「聖獣の森」 (Seijuu no Mori)
“Forest of the Sacred Beast”
「神託の盾来襲」 (Orakuru Raishuu)
As some people were already aware, the second episode of Tales of the Abyss aired back-to-back with the premiere on CBC and MBS. Interestingly enough, these two broadcasters are continuing onto the third episode next week too, rather than using this as a special screening. Since there were a few requests to see this episode posted, I decided to put a post up about it; however, I’m still undecided as to whether or not I’ll continue blogging this series. That’s not to say it’s bad or anything though as this episode only reaffirmed the positive impressions in my Snapshot, but simply a matter of how much time I can commit this season.
With that said, we were introduced to a several more key characters this time around, which includes Jade Curtiss, Anise Tatlin, Ion, and Mieu — the latter of which is a sacred creature known as a Cheagle, who carries a Sorcerer Ring around its waist that allows it to communicate with humans and use various Fonims. Aside from getting party members to join up, the episode came off as a mini-quest to resolve a conflict between the Cheagle and Raiga. As I mentioned before, I really like the RPG-vibes that this anime adaptation gives off, which that was a good example of. What’s done well here though is that nothing feels episodic by any means, as they left us off with a bit of a cliffhanger when Jade and Anise suddenly turned on Luke and Tear for being Seventh Fonim users.
Seeing as Luke is a spoiled, brat-like character we’re not supposed to like much at first, I was happy to see Mieu accidentally scorch his face. Tear on the other hand I find is still one of the best reasons to watch this series though (if you aren’t already drawn to some other aspect), as her reactions this episode were really amusing to watch. As such, I really think Yukana needs to be cast in more roles like this one, or just more roles in general.