Amphibia Season 3, Episode 12A/B
As Amphibia approaches its endgame, the show is not holding anything back. What started out as a Western Isekai/slice of life has evolved into a deadly war for survival. Or, as deadly as Disney will allow things to get. Regardless, Matt and his team have made sure not to leave any thread untouched and giving everything it’s share of importance. This extends not just to the return of one-time characters, but also giving the recurring ones their time to shine. That’s the hallmark of a good show, in my own opinion. This week, several Wartwood residents get a chance to show what they’re made of, and then Anne and Sasha follow up on a clue regarding how to stop Andrias…and what their purpose might be in Amphibia.
It’s still hard to believe how much the residents of Wartwood changed while Anne and the Plantar’s were on Earth. They’ve always been pretty tough and resourceful, but fighting a rebellion against King Andrias has turned them into full-blown badasses. Everyone, that is, except Toadie, who remains as soft as ever.
Toadie is one of my favorite residents of Wartwood, due to his helpful nature. The fact that he’s also voiced by Jack McBrayer, who played Wander in Wander Over Yonder, also helps. But the poor little guy’s too scared to think for himself and step outside his comfort zone, even when necessary. Case in point, when a group of bandits led by Barry (the guy who cursed Anne and Sprig) steals supplies for the rebellion, Sasha and Anne lead a team to get them back.
That team promptly gets captured, and Sasha and Anne…don’t do anything. Sasha tells them to wait.
Anne obviously takes issue with this, as she thinks that Sasha’s just using them like she used to. It’s nice to see that the writers don’t skimp on the fact they’ve still got issues to work through, but this time, it’s different. Sasha’s developed strong bonds with the people of Wartwood while Anne was away, so she has faith in them to get through this.
That faith pays off, as after being pushed too far, Toadie snaps and goes all Mad Max on the Marauders. Everyone gets away, and Barry gets what he deserves.
Olm Town Road
In the second half of the episode, the show returns to focus on the overarching plot to the series. In the first half of the season, Anne and the Plantar’s found a vase with Amphibian writing on it. When decoded, it said, “Seek the Mother of Olms. She will guide you to your destiny.” As many fans speculated, this connected back to the Olms that Sprig and Polly met in “Quarreler’s Pass“, leading Sasha, Anne, and the Plantar’s to head back to that site. Turns out, there was an entire city of Olms underneath the mountain range.
One great thing about animation is that it requires a lot of artwork, and the results are fairly breathtaking. But the background art that goes into Amphibia ascends to a new level with the reveal of the underground city of Proteus, home of the Olms. It’s like discovering a hidden city of elves in a fantasy world, and that’s essentially what the Olms are, cool traits and all. The problem is that they refuse to even listen to what Sasha and Anne’s group has to say, and shun Lysil and Angwin for a mistake they made that almost destroyed the city.
It’s clear that Sasha sees a lot of herself in Lysil and Angwin. She made a lot of mistakes that almost destroyed her friendship with Anne, and she is desperate to atone for them. As such, she’s the most vocal about giving the twin Olms a second chance. And when the leader of Proteus refuses to do so, even after Lysil and Angwin risk their lives to save the city from King Andrias’ army, she snaps, and it is glorious.
Fortunately, the Olm leader’s actually impressed with Sasha’s guts, enough to make her reconsider things. As a result, they get to meet the Mother of Olms.
The Truth About The Prophecy
From the show’s inception, indeed, from the images in the opening credits, it’s been hinted at that there’s more to why Anne, Sasha, and Marcy got sent to Amphibia. I previously speculated that the girls were sent to Amphibia for a reason. Then, we heard Andrias mention a prophecy that fans were quick to decipher. Essentially, the prophecy is about three beings from afar who will come with the power to vanquish this great evil. The fans figured out that much, but the heroes don’t know about of this stuff…yet. However, that’s all about to change in the next episode, which is all but confirmed to shed a lot of light on the overarching story to Amphibia.
In addition, I found this image on social media, showing the door that Anne and Sasha step through at the end of the episode. Some fans cleaned it up, and this is what we got.
That looks just like Anne, Sasha, and Marcy. In other words, the three girls are meant to be the ones to save Amphibia, and by extension, the multiverse. Way to call it, diehard fans
Next week’s episode is likely to be among the most important of the entire series, and I cannot wait to see how it turns out.
I Give “Sasha’s Angels” a 4/5 and “Olm Town Road” a 4.5/5
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