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[First Impressions] To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts- Episodes 1 & 2

Hello everybody!  Today, I am going to give you my first impressions of To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts.  I've watched episodes 1 and 2 and I'd thought we'd begin there.  Originally, I was going to do Granbelm, but I couldn't get through the first episode.  It may be a good show, but it just didn't grab me like other shows.  So, I immediately ditched it and decided to try Sacred Beasts.  Let's get into it!

The Monster Squad

The story begins near the end of a civil war over economics.  The country of Patria is divided into two factions, the Northern Union of Patria and the Southern Confederation of Patria (a little on the nose with the union and confederacy but I'll let that live).  To gain an edge over the South, the North starts fiddling with forbidden technology which results in a monster/human hybrid known as Incarnates.  They use them to form an elite monster squad.  

The Incarnates are effective on the battlefield and the North wins.  However, the experiments have a deadly side effect.  The soldiers can lose their minds and go full monster, killing both Northern and Southern soldiers.  The developer of the technology is Elaine.  She is trying to find a way to get the monster's rage under control.  She conveys her deep concern to Hank, the captain of the Incarnates.  When she realizes that she cannot cure it, she shoots Hank because she knows that he is going to stop her from killing the Incarnates.

After that, Vice-Captain Cain appears and shoots Elaine so that the incarnates can go free.  What Cain doesn't realize is that Hank isn't dead, merely in a coma.  When Hank comes to, he decides to work for the government in an effort to kill the Incarnates.


In episode 2, we meet Schaal.  Schaal's father was one of the people drafted to become an Incarnate.  Prior to his service, he runs an orphanage in a small village.  When he returns to the village, he is a full-blown dragon.  At first, everything is fine.  The kids are happy and having a great time flying around on a dragon.  But then, he begins to devolve and do what dragons do.  The kids of the orphanage are taken away and Schaal is left with dragon-father.  She proposes that they run away.  The dragon is sad and decides to leave.  Just then, Hank shows up and shoots him in the head.

Schaal is distraught and wants to avenge his death.  She finds Hank in a town chasing another Incarnate.  He kills the Incarnate and Schaal decides to join him on his mission.  She wants to understand why her father and the others have to die.


I think that Sacred Beasts is doing what Fairy Gone was trying to do.  Sacred Beasts shows that after the war can be more complicated than an actual war.  Fairy Gone failed to illustrate this idea.

I like that I understand the position of both the Incarnate and the people that are afraid of them.  It gives the story a delicious complexity.  You do not necessarily want the Incarnate to die because it isn't their fault.  But, you understand the fear people around them feel because of their power and unpredictability.

What the Incarnate endure is heart-breaking.  From my brief introduction to Hank, I can tell that he wants to free the Incarnate from the inevitable descent into madness and brutality.  You sense the pain Hank feels having to kill his brothers and sisters-in-arms.

I'm eager to see if the show continues to tell an intriguing and thought-provoking story.  Or, if it will run into pacing problems or a convoluted storyline.  Hopefully, it will stay the course.

Wrapping It Up

Well, those are my thoughts on To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts.  Next week I'll bring you episodes 3 & 4.  If you liked my review, make sure you check out Couch and Chill for my other anime reviews.  Later!


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