Remembering way back when I started season 1 of this, one of me key issues was that the characters didn’t feel like they were part of the world. The world was pretty and the characters were pretty, but the two didn’t match. As time went on, this kind of got less noticeable (either because we stopped getting sweeping landscapes and have had more intimate settings or because they got better, not sure which). And then we get this episode.
Compare this dragon to the image of Edna above. Do these two characters belong in the same anime? Admittedly, the video quality I was watching in is rubbish due to very buggy internet connection (I’m really hoping the image isn’t actually that grainy) but everything about that image is wrong if it is intended to be something from the same show. Sorey fighting this thing was a joke mostly because after this one very dramatic and cinematic shot (and it was lovely except that I wondered if somehow I was suddenly watching Godzilla) we only see a bare fraction of the dragon as Sorey fights it which kind of takes all the amazement out of a dragon fight.
Let’s skip forward to everything else in this episode. Yep, field trip to the snow followed by big battle. Finally an armatization, short lived, and now big trouble. That about sums it up. To be more blunt, its a hopeless mish-mash of ideas and characters each trying to have their moment in either the comedy setting or the battle as we just conveniently rush over anything that might be construed as a plot at this point. I might have finally had enough of this show’s nonsense to be honest. But I’ll leave you with one final image.
This episode kind of feels like it’s the episode for characters we haven’t really seen since season 1 to appear for no other reason than to remind us they exist. Okay, they might serve some purpose in the overall story but if so, the connections they are drawing this episode seem tenuous. Besides, it took me a fair while to remember some of these characters from season 1.
That said, Alisha’s father really needs someone to give him a whack across the back of the head. You’re allowing your daughter to potentially be killed for what purpose? It is quite obvious the other guy is up to no good, he doesn’t even try to hide his ambition.
While I haven’t minded this series, the weak story and lack of focus is increasingly becoming a problem. When it feels like things should be getting clearer and more focussed it actually feels like the opposite is happening and that is frustrating.
Oh look, Alisha does still exist and fortunately the other characters remembered her just as something really dramatic was going on. Okay, it wasn’t the worst seque ever but it was pretty clumsy and though Alisha decided she needed to get stronger she seems to still be doing exactly the same thing she’s always done. Taking this head on. No matter how strong your ideals I somehow don’t think riding into the teeth of a stronger enemy is a good plan.
Otherwise the fight between Dezel and the other Seraphim was pretty cool, albeit short. And I loved Dezel’s answer to Sorey here:
Well, aren’t we all glad of second season announcements. Except that it leaves us with pretty much no resolution. Okay, Alisha is fine. A bit too fine given how much blood she lost. You would think it would take her longer to be up and bouncing around but at least she didn’t die.
Actually, my main complaint coming out of this will be the Lord of Calamity. Clearly he has never read a story in his life because otherwise he would know that any villain that lets the hero go (in order for them to become hope before being crushed) has just raised their own death flag. To be honest, it is a lame reason to let someone live and doesn’t make any sense from a self-preservation point of view no matter how arrogant a villain is supposed to be. The only purpose of such declarations is to delay a confrontation the hero can’t yet win and why would any self-respecting villain give the hero a chance to win?
Just so we are clear, I haven’t played the game and don’t know where this story is going. I’m reviewing only the anime.
It’s nice that Alisha finally got to say hi to Mikleo (even if she still couldn’t see him). Can I make fun of the fact that the Shepherd outfit has feathers on it, much like Sorey was already wearing, and Alisha says she feels he was meant to become the Shepherd? Sorry, that was kind of bothering me that his accessories perfectly match his new outfit. That aside, this episode kind of clarified what the Shepherd is supposed to do and the fact that Alisha is politically up the creek. Then our favourite dark cloud from the prologue showed up and the episode ended. I really feel this series would be better in a continuous stream as having to wait a week just when it feels like the episode has gotten started is not pleasant. That said, this is a fairly enjoyable fantasy so far.