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As the Germanians strategize, we learn what Finé’s men are willing to do to win the war.
Review (with Spoilers)
You know, with watching a show like Girl Meets World you’d think I would be fine with inconsistency. However, even though this episode feels like a rebound to some form of past glory, I’m tapping out. But, let’s cover this last episode before you’ll have to rely on 100 Word Anime for your Izetta fix.
Main Plot (with Commentary)
Once a commoner always a commoner. Hence why Izetta can’t get used to Finé’s lifestyle. She is used to waking up bright and early, being a true tomboy and not this cutesy one everyone takes Finé for, and Elvira is too much. We get our usual dose of ecchi/ breast jokes this week with it being noted how small chested Finé is compared to the rest of the women on the show but it doesn’t necessarily end there.
But what really matters with Izetta this episode is a conference is being called in Britannia in which she is a topic of interest. On top of that, there is a continued effort by Germania to find her witness and, based off the technology they are crafting, it seems what Germania lacks in magic they may make up for in firepower and technology.
While beloved, it is starting to get weird how much she is loved by those closest to her, especially the women. Bianca and Izetta, for example, seem to have crushes on Finé and while, thankfully, the ecchi aspect of the show hasn’t gone there, you can tell it is likely in the cards.
That aside, we are reminded how beloved she is and now, with Izetta, she is heading to Britannia in her first outing as the head of state. Hopefully reviving part of what got me, and I’m sure others, into the show as she deals with world politics. Especially the United States of Atlanta.
The liability. He knows too much and the spy knows it and Sieg learns about it. Leaving you to wonder if this lucky young man may live long as the country’s sole liability. Well, the answer is no. The spy doesn’t kill him, but Sieg. Someone who seems willing to do what Finé would never sign off on for the betterment of the country. Making him someone who should very much be taken more seriously and paid attention to.
I don’t hate Jonas, but there was very few things which could have been done with him. All of which would have to lead to his death. Be it if he told the Germanian spy what he wanted to know, held his tongue, or what have you, his death was bound to happen. But, rather than make it some iffy moment to be sad about, they gave it meaning by having Sieg kill him. For with that, the show gets some grit. We are reminded of what was presented in episode 1 when people were dying, politics was a nasty business, and it seemed this show was more serious than what later episodes would make it seem. Though, even with Jonas’ death, honestly, I can’t stomach more of this series.
Still Lacks That Certain Oomph
After such a grand spring and summer, it is hard to accept an anime like this. It isn’t generic thanks to its twist of World War II, yet it doesn’t live up to the time in history it is inspired by. The villains are ok, but honestly, they are so two-dimensional that I just feel indifferent about them. Same goes with the would-be good guys. Izetta is sweet and innocent, but that girl worried about killing is gone for as lone as Finé is happy, she’d probably commit genocide. Speaking of Finé, she just isn’t an inspiring leader. We have seen a lot of interesting female characters this year, and in anime in general, and Finé will not be amongst them. Hell, even when you name off strong princesses, ones which are blonde, and try to narrow the parameters, she still doesn’t make the list.
In general, this show seems to have taken World War II and used it as a hook but is avoiding addressing, or using, the atrocities which keep that time in history so important.