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Episode 7 of Faraway Paladin: Lord of Rust Mountain does an excellent job of being both entertaining and nostalgic.
We see Will, Gus and company spending more time together. Will’s flashbacks to Mary, in particular, feel dated, and the movie does a great job of keeping Will’s family at the forefront of our minds while only bringing them back in spades. frugal. Mary and Blood are dead and gone (twice dead, I suppose) and that sense of loss is not tainted, but the connection is still there in a positive way. There’s a fine line between relying so heavily on these characters that they don’t even feel like they’re gone versus barely mentioning them to the point where we wish we saw more of them and I think the series does that very well. thread that needle. The knife giving scene is also quite touching and shows the new bond being forged between the companions. William brought his new family home to meet his old family.
The battle with the snake in the river was also excellent. It’s a giant hydra-like creature, so it’s no surprise that it can regrow its head, and the party’s approach to fighting it isn’t necessarily original. It doesn’t have to be that way. It’s good, simple, lively and exciting action with meaningful stakes. It reminds me of watching things like Record of Lodoss War or like any other rpg session I’ve participated in over the years. There’s an appealing simplicity in fantasy action stories about rampaging monsters and monsters. Combine that with fun classic-feeling lore like Elves have a different perception of time or important social instructions preserved in rhymes and songs, and you’ve got yourself in hand a tried and true fantasy story.
Grant is a host on the Blade Licking Thieves podcast and the Super Senpai Podcast.
Faraway Paladin: The Lord of Rust Mountain is now streaming on Crunchyroll.