Perhaps We Should Take A Moment To Reflect
We finally get the showdown between Gran, Katalina and Vira. After all the build-up you’d kind of expect more than a shout your feelings kind of fight sequence while waiting for the mage to power up their spell but that’s more or less what it comes down to. As the city is crumbling under the empire’s attack and Vira’s own power, Vira is going to vent all her frustration and direct it straight at Gran.
In honesty, it seems a little misplaced. Lyria was the reason Katalina ran away from the Empire and ended up becoming an outlaw. Gran had nothing to do with that as she was already on the run when he met her. As usual, Gran has ended up the centre of an incident that really doesn’t seem to have anything to do with him and yet somehow the show keeps trying to convince me that his decisions and actions matter when Katalina is the one who saves Lyria, the sniper is the reason they weren’t all dead already, and Io is the reason they ultimately managed to wear Vira down. All Gran did was get stabbed (which for whatever reason no one ever seems to mention again).
Of course, I’m not sure that Vira was playing with a full deck of cards by the time we got to this fight so maybe I’m looking for logic where none is supposed to exist. Gotta love her crazy eyes though.
But, it wouldn’t be the series we’ve come to know if they didn’t get a heart felt speech and somehow make everything better. Don’t worry about the trauma to the citizens who had to flee the rubble (even if you protected them from death, it is still pretty terrifying seeing your world crumbling around you). Don’t worry about the fact that someone with a massive amount of power is clearly emotionally unstable and co-dependent to a scary point. It’s fine. We’ll talk and catch up and everything will be okay.
Of course, that is part of the charm of the anime in general. It isn’t heavy going and it doesn’t tax the viewer mentally. Meanwhile, you have bright pretty colours zipping about the screen and characters who appear at regular intervals just to remind you that they exist and are relevant. I am curious as to where we will go now that we’ve finally closed this saga.
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Images from: Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2. Dir. Y Umemoto. MAPPA. 2019.