OP: 「cross the line」 by AKINO with bless4
「傷痕と, 銃声と」 (Kizuato to, Juusei to)
“Mit Narben und Schüssen | Scars and Gunfire “
Sometimes, when I’m watching historical fiction like Shuumatsu no Izetta, I feel sorry for the Nazis. Wait, Passerby’s a closet fascist? What a scandal! If anybody cared! No, I actually haven’t pledged allegiance to any supremacist movement (as far as you’d know); what I have sympathy for is not the Nazi regime, but their role as villains in our stories. The Nazis used to strike fear in hearts of men as the German war machine, an existential threat that the entire world banded together to defeat. Now? They’re just the generic redshirts to get beaten up by whatever superpowered thing is messing with history, be it a witch on a boomstick or Captain America. Give a thought to the poor Germanian pilots this episode. Join the airforce, they said. See the world, they said. Exterminate the Jews, they said. Nope, they’re actually the cannon-fodder wing, without even a shred of dignity spared. Look, when you’re a professional soldier and you’re reporting on ‘two girls flying on a rifle’, you know you’ve hit rock bottom.
All I’m saying is, Hitler didn’t work that hard to be that evil to just be a generic baddie with tacky facial hair. Our historical genocidal maniacs need some respect.
Well, Nazi stormtroopers turning into Star Wars stormtroopers aside, we have a fairly safe episode 02 of Shuumatsu no Izetta, all things considered. Half an episode of witch vs military action, which is what the viewers are here for, and half an episode of general backstory, which is the narrative busywork we actually need. Not quite as fun as the pilot (what can I say, I like my trains and I like my espionage), but a fairly good watch still. Once again, commendations to the soundtrack for really holding everything together. I don’t think the dogfight was actually that impressive, if we were to break it down—despite all the magicking the climax was firing the Muggle gun and it still managed to leave a survivor to report back—but the music sure made it sound epic. Well, I can dig that. Got to embrace the melodrama. There’s no shame in theatrics in theatre.
As for the less popcorn-worthy segment of the episode, it gives Izetta some character, which is what I asked for and so am glad for it. But Finé is already a pretty strong character, so how are we to share the screentime? Not even going to try, apparently—keep the princess unconscious so we can take some time to develop Izetta. Turns out, the two are actually pretty good foils for each other. While Finé has been shown to be uncommonly mature (she’s a princess, they’re just better), Izetta, despite being roughly as old as Hime-sama, seems to have the mental age of a child (or at least, too young to serve as satisfying cheesecake). I don’t know if it’s a natural naiveté or if she’s been stuck in that steampunk coffin for a very long time, but there’ a dynamic here, at least. I don’t know about that fantasy discrimination angle, though. It’s a tad generic and, let’s face it, she does have some awfully dangerous powers. And she’s a blood mage, and nothing good ever comes out of those, no matter the variety, not in Darker than Black, not in Tsukihime, and not in every RPG ever.
Look, if she doesn’t drown, we need to burn her. There are rules.
- Random thoughts:
- Landsburgg? Come on.
- Are we… supposed to feel sorry for the gun? She’s going to forget all about it when she gets a shiny new one from the OP anyway.
- Izetta is actually set around the time Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice got made. Something to think about.
- Now taking bets on how long this sap gets to live.
ED2: 「光ある場所へ」 (Hikari Aru Basho e) by May’n