5 Point Discussions – Radiant 9: “Those Who Hunt Heretics -Inquisition-“

by Sage Ashford

While our heroes enjoy a bit of downtime, we check in on the “evil” Inquisition. Remember, if you like this article and 5 Point Discussions, please share it on Facebook or Twitter! It really helps. And if you’ve got any comments or questions, please hit me up @SageShinigami.

1. If you needed a clearer sign this episode was concentrated filler besides the main cast being featured only in small segments saying the same thing over and over, most of this episode is devoted to fixing ships, fishing, and the day to day lives of the “bad guys”. Granted, it’s good the show wants to identify the antagonists as not necessarily being bad people, but they certainly chose the most boring way to accomplish it.

2. Much of this episode is spent answering the question “Who Is Captain Dragunov”? Watching the introduction of the Inquisition would have you believe Dragunov was just another bad guy to be defeated on Seth’s road to finding Radiant. But this episode gave us a more domestic view of the character, delving into how he cares for his crew. He procures food for them to eat, and is even responsible for most of the cooking. It’s the kind of human side I hope doesn’t vanish as soon as the real plot of the story comes up.

3. The story of this episode doesn’t really get going until Dragunov and his crew are asked to help with another Captain’s ship which gets damaged during a dangerous rain storm. The Captain has a ship full of “dangerous sorcerers” and needs help rebuilding his ship to get back to base. But as soon as the ship is repaired, the Inquisition spots a Nemesis resembling a flying fish. It passes them by to attack a nearby town, but Captain Dragunov recognizes this is their job: protecting the populace from danger, so he rouses his soldiers and they rush after the Nemesis to try and protect the city. Admittedly, I was a bit down on the Inquisition to this point, but it seems Dragunov really does believe in the cause of protecting innocent citizens.

4. But before we’re allowed to get too comfortable with the idea of the Inquisition being good people, we’re reminded of the lesson Yaga tries to teach Seth at the beginning of the episode: like all people, the Inquisition isn’t just one thing. Turns out the Captain they helped was actually kidnapping non-sorcerer civilians and imprisoning them for the sake of making himself look better. Captain Dragunov notices the lack of curses on any of the sorcerers and realizes what’s happening. Commandeering the ship, he promises to return the innocent civilians and have the captain stripped of his rank and imprisoned.

5. Before this otherwise meaningless episode comes to an end, we’re given the ominous appearance of a new sorcerer. Dragunov points out the Nemesis they fought was already damaged, and wonders who could have done such a thing before we see a bandaged sorcerer heading for Rumble Town, the home of a fellow Captain that Dragunov knows.
Radiant is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

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