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「戦争」 (Sensou)
“The War”

Let the battle for peace begin. With only one more week to go we’re beginning the war that’s been brewing in recent weeks. But that’s not all, as we’ve got official confirmation of a second cour coming in 2017. This was previously leaked, so I’m not surprised by the news, though I expect viewers unaware were pleased to hear we’d get more next year. You can expect the second cour likely to air in Winter, which is similar to what ufotable have done before with the Fate series. It’s a common practice now in anime production, if only because it allows them to spread their time and effort evenly and prevents them from tripping up over themselves part-way into an unfinished second cour. With this, we can assume the high production quality will remain the same, even if we have to wait an extra few months for a proper resolution.

As for this episode, it was another solid watch. Not as personal or exciting as last week’s focus on Alisha (and Sorey as well). With the set-up out-of-the-way for the most part, we’re diving into the battle and seeing the political machinations unfold. It’s all fairly predictable, but my initial hopes that Zestiria would twist fantasy expectations proved to be unlikely early on. What we’re getting is typical and fun – which is more than enough. Alisha’s part of the story is my favourite, of course. She commands the screen when she appears, and her contrast with Rose makes her moral stance even more brave and baffling, especially when it nearly cost her her life by the end of this episode. Yet she is determined to seek peace and won’t even allow for Rose to injure the men that have betrayed her.

But is Alisha being too idealistic? Probably. But that’s what makes her so compelling – she’s proactive in her search for peace, and seeing her getting trip up makes the story more exciting. Should we revert back to her original purpose in the games and become a damsel in distress then I won’t be as positive, but so far things are looking promising for this storyline as Rose reveals she has similar powers to Sorey. I understand there is dodgy history with her character in the game, but perhaps this adaptation will improve upon her just like it did with Alisha?

Speaking of Sorey, he also has his own struggles, making him a more compelling lead. He shares the same goals as Alisha, but I like the fact that he will refuse to aid her should a genuine war break out. He sounds like he’s becoming a bystander, but his attempt to stop the fighting altogether is giving us enough action to keep him involved in the plot. What’s more curious, however, is his battle with the malevolence. Given what we’ve learned about the bad spirits and evil forces that surround people in this world, it makes sense that a battlefield would be the worst place of all. It highlights the ugliness of war and the oppressive fight for survival that everyone there has, and it fits nicely with the anti-war message that Tales of Zestiria is determined to drive forward.

 

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September 19, 2016 at 9:39 am
14 comments »
  • September 19, 2016 at 11:06 amHenrietta

    Again, both Alisha and Rose are 10 times better than their game’s counterpart.

    Game Rose was insufferable, game Alisha was just a minor character.

    The new archer girl is great too.

    • September 19, 2016 at 11:17 amWorldwidedepp

      Rose can protect Alisha from the Shadows. So both should create an strong bond, like in the Game DLC. But this time Rose do not need to hold back

      As i said, perhaps one of the Seraphims could befriend Alisha, like Sorey has Mikleo. Perhaps Leilha could ask some of her pals for an Bodyguard favor

      • September 19, 2016 at 11:20 amWorldwidedepp

        or this Norin from Episode 1 is back, and can at last protect her with his “power”

        if there is no “hope” for Seraphim’s power, then give Alisha some Norin’s love

    • September 19, 2016 at 1:54 pmAex

      After Ep.0, I lose sleep over any named girls under Alisha’s command. They’re awesome the second they show up, but then…

      I feel like they should all be wearing red.

    • September 22, 2016 at 5:36 pmLyfe

      Further proof really that Bandai Namco should put their Tales titles in development for at least an additional 6 months to sure up the story/characters. It’s not uncommon now for Tales titles to be weak in that area.

  • September 19, 2016 at 2:38 pmRae

    So this episode is mostly original because as I mentioned last time, Alisha was kidnapped offscreen and never seen again for like 20 hours and is used as blackmail to force Sorey into war.

    That said, it’s much easier to just tell what happens in the game because relatively nothing happens compared to anime.

    -General comes to Mariland, tells Sorey to fight in war or Alisha will be falsely accused of bad stuff.
    -Sorey fights and battles soldiers, shows off powers.
    -Oh no! General is a dick, is a hellion wolf thingie boss battle and Sorey beats him.

    That’s about it. Some background on major sub-plots that got switched around.

    -Rose and the Sparrows directly meet way back at Ladylake during the meeting with Bart. They then escaped together and no one cares.
    -The Sparrows then randomly fight Sorey throughout the story to…test him of his Shepard proof I guess? So this sub-plot is transferred over to Alisha except with way more plot and character motivation involved.
    -That wind seraph at the end? Sorey and the group already met him back in Mariland. His existence is never brought up as some huge revelation or cool self-defense.

  • September 19, 2016 at 4:26 pmJuan

    Alisha in this episode gives off the same vibe as Shiro from FSN.

  • September 19, 2016 at 6:08 pmL002

    http://randomc.net/image/Tales%20of%20Zestiria%20the%20X/Tales%20of%20Zestiria%20the%20X%20-%2011%20-%20Large%2016.jpg
    This is War. To be Frank, I would like to hear Alisha’s and Sorey’s opinion when they hear a certain someone’s opinion in why wars are fought.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlFQFNX-VV4

    • September 20, 2016 at 8:20 pmChan

      They’d punch him in the face

    • September 20, 2016 at 8:25 pmChan

      Scratch that Rose would punch him, meanwhile Sorey and Alisha would explain why what he said wrong.

  • September 19, 2016 at 9:23 pmhaseo0408

    Hey what do you know? I nailed it! They are really stoping with The Lord Calamity! Oh boy, this is going to be an awesome end for this excelent first part and take this non-spoiler key words: Kitty Beard!.

  • September 19, 2016 at 11:29 pmChromeNova

    I am genuinely impressed by how far they’ve elevated the series. This production value and the storytelling changes are just top notch. Considering how much advertisement this show had during Anime Expo, I can see that there is some serious money being put into this adaption, and it truly shows. I love the dynamic that Alisha and Rose have, their personalities clash and suit each other perfectly. No matter how stubbornly idealistic Alisha is, it’s still good to see that she stays true to her virtues even to the bitter end. Thankfully Rose was there to kick some ass though or she would have been a goner, lol.

  • September 21, 2016 at 1:46 amRei

    You missed the Dezel screen-cap. Its too important. I hope we see more of him in the next two remaining episodes.