Probably the most shocking revelation in the series so far
Well it was a rather calm and peaceful episode (besides during the fight scene) all thanks to new and improved Luke fon Fabre. I think I really like his new style thus far and sure beats the living crap out of his old child-like self. Though I am wondering if the development for him is actually going too fast…
Thoughts: Not that I am moaning or anything, but I do feel that this change in personality happened a bit too quick. Though it may just because the sheer shock of killing thousands of people and losing the trust of his “friends” which made him feel that he just needs to snap out of being “I am king Luke” mode.
It was a really nice episode though I must stress. Other than the fact that Ion just had to go and get himself kidnapped again leading to the gang having to go on yet another rescue mission for what is like the tenth time round. This time he even had the nerve to get Natalia involved! (Damn you Ion…). But even with such a dry, rinse and repeat form of storytelling I didn’t find this episode boring at all. Thanks has to be given for keeping the material fresh and informative, and boy did we get some decent information about the situation this time.
The fight scene was simply awesome in everyway. Great direction and significant development for Luke too. He is now beginning to accept the fact that he needs to kill in order to save the lives of many more people (for some reason I keep thinking of Shirou from F/SN…). But damn, that grunt was tough…too bad he died when he showed so much skill in fighting at equal footing with Luke (who has the advantage of being a main character).
So it turns out that the church actually anticipated the fall of Azkeriuth as a part of the prediction by the score and just completely followed it without any questions being asked. I can’t tell whether following the score is actually an evil cult-ish belief but some people in the series certainly thinks so. For the church to have so much faith in following the score right into destruction, it seems kind of weird that they never stop to think about the situation. This was the feeling Tear’s grandfather gave me and as a part of the bigger picture, the church is definitely an enemy of our heros.
Van’s reason for causing the destruction also seems to be following the orders of the higher ups but because our gang has found out that he also intends on falling St Binah and the fact that the church doesn’t believe the new information gained by Luke, it is clear that Van is doing other things behind the scene and will become another factor to oppose the church.
The reason seems to be because his home land was also destroyed due to following the score so I guess it is understandable for him to want to take revenge for the deaths of the people he knows. I would even speculate that he is trying to avenge his family (where are Tear’s mother and father anyway?) or maybe if he had a lover…this also brings into picture of the information about the data uncovered in the previous episode. Is Van trying to revive his entire home land?
As for character interactions, I honestly can’t blame anyone who hasn’t heard of Luke’s change of heart yet still holding a bad opinion of him. Even if he has drastically become more quiet, it is still easy for people to think that this is just a temporary thing. So even with Jade, Anise and Natalia being somewhat doubtful towards him doesn’t incur any bad feelings from me. The have a right to be angry but this is just something Luke will have to take and try to regain their trust. This is a trial for Luke and only he can settle things right. All the more power to him because I can feel that I can begin to like him if he doesn’t change in an extreme manner (ie, trying to sacrifice himself in battle as an apology to all those he killed).
Though I did find it quite funny the disappointed look on natalia’s face when she found out that the Luke that has come to save her (and Ion >.>) was the replica. It wasn’t so much as disgust but you just know damn well that she wanted the REAL Luke to be her prince on white horse back. I kind of feel sorry for her that her love may never be answered unless there is a happy ending planned for Asch…chances are Asch will be killed by Luke in some honorable fight leaving Natalia in tears (nooooo, my fanboy side won’t allow this relationship to go unanswered ;_______; ).
Speaking of being fanboy, I simply adore the scenes that Tear had in this episode in both character development and service-y was. We get to know why she was going against her brother all this time, which is yet another valid reason. Then with the scene of her on the bed, hugging her knees simply made my hear skip a few beats. Lovely and clean service for fanboys like me (who needs bouncing
breasts melons anyway ^^’).
On another note…it seems to me that Tear and Luke are beginning to get closer together…this isn’t good for me to see…andyou should know why.
Oh and preview, seems like we will be getting some much needed Jade love. Who is that woman and what connection does she have with Jade? Former colleague or maybe something more?
Screen caps and “wise guy” comments:
Meet the new and improved Luke
So old man was also in cahoots with the whole destruction thing
I call that a cult where free will is taken away
or just plain brainwashing
I would love to see your face when Van makes it fall
“What will be come of the score now?” *heartattack*
I think I’m weird to find this scene fanservice-y but Tear just looks so attractive O.o
And who are the precious people you’ve lost? She was probably too young to remember but Van sure does
Asch being kept under check
Though you misunderstood his intentions (and probably still do)
Luke is being…mature? O.o
The mood is getting good…I don’t like that
Definitely don’t like (grrrrr)
Don’t worry, the water won’t get you wet
See? (*cuts out explanation*)
Guy! As cool as ever I see
And he is the only one who truly believes in Luke
And Luke suddenly has manners…wait…
OMG SHAT BRICKS!
Deep thoughts from Guy, I think so too…
*facepalm x 10*
Jade still doesn’t trust Luke but that is only natural
OMG it’s an Anise!
And blunt as ever I see
Skip forward, Tear using her skills to get into the holding grounds
I need the chicken chase tune for this scene
I was surprised that the grunt put up quite a good fight…it must be on hard mode
Good, Luke is trying hard I can see that
Natalia’s happy face…
And disappointed face when she found out that it was replica Luke (funny thing is…looks at Ion’s expression…)
Ouch…what stabbing words you have there
Escape blah blah, plan B blah blah, Ion will get kidnapped again, blah
One last word of support and off we go~~~