Episode 24 of Tales of Zestiria the Xwas much better than I expected. It wasn’t nearly as good as I expected this series to be, but at least it set the stage for the last episode. Aside from the cartoon jokes that I’m about to make in the Plot section and the uninspired dialogues that continue to plague the series, this episode was not as boring as I expected it to be.
Japanese Title: 導き出した答え The chosen answer
Amidst the great but short battles and the boring and repetitive dialogues, Tales of Zestiria the X did once again what it does best: it focused on how it looks and not on what it says. Yet, this episode was saved by the setting, staying put underground with the Lord of Calamity in reach gave us the illusion of coherence. That illusion was almost broken by the inclusion of one of the Five Lords of whom we know next to nothing, the true story of the Shepherd Michael for whom we knew almost next to nothing, and the incident that led Heldalf to become the Lord of Calamity, a character for whom we knew nothing. The background story was short and it created more questions than it answered. Why did Maotelus turn into a dragon? Why did Michael burden Heldalf with a curse what was certain it would turn him into the Lord of Malevolence? Why that particular curse? Was it the death of his nephew that turned him from hero to zero? Was it his friend’s betrayal? Maybe the combination? How did he curse him? Has Sorey the same power?
These questions were not the only story flow problem of the episode. In a moment of clarity, Sorey uses his empathetic powers to see that the bid bad guy is not as bad as he thought: Deep inside he doesn’t want to do any more harm and he is tired of his loneliness but because of the curse he can’t express himself. Time to purify the poor bastard. Time to combine their powers and call CAPTAIN PLANET!
Silver Dragon: She may have appeared out of nowhere because who cares; she may have forced upon us an uninteresting story that makes no sense; she may be talking through telepathy because her huge dragon lips don’t even move as she speaks, but she is the coolest dragon we’ve seen in the series so far. She has both a silver and black form and she can shoot energy missiles from her mouth. That’s all that matters.
Captain Planet: I think I am going to make that reference a few times in this review. Sorry about that, but the similarity was too obvious to pass. It’s probably not a direct reference; after all, the trope of combining the elements to create something more powerful is too common in fiction. The transformation was cool and the Captain Shepherd mode is colorful and has a weird nonchalant aura to it.
Are you Lord of Calamity? When Sorey asks (probably no one in particular) if ‘that is the answer of the Lord of Calamity,’ Lailah hurries to answer ‘yes.’ Ok, Lailah, we know you are a bloodthirsty Seraph but you could have given Lord C a chance to answer himself.
Themes & Trivia
Captain Planet (again): I have mentioned the superhero so many times that I had to include the cartoon in the trivia section for those who don’t know what I’m talking about. Captain Planet and the Planeteers is an American environmentalist cartoon created by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle. In the series, Gaia, the spirit of the planet entrusts 5 teenagers with attitude with morph..oh wait. Not Power Rangers. Let’s try again. So, Gaia entrusts five youths from around the planet (diversity) with the power to control an element of nature: fire, water, wind, and earth. The fifth element is apparently ‘heart,’ the power to instill kindness and empathy, like when Sorey sees the kindness inside the Lord of Calamity. When the five heroes combine their powers, they call a super being called Captain Planet. In Tales of Zestiria the X the combined Seraphs call the super Shepherd call Sorey.
Last weekend during AnimeJapan 2017, ufotable announced that Episode 25, titled ‘Legend,’ is going to be a month late and air on April 26. The production proved in these two seasons that their CGI skills are unmatched. It also made clear that in favor of aesthetics it took the mantra ‘keep the series as close to the original’ a little too literally. The game has been criticized for its plot holes and superfluous dialogues, both which we have found in the two cours of Tales of Zestiria the X. Let’s hope that the reason for the one-month delay is a focus on making the episode a big amazing CGI-heavy battle that will make us awe in excitement. We are so full of 10-second battles and mini bits of awesomeness.
Now, with their powers combined, they can save the big bad Lion King from his eternal loneliness, and in the process maybe save an ex-seraph silver dragon, the world, Edna’s brother since they remembered he exists, bring Dezel back to life because there are kids watching the show, visit Michael in the Upside Down, and become Power Rangers.
Don’t forget to check the rest of our episodic anime reviews for the last week of Winter 2017. Next week we will start uploading our series reviews and start on our Spring 2017 titles. You can check the titles we are going to cover here: