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I honestly enjoy watching the dynamic of the main characters, but I have a hard time getting behind this show’s pacing. After an extended betrayal in the previous episode, this week’s episode largely forgets about it and resolves its main conflict in a few minutes. I think that this can be fine in some cases, but I got the impression that the “heavier” scenes in this episode didn’t have time to sink in.
I feel like I have too much trouble with the fight scenes in this series. The flames take up so much of the screen that it’s hard to tell where they’re hitting. It also seemed like Tilarna’s movements were a combination of stills and jumpy cuts. It seemed better than the previous episode, but that’s probably not saying too much.
I honestly feel that Leahyah’s sacrifice could have benefit from a bit more development. As it stands, her entire connection with Tilarna and her eventual sacrifice cover about a minute of run time. It’s hard to feel too bad about it. That being said, I did like the scene where Tilarna lies about Leahyah’s death to Kei. I’m not sure what to fully make of it, but my interpretation is that Kei basically knows what happened despite that.
So yeah…I guess we’re getting started on a completely new arc now. Cool? Casual Tilarna is pretty funny, to be honest. In all fairness, I understand her reasoning for staying. Zelada certainly doesn’t seem like the type of character who would die so easily.
Honestly, I look forward to seeing how Semania’s magical phenomena map to things on Earth. As it stands, I get the sense that there’s too much of a divide. Tilarna tends to throw out a lot of undefined magical terms, so I think it would be cool if they were just a different pathway of advancement.
Tilarna ends up building a funny relationship with Cecil, but I guess we’re right back into the swing of things. Cecil’s poor assistant sure got taken out quickly. I feel like I came out of the previous arc without much information about how Semanians work, so I hope to see more of it in this vampire story.