While Tenma tries to escape from the Underworld, the Specter's make their first incursion against Sanctuary.
What They Say:
One of the three strongest Specters, Minos, uses invisible puppet strings to invade the supposedly impenetrable Sanctuary, killing Saints off one after the other. However, a poisonous rose garden appears between Minos and the Sanctuary. Pisces Golden Saint Albafica appears in the middle of the garden. Albafica is immune to the rose's poison, and uses his own blood to kill the Specter Niobe, however'
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the revelations fully made about who is who now that Alone has become Hades, the aura of darkness surrounding him is even more intense now as he takes pleasure in such simple things. For Tenma and Yato, the two of them have realized the truth of things after Yato has gone to the Underworld in order to rescue him and there's a definite sense of urgency about everything. Well, except for the time spent being silly about things in the midst of their run that really doesn't create a good impression for Yuzuriha as he gets to understand what these two are like. It's an odd moment that feels out of place in the show with its almost slapstick like comedy in the face of what they've learned, and how they have to escape from the Underworld.
In the real world, the Underworld has staged quite an interesting attack on Sanctuary with their Specters going at the silver Saints that do their best to defend against them. There's something positively creepy about them as they race about in their dark suits of armor amidst such a place of beauty. It's a bit bothersome that the Specters are able to move so quickly and easily through the first lines of defenses they come across as it doesn't paint Sanctuary well, but when Albafica of the Gold Saints arrives on the scene, it takes things up a very good notch as both sides now have someone of power to contend with. It's also an interesting little subplot within it how several of the Specter's can't help but to admire Albafica's beauty and acknowledge that it may play a role in their fight.
A good chunk of the show deals with the battle between Albafica and those of the Underworld that are there as they go back and forth, with some of the smaller types first and then with one of the more powerful ones who uses a similar kind of style to that of Albafica with the poisons. There's a good sense of beauty and power about it that works pretty well before it turns more serious with Griffin Minos getting involved again with his puppeteering ways. Though Albafica doesn't come across as a really powerful Gold Saint, he has a good sense of style about him and there is some solid power behind what he's doing that allows him to go up against Minos. But there's a sort of inevitability about the match as you know that Minos and his warriors certainly must go further than this before things can turn.
While the main characters of Alone and Tenma are kept to just the first few minutes of this episode, what we get is a lot of pretty solid action as the Specter's make the first move towards Sanctuary and deal with both Silver and Gold Saints. This gives us a good look at the variety of abilities and some of what's in store for the next round that they come across, but also that the Specter's from the Underworld aren't infallible or unkillable. There's a certain malice to be had from them which definitely helps make them all the more intimidating, but it's also welcome that by and large they're not boastful and obnoxious thugs. There's a style about them that feels more realistic in a sense as they're not really playing around and that helps to add to their overall presentation.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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