Pfft…you’re one to talk
Don’t you love it sometimes when a show all but does your job for you. The first episode introduced the Tytania family with a flourish and the second one helps us get to know them. And that’s almost it really. Well other then the Fan Hulic stuff which almost seems like it belongs in a different show altogether. We’ll get to that later though. For now it’s the Four Dukes.
Firstly, I have to say, Uraniborg is much bigger and fancy then it first appeared in episode 1. I thought it was just a castle in a ship, but no, it’s even got it’s own artificial atmosphere and blue sky, kind of like a Macross ship but on a smaller scale. And in our space castle (the one that doesn’t look comical like the Skullrook from Voltes V) we find our four Dukes arguing about Ariabart’s failure at the Battle of Cerberus. It’s here that we finally get to see what’s really going on, and that is that while the Tytania family portrays an image of unbreakable unity in public, in private they are all scheming against one another for the right to succeed Ajman as the head of the Tytania clan. And they are:
Ariabart Tytania: We met this dapper fellow last week when he botched the Battle of Cerberus and this review of the battle that calls all of the family to the table is officially him on trial for his “loss” at the battle. Unofficially it seems to be Ajman’s way of gauging the leadership capabilities of his potential successors and how they conduct themselves at said review. Ariabart in my opinion portrays himself as earnest, but impulsive and overconfident as was pointed out by Idris in his “hiking trip” comment prior to setting out on his campaign in Euria. He also shows he is quick to anger when taunted by his fellow Dukes and that also belies a lack of confidence in himself as well if he would let their pettiness get to him. Not quite the proper material for leadership of the clan.
Jouslain Tytania: Jouslain arguably handles himself the best of all the Tytania’s during the review. He keeps his goddamn mouth shut when the focus is none of his business, and only speaks up when asks his opinion on the matter AND again keeps to business and belies no attempt to score points against his family nor to curry Ajman’s favour. Plus he is even able to make the keen observation that Fan Hulic was probably supposed to lose the battle after all. He also shows humility in claiming that he would have probably suffered the same defeat as Ariabart had he been in command of the Euria Campaign. Tactical capability, humility, restraint, all of these positive traits that his fellow Dukes seem to lack, yet none of their vices either. Ajman’s butler seems to think he’s the clear choice, but I think it’s important to note his comment about not being able to determine what Jouslain is thinking at times. It’s always the people that appear to desire power the least that you want to watch out for. Plus he’s showing signs of disillusionment with the family as well, claiming they have to much pride and that it amounts to nothing. Ajman seems to accept that he’s the best candidate, but one has to wonder whether Jouslain would even accept the title.
Salisch Tytania: My first impression of him is that of a man that exudes confidence and seems to draw attention to himself the moment he enters the room as an intimidating figure. He seems to know his way around warfare, but what of his capabilities as a leader. He appears more willing to follow and to suck up to authority (in this case Ajman) in his sudden and sharp rebuke of Ariabart for speaking out in front of Ajman and appears almost rigid in how he conducts himself during the review. Not to mention just plain being a yes man during the whole entire sit down. Not exactly the prime candidate to lead the Tytania family in a new direction and towards greater prosperity, which is what Ajman seems to want in his successor and I’m starting to suspect is the reason he seemed so happy at the prospect of a challenger in Fan Hulic. Ajman is worried about the stagnation of the Tytania family as it is never challenged to better itself or achieve new milestones in it’s greatness. Now is that chance, but again….Salisch?
Idris Tytania: Idris is a smooth talker, but is as arguably as slimy as they come. He stops at nothing to discredit Ariabart, even going so far as to use the example of the second Landless Lord who was known for his intellect and cunning, traits that Idris knows he himself is known for, and ones that Idris then says Ariabart lacks, but does nothing to prove his own worth as a battlefield commander. I loved how Ajman pointed this out in his evaluation of Idris comments.
Damn straight old man. You see, Idris’ problem is that while he’s brilliant, he’s also an asshole that gets ahead of himself. He reminds me of someone I know…..someone I know better then anyone else in the entire universe. Hmmmm….
And then there’s this asshole. While I found the Tytania pow wow to be fascinating, I found Fan Hulic’s scenes to be underwhelming to say the least. Maybe it’s because I don’t really like his character at all. I mean, how much can you care about a guy who cares for nothing but getting money and women and who just plain got lucky during his supposed heroic triumph. Not only that, but he seems to think the people owe him something and has fantasies about being recognized as a hero. I didn’t think it was possible, but this guy shows even less humility than Idris, while having even less to show for it.
Or maybe it was because his scenes just felt completely our of place in this series. We have a meeting with a moeblob shoe shiner who gives him the hero worship he so desperately desires, him hanging out in a bar, and him getting his foot stomped on by a secretary with the Outside The Building Super Fast Zoom In Zoom Out (TM) camera sequence that is more often seen in harem series then it is in frankly anything else. Again, so out of place. All of his scenes are played to rather lame comedy as well with him finding out that he was supposed to lose the battle to give the Tytania clan satisfaction and open the roads to negotation. Instead he won and now nobody wants to think of him as a hero. Gee I certainly can’t see why that would be the case….anyway, if he was supposed to lose, I wonder why they would have even given him the tools to win in the first place. Did the government ever think that maybe, just maybe if he was given something as powerful as a Weigelt Cannon appears to be that he would find a way to use it? Even if he’s supposed to be an idiot, it’s better to ere on the side of caution. And now they’ve got his ego up where it most certainly doesn’t belong.
Sigh….again, every scene on Euria just kind of clashed with the finesse of the scenes on Uraniborg. Well, Fan has been sent on his merry way at least. Take your money, thank you but your services are no longer required, good luck out there sayonara. Wherever he goes now I could care less at this point, but Tytania seems to want him. Maybe he could stand to learn something from them. Tytania thinks they should learn from him, but I think they’ve misjudged his competence level in both extremes. He’s a greenhorn, NO HE’S BRILLIANT! Actually he’s just got a lucky streak a mile wide.
And believe it or not that’s basically the jist of the episode. I’m kind of forced to rate my impression of it down because of the rather annoying Euria scenes, but overall I felt that it did what second episodes should do more then most other series. First episodes in my opinion should introduce the setting and throw some of the characters at us while second episodes should formally introduce us to the characters. It’s textbook, but it’s very effective, especially with a cast as interesting as the Tytania clan is. Again, I continue to be fascinated by the family and look forward to seeing where they take things from here. For now I should mention that WordPress has added in a functional polling mechanism (as in doesn’t fuck up and actually works without annoying widgets and upgrades) and I’m just dying to test it out, so without further ado, here is what I hope will be Animehistory’s official first working poll ever:
Edit: Oh right the score…..durrrrrrr
Rating: Seven And A Half Out Of Ten