Before Daybreak

Before Daybreak is an anime episode of Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero that was released on 09/14/2012
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Having been outclassed by Akatsuki, Phil uses his trump card and transforms into a giant dragon! Akatsuki's friends and the student council members struggle to buy time until Akatsuki can fully recover from Phil's poison.
— FUNimation

Plot Summary

Kuzuha reassures Chikage
Kuzuha reassures Chikage

Kuzuha waits at Chikage's side at the infirmary, and she reassures Chikage that Akatsuki and Miu will handle the situation. As she leaves the room, she thanks Chikage for protecting her. Meanwhile, Nanase asks her group about the system maintenance and then, a loud roar is heard. Deep in the forest, a white dragon emerges. Miu tells Akatsuki that he hasn't recovered, and she begs him to let her become bait to buy time. She pushes Akatsuki down, and she starts using wind magic against the dragon. Meanwhile, Akatsuki's Sleipnir starts to activate, and Kuzuha makes her way to Akatsuki on a stone lion. When Kuzuha wants to go, Chikage states that three people will act as bait. Akatsuki gives up and lets Kuzuha and Chikage jump in the fray. Kuzuha asks Akatsuki how long he needs to recover. Elsewhere in the city, Miu continues to lead the dragon and finds her magic useless against the beast. She uses her staff but to no success.

Chikage fires her arrow
Chikage fires her arrow

Before the dragon slams Miu with its tail, Nanase saves Miu, and Miu informs Nanase about the situation. Ryouhei, Minami, and Nanase begin to power up their weapons. The three unleash their attacks on the dragon, and Miu fires at the dragon. Then, Chikage arrives and unleashes a barrage of arrows that explodes due to compressed water. Kuzuha informs Miu that Akatsuki has 30 minutes left to recover. Minami and Kuzuha summons large stone lions on the dragon, and Ryouhei stabs the dragon's head. On the top, Miu carves the dragon's neck with lightning magic. Suddenly, Miu realizes it's a trap, and Phil attacks everyone. With Miu's comrades down, Miu refuses to give up, and when Phil's words get to her, Miu puts down her weapon. Phil uses his tentacle to grab Miu, and Miu states that Akatsuki is a real hero and that Phil will never be one. She mentions how she will not acknowledged Phil and that she has given up the demon's lord status. Phil denounces Miu's acknowledgement since she will not be a demon lord. Phil begins to glow, and he prepares to transport himself and Miu to Alazzard.

Out of nowhere, Akatsuki cuts Phil's tentacle and saves Miu, and Akatsuki tells her that he will prove himself. Phil tries to blast Akatsuki who breaks Phil's magic seal. Akatsuki finds his sword being affected by Zahak's poison. He gets slammed by the dragon, and Phil fires a barrage of magic on Akatsuki. Phil reaizes that his body cannot move, and Akatsuki explains that he planted his energy in him. As Phil fires his magical breath attack, Akatsuki powers up his sword. Then, Phil fires at Miu.

Points of Interest

  • Zahak is a dragon in Alazzard that Phil made a contract with.


  • Japanese Name: "Yoake ga Kuru Mae ni" (夜明けが来る前に)
  • Opening Theme: "Realization" by Faylan
  • Ending Theme: "Ai no Sei de Nemurenai" by Aki Misato

Characters & Voice Actors

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Chikage Izumi ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kana Ueda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kuzuha Doumoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kana Hanazawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Miu Ousawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yōko Hikasa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Akatsuki Ousaka ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Nobuhiko Okamoto ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Phil Bannet ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Noriaki Sugiyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ryouhei Uesaki ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Satoshi Hino ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Minami Aihara ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Ayana Taketatsu ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Haruka Nanase ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Marina Inoue ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)


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Tetsuto Uesu Original Concept Tetsuto Uesu is the original creator of Hagure Yuusha no Estetica Light Novel.
Hiroshi Tsukada Character Artist/Designer Hiroshi Tsukada is the illustrator of Hagure Yusha no Estetica characters.
Rion Kujo Director


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