As powerful as Cadenza is, there's always one more powerful out there.
What They Say
Yuki Giou is a high school student with no relatives, living in an orphanage who ends up meeting a beautiful young man, Zess who somewhat inspires his nostalgia. We are on a journey to discover the past between these two men.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Cadenza on the attack in the last episode, it provided for a decent fight where he started to cut loose a little while looking positively evil and powerful. The look of Cadenza is what I expect out of a series like this and they backed it up nicely with some power. Where it went awry was when Reiga appeared in the midst of battle, essentially protecting Yuki and his two new guardians along the way. This opens up a bit of interesting information for them in that their opponents are not entirely united, as Cadenza reveals that Reiga cannot protect Yuki, or God's Light, forever, and that he must be dealt with as well. A throwaway line from Cadenza, but important to everyone who wants to understand what's going on and how they can take advantage of it.
Much of the first half is devoted to the two of them going against each other with Reiga often having the advantage in power. But as Cadenza notes, Reiga's fighting to protect Yuki rather than fighting to eliminate Cadenza and Cadenza's purpose is to overthrow his master and he intends to do so, with style and a real sense of malevolence to it. The two of them up their attacks and powers pretty nicely, leading to some solid theatrics as it goes and it's definitely one of the best animated and visually designed fights of the series. And it takes on an even more interesting tone when Luka arrives on the scene and gets between both of them, since he knows seeing Reiga die would sadden Yuki.
With Luka engaged in the fight, things take on a very different meaning as he's intent on completely eliminating Cadenza. Having the ground tremble as he builds up his power, the intensity of it matching his expression, as the trio are out there in front of the shine is powerful. The visual design of it all speaks highly of power, darkened clouds, a really black themed palette in general and very well dressed characters among the core three. What hampers it is that once again Yuki is standing there kind of bewildered for a lot of it and there's a push from Luka to have the others take Yuki away from this so he doesn't see it nor is caught up in it. Interestingly, he makes it plain that his intention is to eliminate only Cadenza for this, easing Yuki's fears about what will happen to Reiga as he believes there's something of Kanata left in him.
While the episode is fairly light on meaty content, what we do get is a pretty good visual treat that speaks well of the atmosphere and design of the show. The designs of the characters, the setting and the supernatural elements themselves are all spot on and it's easy to get into the show from this perspective as three powerful players are now ready to go all out with each other. There's some nice minor character material at the start, but it does become embarrassing at the end when Yuki lets it all come out, once again, and proves just how effeminate he is as he tries to understand what Reiga is doing in protecting him. It's not a surprise that Yuki takes the wind out of the sails of a solid action piece, though at least there's potential for it to get rowdy again in the next episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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