Well who knew, looks like Zestiria can actually wrap things up by the end of the season. With Alisha’s arc now finished and the end boss—alright, the end boss’ adjutant—showing up after seven episodes, we are finally entering the home stretch here. With live dragon purification now a thing, all Sorey really needs to eliminate the Lord of Calamity is one more good power-up, which can easily be found in an episode or two. Couple that with a pair of decent
Spirit Bomb Malevolence absorbers in Rose and Alisha, and a good chunk of otherwise necessary game events can be conveniently skipped over. Might even have room to see Edna’s wish realized.
Besides the textbook example of “my ability is stronger than yours”, the main focus of this episode—once again—was on morality. Sorey looks to have completed his development, given his open acceptance of everyone possessing Malevolence in different forms and strengths. Considering this conclusion was foreshadowed since the start, it’s nice actually having Sorey follow through given how naïve he was last season. While a little tacky that it all essentially boils down to being stronger than the previous Shepherd, at least Sorey has a firm moral basis to stand on. The same, however, cannot be said of Alisha.
While both Sorey and Alisha carry the “cannot kill” mantra, Alisha’s thinking was particularly annoying this week. Part of the issue for me likely centers on Alisha’s emotions, or in this case, lack of emotions. You would imagine if your father was cut down before you that you would feel shock, grief, rage, but apparently not in Alisha’s case. No cliché scream, no barely controlled anger, just a quick fall on the dead dad before regaining composure and affirming the “I won’t kill you” pledge. No matter the person, events like this regicide are more than enough to shatter anyone’s stoic face, including our little princess. Of course Zestiria could have been pressed for time with the dragon purification and all, but it’s still hard not laughing at this little bit of absurdity. Also does not help when Alisha shows more emotion at Bartlow’s later suicide. Pretty sure there is some psychoanalysis argument to be made here, but I’m too lazy for such things.
For Zestiria’s benefit, however, the tedious parts of Alisha’s development are now through and she can largely revert back to being Sorey’s squire. Considering the focus now will probably be on the Lord of Calamity and defeating him, not much more should need saying on the moral ambiguity and personal ideals of our main characters. The sides have been set, the characters now placed, it’s time to get down and dirty with the final fight of the show. Plenty of time left for Zestiria to mess up of course, but I have some optimism this show will make the most of its drawn out start.