It's gross, uncomfortable, subversive, and sexually-charged in the best way possible. Beyond that, however, Gleipnir also manages to tie its audacious imagery into a compelling symbol of the burgeoning codependency and romance between its main characters. Claire in particular is a wonderful anti-hero with shades of complexity beyond her villainous exterior, and Shuichi is the perfect timid complement. Although the adaptation concludes without any kind of finality, it left me eager to see how these two broken kids would continue to enable their mutual downward spiral, and I hope I'll be able to sing its praises again in the future. This horrible war criminal girl and her fleshy boy mascot hole were made for me.
That's the safe and comfortable status quo that this season, which adapts the Xenos arc, upends whenBell rescues a young vouivre girl who turns out to be as intelligent and emotional as the humans. For themembers of Hestia Familia, this is weird, but they can handle it, and as it turns out Ouranos, the god incharge of Dungeon exploration, has been waiting for a group like them to help the Xenos (as theintelligent monsters call themselves) with their dream of peaceful interaction with humans and living onthe surface. But the rest of Orario is unconvinced, an evil group, Ikelos Familia, tries to kidnap and profitoff of the Xenos, and Hestia Familia is put in the position of facing off against everyone to do what theyknow to be right. And what's remarkable is that they do.