Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi continues its colourful contrasts despite dark subject matter.
While I’ve written about the colourful nature of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi in previous posts, I think episode 7 has done a superb job of showing us just how well this anime uses its dynamic colour choices to convey characters and mood. From the early brightly lit and pastel toned scenes where Paula and Ysley speak to the church in Prontea’s city to the bleak greys and stark reds and greens of the invasion scenes at the end of the episode, colour is almost as much a character as any of the Idaten or demons at this stage.
Visually, Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi is a continuous feast for the eyes and this is one series I will happily watch again just for the visuals. Normally good visuals simply enhance other things I like about an anime however here the aesthetic is a major draw. That these visuals encompass what is shaping up to be a decent story with interesting characters and good animation just makes it so much sweeter.
I think the last time I was so taken with something visually was Hamatora and then it was pushing so hard to be cool with its sound track and psychedelic colour schemes that some of the fight sequences could leave you feeling queasy. Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi feels like the more controlled with the colours feelings deliberate and while this show is explosive in places it never feels like it is throwing everything at you in the hopes that something sticks.
Anyway, this week Ysley pretty much wraps up the potential political issues that would be caused by wiping out Zoble by more or less telling the priests of one of the major super-powers they will not go to war but doesn’t attempt to earn their loyalty through belief (even though he does tell them they are gods). Nope, Ysley goes straight to the hip-pocket, points out he is well aware of their own self-interested schemes, and couldn’t care less.
Just so long as the humans don’t all get themselves killed.
I strongly suspect that you could write a much longer essay about how the nature of gods is portrayed in this story and their relationships with people but I think I’ll stay out of that discussion, though it is quite an interesting viewpoint compared to the portrayal of evil gods, crazy gods, or gods running around trying to answer prayers for others.
After that, Prontea and the three younger Idaten travel back to Rin, regroup and pretty much head off to invade Zobel straight-away. Seems Brandy was smart sending her kids away last episode. More than that, seems Miku is also smart enough to understand that the demons in Zoble are doomed and she’s also doing a runner.
There’s something great about seeing these very real reactions to the potential invasion. Instead of making some doomed last stand, enough characters are thinking strategically about the future of the demons and themselves and taking action. Sure, we’ll still get a smackdown with Brandy, the Emperor, and the other demons left in the city, but now defeating Zoble isn’t the absolute win for the Idaten.
If the goal for the Idaten in this episode of Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi was to start the conquest that would defeat the demons, too many potential problems have already fled. Certainly this war is going to stop the demonic invasion of other human cities, take away their human troops, and redistribute political power on the planet, but the Idaten don’t care much about those concerns anyway.
Certainly, they’ve more than proven they don’t care about human causalities this week as their attacks are pretty wide-ranging and indiscriminate (or at least Rin’s are).
I am looking forward to next week when some of these fights really kick off. That said, I’m not really sure where we go next with this story and I kind of like that while it is a pretty basic plot it still manages to leave itself plenty of options making it a bit surprising to watch each week.
Images from: Heion Sedai no Idaten-Tachi. Dir. S Kidokoro. MAPPA. 2021
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