「いずれその陽は落ちるとしても -slight light, slight hope-」 (Izure Sono You wa Ochiru to Shitemo -slight light, slight hope-)
“Even if the Sun Falls -slight light, slight hope-“
While I don’t think there have been any bad episodes, this week’s episode felt like a return to form with the amount of emotions that it managed to suck out of me.
As cheap of a ploy as it may be, this week’s episode did a number on my heart. Even if you dislike certain characters, there’s no denying that every single one has a unique personality that adds just enough “spice” to the story to keep things interesting. Tack on the small fact that all the faeries have some terrible secret behind their existence that our good ol’ Old Sage neglected to tell Willem (and us) and can you blame me for being just as scared as Willem when Ctholly decided to bust our her wings? Honestly, if there’s anything that I can’t stand (in the sense that it kills me inside), it has to be when a character gradually loses their memories. Sure there’s an argument I could make about how dumb it is when someone completely loses their memory, but the feeling of angst and fear that appears when you know someone is slowly losing their memory and realizes it is nearly indescribable when done well. Which is why I have to give this week’s episode some major props for doing such a great job at using everything we’ve learned about these characters to really squeeze out the feels.
Changing pace for a second, the other thing I wanted to briefly talk about was just how much I would love for Ithea and Nephren to get some more screen time. As side characters, it sucks that we don’t get to see more of them since it feels like there’s a treasure trove of things we could discover just by getting a closer look at the two. Alas, with the spotlight on Ctholly and her rapidly deteriorating condition, it looks like we’ll only be getting bite sized bits of my two favorite fairies.
Overall, I think this episode was actually really good even though at a glance it looks like it as mostly a Ctholly one. The story has managed to move at a breakneck pace without actually breaking out necks and all the characters both major and minor have had an opportunity to get their fair share of air time. If I had to pick one thing I was concerned about though, it might be just how hard the story is pushing the battle between Ctholly and the soul inside of her. At this point I don’t think it’s too tough to say that the big climax will probably have something to do with Ctholly either making peace with the girl (and becoming one?) or going out in a blaze of fiery tears if it all goes to hell.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!