Ooh, this was such a bittersweet finale! I don’t think I’ve seen a lot of series that end a season on such a note, but Radiant did it. It doesn’t help the fact that every time an anime concludes, whether for good or for a season, it feels like I’m saying goodbye to a dear friend! This finale somehow took it to the literal level.
With his motivation to destroy Radiant reignited, Seth started looking for clues once more. He hoped he could finally talk to Yaga about it, along with letting him meet Alma, but Yaga was nowhere to be found! Fortunately, he did leave a letter telling Seth to head off to Caislean Merlin, where its sorcerer-knights are also looking for Radiant. Now he knew where to head off next, but there were two problems. First, Doc didn’t want to go with him because it’s dangerous, which also meant that Melie can’t go because she’s his assistant. Second, a ton of Nemesis eggs started falling from the sky all of a sudden!
Raining Nemesis: I thought the rat Nemesis that accompanied Hameline were a lot, but now we’ve seen A LOT! The worst part was that they’re most likely not Echo Nemesis because they all came as eggs. Any normal person who’s unfortunate to come close to that would’ve been in danger! Good thing Artemis’ defenses are rock solid, so it was safe. But, now I wonder about other eggs that fell somewhere else, like the one that ended up in the island where Melie was. Yikes.
Saving Melie: I wonder if Melie could’ve still taken on that Nemesis, or maybe at least run away if Seth didn’t arrive in time. Well, the most important part is that he saved her! Even though...it was because he went berserk again… Piodon wasn’t present this time to trigger him, so what could’ve been the actual trigger? Seth almost drowning? And how was he able to revert back to normal right after he defeated the Nemesis? Last time, Grimm and Melie had to wrap him in bandages just so he won’t be a threat when they took him away. How could it have been this easy? It also felt off how he instantly got worried about going berserk when he didn’t even attempt to harm Melie in any way.
Connected? Another interesting question that arose this time when Seth’s rage mode activated: why did Alma seem affected? What could it have meant? Piodon said that the bandage on Seth’s cheek was a seal, and Seth said that it was Alma who put it on him to prevent his curse from spreading, so could it be that both of those are true? Maybe Alma and Seth are more connected than just being a mother and son tandem.
Goodbye: It never even crossed my mind that Seth would part ways with Melie and Doc one day! I thought they’d be companions all throughout this search for Radiant. But Seth valued them so much that he didn’t want them to get hurt because of his unstable state. The saddest part was that he never said goodbye to them in person, but only left a letter. Doc didn’t even want to go at first, but now that Seth actually left without them… Regret always comes later, huh? I feel so bad for the trio, but for Melie most of all since she really loved being friends with Seth. Well, at least Seth’s back with Alma now. And if they were able to reunite, surely he’ll see Doc and Melie again, right?
Up on the mountains: We got a glimpse of Dragunov before the show ended! I would be happy but…he was left all alone on a mountain! Was this his punishment? Exile? Doesn’t that feel like too much? Dragunov also feels like too important a character to end up like that, so maybe there’s a better explanation.
Themes & Trivia
Caislean Merlin: Caisleán is an Irish word that means castle. Merlin could pertain to the wizard in Arthurian Legend, or the word meaning ‘of the sea-hills’.
Cyfandir: The name of nation on the neighboring continent where Caislean Merlin is located literally means continent!
This was a satisfying conclusion to Radiant’s first season! Although, it’s mostly because of the feels it gave me, and how the transition to the second season was handled. Even if there were some changes and additions compared to the comic, these made the story flow more smoothly. The only things I probably didn’t appreciate was how filler-like the incident with the Nemesis eggs felt. Seth’s rampage and fight with the Nemesis on the island also ended quite abruptly, making it seem anti-climactic. Still, all these things caused Seth to make the decision to leave his friends behind for their own sake, so it was still helpful to the plot.
I’m just also really glad that the quality of the final episode was wonderful! Even if there weren’t a lot of action scenes to see, the art made this conclusion enjoyable overall! I can also finally breathe a sigh of relief because the quality was consistent for most of the season. Hooray!
The adventure continues!
There’s still four weeks left till the winter anime season ends, but unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Seth and his friends so early! I’m gonna miss them all so much! However, unlike Seth’s parting with Melie, Doc, and the others from Artemis Academy, this isn’t goodbye, but see you soon! They immediately showed us a preview of what awaits us in the second season, and it looked awesome!
Are you looking forward to what awaits our sorcerer gang in their next adventure? Were you satisfied of this finale? Let us know in the comments! Meanwhile, the rest of our anime reviews for Winter 2019 are still ongoing, so you’d better keep on reading them!
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast