Friend (蛭魅 (フレンド) Furendo?, lit. "Hirumi") is the eighth episode of the Toaru Kagaku no Accelerator anime series. It was broadcast on August 30th 2019.


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Adapted FromEdit

Major EventsEdit


By order of appearance:

New CharactersEdit


New AbilitiesEdit

  • Emperor Shun's Blade - Esther Rosenthal


New LocationsEdit


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Cultural References, Differences in Adaptation, Soundtrack

  • The voice actors of Security Guards are Ueki Shin'ei, Shinohara Kotarou, and Ban Taito.


Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Sarcophagus of Palenque
  • Baghdad Battery
  • Jade Mosaic Mask
  • Stone spheres of Costa Rica
  • Sakafune-ishi
  • Orichalcum
  • Prior to Esther Rosenthal being invited to supervise Hishigata Mikihiko's research team, several mysterious objects were taken from outside of the Academy City.
  • Mimosa is used heavily during this episode. Its meaning as "friendship" according to the language of the flowers, is even shown.

Differences in AdaptationEdit

  • Esther's past with the Hishigata siblings is considerably expanded upon, but also differs considerably from the circumstances depicted in the manga.[2]
    • In the original manga, Esther is implied to have allowed people to die during the experiments or at the very least allowed corpses to be desecrated, their brains removed from their body. In this episode, Esther is complicit with the use of live humans, specifically, women who are so in debt they'll volunteer for it, to be used for the experiment to the point that they lose their sense of self, essentially mind broken. Esther says that she is used to tragedy as she is a necromancer, and only concerned that Hirumi might be participating in the experiment.
    • The circumstances of how exactly Hirumi died in the original manga was never explored. Here in this episode it is revealed that she committed suicide.
    • The episode takes away Esther's agency, having Taowu possess Hirumi's body on it's own without Esther performing a ritual to insert the spirit into her body, as with the case in the original manga.

Animation TriviaEdit


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