I feel like it’s been so long since an episode of Radiant made me laugh a lot! Which is great for me as the audience, and even more so for the characters. It’s proof that they could finally be at ease after all that previous mayhem. However, there’s also the emotional angst on the side that got me realizing that nothing will really be exactly as it was before. It made me feel a lot of feels, especially for Seth.
After getting back from Rumble Town, it was obvious that Seth’s been down the dumps, while it was even more obvious that Doc can’t get used to being a baby! On the day they finally visited Miss Melba’s café, a letter came from Master Lord Majesty inviting them to a party to celebrate Seth, the King of Debt’s successful takedown of the Inquisition in Rumble Town. Everyone was quite excited to attend, except for Seth, who was still haunted by Hameline’s death.
Doc’s woes: Only now did it truly sink in to me how sad Doc’s situation actually was! All he’s wanted was to get married to Miss Melba and have their own family, yet now he’s literally too young for that! On the upside, she thinks he’s adorable, and he could get close to her without seeming like a creep (though that also warrants a lot of misunderstandings since he still has the awareness of an adult)! But, since she’ll definitely only see him as a cute kid and not husband material, Doc’s decision to age himself up was actually good. Sadly, it only aged him up a bit, so he’s still too young! I wonder when he’ll finally catch a break.
Seth’s regrets: Seeing such a ball of sunshine and energy be so gloomy and full of guilt was incredibly painful for me! Hameline’s death really did a number on Seth. He didn’t get to enjoy the party thrown in his honor, and even got into a fight and made a scene! He had a great point, but it was still a sad sight. Somehow I feel that this woke him up to the reality that he can’t be as naïve and impulsive as he was when the series started. It made him even more hell-bent on destroying Radiant, though, so no one else would end up like Hameline.
Alma’s wisdom: Aaah! Alma! I missed her so much! Especially her interactions with Seth, even though he’s always in pain! What a greeting she gave him! She really does love him in her own way, huh? I was so grateful that she could be there for him in this tough time, and be the one to snap him out of his depression. I was also glad to hear that, thanks to Seth saving Pompo Hills from the Bravery Quartet and the Nemesis, he already made it a peaceful place for Alma to stay in! That’s a small victory, but a very huge deal, right? Now, I hope she sticks around for a while, maybe even to explain some stuff about what just happened to Seth and the accusations against him?
Taj’s letter: Seth was so focused on not being able to save Hameline that he forgot he liberated Rumble Town from Konrad’s tyranny! Good thing Alma brought him Taj’s letter, which made him realize such an important truth! Seems like he also became somewhat of a celebrity there, with people drawing graffiti of him! Not only that, but he inspired Taj to become an amazing sorcerer, like him!
Themes & Trivia
Potion seller: Wondering where you’ve previously seen the guy who sold Doc the growth potion? He was the merchant who didn’t want to sell Alma some ropes and boards back in Episode 1! Seems like he moved to the city of sorcerers at one point, despite saying he doesn’t sell to sorcerers!
Instant transportation: Didn’t Seth look like he got clicked and dragged here? Haha!
Placards: After Lord Majesty said Seth’s from Pompo Hills, his minions were holding signs that said ‘Countryman’, pointing to how he’s from a rural area.
Absolutely loved this episode, even though it mostly had such a gloomy Seth! One of the things that caught my eye was how detailed they made the audience of the party! They all had such interesting and unique designs that I wouldn’t be surprised if the animation staff inserted their own original characters in there! There were a bunch of eye-candy shots scattered in the episode, too. Though the quality of the art definitely dropped compared to the first few episodes, a greater part of it is still wonderful to watch.
The second thing I loved, and the most important for me, was how this episode presented a different side to glorified heroes. Everybody was celebrating the victories that Seth accomplished, but they didn’t know that he actually went through a lot to achieve them. But, he also missed their perspective, that he was only seeing his failure while being blind to what he succeeded at. He didn’t realize that he actually made a huge difference in many people’s lives! Radiant may not be perfect when it comes to storytelling, but it is quite spot on with giving us an endearing main character, and tackling deep themes in such a creative way.
Destroy Radiant and change the world!
I can’t wait for the next episode, because it looks like Dragunov and his team will be in the spotlight once again! So is Doc and his coffee bean problem, but still! I want to see more of the Inquisition’s side!
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Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast