Literary Analysis — VIRGIN SOUL #20: From Heaven To Hell

Summary: Nina finds herself cornered by Onyx Soldiers and the assassin they hired to kill her. 

The assassin tells her that he knows she's not a pure dragon and that she's from a village to the east where dragons and humans coexist, a place full of cowardly dragons who have lost their pride and live at the mercy of humans. 

His words bother Nina so much that she starts her transformation process. 

Favaro tries to stop her by telling her not to fall into the provocation, while Kaisar wonders what Azazel and the others are doing. 

Nina completes her transformation to defend her mother's honor as the assassin tells her that he'll purify her filthy human-tainted blood. In doing so, the assassin also reveals his identity when turning into a bigger and stronger than Nina's Red Dragon. 

Meanwhile, Sofiel asks El to stay away from Azazel, but El refuses. Sofiel reiterates to him that the surface is a dangerous place for him because the humans will try to take his life as soon as they learn that he's the Holy Child. 

This statement draws Allesand's attention, who didn't expect Mugaro to be the Holy Child. 

Jeanne thanks Azazel for taking care of her son all this time. However, she begs him to understand that he must return with her to the land of the gods. 

El clings to Azazel, for he doesn't want to go back yet, but Azazel drags him along with Jeanne.

Suddenly, Mugaro sees lights in the sky, realizing that Nina is in trouble, and goes to her aid in a heartbeat. Everyone goes after him.

Alessand is left behind, only being able to think that he has found the Holy Child and that the leader of the Onyx Task Force refused his request to join the squadron because he was unworthy of them. 

At the port, Nina is outmatched in strength and power by the assassin dragon, but Favaro and Kaisar can do nothing to help her. The assassin is so strong that he knocks down the Red Dragon and causes Nina to return to her human form as she's left lying among the barrels in the port. 

Being helpless, the leader of the Onyx Task Force proceeds to take her life directly. 

Kaisar tries to stop him by telling him Nina is just a girl. 

The leader ignores him, but Favaro stops him in his tracks after telling him that if he kills her, he'll have to answer to the king, who has some weird taste and has become very fond of Nina. 

Nina regains hope in Chris/Charioce's love for her. However, the leader of the Onyx Soldiers tells her not to be confused, and that she's nothing more than a disposable toy for the king. Nina replies that this isn't true, that they have danced and even kissed. 

Things being so, the leader decides to show his face, scaring Nina a lot and clarifying to her that Charioce was the one who ordered to kill her. Nina cannot believe what she hears, and her eyes fill with tears. 

The similarity of the situation with his own past makes Favaro so angry that he finds a way to escape from the soldiers after stabbing one of them in the leg.  

Kaisar seizes the opportunity and breaks free from the soldiers keeping him captured. Together, they head off to save Nina's life. 

When the assassin dragon gets between them, Favaro climbs it as Kaisar goes under it, as they get to fight the leader of the Onyx Task Force.

Favaro manages to get close to Nina and passes her his cloak to cover herself, but Nina doesn't react because she's in shock. 

Kaisar and Favaro have no choice but to fight or die trying, but to their good fortune, El saves them when using his light to detach the onyx armors from their power. 

Jeanne runs to Nina and asks Nina if she's all right, but she is unable to answer. 

To win the battle, Sofiel and Azazel join forces —despite not getting along — and slay the assassin dragon together. 

Jeanne helps Nina and gets sad seeing her in such a bad condition.

With Sofiel's help, they capture the Onyx Soldiers and leave them moored in the port. 

Kaisar decides to spare their lives, although Favaro disagrees as he thinks he's naive. Anyway, Kaisar repairs that either way, the priority is to get back to base with Rita and the others. 

He also asks Sofiel if he can talk to her for a moment, and Sofiel agrees as long as what he has to say to her is brief. 

Before leaving, the leader of the Onyx Task Force asks Kaisar why he insists on being an obstacle for the king and if he really thinks that what he's doing is right. 

Kaisar replies that to find out, he needs to stop Charioce's path of destruction. 

The leader smirks and tells him that what he and his friends are doing will never be more than a small rebellion. Kaisar asks him what Charioce intends to do, but the leader hides the secret and just tells him there's nothing he can do about it.

Upon returning to the base and seeing that everyone is present except Nina, Rita asks about her. Favaro tells her that she's in the chariot. 

After examining Nina's body, Rita comments that she isn't depressed because of some injury or because the plan failed. 

Favaro tells her it's because Charioce can't take off his bracelet unless he's dead. And as he didn't believe Charioce when he revealed this to him, he pointed his bayonet at him, but Nina stopped him. 

Rita wants to know if something is going on between Nina and the king, but Favaro chooses to continue keeping Nina's secret and replies that he has no idea. 

Then, Rita tries to understand the rest of the situation. She knows why Jeanne is with them, but she doesn't understand how an angel got there. 

Sofiel introduces herself and tells her that he has come from the land of the gods to take El/Mugaro and the traitors Bacchus and Hamsa, which scares these two.

Kaisar takes the chance and asks Sofiel what she knows about Charioce's weapon. 

Sofiel tells him what he knows about it from Gabriel; that it's a magical weapon from an ancient time, before the arrival of angels and demons to these lands, and that it was born from magical technology that the angels had sealed. It's a dangerous legacy left by the ancestors who ruled Mistarcia and whose mystery behind its power could never be deciphered by the gods who could only seal it to prevent its use. 

Jeanne now understands that Charioce assaulted the sacred temples to get hold of that weapon. 

Kaisar asks Sofiel a new question because he wants to know how Charioce was able to use such technology, but Sofiel cannot give him a satisfactory answer because she has no idea. 

After she has answered Kaisar's question, Sofiel tells Jeanne and Mugaro that it's time to return to the land of the gods, but he doesn't want to leave yet. 

Jeanne asks him if he doesn't want to be near her, but Mugaro tells her that it's not that, but that his power has a greater purpose, and that is to bring peace to the world, that he was born for that reason. Bacchus butts in and tells him that's not true, that he was a gift from his father to his mother. Mugaro asks him why he helped him get to the surface for then. But Bacchus tells him that it was something fortuitous. 

Figuring there's nothing he can do, El tells Jeanne that he'll return to the land of the gods with her. However, he asks her to wait for him until dawn because he wants to say goodbye to everyone first.

Nina is alone, looking at the pendant Chris gave her as she remembers him telling her they'll never dance again. 

She's so hurt he lied to her that she kicks the pendant and breaks part of it. Then, she falls to the ground and cries as she remembers the moment they kissed. 

Hearing Mugaro calling her, Nina pretends to be okay and asks him what's the matter. 

Mugaro tells her he's going back to the land of the gods.

Nina is glad because Jeanne must be happy and, since it's the last time they'll see each other, she'll sleep next to him in the chariot. Mugaro gets very happy, although he wants to know if that's okay since he has grown up since the last time they slept side by side. Nina tells him there's no problem and to go back to sleep. 

On the way back, Mugaro notices that Nina is sad and asks her what's wrong, but when she claims to be fine, Mugaro doesn't insist.

Favaro watches Nina because he's worried about her and seems to realize something she doesn't. 

The following day, while Charioce is eating soup, he receives with some delay the visit he was expecting from the leader of the Onyx Task Force. 

Charioce asks him to make all the preparations because he's going to Eibos to break the seal. The soldier complies with the order, but before leaving, he tells him that he and his men killed the Red Dragon the night before. 

Charioce is so affected that he no longer eats and loses all hope.

Dias finds himself searching for Alessand at the Orleans Knights' quarters while the training soldiers comment that the intruders who infiltrated the palace haven't been found yet. 

At the base, Jeanne says goodbye to everyone and apologizes to Kaisar for not being able to help him in this battle, but leaves everything in his hands. 

Favaro watches from afar, still worried about Nina.

Sofiel asks Bacchus if he and Hamsa will indeed not return to the land of the gods, to which Bacchus replies that they're fine on the surface. Hamsa tells her that, at best, they'll be imprisoned if they return. And that, at worst, they'll be exiled for real. Sofiel tells them that she's in the same situation as they're since she went to the surface without Gabriel's permission. Bacchus is stunned to learn this and admonishes Sofiel for her disobedience, but she tells him that he's the last person who should dare to say anything to her. And however, she now understands why he left his former home. 

Watching them argue, Hamsa learns that Sofiel is falling in love with Bacchus. 

Sofiel instructs Bacchus to help his friends discover the king's intentions.

Jeanne says goodbye to Nina, who is still very depressed, and tells her they'll meet again. Since Mugaro is not around, Nina asks Jeanne where he is, and Jeanne assumes he must be bidding farewell to Azazel.

In his goodbye, Azazel asks his friend not to forget the name he gave him: Mugaro. Mugaro hugs him, thanks him for everything, and leaves the place. 

On his way to join Jeanne and Sofiel to leave, Alessand waits for Mugaro, hiding, whom he stabs and leaves bleeding on the ground.

Style: Despair is present starting the moment Nina learns that Charioce has ordered her killed. It's again the major focus when Charioce learns that the Red Dragon has died, taking away all hope that his beloved is alive.

Point of view: Nina's and Charioce's as counterparts.

Tone: Despairing

Fixed literary devices:

  • Transversal themes:
    • Love
    • Identity and Secrecy
  • Transversal symbols (motifs):
    • Clouds
    • Flames
    • Cornicello
    • Bandages
    • Fountain
    • Ocarina

Mutable literary devices:

  • Episode Themes:
    • Hope and Despair
    • Betrayal

Conflicts: Hope vs. Despair

Thematic elements:

  • Hope vs. Despair:
    • The leader of the Onyx Task Force keeps hidden what Charioce wants to do with Dromos and tells Kaisar that there's nothing he or anyone else can do.
    • Nina loses hope that Charioce really loves her when she learns that he was the one who ordered killing her (*).
      (*): He ordered killing the Red Dragon, when under pressure. He didn't order them to kill Nina.
    • Charioce loses hope that Nina is alive when the leader of the Onyx Soldiers lies to him that they killed the Red Dragon the night before. 
    • El loses hope that he can bring peace to the world when he's convinced to return to the land of the gods.
    • Alessand hopes to show himself worthy to the Onyx soldiers if he kills the Holy Child on his own.
  • Betrayal:
    • The leader of the Onyx Task Force betrays Charioce by attacking Nina and not the Red Dragon and betrays him again by telling him that they have killed it. 
    • His motives are to make Charioce not doubt his conviction and finish Bahamut before he and his men die before their time.
    • Alessand betrays Kaisar and the others by stabbing Mugaro when he learns he's the Holy Child. All so that he can get recognition for having done so.
  • Love:
    • Nina learns that Charioce was the one who ordered her killed. She's conflicted between how she feels about him and what he has done to her.
    • Charioce loses his will to continue living when he learns that the Red Dragon, Nina, has died. 
    • This increases Charioce's inner conflict, considering that he had to break Nina's heart before her life ended. Moreover, he believes that giving her the cornicello was pointless as it didn't free her from the fate of death with which he marked her. Therefore, her death has become his punishment.
    • Rita suspects that Nina and Charioce are lovers, although Favaro covers up.
    • Bacchus tells Mugaro that he was not born to bring peace to the world but was a gift from his dad to his mom as proof of his love.
    • Sofiel begins to realize that she likes Bacchus.
  • Identity and Secrecy:
    • Alessand learns that Mugaro is the Holy Child that the king's men have been searching for all this time, and he's sure about his identity when he sees him fly off to help Nina.
    • The assassin hired to kill Nina turns out to be a pure dragon who has sold his soul to the demons.
    • Sofiel reveals her identity and tells Kaisar about the ancestral origin and destructive nature of the weapon he possesses.
    • Azazel asks Mugaro not to forget the name he gave her.


  • Boarding nets: As in the previous episode, the nets symbolize a trap or capture. Nina has fallen into the trap the Onyx Task Force has set for her.
  • Clouds: Being dark, they represent difficulty.
    The color not only darkens the atmosphere but also conveys the feeling of depression. Rain clouds can be used as a metaphor when everything seems blurry and uncertain. These clouds appear in the sky from the moment Nina leaves the palace after Charioce broke her heart.
  • Broken barrel: Symbolizes being in a dilemma or a vulnerable or difficult position. Nina falls over barrels and reverts to her human form, becoming devoid of her superhuman power, naked, and physically and emotionally weak. It's her most vulnerable moment.

  • Raging flames: Symbolizes the pain of a broken heart. They're at the beginning of the scene in which Rita comments that Nina isn't depressed because the plan has failed or because she's physically hurt. Love is an eternal flame, and it can be amazing, but at the same, it can hurt.
  • Nina is deeply hurt, and the flames reflect her mood.
  • Broken Cornicello: It has a dual meaning, as it symbolizes two things:
    • Nina and Chris'/Charioce's broken hearts.
    • The charm fulfilled its function and protected Nina from the destiny of death Charioce imposed on her, which is what Chris was looking for when he gave it to her.
  • Bandages: Symbolize physical and emotional pain. Nina has her right forearm bandaged because of the fight she had with the assassin dragon, and because she hides her emotional pain caused by Chris/Charioce from others.
    It's relevant that the bandages are on her right arm since it was with that arm that she had a pulse with Chris when they met, and it's the arm that's now injured.
  • Drinking soup: Symbolizes hope. Charioce drinks soup when the leader of the Onyx Task Force visits him but stops when he learns that the Red Dragon has died, symbolizing the loss of his hope.
  • Losing strength: Symbolizes Charioce's loss of will to live. As his left hand is the one showing losing strength, everything he thinks it's linked to death. By losing hope that Nina is alive, he also loses the reason to go on living.
  • Fountain: The water flowing in the fountain symbolizes the flow of happiness and love. This symbol is present in the flashback that Sofiel has when she stares at Bacchus.
  • Ocarina: It represents the bond between Mugaro and Azazel.


  • Royal City of Anatae
    • Port
    • Suburbs
      • Lair
    • Royal Castle


  • Over a barrel: Nautical phrase that means to be in a dilemma or a weak or difficult position.
  • Broken Cornicello: If the tip breaks off, it's because the amulet has simply served its purpose, accumulating all the negative energy in its tip.
  • From Heaven to Hell: The title of the episode is inspired by Akira Kurosawa's film 'Tengoku to Jigoku' (天国と地獄), released in 1963.

    The film is about an executive who informs his family that he has enough money to take over a major shoe company, but that same day, he receives a call from someone claiming to have kidnapped his son.

    Things get strange when his son returns home that night and learns that the kidnapper has kidnapped his driver's son instead.

    Just as in the movie, there's an identity game in this episode.
    The Onyx Task Force and the assassin they hired attack Nina instead of the Red Dragon to put her to death.


  • Foreshadowing lines:
    • Sofiel: The surface world is dangerous. If the humans discover that the Holy Child is in Anatae, they'll undoubtedly try to take his life.
      Alessand: (The Holy Child... is this brat?)

      These lines foreshadow that Alessand will be the one to take Mugaro's life. Also, it had already been foreshadowed through the elements of episode 18.

    • Leader of the Onyx Task Force: Why are you hindering his majesty? Can you really say that what you're doing is righteous?
      Kaisar: To find out, I must stop his majesty's path of destruction.
      (The leader smirks)
      Kaisar: What's so funny?
      Leader: What you're doing will never amount to more than a small rebellion.
      Kaisar: What does the king intend to do?
      Leader: There's nothing you can do. Remember it.

      These lines foreshadow that what Charioce wants is not to destroy but to do something to prevent the destruction. But being the leader so secretive, Kaisar doesn't understand what the leader of the Onyx Task Force means.

    • El/Mugaro: My power is for a higher purpose. Therefore, I must stay here to bring peace to the world. That is the reason I was born!

      These lines foreshadow something that will parallel Charioce. Mugaro is basically a messiah because of his power. Being half human and half god, and his best friend being a demon, Mugaro's mission is to bring peace to the three species. 

      And he must stay on the surface to fulfill his mission, which only turns out to be possible through his death since it'll bring gods, demons, and even humans together. Read the full explanation in the analysis of episode 24.

      Similarly, Charioce will use the ancestral power of Dromos to bring peace by eliminating Bahamut. But unlike Mugaro, the peace Charioce intends to bring is by demonstrating to the world the superiority of the human species to gods and demons by ending the greatest threat of all with the power he possesses.


  • Nina: When falling into a trap, she has no option but to fight a pure-blooded dragon, an assassin hired to kill her. 
    Outmatched by his strength, she reverts to her human form, defenseless and vulnerable to the stab the leader of the Onyx Task Force intends to give her. 
    Favaro saves her skin by making the leader hesitate by telling him that if he kills her, he'll have to answer to the king since he has some weird taste and is in love with Nina.

    Nina regains some hope upon hearing Favaro's words and confronts the leader by telling him that she has danced and kissed Charioce. At that moment, the leader again takes away her hope that Charioce loves her because he tells her that he was the one who ordered them to kill her. Nina has a breakdown, and Favaro and Kaisar help her once they manage to get rid of the soldiers who had captured them.

    Nina is shocked and doesn't react, although Favaro covers her with his cloak. 
    When Mugaro, Azazel, Sofiel, and Jeanne come to her aid, Nina reacts thanks to Jeanne, who hugs her to comfort her.

    Once at the lair, Rita treats her wounds but claims that Nina's spirits are low because of everything that happened to her recently. 
    Nina stays in Bacchus' chariot and, when she recovers some strength, heads to the cavern, where she cries because she doesn't understand why Chris/Charioce lied to her.

    In her despair, Nina kicks the pendant that Chris gave her, and its tip ends up breaking off.
    Nina ends up falling to the ground in desolation, as she can't help but keep crying at the thought of her moments with Chris, but she has to pretend she's okay when Mugaro finds her to tell her that she's leaving for the land of the gods the following morning.

    Nina does her best to look cheerful, but she knows Mugaro notices that she's sad. The next day, she says goodbye to Jeanne and asks where Mugaro is since she hasn't said farewell to him yet, to which Jeanne tells her that he's with Azazel.

  • Chris/Charioce: He has decided to go to Eibos. 
    Now that he has broken Nina's heart and his own in the process, he wants to break the seal containing Bahamut as soon as possible.

    As he's drinking soup at the scene, he communicates that he harbors hope that Nina is well and alive. However,  when the leader of the Onyx Task Force tells him that he and his men killed the Red Dragon the night before, Charioce stops drinking it and loses strength in his clenched left fist. He has lost all hope, and he's emotionally shattered.

    At this moment, his reason for sacrifice changes again. His death has become his curse because it's the price he must pay as punishment for killing Nina. Moreover, he no longer has a reason to stay alive, as the woman he loved and who gave meaning to his life is dead because of him.

  • Favaro: When he falls into the trap of the Onyx Task Force, he orders Nina to flee. However, when he sees that his apprentice has no way out, he does what he can to save Nina from death. 
    He warns the leader of the Onyx Task Force that if he kills Nina, he'll have to answer to Charioce, as he's in love with her (*).

    • Favaro: Favaro: Stop! If you kill her, you'll have to answer to the king! Your king has a rather weird taste, did you know? He seems to have taken quite a liking to that shrimp.

      (*): It's necessary to pay attention to these lines, as they tell further about Chris/Charioce, as it's not just an observation on Favaro's part, but this goes hand in hand with the infatuation Chris/Charioce feels for the Red Dragon since he saw it —finding it beautiful and majestic—, making more sense that he feels this attraction for it because he possesses dragon ancestry, given all the clues given about his character in previous episodes.

    However, when the leader reveals that it was Charioce who ordered to kill her, Favaro remembers his own past and loses his temper, thus gaining the strength he needs to get the Onyx Soldiers off his back and go to Nina's aid.

    Favaro covers his apprentice with his cloak when he manages to reach her, but when he sees that she doesn't react and that he'll have to fight alongside Kaisar, he has no choice but to continue to face the situation. To his relief, Mugaro, Azazel, and Sofiel arrive to help kill the assassin and reduce the Onyx Soldiers, who are spared and left tied up in the port. Favaro tells Kaisar that he should kill them, but Kaisar doesn't opt for violence. Favaro takes Nina on his back and leaves the place with his companions.

    At the lair, when Rita asks what happened to Nina, Favaro tells her there's no way to get hold of the bracelet unless Charioce dies and that Nina protected him when he threatened to take his life. 
    Favaro keeps the romance between Nina and Charioce a secret when Rita asks him if they're in love. 
    Favaro prefers to be the one watching over Nina without her knowing.

    Favaro seems to understand that Charioce really loves Nina and that having broken her heart was to avoid revealing to her that he intends to sacrifice himself at any moment. 
  • Kaisar: He fears for Nina's life and helps her once he gets rid of the Onyx Soldiers. 
    He's left with a few broken ribs when hit by the assassin dragon, but he keeps fighting.

    After Mugaro, Azazel, Jeanne, and Sofiel come to their aid, Kaisar spares the Onyx Soldiers' lives. Their leader asks him why he stands in the king's way, and Kaisar replies that he must find out what Charioce's intentions are and avoid destruction. But when the leader smirks, Favaro doesn't understand what it's all about, and it only becomes clear to him that there's nothing he can do to stop him, increasing his suspicions that he plans to use him for an unfavorable purpose.

    Seeing Sofiel, he asks her to ask him a question later, to which she agrees. Once at the base and with his wounds already treated by Rita, he asks Sofiel what the weapon Charioce possesses is. 
    Sofiel then tells him what she knows thanks to Gabriel: Dromos is an ancient weapon from times before when gods and demons roamed the world, that it's a weapon of mass destruction whose operation the gods were never able to decipher and, then, they chose to seal it to avoid chaos. 
    With this information, Kaisar reinforces his idea that the weapon has a sinister purpose.

  • Onyx Task Force leader: Attempts to take Nina's life once the assassin has left her defenseless, but stops when Favaro tells him that he'll have to explain his actions to Charioce because he loves her. The leader knows that what Favaro remarks is true. Nevertheless, he remains firm in his position and claims that the one who ordered to kill her was Charioce himself, which is a half-truth, since Charioce ordered to kill the Red Dragon and not Nina directly (*).

    (*): It must be remembered that identities play a determining role in Virgin Soul.
    Giving a death order against the Red Dragon is not the same as ordering Nina's death, even if both are the same entity.

    When El comes to Nina's aid with his divine light, the leader loses his magic and strength.

    The leader believes that Kaisar and his group intend to prevent Charioce from annihilating Bahamut, and that's why he tells him that everything they do will be nothing but some small rebellion.

    The following day, the soldier heeds the call of Charioce, who informs him that he'll go to Eibos to break the seal that keeps Bahamut at bay, so he leaves him in charge of the castle. The soldier tells him that he'll make all the preparations and, before leaving, he lies to Charioce and tells him that his men killed the Red Dragon the night before.

    The soldier does this because he thinks that this way, Charioce won't hesitate to sacrifice himself, as he no longer has anything to tie him to life. However, he fails to understand that Nina was his great motivation to sacrifice himself since he wanted to do it to inherit to her a peaceful world. 

  • Jeanne: She thanks Azazel for taking care of her son all this time. She later tells El that he must return with her to the land of the gods.

    When her son flies off to help Nina, she hurries with him with the help of Sofiel and Azazel.

    Arriving at the port, she verifies Nina is all right and offers her emotional support. Later, at the lair, Jeanne insists that El must return with her, but when her son refuses, she asks him if it's because he doesn't want to be near her. 
    El tells her that it's not that but that his purpose is to bring peace to the world and that being in the land of the gods, he won't be able to do that.

    Jeanne is left speechless when Bacchus intervenes and reprimands El, pointing out that he was born to bring peace to his mother. El apologizes to Jeanne and tells her he'll return with her, which fills her with happiness.

    As El wants to say goodbye to everyone first, they agree to leave the following morning. 

    Jeanne says goodbye to Kaisar, regretting having to leave the fight in his hands and not being able to do more. 
    She also says goodbye to the others and Nina, who asks her where Mugaro is, to which she replies that he's probably bidding farewell to Azazel.

  • Sofiel: She asks El to stay away from Azazel and tries to convince him to return to the land of the gods, but her efforts are in vain, as El is unwilling and flies off to help Nina when he senses she's in danger. Arriving at the port, El uses his power to nullify the power of the Onyx Soldiers' armor, and Sofiel joins forces with Azazel to get rid of the assassin dragon.

    When Kaisar asks her to ask him a question, she agrees.

    At the base, Sofiel introduces himself as one of Gabriel's angels and that he's on a mission to take El and the traitors Bacchus and Hamsa back to the land of the gods. 
    When Kaisar asks her about Dromos, Sofiel replies that it's a weapon that dates back to ancient times when neither demons nor gods inhabited the world yet, a weapon the gods never managed to decipher how it worked and that they preferred to seal away to prevent its misuse.

    Later, El refuses to return to the land of the gods and is struck by how Bacchus intervenes to make El understand that he was a gift for her mom, as Michael gave him to Jeanne as proof of love. 
    At that moment, Sofiel realizes that she's attracted to Bacchus.

    The following day, Sofiel asks Bacchus if he really wants to stay on the surface. As Bacchus replies that if he returns, he'll be a prisoner or exiled, she tells him that they're in the same situation and that she now understands why he decided to leave the land of the gods in the past, leaving Bacchus speechless.

  • El/Mugaro: He leads Alessand to the base along with Azazel when they meet his mother and Sofiel on the way, who try to convince him to return with them to the land of the gods because he's in vital danger on the surface since, if any human gets to know that he's the Holy Child, they will kill him. Mugaro refuses, and when he senses that Nina is in danger, he flies to her aid, causing Jeanne, Sofiel, and Azazel to go after him to support and protect him and Nina.

    Mugaro saves Nina, Favaro, and Kaisar by using his divine light, which nullifies the power of onyx armor.

    Once safe in the lair, Jeanne tries to convince him to return with her and Sofiel to the land of the gods, but Mugaro refuses because he's sure that he was born to bring peace to the world.

    He changes his mind when he receives a sermon from Bacchus, who argues that he was born to bring peace to his mother, as it was a gift from Michael to Jeanne as proof of his love.

    Mugaro begs Sofiel to give him until the following morning to have time to say goodbye to everyone, and she agrees.

    Mugaro finds Nina alone and tells her that he's leaving for the land of the gods at dawn. 
    Nina tells him his decision makes her very happy because Jeanne must be happy too. 
    Mugaro notices that Nina is sad and asks her if she is well, but when he sees that Nina does her best to hide her emotional weakness from him, he doesn't insist on finding out the reason behind her discouragement.

    The following morning, Mugaro says goodbye to Azazel, who asks him not to forget the name he gave him. Mugaro hugs him and thanks him while bursting into tears.

    On his way back with Jeanne and Sofiel, Alessand stops and stabs him. Mugaro falls to the ground, where he bleeds.

  • Alessand: He's stunned to learn that Mugaro is the Holy Child. At that moment, he remembers that the leader of the Onyx Soldiers told him that he wasn't worthy of joining them, so Alessand has no better idea but to wait until the right time to take his life before allowing him to return to the land of the gods.

    That night, Alessand doesn't return to the castle and doesn't attend the training because he spent the whole time hiding in the base, waiting for the exact moment to stab Mugaro.

    Having done his job, Alessand leaves the lair, taking the bloody murder weapon with him.

  • Bacchus: He hides from Sofiel along with Hamsa, but they're quickly spotted.

    Bacchus lectures Mugaro and convinces him to return to the land of the gods with his mother, as the reason for his birth was for his mother's sake as proof of Michael's love for her.

    The next day, when Sofiel asks him if he really wants to stay on the surface, Bacchus tells her that he'll be confined there or exiled, at worst, so he prefers to stay with the humans. At the moment when Sofiel tells him that she now understands why she left her homeland, he's wordless, as he can't believe Sofiel would say something so unlike her.

  • Hamsa: When Bacchus mentions that Mugaro was a gift from Michael to Jeanne, he asks if there's any evidence supporting that claim. However, he ends up playing along.

    The following morning, when Sofiel, Jeanne, and Mugaro prepare to return to the land of the gods, Hamsa supports Bacchus by saying that he prefers to live with the humans and be free rather than remain a prisoner or an exile for real.

  • Dias: He is out looking for Alessand, as he's not training at the Orleans Knights barracks as should be, nor anywhere else he has checked.
This is the English version of the literary analysis originally posted in Spanish on September 26, 2022.

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