Tales of Zestiria the X – 14
「風の天族デシル」 (Kaze no ten-zoku deshiru)
“Dezel the Wind Seraph”
For an episode devoted to Dezel, there sure wasn’t much Dezel present was there? Zestiria largely continues the buildup this week as the fallout from Rose’s late night excursion reaches the rest of the community and Rolance receives its first true taste of Malevolence. Slow or not, this episode does expand on the theme of moral greyness touched on previously by having Sergei and Rose display some complex character personalities. Sergei of course has revealed himself to be an honourable man with a not so subtle interest in Rose—that’s a little much for an apology I think. For an arguable side character this is nice as it provides some non-Malevolence friction in Sorey’s travels—besides the additional opportunity for further exposition—without coming across as forced. The surprisingly intriguing internal politics of Rolance helps in this regard as it gives a specific reason for Sergei’s prior behaviour towards Sorey. People will naturally doubt what they cannot see nor understand, especially those forces which have the capacity to upset pre-existing balances of power. Through Sergei, Sorey has a good opportunity to show how he can change more dubious hearts and minds going forward.
What I particularly liked here, however, was Rose’s personal struggle which offered a good reflection on her actions last week. It’s particularly fitting Rose’s mental anguish is born from the loss of her close friend Guren, for up to this point all her actions have not directly affected those around her. While Guren may be an anime-original character (correct me if wrong), his apparent closeness to Rose and probable death forces Rose to really consider her actions for the first time. Whether Guren died before or after the Bishop—it’s indicated Guren did beforehand—Rose quickly learned the Bishop’s assassination may have just aggravated the situation she intended to rectify. Gouldman and the Blue Knights have certainly wasted little time in accelerating their plans, between blocking off the Church sanctuary and directly confronting Sorey, while Rose—stuck now in maintaining external appearances—possesses little recourse in finding out what really happened to her friend. At least Dezel is around to deal with (i.e. kill) what Rose cannot, although why he sticks around her, for what purpose, and why Rose can actually see him remains yet to be revealed. There’s a reason Rose supposedly walls herself off to the other Seraphim after all.
No matter one’s complaints on Zestiria’s buildup though, at least next week looks to break that trend. Whatever the Blue Knights were up to appears to have gone out of control, and with Sergei now knowing of the Bishop’s assassination, it’s not long before some nasty secrets (besides Gouldman’s cover up) start leaking out. With the first true taste of Malevolence this season now greeting Sorey and friends, you can be sure next episode is all going to be about the action.
You’re damn rights you’re Edna’s
bitch boy Mikleo, she doesn’t abbreviate just anyone’s name. Accept the Mibo, embrace the Mibo, it’s the way of life.
ED: 「INNOSENSE」 by FLOW