When a series approaches the end, even if I have no way of predicting the ending, I usually at least have a good idea of who’s intended to be the hero and who the villains are. I don’t necessarily root for the hero, but at least his or her identity is apparent. This time it’s different. I really enjoyed this episode because it was surprising and suspenseful, but also because I was spending most of it trying to figure out who was an ally to Elis and who wasn’t. Obviously, Hiiragi continued trying to protect her, despite the fact that she has Syaimaral living inside of her, but I’m skeptical about any other character. I would’ve expected Akari and Kureha to be allies until the end, so it really came as a surprise to see Akari leading the attack in the end. She always seemed to be the most mysterious and distant of the group, but I thought it was safe to assume she was Elis’ friend. Maybe she has other plans and will turn out to still be on Elis’ side, but I’m not so sure anymore. As for Kureha, it’s still unknown whether she’ll help or not, but even she was set at first on just killing Elis in order to save the world. Hopefully, she won’t turn on them too. Next, is Kirihito. I was quite surprised to see him appear to save Elis, because he’s obviously been up to something. He claims to just be against Anzelotte, but he still has a sense of creepiness to him. I wouldn’t be willing to trust him just yet. He’s certainly powerful, and would make a good ally, so he might be one of Elis’ best chances of survival if he is on her side. Finally, there’s Anzelotte. From the scene where she was speaking to Gazer, she seemed very unsure as to what she was supposed to be doing. I wish I knew exactly what she ordered Akari and Kureha to do. It’s likely that she told them to kill Elis, like Akari was trying to do. However, it would be an interesting twist if she said otherwise and Akari just disobeyed. Based on the preview, it’s probably the former though. I’m definitely very interested now to see how things turn out, but I really hope Elis will be okay.
Anzelotte has everyone over for tea, along with a mysterious man, who introduces himself as Nightmare, a dream user. She shows them the jewel of temperance, which other people retrieved. It makes Elis enter a dream, however, and it becomes possible that she could sleep forever. Therefore, Hiiragi, Akari and Kureha have to go inside her dream, with the help of the dream user who was there by “coincidence.” Of course, the evil lolis hear about this, and send an agent inside Elis’ dream to stop them. While inside, they fiond a library where Elis has a huge amount of copies of “Daddy Long Legs.” They see her as a child, and the dream Elis is lonely due to losing her parents and wants a man like in the story to be her Oji-sama. The agent pretends to be this person until he’s exposed, leaving Elis devastated. Hiirai, using a special water from Anzelotte, turns into a child and goes to speak to her, promising that he won’t be alone and that he’ll protect her. They then return to help in the fight. Eventually, Elis realizes she wants to help protect them too and uses her powers. She wakes up again in the real world, but doesn’t remember what happened in her dream. Kirihito, who was also in her dream somehow, finishes off the agent.
So, I haven’t wrote about this in a while, but this episode was just too cute. I love the little chibis, especially Hiiragi. It was also funny to see him retain his normal attitude even in a child form. The relationship between Hiiragi and Elis is coming along rather nicely, and it looks like this will be continued in the next episode. I’m pretty sure 7 is already out, but since I was behind, I was watching the sub release for a while. If I get the time I’ll watch the next, but maybe I’ll just wait. The problem is, now I’m really curious as to where the story is going to progress form here. They only need two more jewels, but I’m guessing this will be at least 12 episodes long. I can’t find an official episode count, but if it’s going to be 24-26, I’d be very surprised. I don’t think there’s much else left to cover, unless a really big plot twist is in store. They’re going to have to recover the other jewels, and probably have a final face off against the bad guys, but there’s still plenty of episodes to get that done. I really appreciate the fast pacing of this show, but I hope it doesn’t turn into a lot of filler now because of that. I guess they also have to explain Kirihito’s deal. I’m not sure if he’s good or evil. He has helped Elis, but he seemed pretty evil at the end of this episode. I’m leaning more towards him being a villain at the moment. I also can’t help but be a little suspicious of Anzelotte. I just think she knows a lot more than she lets off. Well, I guess there are still plenty of things for them to do, because they have to explain everyone’s motives some more. I guess they could focus on some character development too, if they have some less actiony episodes in the future.
Hiiragi is forced to become a student in Elis’s class. Elis remembers back to what happened when she spoke with Anzelotte. She explained to them that monsters have existed throughout history and are known as Emulators. Only Wizards can fight them. Because of Elis’ bracelet, she’s now a wizard, and since the jewels in her bracelet are so special, she’s the only one who can save the world. She requests that Elis join and gives her the option “hai or yes.” So of course, Elis accepts. Even though yes was her only option, she was willing to take the responsibility anyway. When she returns home, both Hiiragi and Kureha will be living with her. Kureha insists that Hiiragi sleep outside though, and brings him dog food for dinner. However, Elis made a real dinner and they all eat while having a party in honor of saving the world. The next day, Elis’s powers are improving, and later the three are taken back to see Anzelotte. Apparently, another party is being thrown for Elis, but in a legendary place. While they seem to just be in the arctic, Elis notices a castle. Meanwhile, the evil loli is planning something new, and sends out another woman to attack, as well as a golem. Kureha and Hiiragi try to fight the golem, but fail. They’re saved by the red-haired girl, Akari. However, then more golems are summoned.
It was kinda just an average episode, so I’m not sure exactly what to say. It wasn’t as funny as the first episode (though it had it’s moments.) All the explanations were helpful and at least now that they’re out of the way, the story can continue. Elis probably has a lot of development in store for her. For someone who’s apparently the only person who can save the world, she’s fairly useless now. Not completely so, but she still needs Hiiragi and Kureha to defend her. Of course, she is still new to this, so it wouldn’t make sense if she was the best right away. I guess I’m just used to the dumb cliché of the main character in an action show automatically being the best at whatever it is they do. This series seems to be doing a great job of avoiding clichés, actually. Usually, heroes are more reluctant at first, but Elis was fine with taking her responsibility. There is the case of Hiiragi, but I think he’s just more of a slacker. I can definitely see this series remaining fun. With this, Prism Ark and Shugo Chara, this season is great so far for fulfilling my fantasy needs. Oh, and there’s a real OP this week. Yay!
Though I’m sure I’m alone in this, I was very much anticipating this title. It looked like it would have a fantasy/magic-using theme to it, and I really enjoy that genre. Unfortunately, the recent Deltora Quest bored me greatly. I’m pleased to say that this is rather impressive so far. The characters are interesting enough (even the red-haired girl who only appeared briefly) and it has a pretty interesting story, though I’m still unclear on a few things. Hope I get at least most of this right.
So far, the story seems to center on a girl named Shihou Elis, who lives on her own, save for a plant that she talks to and eats with (it doesn’t talk back or anything.) When she starts in her new school, she’s harassed by members of various clubs trying to recruit her, but is saved by a girl named Akabane Kureha. They spend some time together, during which Kureha notices Elis’ bracelet (which will obviously be significant later.) Also, Elis is shot in the head by a strange light. Later, some evil lolis appear, the moon turns red, and Elis starts acting strange. In a rather possessed state, she goes off to the “legendary tree” where she was attacked by before, searching for her “light.” She ends up being given a strange golden orb. However, she and Kureha are soon attacked by a three-headed monster.
Meanwhile, there’s this boy named Hiiragi Renji, Kureha’s childhood friend, who may or may not be the actual main character. He uses a magic sword and was bossed around by a loli named Anzelotte for the majority of the episode. Amazingly enough, the humor in these scenes was actually funny. He shows up just in time to help, but Elis is still in danger. Of course, her bracelet turns out to be magical (who didn’t see that coming a mile away) and it fuses with the golden orb, creating a shield to save her. This, it turns out, is her “wizard.”
So anyway, now she’s involved with all these magic-users, and Hiiragi is apparently supposed to protect her. This means he’s going to have to go to school with her, according to the preview.
So lets see what else I can say, because I’m really interested so far. The animation is fine, not outstanding but nothing glaringly wrong with it. The OP song is nice, but there’s no real animation. The ED is interesting. Wonder if it’s hinting dark things to come. I hope so. This is definitely something I’m going to follow, so I hope it remains interesting.