seen her profile and knows of her record, thus foreshadowing her involvement in the re-opening of the case.[29]
    • Episode 2-18: Siera warns Asha about her reputation among high-rankers. By elimination, it was possible to deduce that the #1 AA magician was among them, thus foreshadowing his involvement in the re-opening of the case.[44]
    • Episode 2-19: Someone mentions Asha's murder record to Leez.[32]
    • Episode 2-20: Claude mentions both Asha's murder record, and the fact that she tried to use the human search system, adding that she was denied permission. She then disappeared for 3 years.
    • Asha also informed Claude that she was confident she could get away with murder. Claude caved in to her threats (probably because he knows she's capable of it).[27]
    • The last episode also confirmed that the murders were separate cases.
  • What's more:
    • There was no indication that Asha murders for no reason. However, she did display suspicious behavior, such as strangling Leez,[33] and slicing open Leez's head,[35] implying that she's capable of it.
    • In Season 1, it was possible to guess that there were multiple targets with the Power of the Name. See spoilers section for Ep.85.[47] From the same episode, it also appears that killing other name-bearers could strengthen both God Kubera as well as those remaining (with Leez in particular remarking on how she seemed to be growing stronger).[48] This provides a motive for Asha: to kill all but one (or several) people with the Power of the Name, and arm the survivor (which is what she's been doing with Leez).
    • The reason for Asha to choose Leez has probably to do with the fact that she is the daughter of Rao Leez, who helped Asha on Carte.[49]
  • The files received by Saha mention that none of the victims had ID cards issued by a city. Leez had mentioned something similar early in the series.[50]

Episode 2-94

Season 2 Episode 94: Taboo (6)


2-94 Yuta the fashion victim

crime of fashion

Inside the Human Search System, Saha puts in a search for the year N11, which showed the location of 35 humans still living, with the rest deceased. Next, he searches the year N13, which shows only 19 still living. When he begins his search of the year N16 (present time), Tilda yells at him to get out now since his time is nearly up.

In the lounge, Tilda chastises him for taking a huge risk in a space that disappears with him if he remains past the time limit. She asked why he couldn't just ask another AA to use the search system for him, and he replies that he could no longer trust any of them, including his fiancée, and wonders which one was Asha's accomplice in the homicides.

Not far from their hotel in Kalibloom, Leez (with Yuta) spots Ran passing by, and tells him she made a little progress with Bhavati Kubera. Ran responds that maybe she'll win the Neutral Bow after all, and continus on his way with a distracted look. Leez presumes that he is still rattled by the news of Asha's 29 homicides. When Yuta asks if she thought they were really accidents, Leez looks away, then says yes, because Asha said so, and it's important for friends to trust each other.

In a meeting at the Earth temple, Lutz discusses Asha's case with Siera and Claude since Riche has been raising the issue again. They all agree that they (as well as Lorraine, Brilith, Airi, and Teo) would support Asha. However, they aren't sure about Laila, who doesn't seem to like Asha much despite being the one to issue the A++ license, so they ask Claude to bring her around. Claude is reluctant to face her but agrees to send a letter.

In Rindhallow, Laila lies down, complaining of fatigue, when an staff member delivers a letter from Claude, in which he both apologizes for not returning and requests that she supports Asha. Laila finds his message more irritating than heartfelt, then notices that the weather outside suggests a storm is on its way.

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  • Saha On's fiance is probably Lorraine Rartia. Lorraine and Airi have mentioned him in previous chapters.[51][52] See the spoilers section of the previous chapter for more.
  • On why Saha can no longer trust the other AA magicians:
    • Lorraine was present in Eloth then in N12 for the Sorceress's Fashion Bonanza, so she could have been the person that Asha asked.[12][53] She is also among those that Riche warns Saha against.[54]
    • Claude was apparently also in Eloth,[12] and may have been the one to have erased new evidence of Asha's crimes since.[10] He is the other person Riche warns Saha against.[54]
    • Laila gave Asha the A++ license and granted her permission to use the Human Search System.[45]
  • On Asha's murders:
    • Saha's search was not a general search for people with the names of gods: Agni told Brilith that there were 5 people named Agni in Atera, who evidently didn't show up as a result of the search.[52]
    • Between N11 and N13, 39 - 19 = 16 people were killed. This is more than her murder record for 29 people, so either she starting killings before N11, or she made mistakes, or she had to kill others besides the victims. Of the 16 victims shown in the search:
      • 1 victim was in Eloth, and 6 near it, leaving one survivor in Eloth and several nearby.
      • 1 victim was in Rindhallow, 1 near it, leaving one survivor within Rindhallow and one near Rindhallow
      • 1 victim was in Atera and 2 near it, leaving two survivors near Atera, including Leez, and no survivors within it. A quick count also shows that there are no 'overlapping dots', which means there was only one target in Leez's village.
      • This means Asha killed 4 more victims in other locations. Apart from the above-mentioned locations, possible locations are: 1 in Aeroplateau and 1 near it, 2 in Kalibloom and 2 near it, 1 in Mistyshore and 4 near it.
      • The remaining locations correspond to the villages attacked by Maruna before he attacked Leez's village: a village near Kalibloom, a village near Rindhallow and several near Eloth.[39]
      • Later on, Maruna and Gandharva have apparently eliminated all the targets except those within Atera, Eloth and Rindhallow.[55]
    • Asha took her magic exam with Brilith near the end of N11 in Rindhallow.[56] After obtaining her magic license, she was active for a year then disappeared for 3 years.[57] This means Saha's last search dates to around the time Asha disappeared.
    • After her magic exams, Asha Brilith to Eloth then presumably back to Atera, as per her deal with Laila.[12] She may have decided to accompany Brilith back even though she was denied use of the human search system.[57] This means that she may have committed some of the murders while traveling with Brilith. Brilith may even have witnessed one of the acts.[58] If that is the case, the next logical destination would have been Mistyshore. Perhaps she managed to eliminate the targets there, which is why the suras have not listed it as a target, even though, like Atera, it only has one temple standing (the temple of Resurrection disappeared along with Visnu).
    • Since Asha 'disappeared' for 3 years, she probably hasn't entered any cities during that time. Otherwise, she'd have been registered at the checkpoints. This means she couldn't have killed targets within cities during this time. Hence, why the suras are after the targets in Rindhallow and Eloth. However, there should still be targets in Kalibloom, Aeroplateau and Mistyshore, but they are never mentioned by the suras as remaining targets. Either they're no longer alive, or they are being left alone for some reason.
  • Leez says she managed to hover with bhavati kubera. We see how she trained later on: she did so by repeatedly jumping off a cliff. This explains why Yuta looks rather gloomy this chapter.[13]
  • Leez didn't look Yuta in the eyes when she claimed that she trusted Asha.
  • Yuta's eyes turned blue-green when Leez said that she trusts Asha. We later learn that Yuta can use Insight when his eyes turn blue-green, though it isn't clear what purpose they serve here. See spoiler section of chapter 2-110.[13]
  • Lutz says he needs materials to modify the Hide of Bondage. In Season 1, the store signs showed that sura parts are used as magical parts.[59]
  • We already saw Riche's flashback about the time she offered 1 million gold to anyone who can use hoti visnu.[60]
  • Siera has already mentioned that he knew Asha when she was younger.[44]
  • This chapter, we see that Laila really is a beauty, just like Rana's alarm clock claimed.[30]
  • Laila appears to be exhausted. Brilith mentioned early on that the other priests complain about being exhausted.[39]

Episode 2-95

Season 2 Episode 95: Taboo (7)


2-95 Kubera's armor

Near Rindhallow, Kubera equips his armor. Sagara muses that they won't need to bother with Eloth now; they only need to destroy Rindhallow in order to call an unknown individual back.

Parr delivers Teo's meal, then reports back to Zard that she is still downhearted but at least eating. Clari is apologetic to Zard since he has to deal with her being affected by emotional resonance twice now, the first time during the N0 Cataclysm. Zard wonders if the Sura who attacked and flooded the city was Gandharva himself, and why Agni remains silent about what happened. He concludes that the best they can do is to wait for the God to give them an answer.

At the Earth temple, Siera is unhappy that this situation has put them back to the way they were before the Cataclysm—depending on the Gods to fix their problems instead of collaborating among themselves to find solutions. Lutz is concerned that a priest of all people would say something like that, and goes on to discuss Asha and her 29 homicides: a horrible thing in of itself, but when looking at the greater picture, she's saved many more lives in Atera,[57] and has the great potential of saving even more when the Sura attack again. Lutz is willing to bury the past for the sake of the future.

At night outside their lodgings, Ran meets up with Asha to discuss why she always behaves in a polite and respectful manner except when Leez was around. Did she speak to Riche so harshly because of Leez? Asha offers to leave their company by tomorrow if he prefers not to stay with someone like her. Yuta, eavesdropping from a rooftop somewhere, smiles at Asha's words.

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  • This is the first time we have a good look at God Kubera's armor. However, the series already showed the silhouettes:
    • In a messenger's thoughts when Leez was at the Temple of Earth.[61]
    • In Asha's flashback.[61]
    • In Siera's thoughts.[14]
    • Leez is also shown apparently holding the spear in one of the Insights.[62]
  • It is unclear who Sagara is trying to call back after destroying Rindhallow, but this whole plan is related to Ananta: in a previous chapter, she said that God Kubera would be abandoning Ananta twice if he backs out.[34]
  • The series mentioned early on that humans created a society without divine interference after the gods left. What's more, the humans were apparently nothing but grateful when the suras and gods left.[63] This chapter reveals that indeed, prior to the Cataclysm, humans depended on the gods for governance. Some humans, like Siera right now, may not have approved of the oppression. However, this may also explain the current governance system: after the gods left, their past responsibilities naturally fell onto those who used to be closest to them: the priests and magicians.
  • We later learn that Yuta can use Insight when his eyes turn blue-green, though it isn't clear what purpose they serve here. See spoiler section of chapter 2-110.[13]
  • This is the last chapter of the arc, "Taboo." It could refer to:
    • Yuta's changing mentality as well as his not-so-innocent feelings for Leez.
    • How by revealing that she can use hoti visnu, Asha became the center of unwanted attention.
    • Teo being confronted on the fact that she was tricked by an accomplice of the suras.
    • Everything surrounding Asha's murders: the information uncovered by Riche, Ran also learning of these murders, Saha On realizing that the other AA magicians, including his fiance, may be murder accomplices. Finally, Lutz deciding that he'll help Asha bury the past for the greater good.
    • Asha discussing with Yuta about guilt (or the lack, thereof) when killing those of the same species.
    • Parr and Zard deciding to wait for Agni to provide an answer, while on the other hand, Siera laments that humans have reverted to their dependence on gods.

References

  1. Season 2 Chapter 84: The Good (4)
  2. Season 1 Chapter 47: Half (半) - (5)
  3. Season 1 Chapter 48: Half (半) - (6)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Season 2 Chapter 26: The Border (6)
  5. Season 2 Chapter 27: Reflection (1)
  6. Season 1 Chapter 55: The Wavering King (5)
  7. Season 1 Chapter 45: Half (半) - (3)
  8. Season 1 Chapter 54: The Wavering King (4)
  9. Season 1 Chapter 56: The Wavering King (6)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Season 1 Chapter 91: Lies for You (3)
  11. Season 2 Chapter 11: Blood (6)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Season 1 Chapter 25: AAA Magician (5)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Season 2 Chapter 110: Last Stand (4)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Season 2 Chapter 61: Frozen Tears (4)
  15. Season 1 Chapter 60: Rival (3)
  16. Season 2 Chapter 87: The Good (7)
  17. 17.0 17.1 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 100: Lies for You (12)
  18. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 85: The Good (5)
  19. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 28: Reflection (2)
  20. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 54: Grudge (4)
  21. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 69: Frozen Tears (12)
  22. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 48: Rift (8)
  23. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 53: Grudge (3)
  24. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 78: The One Standing Before Me (8)
  25. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 88: The Good (8)
  26. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 43: Half (半) - 1
  27. 27.0 27.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 33: Reflection (7)
  28. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 93: Taboo (5)
  29. 29.0 29.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 7: Blood (2)
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 63: Rival (6)
  31. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 109: Last Resort (3)
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 19: The Weapon of a God (7)
  33. 33.0 33.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 22: Caution (2)
  34. 34.0 34.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 50: Rift (10)
  35. 35.0 35.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 38: The Test of the Sword (5)
  36. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 10: Blood (5)
  37. 37.0 37.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 20: The Weapon of a God (8)
  38. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 23: Caution (3)
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 6: The Queen and the Bum (1)
  40. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 22: AAA Magician (2)
  41. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 64: The Night it Rained Fire (1)
  42. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 17: The Weapon of a God (5)
  43. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 12: The Sorrow of Loss (1)
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 18: The Weapon of a God (6)
  45. 45.0 45.1 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 23: AAA Magician (3)
  46. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 46: Half (半) - 4
  47. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 85: The Power of the Name (2)
  48. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 33: The Golden Knight (7)
  49. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 89: Taboo (1)
  50. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 10: The Queen and the Bum (5)
  51. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 74: The Night it Rained Fire (11)
  52. 52.0 52.1 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 84: The Power of the Name (1)
  53. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 26: AAA Magician (6)
  54. 54.0 54.1 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 93: Lies for You (5)
  55. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 29: The Golden Knight (3)
  56. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 21: AAA Magician (1)
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 KuberaSeason 1 Episode 20: The Sorrow of Loss (9)
  58. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 78: The Night it Rained Fire (15)
  59. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 27: The Golden Knight (1)
  60. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 92: Taboo (4)
  61. 61.0 61.1 KuberaSeason 2 Episode 21: Caution (1)
  62. KuberaSeason 2 Episode 49: Rift (9)
  63. KuberaSeason 1 Episode 38: The Past I Yearn For (3)

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