The tensions within the team rise just a bit more after Salia’s secret is discovered.
What They Say:
Angelise is the first princess of the Empire of Misurugi. She is the celebrated ruler of the Empire until one day she finds out the shocking truth that she is a “Norma” – an irregular being who cannot use “Mana”, and are treated as “things” rather than people. Having her name taken from her, Ange isolates herself on a remote island. There, she finds a group of Norma women who spend their days hunting dragons that have come to invade.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Bringing Momoka into the show the last time around was an interesting angle, one that didn’t play out quite like I expected but certainly had plenty of familiar moments to it. With the main intent to really remind viewers just how much Ange has changed, and to reinforce some of the reasons why others really don’t like her, she added a touch of humor to the show for a little bit and found a creative way to remain there and work with Ange. Ange has a lot against her in this place and even though she’s lightly managed to gain a few friends of a sort, she’s still very much on her own in the truest sense. So having a little bit of someone there that has her back in some form is welcome considering how cutthroat this place can be. Momoka may be an odd choice in a way, but she certainly figured out at the end the best way to fit in with at least the base commanders.
This episode starts to circle back to events from a couple of episodes ago with Tusk as they’re learning more of what happened there between him and Ange and that he was the one that repaired the Vilkiss. At the same time, we see Salia and her friends trying to get the commander to get Ange off of the Vilkiss but are being rebuffed since even as problematic as Ange is in some ways, she’s definitely well suited for that particular craft. Salia certainly has it in for Ange, but we start to see things fleshed out a bit for her as she handles the internal dialogue and overall narration of the episode here. Of course, while she is a hard character at the moment with how she’s acting, we also get to have material sneak in that softens her in a way, going for more of a child-like girlish nature that’s cute and comical since it causes a real problem with the perception of her being a leader. Not that she wanted to be captain to begin with, but having authority undermined is not an easy thing.
So when she goes to take out Ange so as to avoid the problem, it turns in some really good ways as Ange pushes back on some of the perception issues that Salia has while also making it clear that Salia didn’t do things right in a way even though she keeps going on about being a team and how Ange does all the wrong things. It gets into a pretty steam heavy piece since they’re both topless while fighting in the bath due to circumstances, but it’s the kind of comical-fight moment that helps to ease some of the tensions between them in a way. While that sets some fun in the first half, we also get an underlying issue coming in as well as Ange is acting a little out of sorts and we see that she’s got a significant cold that’s impacting her. Something that only Momoka notices of course and Ange forces herself into the battle that comes up regardless since she has to do what she has to do.
That battle is pretty impressive in general as the group out there has to face a massive virgin dragon that is far bigger and more powerful than your run of the mill dragons. And far more dangerous looking at that, though it’s not a nimble piece. But it has some impressive abilities of its own as they discover that it has a gravity controlling ability that allows it to essential trap a whole lot of the team and render them useless. Because of this, Salia has her difficult choice to make and has to work with Ange to try and save everyone and kill the dragon – all while Ange’s fever ramps up significantly. It’s a pretty good sequence overall as it humanizes Salia more on top of what we learned before and it has her really using Ange for the first time – and Ange being compliant – to allow them to go against a very formidable foe. It’s a solid sequence that definitely is one of those smaller game changer pieces for how Ange fits in and the relationship between her and Salia.
As the series progresses, we move more into some of the areas where things will soften a bit for Ange and she becomes a little more accepted. Part of that happened with Tusk in a way and then with Momoka. This time around it happens with Salia as we get the view of things from her through narration of her captain’s log. Salia hasn’t been a bad character, but she, like almost everyone else, have been rough on Ange for obvious reasons. Seeing how things change bit by bit here and having things thrown back at her verbally about her own performance helps to shake some things up a bit, combined with a powerful dragon attack that forces Salia to really act like a captain and not someone with a problem. There’s a lot of fun stuff here between the characters and the action and it all works well. And yes, there’s a lot of steam. But that’s just what it is for the broadcast. And if you’re only watching because you want to naked anime breasts, well, there’s better ways to do that…
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