「加虐への報酬」 (Kagyaku e no Houshuu)
While I suspect it may grow tiresome later on how much Eminence in Shadow is treading the predictability line, I got to admit I’m liking just where this show is going. For all the knowing what’s coming next there’s still a good deal of fun to be had, and with the main story now properly getting started, I think we’re about to see some of that fun in action.
With how last episode left off I dare say few will be surprised how this one went, though the manner of it definitely was in the mood for flipping the script. Cid after all was always going to get out from the accusation of kidnapping Alexia – but getting legitimately tortured in the process and having the kid enjoy the backseat B-grade experience? I got to admit I laughed at that one. Hell even the other half of the experience with Alexia’s predicament was worth a few chuckles, as crazed mad scientist emulating the best of first year nursing students and deadpan princess resigned to the insanity more than made up for any ubiquitous fantasy storyboarding at work. Eminence in Shadow leans quite hard on the tropes at times, but it doesn’t let them go waste.
Part of the predictability inevitably stems to Alexia’s intended betrothed in Zenon, because I seriously doubt anyone did not see that coming. Perfect teacher with nary a flaw? Oh you knew something was up with that, and something was indeed. Although I’m starting to raise an eyebrow at the increasing void of information over why these various characters are interested in the Cult of Diabolos (Zenon was the first to give a tangible one), I suspect we will see more on that very shortly considering Cid’s compatriots have now returned and will inevitably have a lot to fill him in on. Among other things, heh.
First however must come epic beatdowns, and with Zenon set to face off against the shadowy Eminence himself, best be sure it’s going to be an entertaining one. After all, with how much Cid has been holding himself back to date, something tells me he’s ready to finally let loose for a bit.