OP: 「Share the light」by Run Girls, Run!
「少女の世界が変わるとき」 (Shoujo no Sekai ga kawaru toki)
“When the Girl’s World Changes”
You know I was never imagining Assassins Pride to be a show worthy of paying a good deal of attention to this season. Sure it’s not bad in the slightest—and frankly well-structured and decently animated compared to come fellow light novel brethren—but the way it’s adapting its source material and choosing what to feature is going to be a debate for weeks to come. After all, with apparent cuts this deep something has to give—even while I cannot deny it’s slowly warming to me.
While I’m an anime only viewer tuning into Assassins Pride, it doesn’t take much to see the show is trimming quite a bit from its overall story. Just take Melida’s awakening this week. The rapid shift in the girl’s combat prowess and sudden display of more complex abilities shows a lot of training occurring behind the scenes, and indeed the show chopped all of this to instead feature the results exclusively. Blood, sweat, tears, and tender loving mentor moments? Not in this rapid dash forward (well, barring some tender loving affections—cannot pass up that opportunity after all), though the real question is how much it actually affects thing. Plenty of series fans are disappointed by the adaptation choices at work for good reason, but coming into this blind I’m not sure yet if it’s entirely a bad thing. Melida’s change may have been swift and rapid, her defeat of Nerva bordering on deliberately fabricated (hard seeing it to be anything but), yet the pacing and development of these events never really seem off-putting. Quick? Yes, but incomprehensible? Not in the slightest. So far at least Assassins Pride has done a good job of cutting appropriate material versus actual narratives and expositions helping tie everything together. There’s no guarantees this will keep up as we get into the meat and potatoes (and that will be where the test truly begins), but currently the show is doing a fine job of threading the story needle.
As for where the story is heading I don’t think there’ll be too many surprises. Not hard seeing Melida’s father and his company as problems waiting to happen for example, particularly when you factor in the known rumour mill behind the girl and her sudden mana appearance. I imagine quite a few shrewd individuals will be able to piece two and two together, especially when her magic class is finally made public, and when that happens the fireworks will begin in earnest. Then there’s the matter of our apparent “main” antagonists (until the real ones make their appearance) who naturally are tight with the Halloween spookies just itching for some greater explanation. Assassins Pride has quite a bit of material and relationships to utilize and feature, with the only question being how far along the garden path it’ll get before this season is through.
It’s anyone’s guess just where we go from here, but you can bet the ride is going to be wild.