The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6

The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6

Self-Induced Amnesia

There were some things I didn’t like about The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6. But, there were also some things I did like about it. I’m not sure how to feel about the series at this point. It could still be good, but I’m not sure it will be.

Let’s start off with the things I didn’t like about this episode. First up, we have Akari’s self-induced amnesia. Amnesia is almost never a good plot point. The only time I can think of it working was in the movie Memento (not an anime).

The problem with amnesia is that it’s generally only included to cover up some would-be plot holes. In this case, amnesia is necessary for Akari to be oblivious to Menou’s true mission. Without amnesia, Akari would know that Menou’s goal is to kill her.

Akari resetting her own memories from the anime series The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6
Akari resetting her own memories

I was willing to ignore Akari having no memory of the times when she died. That’s an acceptable use of amnesia. But, what we learned in this episode is that Akari has an alter ego that doesn’t have amnesia. And it’s this alter ego that’s the one erasing Akari’s memories so she remains oblivious.

What’s the purpose of “Dark” Akari erasing Akari’s memories? As far as I can tell, it doesn’t help in any way. In fact, I’d argue that it would be better for Akari if she knew the truth. Then, she’d at least be able to help Menou by using her Pure Concept.

As for the other thing I didn’t like in this episode, it was Orwell’s death. She wanted immortality, and Menou used Akari’s Pure Concept of Time to age her to the point of death. Killing the villain with the thing they fear most is another trope that bores me.

Momo’s Rampage

By now, it should come as no surprise that my favorite part of Episode 6 involved Momo. I’ve been saying that Momo is the best character, and that continues to be true. In this episode, we got to see what Momo is actually capable of when she uses her full power.

Although Menou is the mentor and Momo is the student, I’d argue Momo is the stronger of the two. The main reason for this is that Momo has a large amount of mana that she can use at will. By contrast, Menou needs to rely on magic objects to use even basic spells.

Before getting serious, Momo and Ashuna were struggling to take down the dragon and demon. But, once Momo became enraged after her ribbons burned up, the tables turned. She didn’t even rely on her chain weapons. Momo beat the dragon to death with only her fists.

Momo beating a dragon to death with her fists from the anime series The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6
Momo beating a dragon to death with her fists

Momo’s rampage didn’t stop there, though. Even after the dragon was dead, she proceeded to destroy the entire chamber they were in. And she did this by tapping into the leyline beneath the ground and causing a giant mana explosion.

Oh, and in case you weren’t paying attention, that wasn’t the end of Momo’s rampage either. She then destroyed the barrier around the cathedral so that she could get to Menou’s location. And once there, she proceeded to fight against the red automa in angel form — again with her fists.

Of course, Momo wasn’t the only one who showed us her true strength. Once Momo destroyed part of the royal palace, Ashuna stopped holding back, as well. I like Ashuna too, as I’ve said since she was first introduced. But, she doesn’t compare with Momo. Momo’s still the best.

Flare’s Sword of Salt

There were a few developments I liked that didn’t involve Momo in this episode, too. First, there’s the fact that Orwell caused the blanching that destroyed Menou’s hometown. This answered a question I had from Episode 5.

In the previous review, I questioned if Menou was actually a survivor of the Starhusk event. And, if that was the case, is this when Orwell got her hands on a piece of the Starhusk? Well, we now know that’s not the case. Orwell’s experiments with the Starhusk shard caused the event that blanched Menou’s personality.

In the end, I guess it doesn’t matter what the event that blanched Menou’s personality was. Whether it was the Starhusk or not, the end result is the same. But, it’s still nice to get confirmation about what it was. That adds a bit to the world-building, which I like.

Flare using the Sword of Salt to kill Akari from the anime series The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6
Flare using the Sword of Salt to kill Akari

The next interesting development is what the title of this section is referring to. At the end of the episode, we saw one of the many timelines Akari reset. In it, Flare kills Menou by wielding the Sword of Salt before turning it on Akari.

This seems pretty significant if you ask me. Though, it’s not significant because Flare is an antagonist in this timeline. I already said that was going to be the case in the previous episode review. It only makes sense for her to stand against Menou and Akari since she’s an executioner.

What’s significant here is that Flare is using the Sword of Salt. That’s one of the Four Major Human Errors. Was Flare connected to that Error in some way? Or was she using the Sword of Salt in an attempt to kill a Pure Concept with a Pure Concept?

Conclusion

What do you think of The Executioner and Her Way of Life Episode 6? Do you hate the amnesia plot point as much as I do? Have you finally realized that Momo is the best girl? And why do you think Flare was wielding the Sword of Salt? Let me know in the comments.

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