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The penultimate episode of Shuumatsu no Izetta set the scene for the final battle that’s going to take place in the final episode next week. The two last episodes are named after the two protagonists, Fine and Izetta, who had to go airborne to find the courage to become lovers.
Japanese Title: フィーネ Finé
For a magic stone, the little red gem broke too easily in half. It might have been the pain of her friends’ betrayal that angered Sophie so much that her clones retained that anger, and the same anger could have justified the poor structural integrity of the stone, but I personally blame ‘plot convenience.’
Shuumatsu no Izetta has so far employed a give-hints-first-and-then-justify-with-flashbacks approach to storytelling that this episode retains. Sieg, in his most out-of-character moment until now, reluctantly hands the other half of the magic stone to Izetta. I don’t remember him having similar facial expression when he killed little blonde kid whose name I don’t remember. Lars, Lans, Larse. Something like that. You have to excuse my weak memory, but I usually write these reviews without internet access. Throughout the episode we reminded again and again that the stone is going to feed of Izetta’s life essence. Again and again we hear Izetta declare her love for Fine and Eylstadt. But, as a counterbalance, we had AWESOME Berkmann betray his country in an attempt to save his life, earning the scorned response of Sieg who would have done anything to protect his country.
I just don’t want to die
We also have a little tribute scene to Rickert, who was buried by Bianca outside the castle. We also have a few combat highlights I am going to include in the next part.
In a few words: Izetta loves Fine and that’s why she is willing to risk her life. Understandable. I guess. Sophie-clone has half a magic stone, Izetta-I-cry-a-lot has the other half, time for the final battle. That’s it.
SS Attack: The Germanian SS went on a clean sweep of Fine’s hiding place, killing everyone in their path. Hagar’s cruel murders when he tried to sniff out the princess were a bit too much, but at least they managed to get an emotional response from my otherwise bored approach to the story. One of the things I found discomforting about Shuumatsu no Izetta is the black and white approach to the opposing forces that they tried to somehow dissolve with Rickett’s story and Sieg’s methods.
Rickett’s Grave: Rickett’s little side-story was in fact the most comprehensive and complete story of the entire series. I wish they had spent more screen time on it.
Fine and Izetta: Did they kiss? DID THEY KISS? Of course they did. And I believe that they did more than that if the quite sexual tone of the voice acting and the broom’s magic exhaust sparkles were any indication of the ALL-OVER-THE-PLACE sexual innuendo. Fine and Izetta had the quite cliché sex the night before the final battle.
Alladin: Look at the picture. Nuff said. Izetta is Aladdin. Fine is Jasmin.
SS: The Schutzstaffel (lit. The Protection Squadron) was the most powerful paramilitary organization in Nazi Germany. It started as a small group of volunteers that provided security during the meetings of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party in Munich and grew to be the main agency of surveillance during World War II.
In the end, the episode was less boring than the previous two or three, and that’s a big compliment for a series that hinted fiery World War battles and delivered a whiny kid with magical powers. I’m not sure if Izetta has turned me into an evil overlord, but for a moment I secretly wished for that magical atomic bomb to drop in Eylstadt and for Germanians to win the war.
But not that Berkmann has changed camps, I have to side with my favorite traitor and route for Izetta in the upcoming final battle. GO IZETTA. And please don’t cry again. Ah.. and don’t say a word about Fine and Eylstadt during the final episode. Ah… one more thing, please don’t repeat anything we already know…
Swords will clash midair as the two witches will battle for magical supremacy. Sophie said herself, ‘Let’s fight and end everything.’ I really hope they do mean everything.
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NEXT TIME, Final Episode: Izetta (イゼッタ Izetta)