Hey…..Ahahaha….You Might Not Actually Be Lira, But Your Somehow Twice As Annoying…..Ahahaha….*Urge To Kill Rising*
Forming the second part of my mini-review triology is a certain episode entitled Collapse of Euria. As one might expect this episode takes us back to Euria amid the chaos of a revolution brought on by the revelation that the mayor had made a secret deal with Tytania to spare Euria if they threw the battle. You all remember right? It’s the one that Fan was supposed to be the scapegoat for, the battle of Cerberus. Well anyway the cats out of the bag and the parliament is all fired up meaning something has to change.
Enter Fan’s former superior in the extremely German looking Berthier who has plans of his own. You see he in turn made a secret deal behind everyone elses back with Idris which he says will ensure Tytania’s future….if the mayor would simply care to have a look at the plans by turning on the laptop Berthier brought then all their problems will be solved. Exit Berthier and KABOOM! Well Berthier is a schemer, but at least he was half honest about what the laptop would do, and this puts him in charge of the rebellion until he can fulfill the deal with Idris, which is to allow Tytania to come in and restore Euria as a new Tytanian territory with a new name and form of government. In exchange Berthier get’s to become one of Idris’ adjutant’s, but this is only the beginning of Idris plan. Unfortunately I must admit that this is pretty much the most interesting part of the episode right here and it comes just before the title card as well.
Back at Uraniborg Idris relates all of his plans and both Jouslain and Ariabart are aghast that an Eurian would sell out his own country, but Jouslain knows what Idris is really after with his plan to take over Euria, which by the way Ajman approves of like all workable plans. He may look towards the future, but they’ve still got a role to play in keeping order.
In a private talk with Ariabart, Jouslain informs his fellow duke that even the proud Idris knows when he is lagging behind and needs to make a step to the forefront lest he fall out of favour in the wake of Ariabart and Salisch’s victories at Syracuse and Big Horn respectively, and to do this he plans to head up a mission to catch a big fish…..okay he wants Fan. Meanwhile, would you believe that Salisch treats his brother like crap when he calls him up to congratulate him on Big Horn. No wonder Alses is so pissed off all the time. Anyway, Salisch is also trying to capture Fan and pretty much has him in his sight’s as the Honest Old Man heads for it’s next location, but some quick thinking by Miranda in the form of liquid plating that allows them make asteroids give off a ships signal allows them to slip by him. Now Salisch is pissed off too. The brothers are more alike then they will probably ever know and unfortunately that’s it for the good times this episode.
Then we go over to Fan who thanks to the destruction of Euria is left without any credit, and for whatever reason he bumps into another attractive but annoying girl (he seems to meet a lot of these) that looks a lot like Lira and starts having flashbacks to her again. He also bumps into his old comrades from the battle of Cerberus who talk about what is going on with Berthier. Berthier in turn is currently telling Idris that he has just the plan to lure Fan out, and we flashback to Emmental and Lira (this is the part where I can feel a pit in my stomach) who has just been sold out by De Bohr and is captured, thus ending the episode.
Well this is the weakest episode I think we’ve seen of Tytania in a long time, and it’s not just because of the below average (even for Tytania) animation quality. See, here’s what I don’t get though, apparently this is supposed to lead Fan out into the open as Idris’ and Berthier’s plan seems to be having Fan come to rescue her, but if we go back to about episode 04, just before Fan left Emmental, he was cool with Lira, but really couldn’t care less about her struggle, nor did he seem to have any romantic feelings about her. He wished her the best of luck, but there was no doubt that Fan considered her troubles her own and wanted to move on with his life his own way. Now as of the last couple of episodes though he’s suddenly thinking about her all the time, silly sightings of people that look like her aside, and it’s as if romantic feelings for her just sprang out of nowhere in his mind. I guess if this plan is to lead anywhere Fan has to have a reason to respond to her capture, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling forced just the same. Aside from that the episode was mostly betrayal after betrayal pretty much throughout. Berthier betrays Euria, Idris betrays the principals of Tytania, and De Bohr betrays Lira and grandmother, whom I’m sorry, but I couldn’t care less about since she came off as just as much of a user as Lira who I also care even less about. The show was at it’s weakest when Lira was a key player, and it looks like again she’s managed to worm her way back into the story as the focus of Fan’s sudden romance syndrome, so I can’t say I’m not at least a little worried at the prospect of her coming back to annoy me as a viewer, and good god now there are two of her as well.
I don’t know what it is, but the women in this show aside from Miranda really have a habit of getting on my nerves at time, even Lydia. Well we’ll just have to see where they take this one and hopefully they can do something to salvage Lira’s character if indeed Fan goes to rescue her, which I’m assuming he will since he’s now suddenly infatuated with her. I hope I’m not the only who prays he leaves her to her own affairs though.
Rating: Four And A Half Out Of Ten