The fight with Albafica takes a deadly turn as the village starts to get caught up in the Specter's attack.
What They Say:
Albafica fights against Minos with all his might, releasing the 'crimson zone.' However even that is deflected by the Specter's armor, causing Albafica to finally fall. Minos then heads towards the village outside of the Sanctuary that Albafica was trying to protect. The village is destroyed, and even Agasya, a young girl mourning Albafica, is targeted by Minos.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a strong episode featuring Albafica holding his own well against several of the Underworld's Specters, things took a more serious turn as Griffin Minos got into the fight and pushed back harder against him. There's a certain beauty to the fight, to be expected with the way he uses roses as his weapon of choice, and the animation really works it over well by giving it a very strong feeling and a sense of importance, if not epicness, simply because it is one of the first key public fights to occur. Letting Minos run wild in the first village outside of Sanctuary makes it clear just how far he intends to go as he brutalizes the place and its population with a wicked grin and a healthy dose of laughter.
As the fight spills further into the city, it's good to see some of the Gold Saints getting involved, name Aries Shion as he goes up against Minos, stating plainly that he's only there because someone of a certain level of strength has made it this far, and not for revenge against him for what happened to Albafica. There's a decent emotional component to it as one of the young women in the city is caught up in the destruction, who has a connection to Albafica as a local defender, and when she has to deal with the onslaught by Minos, it really hits home for her. There's a good sense of dread about her as she copes with it even as Shion arrives to stop his rampage.
What's surprising is the return of Albafica to the battle as he seemed positively done for as Minos claims to have broken every bone in his body. Albafica may be a pretty man and have a Gold Cloth that's not exactly manly in its own way, but there's a certain presence about him that makes his attacks on Minos really resonate as the two go at it. The commentary by Shion is a bit much as he explains why the fight goes as it does, to Minos and to those around him, but it's a minor quibble against an otherwise solid fight scene that dominates the episode. With the strong production qualities to The Lost Canvas so far, spending an episode dealing with one fight and the action itself is certainly welcome as it stands out beautifully, really making you want this in full high definition on home video.
Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas hits some really good material here as it sets the personal scale of events rather well by showing us that fights among characters that we don't know that well, and whose histories won't be fully explained to us mid fight, can still resonate because of the choreography and execution of it. There's a lot to like here with how it unfolds as well as the brief couple of minutes afterward which deals with revelations on both sides about how the Holy War is progressing, and the secret that Specter's can't actually be killed whereas the Saints obviously can. While Tenma is out of the picture, Alone as Hades has a good moment and Athena herself stands out strongly, if briefly, with her resolute nature in dealing with the threat. This is a very fun episode that covers a lot of good ground.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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