Change is in the air as war lands almost quite literally at the doorstep of the fortress.
What They Say
There is no happiness in the world.
There is no joy. If anything, it is a dark and needy world.
However, that is just one state of the world...
There are beautiful things, filthy things, harsh things, and even enjoyable things...How you take them will be up to you?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There's been growing discontent among the population of Seize in the last few episodes as a little more noise is made each episode about the peace talks and how they seem to be going poorly. Events are building towards something but with communication being as limited as it is within this world for the general population, news doesn't travel quite as fast or as detailed as we're used to. But with the information that is out there, Filicia is having everyone spend more time on patrols and checking the borders since there are rumors of enemy soldiers getting closer and closer to the border.
So it's little surprised that Kureha and Kanata are the ones that come across an unconscious enemy solder in the snow and bring her back to the fortress to rescue her. The Roman Army soldier's arrival kicks off a small string of events for one of the Seize soldiers though as Noel has a very strong tie to the past as we see her in her younger genius days when she was involved with something tied to the Roman side and a lot of blood was spilled. This new nugget from Noel is really very intriguing as it paints a very different past for her from the one we've seen so far and watching her mental breakdown the more that this soldier, Aisha, is there is really fascinating. Noel's always seemed in control (or asleep) so seeing her in a panic, flustered and ready to bolt at a moment's notice is very unlike her.
Events are definitely moving here as the arrival of Aisha, who has some ties to Helvetia as we learn when Yumina arrives to help translate for her (German, of all things), brings the entire war aspect into Seize in a clear way. She's an interesting character though we don't get to know all that much about her or where she comes from. Her ties to the past are what's intriguing as the mention of the flame maidens are there and her recognition of Noel as the Witch of Helvetia speaks volumes both for her and for Noel. When everything starts coming to a head at the end, it leaves you really wondering just how far they're going to take what's been a fairly idyllic show and shift it firmly into reality.
When the mentions about the peace talks going badly started to enter the show, I really wasn't sure whether the war or the opposing country would show up within this series. With the way the show has been fairly laid back and low key, I wouldn't have been surprised if their relatively peaceful and quiet days were uninterrupted by the war that's slowly brewing out there. So to have a Roman soldier arrive here and to have ties to the past with Noel, it's now taking on a different shape with a very different vibe to it. One that gives it a bit more of an edge because of all those idyllic days the characters have shared together. The loss of Rio at this point is definitely felt while the tension that arrives at the end here ups the ante with what we can expect in the next episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.