La storia della Arcana Famiglia – 02
「Il Comandante della Squadra Protezione Animali」
“Commander of The Animal Protection Team”
Forgive my Thai, but wat.
I’ll give this episode the benefit of the doubt: it was trying to appeal to the softer side of the ‘family’ and create some depth of character. Maybe they were trying to reinforce the naivety and innocent justice that the younger members have! However, pulling off something of that nature before showing any other significant sides to the characters is just…clunky. From watching this and reading the comments from last episode: most of those comments also apply here, only now on top of more problems.
Once again, the introduction of the remaining characters and their Arcanas has been clunky. It just seems like they’re slapping the introductions willy nilly in the plot to seem ‘natural’, but it ends up being,“Doing stuff. Amazing ‘insight’. Oh btw, I’m X, the Y! My power is—*conveniently cut-off*” What’s worse: the reason for introducing most of these Arcanas right away is…hazy. I wouldn’t have minded if the story had revealed Arcanas later in the story when they were actually being used, but apparently the director wants to get plot setup out of the way. Normally this would make sense if there was actual plot development simultaneously occurring like last episode, but…
Assuming that the show is indeed aiming for a quick and dirty intro exposition through its fairly large cast, and assuming that we’re aiming for 12 episodes here…why…WHY use an episode on rescuing a cat! I understand if the director was attempting to create a softer side to the characters…especially Felicità, but there is no time to dedicate an ENTIRE episode to chasing a cat! It could’ve been training and discussing how to win the tournament. It could’ve been showing the inner workings of the Family. Heck, even going more in-depth into Felicità’s past via flashback episode would’ve established the setting. But nope. Let’s spend the episode deconstructing Felicità’s tough girl personality and highlight her girliness! It’s quite unnecessary to show two flashbacks of Papa and showing her sadface as reaction: a quick reflection would’ve done the trick.
Perhaps I am taking things too seriously (you can totally call me out in the comments if I am), but it’s such a shame to see screen time wasted. I understand that its origins come from an otome game, but shouldn’t that open-endedness be an invitation to take the best routes possible? For any of you that played the game, is there a route where Felicità doesn’t end up with anyone (in a good way)? Those who’ve played the game, help provide some insight on what you think will happen in the comments (without any obvious spoilers of course).
Now that I’m done fuming, let me tell you, there is one Arcana that interested me when it popped up. Felicità’s mother, Sumire. If we infer that she has the power to pass absolute judgment on an issue and how there’s a tournament coming up…some serious twists can happen in the tourney were Sumire to pass judgment against popular judgment. Of course, this also creates the possibility of Sumire acting as the cop-out resolution in an ‘oh noes the good gaiz are losing!’ matchup, but let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that.
Now let us sing a song with our favorite Nova, ’cause apparently he’s a bad boy.