Original Airdate: August 3rd, 2014
Adult Swim Airdate: September 12th, 2015
After being woken up from a dream about his dead (and underdeveloped) best friends, Tatsumi is paired with Sheele for mentoring. It is then revealed that she can’t do anything right except for killing, and we go into her backstory where she was looked down upon for screwing everything up. She then kills her EEEEEVIL parents and then gets recuited to Night Raid. During a meeting, Tatsumi tries on Zank’s Spectator, which allows for the user to read other’s minds. After getting rejected by it, Tatsumi asks if there’s an Imperial Arm that can bring the dead back to life, but Bulat tells him that it’s impossible to do that. They then cut to Fullmetal Loli Hitler (because Automail + little girl + evil dictator = FMLH) and Evil Santa Claus, who are talking about bringing in Esdeath to kill all of Night Raid. After that, we see Esdeath beating the shit out of the naked prisoners by user her legs, and that was the moment when I wondered to myself if Toonami accidentally turned on Prison School for a minute. Anywho, Tatsumi is patroling the marketplace with Leone and they become seperated. He then finds help from a girl named Seryu, who is a member of the Imperial Guard. She has a biological arm named Coro, who takes the form of a dog. She guides Tatsumi back to the marketplace, and then it is revealed that Seryu is Captain Ogre’s mentor and she plans to seek vengance for his death.
This was one of the less action-heavy episodes of the series. Not that it wasn’t there, but it wasn’t the central focus of the episode. The episode takes a little more time with character interaction and all that stuff, which I honestly don’t mind all that much, since the episode managed to still be entertaining. While I’m still not a fan of the whiplash comedy, I did get a chuckle out of some of Sheele’s screw-ups at Night Raid, particularly the time when she accidentally put Mine in the laundry. Considering that Mine is an unlikable tsundere, I’d say that Sheele has officially become the best girl in my books just for that. The problem with that is that right after, they go into her tragic backstory about how she killed her parents. It would’ve been much better to spread that out a little bit or to make the tone more consistant throughout the episode, but that’s a rant for when the show ends. I honestly have no opinion on Esdeath yet, since they only gave her a minute of screen-time and an explanation on who she is, so I don’t know why she’s a fan-favorite. However, if I were to take a wild guess, I’d probably guess that it’s because of dem legs. The twist at the end of the episode kinda came out of nowhere, but honestly, it’s not as bad or nonsensical as something like Sacred Star of Milos or any movie made by M. Night Shamalamadingdong. So overall, I found it to be a pretty decent episode, and I hope that the show continues to be enjoyable, despite what I’ve heard about the writing getting even worse later on. Overall, I give the episode 7 Mines in the laundry out of 10.