Another weak episode this week for Shuumatsu no Izetta. I usually enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from a laid-back scenario and some witty dialogue, but when you raise the expectations that this series is going to be a war-spectacle full of magic and bullets, it’s disappointing to see an episode like this.
Japanese Title: 穏やかな日に An einem ruhigen Tag…
Disclaimer: This review will contain spoilers. Basically, all our reviews contain spoilers. Wait, 90% of all reviews out there contain spoilers. If you are reading this prior to watching the episode, I would really love to hear your rationale behind it. Let me know in the comments below!
What do you do as a soldier after you learn the most important secret that could make the difference between winning and losing this war? Of course you go back to your camp and tell someone that you learned about that secret but you can’t tell anyone, because, hey – plot! I am all about coincidences, but the fact that he shared that he knew about the secret but bot the secret itself to the first person he found in the camp was just plain stupid. The fact that the person he chose to share half this secret was the Germanian spy was both stupid and incredibly convenient. ‘Convenient’ must be my top-used word when I’m talking about this anime. This event started a chain reaction of convenient scenes whose purpose was to advance the plot a little further without the need to go into details and it goes like this:
- Jonas hears about the secret of the fey lines. Sort of.
- Jonas spills the beans to the first superior he meets at the camp. Sort of. That superior is a Germanian spy. Convenient.
- Sieg finds the photograph Jonas left behind. Ok. He orders a spy to learn more about Jonas. Ok.
- The super-spy finds out that there is a spy among them and that he took Jonas in the woods. Without any scenes to support this – convenient. Sieg agrees to send Izetta and Fine to the Allies conference after he learns about the spy because… ehh… the director said we need more battles. That’s why. I guess.
- The spy chases after the Germanian spy and Sieg kills Jonas along with the secret. Great scene, probably the best of the episode. But it was buried under the weight of all the crap that preceded it.
In Germania we have the Special Unit doing its job as usual. The give Basler a new prototype jet fighter and Bergmann goes to the mysterious Hangar 9 where they keep all the occult stuff.
And those were the scenes that actually had something to do with the plot. The rest of the episode felt more like The Princess Diary and less like a World War II alternate history war series. I am bitching more about this later on so I will spare the details. Nothing of consequence happened and I couldn’t care less about Izetta’s ladylike behavior or the pies.
Sieg: Sieg was actually the only character that made sense and gave this episode a tone of seriousness. He is determined to do anything to protect his country and he will act according to logic. Was killing Jonas cruel? Of course it was. Was Sieg’s action logical? In a sense. The only 100% bulletproof way to guarantee that the secret remained a secret was to kill Jonas. As simple as that.
Themes & Trivia
Hey, Clark: All it takes for Izetta and Fine to properly disguise is a bandanna and a pair of glasses. If you think that’s absurd, you can find a few good theories of how this is possible in this Quora question.
Corset: There is a huge difference between the corset that Izetta tries to wear and the corsets of today. The old corset are frequently used in media in a comedic way due to their wearing difficulties. A corset is holds and trains the torso into a desired shape for mainly aesthetic purposes. Contrary to popular belief, both men and women were known to wear corsets. The word itself comes from an Old French word, ‘cors’, which comes from the Latin word for ‘body’, corpus.
German Numbers: One of the greatest joys of anime is the amount of things you can learn from it. It’s true that no one can guarantee you the validity of the things you see and hear in the series, but with a bit of your own extra research, there is nothing you can’t learn. In this episode we learned to count to three in German. Shall we?
- eins (ighnss)
- zwei (tsvigh)
- drei (drigh)
Kirsch Pie: Before you start searching about this pie and where you can find it, know that this is actually the German name for the cherry pie. The pie is more commonly associated with the regions around Germany and the US.
Continuing my introduction and plot bitching, I thought that the writing was just filling an otherwise awkward silence. Yes, we know Izetta DIES to protect this country, and yes Fine is SUCH a good ruler, and yes, they have BOOBS. I felt a little betrayed by all this fan-service nonsense and the uninteresting dialogues, to the point that I really didn’t care when Sieg killed Jonas (if you are reading reviews before seeing an episode, sorry for that. But really, why do you do that?). I was so disenchanted by the rest of the episode that I couldn’t feel anything about that little idiot.
At least the merciful hand of the Plot-Advancing God made it easier to return to fighting. It took a random spy and some incredibly convenient scenes, but at least we are going to see some action in the next episode. That’s what the title suggests.
On a Really Quiet Day
I hope that in the final episodes the series will have the chance to redeem itself and give us what it initially promised.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check the rest of our Fall 2016 reviews!
NEXT TIME: The Battle of Sognefjord
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