August 7th, 2016
Well, not completely different. I mean, it was still pretty bad.
Since Tales of Berseria is coming out in a week and a half, apparently that means that it's time to say "screw this" to Zestiria's story and characters and take the non-story to a completely different world and a completely different set of characters, all with their own technobabble and 'foreshadowing,' because if you say "that man" forty seven times without ever using a name, it summons the ghost of Biggie Smalls. Over in this world, everyone has various demon parts apparently. The other notable thing is that this episode was only 19 minutes long, which they padded out by using the Zestiria game's opening sequence, which is a minute longer than the anime's opening sequence (and doesn't contain any Berseria content), and then had an extra long credit/outro skit sequence.
Anyway, I guess it was maybe a better first episode than Zestiria's first episode because they actually got out of presumably the first dungeon in a scant 19 minutes instead of spending a goddamned hour there. It was fairly light on action though, and all of it was stuffed into the beginning. What especially didn't help that was the anti-climax or two where characters were gearing up for a fight and then one simply went "Yeah, I uh changed my mind," or simply walking past guards, followed by the guards falling over. If there's one bad cliche in Japanese fight scenes that is long since past its need to be retired, it's that one.