The characters cope with recent events as the final storyline is about to overwhelm them.
What They Say:
Lt. Milk finally awakens from Miran's spell, only to find she has lost some people very dear to her. Many of Roland's nobility are secretly being purged'"Miran confronts an overworked Sion.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Ryner and Ferris back together, part of what makes this show enjoyable at times is in force since the two riff off of each other so well. While dark and nefarious things are afoot in Gastark with death and murder abound, Ryner and Ferris have a quite light moment at the start where they meet up with Sion again after awhile and he's all set to give them lots of paper work to deal with. And because Sion is as crafty as he is, he's manipulated everything to ensure they don't get out of the office he's working in. It's all a bit of fooling around though in order for Sion to simply be happy that Ryner is back, safe and sound. But even though he's glad, there's an undercurrent of sadness in Sion over events and Ryner's return.
A good part of this episode is also given over to Milk who has certainly suffered as of late since her capture and manipulation by Miran. Returning to the world of the present in her mind, she's definitely devastated through what she learns is the fallout of recent actions which has left her with people close to her dead. The flashbacks are decent and paint a difficult life for her at times, which seems to be something of a constant for her even though she tries to portray a hard yet positive image to others. Getting her back on her feet and coping with her pain is the main point for her now so she can be potentially instrumental in the endgame that is coming up.
That turns out to be the main theme to this episode which serves as something of an epilogue to recent events as well as setting up where everyone is just before it goes into the final part of the story. There are touching moments, such as with Claugh, and having Milk back in place as well as showing Ryner and Ferris together gets all of that in proper perspective. This also plays into the last revelations made here on the larger side, with movements being evident in other nations as the potential for widespread war is rising. It's presented against the visual of calm and quiet across Roland itself, but that doesn't last especially long.
Much of this show has been chaotic for awhile but the quiet episodes tend to stand out really well. As much as I love the way they do the action in this series, when it spends time with just quiet dialogue, characters interacting and making minor revelations to others and to themselves, it excels well. Sadly, at this stage, nothing here is really defining, but it is a welcome piece in order to establish where everyone is at point in time and how the threads are about to be drawn together. The last few minutes here starts to stoke things more clearly, or as clearly as the Legend of Legendary Heroes can be when it comes to Miran, but his segments again prove to be the weakest as his methods, design and even voice all leave me bored at this point. This show has done so many things wrong that it can't rescue itself now and I'm just curious to see if they can wrap it up in the next few episodes without going completely off the rails.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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