The ninth episode of Abilities Average sees the Crimson Vow take on a request that will earn them a fair bit of coin. This episode is actually fairly faithful adaptation of a chapter from the light novel, with a few extra bits thrown in as well.
Growing tired from having to serve customers at Lenny’s inn, the Crimson Vow decide to find a high-paying job at the Hunters’ Guild. They discover a request to hunt a wyvern, which they immediately decide to tackle despite being told it is not recommended for them.
The Crimson Vow are undoubtedly strong, but fighting the wyvern proves to be a little tricky.
This episode adapts chapter twenty-six from the light novel, “A New Request”. It is a fairly faithful adaptation, and I am glad that is the case. That particular chapter might just be one of the funniest in the light novel, and I feel that the anime has done it justice.
There is also a bit of chapter twenty, “The Return to the Capital”, but that is towards the end of this episode, so I’ll get to that in due course.
I’m so happy that they didn’t take all that many liberties with the wyvern hunt, pretty much having it play out the same way in both light novel and anime form. I won’t divulge the details of Mile’s plan to attack an aerial target, but I will say that I got a good laugh out of the whole situation (for the second time. The first was the light novel.)
That moment where Pauline finds Reina; yep, that happened in the light novel as well. Can’t really blame Reina for what happened when Mile suddenly carried out her plan out of nowhere.
One thing that the anime doesn’t really capture is the thoughts going through the wyvern’s head as the Crimson Vow hunt it. The light novel does have an advantage in that regard, and that did add to the hilarity of the whole event, at least for me.
I suppose it is fortunate that the whole wyvern hunting event is funny on its own, and the anime definitely captured that.I’m not going to go into any great detail about the wind causing some embarrassment for Pauline and Reina, but I will say that Mile gets it too. She just doesn’t care, because she is Mile. Oh, and if you think Mavis gets away with not wearing a skirt…The Crimson Vow discover that they shouldn’t underestimate the wyvern, though Mile has more than one plan for dealing with it.
There’s a reason why a wyvern appeared, and that is something that Crimson Vow discover for themselves as that whole situation is brought to an end. The hilarity continues, thanks to not just to Mile, but a certain old man as well.
Finally, there is one last thing for me to bring up, and that is the aforementioned adaptation of an event from chapter twenty of the light novel.
The end scene of this episode actually happened before all the Pauline and Mavis drama in the light novel. Mile actually volunteered Lenny to be the first to try the bath in the light novel, even stripping her clothes off. Seems the Crimson Vow get that honour in the anime, and Lenny enters the bath of her own accord.
Out of all the chapters that I would have liked to see adapted for the Abilities Average anime, chapter twenty-six definitely would have been one of my top picks: and here it is. Aside from some minor details, it actually played out the way I envisioned it when I read the light novel, so I am happy with what we got from this episode.
Overall, an excellent episode.