I’m surprised that Momonga ended up killing Shalltear and resurrecting her. Was that his plan the whole time? If so, that means that he really wasn’t holding back in the fight. Another question that I had from the episode is the usage of the numerous high-level items in the battle. My assumption from the games I’ve played is that the weapons are still available, but the cash shop items that Momonga mentioned are gone forever. Just how much of Nazarick’s resources were burned in that battle?
Unfortunately, I would say that this series didn’t really work as a whole. The entire series dragged on with fairly little action and Momonga just ran around the world created by the game he loved showing off how overpowered he was. That’s really all I got on this series…
This final battle shaped up to be pretty interesting, at least. However, this battle displays why I don’t play MMOs…how many buffs did Momonga have to cast at the start of the battle before engaging Shalltear? That being said, I suppose this is the only time in the series where we haven’t seen Momonga completely destroy his opponent with ease. Personally, it’s the first time I’ve even considered his MP to be a limiting resource…it seemed irrelevant before. That being said, it doesn’t really bode well for the show if the only enemy capable of challenging Momonga is one of his own, right?
I guess next week, we’ll get to see what Momonga’s plan was all along. I’m assuming that what he says at the end of this week’s episode about Shalltear’s aggressive battling being her own undoing means that he needs her to be out of MP for the plan to work or something. Either that or it’s one of those silly skills that gets powerful the more you get hurt…something like that. Based on that outburst, though, it looks like Shalltear will be defeated at the start of next week’s episode. Does that mean the rest of the episode is devoted to finding the person responsible for the brainwash and talking with him/her?
Wow…can we never have Momonga act this somber again? It really doesn’t suit his character (it might suit his human personality, but it doesn’t fit his appearance). Anyway, the only interesting point from this week’s episode is the fact that the enemy somehow managed to gain a world-level item to take over Shalltear. Just how much is that supposed to suggest that the enemy is someone from Yggdrasil? It seems likely to me.
It looks like there are still two episodes left. Will this battle really take two episodes or will the true culprit be revealed after a long battle with Shalltear? That would appropriately cliffhanger into the final episode, I suppose. Is there even a possibility that the reveal will show that the true culprit was a former ally of Momonga’s? Judging by his constant agonizing over his past and former comrades, I can certainly see it happening…but I haven’t decided whether it makes sense for that to happen. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I’ll be really upset if they cop out with some random dude that just happened to find a world-level item.
Well, this week’s episode finally explains the scene in the opening sequence with Shalltear fighting Momonga with the dragon armor…I had been assuming it was a betrayal (or just a look-alike) this whole time. But it turns out the only way the world can produce an enemy strong enough to challenge Momonga is to use one of his own again him. If it had to be anyone, I guess Shalltear isn’t a bad choice…this week’s episode was making me dislike her character more and more anyway. Not only was her crazed voice getting annoying, but her fighting style and lack of strategy in general in combat is painful to watch.
I’m assuming Shalltear will be the enemy throughout the rest of the series (three more episodes left). It makes the most sense timing-wise, but given how much this show has been able to fill episodes with basically dead air, I probably wouldn’t be too surprised if this was resolved next week and Momonga went out to do some other random thing in the remaining time. That being said, I can’t imagine the battle to reclaim Shalltear being too difficult…sure Momonga doesn’t want to destroy one of his allies, but he should be overwhelming enough, especially with the help of Nazarick, to handle this, right?
I was hoping for more revelation from Momonga in this week’s episode. I understand that he was learning a bit from the fight, but it wasn’t like they were big-picture world-related pieces of information. Maybe the only thing (and I don’t know how much of a big deal this is) would be that he learned about items that didn’t exist in Yggdrasil, which seems fairly trivial to me. I guess the main point of the episode was to show off how strong Narberal actually was.
This week’s episode ends with some potential strife back at Nazarick, but given that it’s Shalltear, who was blindly obsessed with Momonga similar to Albedo, I can only imagine that it will be something silly that’s resolved quickly at the beginning of next week’s episode. Given the fact that only four episodes remain in this series, I can only imagine that the next “excursion” or whatever will be the last one…
Once again, nothing major happens in this week’s episode. The only event of real note is that Nphirea finds out that Momonga and Ains are the same person, which isn’t exactly a huge revelation. Isn’t it a bit disappointing that a series that has such intense OP and ED songs feels so much like filler? Well, theoretically things will start to pick up next week since this Clementine character has finally revealed herself to Nphirea and will likely capture him at the start of next week’s episode.
Given that this series is only 13 episodes, what kind of ending is it going to have? With the current pacing, it looks like there will be very little happening by the time we reach the end. Does that mean that there will be another season to fill in the rest? If that’s the case, it would probably mean that there will be a break next season before the show picks up again…which means the ending of this season will likely be a cliffhanger. Alternatively, the show could ramp up really hard in the last few episodes…but I can’t imagine how that would look.