Tears to Tiara – 25, 26 (END)
Through the various rumors they had heard, Ogam and Octavia are able to figure out that they’re dealing with Lector, and Arawn identifies him as a White Angel. He’s also the one who killed Arthur’s father and tried to frame Arawn for it. Lector’s goal now is to bring about the end of the world so that everything dies and turns into pure white ash. Not about to let that happen, Arawn and company fight through Lector’s skeleton minions and then try to attack Lector himself. He’s able to avoid everything they throw at him, but Arthur doesn’t give up and manages to cut Lector’s cheek. This shocks Lector and drives him mad, and after a giant creature suddenly emerges in the center of the room, Lector lets its flames engulf him. Arawn and Ogam identify this creature as Mercadis, the same creature that took Arawn’s life in the last war, and it grows even more powerful now. Fortunately, when the floor under the group collapses, they are saved by dragons under the direction of Taliesin who is still alive. Those dragons fly the group out of the tower, but they still have to deal with the gigantic Mercadis.
Mercadis’ first action is to use it’s electrum breath cannon to blow up a mountain range in the distance. Ogam explains that the only way to stop it is with the Words of Power, and the only person who can recite them is Riannon. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know the words right now, and until she can figure it out, Arawn and Arthur use their swords together to try to stop the cannon. Arawn, however, gets hurt in the process, and Riannon realizes that she can’t heal him. Arthur gets him back into the action though, and Arawn telling Riannon to believe in herself causes her to experience a sudden vision. In it, she sees herself with all of her friends in a green field, and she realizes that the answer has been inside of her all along. Primula also appears in the vision to urge her on and to tell her to save Arawn. After Riannon comes out of the vision, she approaches Mercadis and recites the words, and it results in all of the monster’s body and power being stripped away. This in turn reveals the body of Lector inside, and Arthur finishes him off with one fatal stab. In the aftermath, the group returns to Avalon, and Arawn has a vision of Pwyll telling him to make Arthur king. Arawn eventually does so in a formal ceremony in front of all the people, and Arthur succeeds the name Pendragon. Everyone lives happily together in their new kingdom, and Arawn leaves his sword at the stone monument overlooking the ocean.
I thought Taliesin appearing again alive would be more of a big deal, but it wasn’t at all. He just showed back up with a fleet of dragons, and there wasn’t much explained other than the fact that he survived with the help of those same dragons. How convenient. It was also convenient that there just happened to be special words that could defeat that monster and that Riannon just happened to intuitively know them, but at least they developed that prior back in episode 24 (and those words are technically shown in the ED as well). For Taliesin, they could have at least spent 20 seconds showing what happened to him instead of making him feel like a pure plot device.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the final two episodes though. They were appropriately epic-feeling and I can really appreciate how much closure the ending provides. I’m actually a bit surprised that Arawn got a happy ending because I always thought that he’d sacrifice himself to give Arthur the opportunity to win the final battle. In that regard, Lector went down a little easier than expected at the very end, but given the choice of this or a longer battle but rushed ending, I’d choose this. In fact, I really like how they ended back at that stone monument, and it prompted me to go back and watch the scene in episode four where Riannon talked about Myrddin’s tears, and I think the title of the series finally makes some sense to me now.
What I’ll probably remember best about Tears to Tiara is that it’s a great action series. I can’t say enough about how good of a job WHITE FOX did with the production, and more often than not I just found myself amazed at the battles and fight choreography. The story, on the other hand, was decent for an RPG and was certainly less convoluted than I remember Utawarerumono being, but it seemed to take a long while to develop the overarching plot. All the really important stuff didn’t seem to happen until after the Gaius arc, and by then there was only a quarter of the series left. That’s not too big a deal though considering that I overall still enjoyed the series and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good fantasy action show.