Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 Episode 9

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Review:

After kind of just aimlessly wandering and tying up loose ends for 8 episodes, we now just randomly have henchmen girl (I don’t know her name, maybe we’re told at some point but that one flew right by me) just exposition and info-dump us into the set up for a final battle. The Lord of Calamity is that way. Hurry up (despite aimless wandering for 8 episodes), the end of the world is nigh.

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Okay, it was a little more serious than that but really it amounts to Dezel attacking her (though why she was even hanging around is a mystery), Sorey and co showing up, and then she just kind of hits us with ‘he’s up north’. Great, we’re heading north. Nice and specific.

The speed at which we then raise an army, prepare for a campaign and get on the road is kind of dizzying and all and all it just feels kind of unsatisfying. Not to mention, we seem to be bringing every bit player in the show back in for the final battle so say hello to random characters running or riding up.

All and all, I’m fairly disappointed with this season 2 (even though I wasn’t expecting much from it in the first place given season 1 was entertaining enough but flawed). I know the show isn’t over yet but this episode seems like it is locking the final path in place and to be honest I’m just not that interested.

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On a random side note, check out their mirrored body language. These two are too cute.

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Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 Episode 8

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Review:

Tales of Zestiria finally got down to business and brought all the main characters together in one place, faced an actual enemy, moved forward the political intrigue and finally actually let Alisha progress and not have the constant threat of a weak king and an overbearing would-be king in her way. In fact, so much happened it feels like the previous 7 episodes really were just empty space and wasted. While some things happened in those episodes that were needed for the events of this episode to make sense, a lot of it really was just wandering around. And what made Sorey suddenly sure he could purify a dragon? His logic as always is just a bit faulty. Still… This is probably the very first time I actually thought this show was beautiful. While parts of it have always been pretty there’s always been a bit of a disconnect between characters, scenery and action. This episode things just kind of came together in a way that made me actually take notice.

So pretty. Anyway, this doesn’t change the fact that this season has been pretty flat but one episode has managed to give the show some much needed energy and direction so maybe we’ll get a good season ending.

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