June 27th, 2012
Technically half-elves, but no wonder they’re crazy.
Well this was weirdly paced. Certain things were extremely rushed while others were given extremely undue weight. I guess the last episode is going to be mostly epilogue then since I don’t trust Japan to do a real balls-out awesome long fight. They spent more time on Lloyd resisting the rest of the party having him go on ahead than he was actually apart from them. In fact, there was only one goddamned scene of him between him finally going and the party coming back. Why would you spend so much time on something and then just wipe it away a couple minutes later? If it had been a lot quicker, say them getting caught holding things back or in traps and/or didn’t have multiple Raine/Presea speeches accompanying it, everything would’ve flowed a hell of a lot better. But you don’t put that damn much focus on something just to go "Oops! Changed our minds." An unfortunately common trend in the last week or two. Bleh.
That gigantic and stupid waste of time aside, it was just okay. They didn’t do a bad job animating the action, but I was hoping for an actual fight against Zelos or Lloyd vs Kratos or, well… practically anything besides a parade of them just using their strongest spells and then generic half-elf angels exploding for some reason. Are they filled with gasoline? That would explain a lot. Sometimes they did dissolve into sparklies too. I don’t even know what you were thinking, UFO Table. But back to the meh in the second half. Zelos’s return to the good guys was pretty hamhanded and without any real impetus, not to mention the slapstick that came with it was extremely out of place. Mithos’s "everybody betrays me" schtick wasn’t great either. Back when he was strangling whose-her-face, he had the crazy and menace down. This was nowhere near the same. I get that they were going for a hurt and crying child, but it’s a little late for that to fly, and especially not what I want to see from the last boss right before the final battle.