So Hendricksen had something like that still up his sleeve, what a crafty fellow he is. To awaken the demon blood within the New Generation Holy Knights and force that blood to transform the bodies of the host into creatures one would expect to reside within nightmares. Hendricksen even utilised the obsession Vivian had for Gilthunder to his advantage in order to immobilize Melodias and acquire Elizabeth. It should be interesting to see what happens with Hendricksen at the conclusion of this arc and whether all the work he has put into reviving the Demon Clan amounts to anything at the end because there is that unnerving feeling hanging in the air that the Demon Clan is about to become a serious threat within the story soon.
Of course, he couldn’t have died so easily, Hendricksen definitely had something else up his sleeve that no one else knew about, except for him. But to think that he had demon powers like Melodias, what a surprise, unless he only recently acquired it while his body laid dying. Whatever the case, Hendricksen is back and he is about to usher in some massive changes into the story, possible changes involving Hell and Demons.
What a turn of events, I was completely wrong about Gilthunder’s perception concerning the conspiracy that had taken place within the Kingdom of Liones. I had thought Gilthunder was just being pulled along by his foolishness and ignorance, yet that was shockingly incorrect, more than any other Holy Knight, Gilthunder knew what was going on within the Kingdom. Forced to follow along with Hendricksen’s plot to create an era requiring the Holy Knights, he not only fooled the Holy Knights but the readers as well. My perception of Gilthunder has drastically altered after this twist, to be able to endure the burning desire for revenge for ten years and follow the orders of the man responsible for his father’s death, what patience and resolve Gilthunder.
That was a bit surprising, for Melodias to be someone targeted by the “Goddess Clan” whom see him as a threat to the harmony of the four clans, it seems suspiciously shady on so many different levels. Firstly, the voice Ban and Hawk are hearing, does it really belong to a member of the Goddess Clan? Hell knowing the Holy Knights, I wouldn’t be surprised if they set Ban up and are pulling his strings to force him in conflict against his captain, Melodias. Still, I guess since Melodias does have demon power, the clans whom once stood against and defeated the Demon Clan are worried about the threat the Demon Clan poses. But wanting to slay Melodias seems incredibly odd, they should be more concerned with Hendricksen, unless of course the demon power inside Melodias isn’t something that Melodias’s human self can control completely and the danger of it overwhelming Melodias is the driving force behind the Goddess Clans request.
I was hoping Elizabeth would be able to escape on her own, but I suppose when your opponent is able to teleport, it does make it kind of hard to stay away from them. With the ritual to resurrect the Demon Clan about to take place and with Elizabeth on the verge of being sacrificed, the climax of the arc really is shaping up to be an extremely thrilling one. Will King and Co. make it in time to save Elizabeth, will Melodias and Arthur defeat Hendricksen and Gilthunder, and will Ban really lose his life? And what about Margaret, what choice will she make now that freedom is laid out before her?
A friendship twisted by unfortunate and tragic circumstances and a fate conflicted by emotion. King and Helbram, a bond of brotherhood divided by the cruelty of man and their insatiable curiosity. Each behind their individual reasons now stand against each other to express the depths of their regret onto the other. Torn asunder from the love he once embraced humans with, betrayal and torment now drive Helbram to extinguish all that he once loved. And King, with repentance weighing heavy on him, moves forward to end the suffering of his best friend. In the end, the totality of the circumstances erupt into sorrow and sadness.
Ever since King and Helbram encountered each other in Byzel, I have been wondering what the relationship between those two actually was, especially for King not to go serious against Helbram back in Byzel, but it turns out that they have an incredibly deep past extending way back to an incident 700 years ago where King made a promise to Helbram. Now I have begun to wonder what exactly that promise was. I honestly was not expecting this from Helbram as I didn’t really peg him as being a much of a major character but it turns out he is more important to the plot than I had initially surmised.
What exactly did Gowther see inside Dreyfus? What was that shadow? Does this mean that Dreyfus has been manipulated by a darker power all this time? Ah, so many questions with so little answers being given this chapter, yet the intensity turned up at the end with Helbram grossly wounding Diane and King arriving to stop him from dealing the finishing blow. Hopefully Diane will survive, but I wonder if this will cause King to go over the edge and get serious with Helbram unlike their previous encounter, especially considering that Helbram is a cunning opponent with a dangerous ability.
So the emotionless Deadly Sin has finally revealed the terror that his abilities embody…to invade a person’s mind and literally destroy a person mentally, what a fearsome and shocking ability. The power of illusion, yet what Gowther utilises are the strongest illusions of all, the truth a person tries desperately to hide away from and reject. That piercing darkness within each person’s heart has the potential to eat them mentally when confronted by Gowther and his ability. Dreyfus felt that first-hand and is currently in a state of despair and trauma.
This arc has become one of the most exciting and climatic moments in Nanatsu no Taizai, I’m absolutely loving it! I had expected Diane to be pushed back while taking on 6 Holy Knights, but I also expected King to show up to back her up, which didn’t happen as Oslo fainted. What did happen though surprised me quite a bit yet excited me immensely. It was made apparent in previous chapters that Hauser didn’t want to hurt Diane and that Geera was growing suspicious of Helbram’s actions, but to think that those two would be forced to reevaluate the current path they are on against their beliefs, I was shocked. The “Holy Knights” had generally throughout the manga displayed themselves as being superficial protectors of justice, but finally those Holy Knight that do follow the path of protecting the people of the kingdom are finally beginning to see the tainted visage the “Holy Knights” now embody.