La storia della Arcana Famiglia – 04
「Confessioni di una Maschera」
“Confession of a Mask”
If you watch La storia della Arcana Famiglia with the mindset that this is an otome game adaptation, this series is actually quite par for the course and is pretty enjoyable too, so I’ve decided to continue covering this instead of Zanibas who is blogging Oda Nobuna no Yabou now.
It appeared to me that a lot of people were disappointed in this show because of how it has walked away from its main purpose (which could be seen in the premise). I’m a bit surprised at all the negativity I’ve seen in the discussions concerning this anime. While it is about duels, it’s not your typical action show. This is an anime adaptation of an otome game; it’s meant to be slow paced because there should be side stories and character development will take more focus than the actual plot – I already expected all these ‘issues’ because I’ve seen quite a lot of reverse harem titles. None of them dived head first into the plot; they were all slowly progressing, with the character development getting the main attention. Also, this isn’t confirmed regarding La storia della Arcana Famiglia, but I suspect that this anime will be longer than one cour. I’ve never seen a reverse harem show being shorter than 26 episodes. Most of them had sequels or multiple cours. I’m assuming that this anime will give us proper back stories and introductions to all characters before moving on to the actual duels. This is why I find this anime so enjoyable – it’s doing what an otome show usually does!
Today’s episode covered Libertá’s childhood which isn’t a happy one. He was raised in an orphanage where human experiments were conducted on children. I assume Dante named him when he rescued the young and dangerous Libertá – it’s a fitting name for a child who has been set free from his past (this includes sealing away memories and powers). I wonder why Dante was there though, was he a part of the Famiglia around that time? Did they send him on that mission?
Libertá is so far, one of my favorite characters in this show (I like hyperactive characters), so I was very happy to see an entire episode dedicated to him. I was very surprised to see an anime character I like having the same hobby as I have – I collect carnival masks too, although, my reason behind the collecting isn’t as deep as Libertá’s…
It turns out that Libertá’s Arcana gives him the power of words or thoughts – allowing him to set things in action by speaking. I suspected he might have such a power when I saw him struggle away from Pace’s strong and firm grip during the announcement meeting in the first episode, so I can’t say I’m surprised, however, I agree with Dante; Libertá definitely needs to grow stronger before he wields his power properly. He is way too immature and careless, although, I think he might be hiding some maturity behind that childish face.
Besides Libertá’s background and powers, we’ve got a fair share of some romantic moments between Libérta and Felicitá. While this anime is a reverse harem where usually all males have a chance to get the main heroine, it seems like this one is focusing on Libertá and Nova more than any other male in the family. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the others aren’t romantic matches for Felicitá, but I think any other match might be less “romantic” in terms of lovey-dovey romance. There are still many more characters who haven’t been introduced properly yet, so I might have to take that back.
Aside from the main episode, I think this week’s omake was the best one so far. I found myself laughing at Dante’s silliness, and the slightly disappointed Felicitá was just too adorable! Having that said, it looks like there’ll be a lot of Nova next week – looking forward to that.