Tytania Episode 01 (Gundam 00 is now going to be competing for my time)

While A Lot Of People Would Probably Just Call This “Fabulous”, I Still Live For These Kinds Of Scenes.  War Should Never Be Waged Without A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Willing Audience

Funny that as I was mentioning the lack of Tytania subs, Aero should come out and deliver.  Here it is at last, my second most anticipated series of the season.  Truthfully I didn’t know anything about the storyline before watching this episode other than it was in the vein of Legend of The Galactic Hereos, but by the end of the episode I was hooked.  This is the kind of show that I thought they just plain didn’t make anymore.

First the opening though.  Again I live for this type of opening.  It’s simply in a word “marvelous” and people are free to quote me on that.  I love operatic themes as well as songs that set themselves apart from the pack and this one does it.  Shamefull I don’t even know what it’s called, but it’s definitely my favourite opening of the season now.

Anyway, this first episode did a fairly good job of establishing the whole concept of Tytania.  That being that the Tytania clan itself is the true power in the universe to be reckoned with.  While they appear to merely settle for dukedom’s and peerage in an empire, said empire actually holds no power without them and everyone including the emperor knows it.  I felt this was demonstrated best when they walked right into his Harsha IV’s throne on the day of his birthday and shot his trusted advisor in front of everyone whilst claiming they had executed a traitor.  As the emperor pointed out, nobody knew if he was guilty or not, and I doubt even the Tytania’s cared, the point was that they acted with impunity right in front of a man who was supposed to be the most powerful man in the known universe and got away with it.  Their word has been shown to be law and nobody can say otherwise.  It’s clear though in the scene later on of Harsha kicking the screen that he despises the Tytania’s and would like to see them falter and control of the Empire to swing back in his direction.

Perhaps he’ll get his wish soon enough though and the Tytania’s fortunes are beginning to shift as in another corner of the galaxy Duke Ariabart loses his nerve in front of the Eurian fleet and beats such a hasty retreat that he loses his formation and the battle.  The other Tytania’s seemed to know what was about to happen though and had the broadcast feed of the battle cut.  I think the main reason for their loss, or rather stalemate (which might as well be a loss for Tytania), here was Ariabart’s own fear of losing and/or not winning a total victory.  They pretty much had the battle in the bag earlier on and it would have been better to press their attack head on instead of forming that circle formation (around a ship that had nobody on it), take some losses and still come out on top in the end.  Or he should have just let them leave and be satisfied in the victory they had.  He wouldn’t though because of the potential of showing weakness in not dominating the enemy completely.  Fan Hulic almost seems to have predicted this in his baiting and false retreat strategy and now because of Ariabart’s own concerns with image, they have come out even worse for the battle.  Well the Golden Sheep got away in the end (and thank god because I love it’s design and wouldn’t want it to be destroyed so soon) and it looks like Ariabart’s going to have some explaining to do.

Of course Ariabart couldn’t have known about what Fan Hulic had planned anyway and Fan Hulic’s pyrrhic victory (something Euria could afford but Tytania with it’s image to worry about could not) seems to have caught the interest of the rest of his family and earned him the title of a worthy opponent.  I’m thinking they’ve been looking for a challenge for a while now and that they really don’t care at all that one of their own caused some damage to the family name, though I’m willing to bet Ariabart does.  I almost have this strange feeling that the rest of the family knew what was going to happen and that Ariabart has just been made a sacrifice for their 100 years of peace plan.  How that’s supposed to come about by losing a battle I’m not sure, but I guess that remains to be seen.

Anyway, as you can probably tell I’m now fascinated by the Tytania family in this show.  It’s an idealistic image to be sure, a family that puts on auspicions of grandeur and formality while secretely charting the course of history in it’s space castle Uraniborg.  I love the culture that these space opera shows portray as well by merging classical fashion and culture with the technology seen in science fiction.  It’s an idea that shouldn’t work and just comes across as absurd when you think about it, but somehow it works in creating a really interesting show.

I find it somewhat amusing that there was this one short seen of a moeblob princess named Lydia thrown in between all the manliness and politics, but then I sort of understand.  Like I said, if your show doesn’t contain at least one loli character it’s pretty much Dead On Arrival in Japan, and I don’t even think Tytania gets to be an exception unfortunately.  Well whatever, hopefully the character does something if she’s going to be in the show.  I actually have faith that Tytania knows how to handle it’s female characters in a manner just as respectable as Legend of The Galactic Heroes.

Rating: Nine And A Half Out Of Ten


16 Responses to “Tytania Episode 01 (Gundam 00 is now going to be competing for my time)”

  1. 1 Camario October 14, 2008 at 12:47 am

    I’m quite satisfied with the first episode, but I hope we see a little more variety in terms of the big picture than what looks like, very roughly, a repeat of the same “the empire vs. a free planet/nation/alliance”.

    Admittedly, the Tytania family itself allows for some interesting possibilities, since they look like the kind of group who’d kill anyone else and perhaps even each other on the way to the throne in order to impose galactic domination. Or something akin to this.

    And granted, we know too little about the opposition, beyond their sudden tactical gambit, to say much else.

    I could care less about the loli right now, but I also expect to see at least a couple more females in the show, with some development to boot, even if they’re hopelessly outnumbered by the males.

  2. 2 Kitsune October 14, 2008 at 2:03 am

    The first episode was good. Noboru Ishiguro put together some excellent scenes with interesting transitions. Idris was actually reloading the gun, while the guards couldn’t do anything! Ajman stopped the broadcast at the right moment 😛 Ariabart charged ahead and didn’t want to hide behind his fleet while the opponent’s commander was fighting at the front lines 🙂 Based on the ending, we can expect to see some more female characters 🙂

  3. 3 Catharsis October 14, 2008 at 5:33 am

    That most certainly was a fabulous scene, and also served to characterize the Tytania family rather well. After all, who is on the stage, the world, or those on the bridge? The events of the universe is like a play to them in which they take the role of both spectators and actors.

    I do wonder if the OP for this episode is the actual one for the series however. It certainly gave the Tytania family a grand introduction. However, there was a distinct omission of any other characters aside from that one loli. I highly doubt the series itself will focus solely on the glory and perhaps fall of the Tytania family alone however, especially when all clues do seem to point towards an Empire vs. Alliance scenario.

    Of course, it could merely be there to broadcast Tytania mindset even more, where even if a “worthy opponent” exists, they are still the leading actors for all that happen in the universe.

  4. 4 Catharsis October 14, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Jesus christ, I really overused the term “however” there.

  5. 5 Myssa Rei October 14, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Interestingly enough, it looks like the so-called loli was drawn just girly enough to prevent viewers from confusing her… as a really cute young man.

  6. 6 Anonymous October 14, 2008 at 5:52 am

    I imagine Lydia may just be an innocent bystander to the whole mess that is bound to happen. Pretty much sit there, be cute, and give the viewer insight of someone innocent by still connected to the mess.

    I didn’t really like the opening, but it was a fantastic choice. So is the choice in ending theme. While they’re not fantastic songs, they fit very well: the Tytania family being quite majestic in approach to things and Fan being far more laid back. Good to see they chose something that suited the show instead of some popular J-pop rubbish like every other show tends to use.

    The battle was quite hilarious I have to admit. Thank god it didn’t feel like another game of Calvinball that we see so often in Anime.

  7. 7 ghostlightning October 14, 2008 at 6:26 am

    oh goodness, the subs DID arrive. download starts now! thanks kaio!

  8. 8 ZeusIrae October 14, 2008 at 7:38 am

    I personnaly wasn’t convinced.

    It absolutely adore logh but this show feels far too much like a repeat of logh.Fan Hulic really reminds me of Yan Wenli and it annoys me.
    And the clothes…arg..as if Gundam Wing and Last Exile weren’t enough.I don’t understand their fascination for European XIXth centuy style.I hate the taste of this century with undying passion.

    Oh..well..Tytania is interesting if a little over the top.I need a space opera, this will do.

  9. 9 iseng October 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    About Tytania battle tactics, you are wrong.

    Tytania planned this to be a show of force. First the murder in court in front of other nobles. Then the total destruction of Euria’s military. They need a complete victory to make the point. To achieve this, Euria’s fleet successful withdrawal is unacceptable.

    During encirclement, Ariabart saw those Weigelt Cannons unveiled. Weigelt Cannons are destructive. The only reason no one had deployed them is their mutual destruction risk.

    Ariabart good judgment keen tactical mind sensed a possible ambush. Thus he immediately ordered hasty withdrawal.

    He knews things were not as they seem. First the seemingly suicidal Euria fleet’s tactic. Attacking a superior force head on. Then instead of surrendering or withdrawing, they stayed on the field. (Yes they formed a sphere, but they stayed not withdrew.)

    Suddenly hidden Weigelt Cannons were unveiled. Clearly Euria baited them to come closer in denser formation. Ariabart could clearly deduced there were two possibilities: Euria wanted mutual destruction or had found a means to use Weigelt Cannons safely (which they did).

    Ariabart is a good and calm commander. This is shown by his steady maneuvers, text-book maneuvers at that.

    From just first episode and this battle only, I’d say Ariabart Tytania is a better tactician than Fan Hulic.

  10. 10 Aciel October 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    “Here it is at last, my second most anticipated series of the season.”

    What’s your most anticipated one then?

  11. 11 Kaioshin Sama October 15, 2008 at 12:17 am

    @Camario: Well as I said, I have faith that this show can do something with the character besides play her for the moe.

    @Kitsune: I liked seeing leaders who aren’t afraid to risk their own lives/reputation. It shows a bravery that I think is lacking in todays modern leaders. I mean could you see someone like George W. Bush putting it all on the line to prove his cause? He’d sooner have someone else take the fall the second anything goes wrong.

    @Catharsis: Hmmmm….I actually really like that way of looking at the bridge scenes. It’s kind of meta in a way. I get the sense that the Tytania’s don’t just feel they rule the universe, but that they should embody it.

    @Myssa Rei: Oh come now, the Tytania’s aren’t that effeminate are they?

    @Anonymous: I don’t really like the ending theme all that much as people might have been able to tell be not including it in this article. I don’t really think it’s style fits well with space opera like the opening does. As for Lydia, she’s voiced by Kaori Nazuka (Nunally in Code Geass) so I highly doubt they are going to just let that relevant a seiyuu’s character sit by with nothing to do other then look cute. Then again…..

    @ghostlightning: No problem

    @ZeusIrae: He gives off Yang Wen-Li vibes, but I didn’t get that sort of virtuous leader type feel from Fan Hulic. Yang was laid back, but not quite that laid back that he didn’t really seem to care about losing ships. I’m hoping to see more development for Fan that shows he actually truly does care about his men, but for now he just sort of seems to have been played for the cool as ice under pressure factor.

    Anyway, do give it some time as I’m sure Tytania is going to evolve into something even more impressive.

    @iseng: I thought that was what I said. Anyway, I agree that Ariabart was the better tactician and that it was mostly his lack of dealing with such risky tactics like Fang Hulic’s that cost him the victory that day. When they come back though they’ll be ready for the Weigelt Cannon’s so unless Fan Hulic has a Lelouch Vi Britannia like tendency to have an ace in the hole everytime he goes into battle I expect the next engagement to either last a whole lot longer or for us to see what Fan Hulic is truly made of.

    @Aciel: Gundam 00 Second Season of course. :p

  12. 12 Epi October 18, 2008 at 3:18 am

    As long as the women in Tytania don’t have mullets they will be better represented than LOGH.

    So far Fan feels like a… you guessed it Yang Wen-li. Laid back style, chewing bubble gum, feet up… I hope he’s a BIT different in the end.

    Hard to judge and entire show, by the first episode of course. Even LOGH wasn’t that great for me until the 4th episode or so. We shall see how this one pans out.

  13. 13 Raymoo October 23, 2008 at 2:59 am

    @Catharsis: TYTANIA follows the trend set by LoGH; Fan & friends get the entire ED to themselves.

    From what I’ve heard, the TYTANIA novels make LoGH look shallow. We’ll see.

    Lydia will definitely have a major role in the series. She’s standing front and center on the promotional art, right between Jouslain and Ariabart, looking quite badass.

    And Fan is totally Poplan.

  14. 14 Kitsune October 23, 2008 at 3:34 am

    TYTANIA novels make LoGH look shallow

    Well, that is a very strong statement, Raymoo. Do you mind disclosing some of the characteristics that make Tytania superior to LoGH?

  15. 15 Enact October 23, 2008 at 6:10 am

    It’s not about being superior, I think. It’s the fact that Tytania is a whole lot more complex and darker then LoGH, mostly because it’s focus is more on dirty politics then on military campains and such things. The person in question I think who has spread some of this around though wrote about it here (http://irohanihoheto.typepad.com/titania/2008/09/so-i-have-final.html)

  16. 16 Kaioshin Sama October 23, 2008 at 6:18 am

    @Epi: Nothing wrong with a good mullet. Anyway, I don’t see Yang in Fan. Yang was noble and fought for the cause of peace in generation, but Fan just fights because he wants to be thought of as a hero and for fame and fortune. He has some of Yang’s personality quirks such as the hair scratching tick and laid back nature, but he lacks his heart so to speak.

    Anyway, I’ll cross the bridge of superiority among space opera anime when the time comes. I’ve seen about 30 episodes of LoGH and only 2 of Tytania so it’s hardly fair for me to start comparing the two much at this point beyond their obvious similarities.

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