「天の声」 (Ten no Koe)
Compared to what we’ve seen previously, I think this episode was actually pretty darn good.
With the story finally on track and moving in a singular direction, it’s refreshing to know that we hopefully won’t get thrown around back and forth between the two factions as the story attempts to build the story up. I mean, at the most basic level I can appreciate how Apocrypha is trying to create a story between two warring factions that each have their own dirty little secrets, but the way it’s been going at it feels like it’s trying to throw too much at us at one time. That said, this week’s episode finally felt cohesive enough that I could really start wrapping my head around what’s going on. Sure, it might have helped that I kind of figured out through the comments that Sieg and Ruler are actually the ones we should be keeping our eyes on, but I think even without figuring that out I would have been able to discern that from what happened this week.
Besides me ranting about the story’s pace, let me dive into some of the cool stuff that happened this week. First off, even though Siegfried may be gone, I’m glad we still got to see Astolfo live up to the promises he made. From protecting Sieg all the way to the end to standing up to the entire Black Faction as they were looking at him with some pretty murderous eyes, it’s a damn shame that we probably won’t get to see much more of him until later in the series. As someone who doesn’t seem to really care about what’s going on, it was like breathing in a breath of fresh air whenever Astolfo graced the screen. If anything, I think what I enjoyed the most was just how well he managed to aggravate everyone who he didn’t particularly care for (especially his master).
Moving on from Astolfo, it’s nice to see Ruler get some proper screen time. As the titular (I think) character for Apocrypha, I still think it’s a little odd that it took five episodes to really integrate her into the story. That said, there’s no denying that she played her role magnificently. Between progressing the story to the next major arc to foreshadowing a tragic end to Sieg should things stay true, I loved how we got to see her struggle as she tried to figure out just what the best path for Sieg would be.
Besides that, there really wasn’t much else to talk about this week. With the story advancing to the next big plot point which seems to involve both factions and a famous murderer who may or may not have existed, I’m hoping that the show as a whole stabilizes quickly so that we can really start diving deep into the crazy story that’s waiting for us. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week — see you then!
P.S. Please be careful and avoid posting spoilers in the comments. I realize that there’s a good number of readers who know what’s going to happen, but please utilize the spoiler tags if you want to dive into the juicy secrets. Thanks 🙂