Episode 2 – “Don’t Call Me a Traitor” – April 15, 2022
Saybil and Hort find evidence that Kudo has become the target of a group of witch hunters. What’s worse is that the Church has sent in an Arbiter from Dia Ignis. Hort recalls her last run-in with these killers and suggests there is nothing she or Saybil can do to save Kudo. Although Saybil agrees with that logic, he will not abandon a friend.
Elsewhere, Kudo tries to flee from his pursuer, the infamous murderer known as the Tyrant. Unfortunately, the Tyrant captures Kudo and begins to torture the magic-user. Just as the Tyrant is about to deliver a killing blow, Loux Krystas appears and challenges the hunter. Definitely, Kudo struggles to escape.
Loux appears to have a clear advantage, but at that moment, Saybil and Hort make their existence known. Thus, the Tyrant grabs Saybil and demands Loux lower her weapon, the legendary Staff of Ludens. Not wanting to harm her student, Loux agrees. However, the Tyrant has no intention of keeping his side of the promise.
In fact, the Tyrant turns to Hort and demands she reveal who she really is, a spy for the Church.
Hort remembers how the magical community had accepted her. Thus, she wants to continue her studies and become a witch. Therefore, she turns on the Tyrant and casts a spell on him, but it has no effect.
In the struggle, the Staff of Ludens gets loose and falls in front of Saybil. The weapon speaks to the young mage. And though anyone who picks up the staff will die, Saybil does it anyway and unleashes a devastating magical attack.
Hours later, Saybil wakes up to find a safe Hort and Kudo, as well as an angered Loux. The Dawn Witch explains that Saybil’s magical power far exceeded what the staff could drain, so he was in no danger.
Two episodes in, and I still have not much to say about The Dawn of the Witch. As things go, this show has planted its square in the middle.
That said, I was hoping to see some action in this episode. At the very least, I wanted to get a sense of how powerful Loux Krystas was. Except, we didn’t really get that; we still don’t have a very clear idea of who she is.
As for Saybil beginning way more powerful than anyone imagined, that was no surprise. How else were things going to go?
Fortunately for this show, I am still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. I believe there is time for The Dawn of the Witch to turn things around and deliver something worthwhile.