Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End – Season 1 Episode 7 Recap & Review

Like a Fairy Tale

Episode 7 of Frieren: Beyond’s Journey’s End begins with Frieren waking up from a memory she had discussing her master’s texts with Himmel and the others. Fern praises Frieren for waking up early. Afterwards, Frieren, Fern, and Stark clear some rocks to get through Eng Road and to help a wandering traveler. After Stark asks the traveler why there’s a landslide in this area, he asks Fern to stop addressing him formally since they’re around the same age. 

As they travel with the traveler, Frieren discusses elves with the others. She says they lack reproductive instincts and romantic feelings. She hasn’t met another elf in over 400 years. They reach a town up ahead and the traveler says it’ll be holding a Liberation Festival to honor Himmel and his comrades who once defeated demons that terrorized the land. In a flashback, Himmel tells Frieren that he gets statues made of them because he wants people to remember them. Also, he doesn’t want Frieren to feel alone in the future. 

As they gaze at the statues, the traveler promises Frieren that the people here will admire these heroes for years to come. After spending time at the Liberation Festival, Frieren and the others travel through Graf Granat’s domain. Frieren draws her weapon because she senses a demon in town. One of the soldiers apprehends her as a demon named Lord Lugner and Graf Granat himself approaches her and the others. Graf says he didn’t put Frieren up to this despite hating Lugner. 

Lugner acknowledges Frieren’s bloodlust as she’s sentenced to remain in the town’s dungeon for the time being. Fern and Stark visit Frieren and tell her she must reflect on her actions and remain her for 2-3 years. They discuss peace envoys and Fern brings up someone named Aura the Guillotine. Frieren says she’s one of the Demon King’s Seven Sages who lost most of her followers thanks to Frieren, Himmel, and the others. Fern confirms Aura regained her power 28 years ago. 

Aura has been battling this town’s forces for ages but has become exhausted from fighting them. This is why she sent Lord Lugner as a peace envoy to establish peace with Graf and his people. Frieren believes it’s unwise to settle things with demons since they’re man-eating monsters. She recalls a moment when Himmel and she were tasked with annihilating a demon (who looked like a young Lord Lugner) for terrorizing people. However, the village chief begs the question if killing it would make them look just as evil. 

The chief approaches the demon and offers it a chance to accompany him home. He wants to let it atone for killing a woman’s offspring. Frieren warns Himmel that it’s unwise to keep the creature alive, but Himmel says he wants to see how things will go. Things go well for a while but as Frieren theorized, the demon ends up burning the chief’s home and killing him. Himmel interrogates the demon but he ignores Himmel and addresses the woman whose daughter he ate years ago. 

He gives the woman the chief’s daughter and says it’s a replacement for the daughter he ate. The demon shows no remorse or emotion and plans to take the child hostage if the woman doesn’t accept his offer. Himmel slices the demon’s arm off and retrieves the chief’s daughter. Frieren murders the demon recounts her detest for demons and explains their solitary nature to everyone present. The demon explains they use family as an excuse to stop people from killing them. 

Lord Lugner awaits Granat’s arrival at the castle. He reflects on his encounter with Frieren and acknowledges how she’s the only one who understands demons’ true nature. Alone, Frieren plans to escape the prison and fears this town won’t last much longer. Lugner and Granat discuss his son’s demise to Aura who draws his sword against Lugner. He admits he allowed Lugner and his envoys to arrive here so he could dispose of them to avenge his son’s death. 

Lugner admits his father died in a battle with humans. He suggests they set aside their differences to establish peace between the nations. Granat tells his men to escort Lugner and his envoys to the guestroom and says he’ll ponder things over. One of the envoys asks Lugner, “What’s a father” and Lugner says he doesn’t know. Lugner plans to coerce Granat to establish peace just so the town’s defensive barrier will be lowered, allowing Aura to raze this town. 

Lugner asks his envoy Linie where Draht (one of Aura’s executioners) is. Liniel says he plans to murder Frieren.

The episode closes with Frieren warning Draht that she’s stronger than Aura and that he won’t succeed.  


The Episode Review

As we continue following our characters on their journey to Aureole, viewers receive more insight into the cast’s backgrounds and their beliefs. This episode gives viewers an introspective view of demonkind, showcasing how they love to use human speech to deceive humanity and are mostly emotionless. From the young demon flashback to Lugner’s horrid plans, viewers will look at them differently. 

Although many would’ve loved to see Frieren be proven wrong about her views toward them, this is an interesting way to subvert viewers’ expectations by going full force on portraying demons in neither a good nor terrible light. This episode delivers some nice touches of comedy and relationship-building between Fern and Stark too. 

Many fans will enjoy the family dynamic the series creator Kanehito Yamada is building up between our trio, especially Fern and Stark. Their interactions together never cease to make me smile and laugh. Hopefully, Yamada continues to develop the connection between these three. It’ll make the series’s finale more dramatic when it’s time for us to say goodbye to Fern and Stark.

Overall, this was another wonderful episode of Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End. It contains exceptional visuals, grand themes, and nice relationship-building moments. I’m excited to learn more about Aura and see Frieren teach Draht a lesson. 

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