「人間のセカイ」 (Ningen no Sekai)
Owari no Seraph picks up right where it left off; which isn’t a bad thing, but definitely leaves a lot more to be desired. The first season’s premiere impressed me more by a long shot. Since Owari no Seraph follows its manga source, the unfortunate decision was when to cut the seasons and air it as two separate cours. Since the first season ended off on a cliffhanger and right after the first major battle against vampires with Yuu’s crazy transformation… I was expecting a lot more out of this premiere. Not in terms of action, but more so in terms of closure.
Obviously Owari no Seraph did want to show its entire hand off the bat and this season starts off by introducing new characters and more questions. We get a very quick recap of what happened at the end of last season, and as the episode airs, the characters drop hints in their conversations to remind the viewer of what happened. It’s pretty obvious with the flashbacks too and I think it’s a subtle way of bringing the audience back into this world. Our new characters include folks in the Hiiragi family (Shinoa’s (Hayami Saori) family) that are “interviewing” Hyakuya Yuuichirou (Irino Miyu), but in fact it turns into an interrogation of what happened on the battlefield. Yuu is shocked to see that his friends, Kimizuki Shihou (Ishikawa Kaito) and Saotome Yoichi (Okamoto Nobuhiko) are detained and being physically stabbed in the back every time Yuu refuses to give the answers that Hiiragi Kureto (Maeno Tomoaki) is looking for. Eventually we learn that the reason Kureto is interrogating Yuu, is because he came from an orphanage known for experimenting spellcraft on their children. Ichinose Guren (Nakamura Yuuichi) knew this when he saved Yuu all those years ago and thus we finally learn a bit more about why Yuu transformed into a demon-like monster at the end of last season.
So this leads me back to my previous point about how there’s a lot more questions than answers that emerged with this episode. We have new characters, new motives and a lot of conflicts of interest within the amy and families. We know for sure that Guren has more hidden motives (and he even admits it) than he has been leading on so it leaves us with the question of whether or not he can still be trusted (if you ever trusted him to begin with). At this point, I don’t think Yuu has a choice because Guren is still the lesser of two evils… but Guren appears more suspicious as the story airs. Kureto is also another shady character, but I think that’s the role he’s meant to play. It would be nice to hear more about his beef with Guren and why Shinoa has such a strained relationship with her family. It’s clear that Shinoa doesn’t want anything to do with her family background and is trying to make a name and reputation for herself away from their influences. Mitsuba on the other hand, is almost on the other polar end. She got promoted, but not exactly by her own means (and she knows that) so her path up the army is being handed to her easily.
Asides from the lack of action this episode, there was a lot of development on the plot front so we’ll certainly see more battles to come. Hyakuya Mikaela (Ono Kensho) is still suffering on his own and very thirsty for blood. Bathory Ferid (Sakurai Takahiro) is the ultimate jerk of a comrade who stands by and only provokes the worst out of Mika. There were hints at the end of last season that Ferid was meeting up with someone (unknown to the viewer)… could that have been Guren or Kureto? And if so, what does that mean in terms of alliances and loyalties? Not very much if vampires and humans are colluding for… something. This is what I’ve been waiting for from Owari no Seraph; the conspiracies, the action and the bigger picture. Hopefully the end of this season will prove to be a better resolution for this story than the first cour.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I don’t know about everyone else but I enjoyed #owarino_seraph #s1 =) I’m excited for #s2 but the premiere was not as exciting as s1…A lot more questions than answers. Both literally and figuratively o_o