Episode 11: The Legend of the Rune-God - In a World Called Cephiro
Review by Peter Laliberte
June 19, 2013
The Knights travel on the flying platform. Hikaru wonders where they're going and Umi says they're going to where Emeraude is being held. Hikaru wonders if they really became Magic Knights and Umi is certain they have. They head towards a flying mountain only to have the way blocked by a projection of Zagato. He attacks them with lightning but they vanish. The mirror Zagato was using to monitor the Knights shatters. He confronts Emeraude about it and she begs him to stop. Ferio stops off at a town that he learns is constantly being attacked by monsters. When he leaves the town he's attacked by many monsters but he defeats them. It starts raining and he seeks shelter in the woods. He takes out his orb and is surprised when he hears Emeraude's voice come out of it. She tells him where the Magic Knights are and asks him to save them. When he arrives the girls appear before him. Elsewhere, Caldina offers to overlook the weapons stockpile of a town in exchange for money, but changes her mind after seeing Ferio and the Knights walk by. She tells the villagers to kill them in exchange for her silence. The townsfolk refuse so Caldina uses her power to force the mayor to stab himself in the leg. She tells the others to kill the girls or else they'll end up like that too. At a restaurant Fuu wonders if Mokona is all right since it's not back to normal yet. Ferio compliments them for finding a Rune-God and asks how many they found. The girls are shocked to learn there's more than one so Ferio recounts the legend that says there are three Rune-Gods. Umi is not happy to hear that and says Zagato is sure to kill them before they find the others. Fuu says they should avoid Zagato for now because there's no point if they die. The barkeep appears with drinks for the girls but Ferio correctly deduces that the drinks are poisoned. The other townsfolk burst in holding weapons.
The townsfolk attack and Ferio warns the girls that they aren't Zagato's minions. Ferio takes the barkeep hostage and gets him to explain that Caldina forced them to try and kill the girls. Ferio says they'll take care of Caldina but the barkeep says they'll be killed either way. Ferio says they'll handle it without fighting and comes up with a plan after hearing about Caldina's love of money. Ferio tells the girls to stay behind while he handles things and Fuu asks why he goes so far for them. He says it's because Emeraude asked him to, but also because he fell in love with Fuu. He goes to see Caldina and suggests gambling with her to pass the time. The Knights get the signal to leave and do so despite some reluctance. Caldina continually beats Ferio until the villagers come in to say that the Knights escaped. Caldina asks why they didn't tell her sooner but the barkeep says they were pounding on the door the whole time. The barkeep blames Ferio for everything and stabs him. Caldina grabs her winnings and flees, saying she'll let them go. Ferio gets up unharmed, his plan successful. Caldina counts her money and tells Ascot that once they get the girls he can go back to the castle. Ascot says he doesn't want to anymore but Caldina tells him that he shouldn't let his talents go to waste. The Knights wonder what they should do now and Fuu says all they can do is get stronger. Hikaru is sure they'll get stronger than Zagato. Ferio calls Fuu on her orb to let her know the plan worked. He asks her to call him sometime because it would be sad if she only did so when she needed help.
I like Ferio. Things get pretty fun whenever he's around. This episode shows he's quite the clever fellow and it's nice he's so frank about his feelings for Fuu. We also get to see Caldina for the first time and she's certainly nicer to look at than Alcyone. She loves money and is not above threatening others to get what she wants, but at the same time it didn't take much to get her to run off and she is sweet on Ascot. Looks like Ascot doesn't want to deal with the Knights anymore but he won't be able to get out of it that easily.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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