La storia della Arcana Famiglia – 03
Where to begin, where to begin….
First off, let’s all agree that this episode was definitely better than the second. Heck, the second episode could have been omitted and everything would’ve flowed smoothly into this episode. Any developments beside the flashback in episode 2 were done much more smoothly and more in-depth this episode. Nova’s struggles with his relation to others and Liberta’s control of his power were better explored while also beginning development with Jolly and Debito. While this is a minor positive note in the series development, it also
revealed emphasized the horrible waste of an episode the second was. If this episode already achieved everything the last one tried to do…why? Just why. Kon Chiaki, what are you doing!?
Speaking from an isolated perspective of the episode, the quality of the episode was actually alright. The diversity of the character interactions was good, especially between Nova and Sumire. Although we don’t know exactly what happened with Nova, we sure do know that Sumire plays a large role in some of the character’s lives other than Felicità. The legend of the church also was an interesting foreshadow, which seems to be tied to Jolly somehow, but I don’t expect us to reach resolution on that next episode according to the preview.
It’s also nice that they flashed back to Debito, Pace, and Luca’s past like they did with Felicità…it’s a tried and true way to develop characters. Of course this also increases the ‘cute fanservice’ available, with the show not forgetting who its target audience is.
However, despite these fairly good aspects, like episode 2, this episode failed to see the elephant in the room: the fact that Felicità’s freedom is on the brink of being severely restricted. Rather than say, training to win this war, everyone is content with leading their daily activities and only their daily activities. I wouldn’t have minded if daily life occurred with the training (you can’t just drop everything, especially in a mafia setting), but this omission is ridiculous.
If you came here looking for some serious exploitation of the mafia aspect, or any immediate action…drop immediately–the first episode has deceived you. At the rate that this show is going, it doesn’t even look like we’ll get to the tournament, but rather explore the events leading up to it. If you are able to shift your expectations in light of this, then power to you. This episode will probably be the indicator of the depth of emotions and development for most of the episodes. If that ends up being not good enough, I don’t blame you; this has been a J.C. Staff otome adaption that lost its potential via bad decisions.
Although I don’t feel strongly enough as a watcher to drop it, I do feel obliged as a blogger to drop this series, effective immediately, to switch coverage to Oda Nobuna no Yabou. I came into this series expecting action and strong leads, but neither are present in Famiglia, while both traits brim in Nobuna. Although for some this is disappointing, from reading the comments for the past few episodes, I’m sure a majority of you understand *wink*.
Anyways, it was a
good run. Maybe if I had come in with different expectations this show would’ve worked out, but sadly my impressions are already set in stone.
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