I actually have something positive to say about the new episode of ToZX, so have scribbles and a wall of text. I still don’t know how to put text under a cut, my apologies. Explanations for the scribbles are hidden somewhere in said wall of text.
I made a list of pros and cons, and this is a fucking long post:
+RISING UP PLAYING DURING THE FUCKING DRAGON FIGHT I’D BEEN SECRETLY HOPING FOR THIS DURING THE ENTIRE SHOW YES THIS NEEDS CAPSLOCK I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH AND I LOVE THRASHING FOES WHILE EPIC ROCK MUSIC PLAYS YES
+Sorey actually uses a goddamn armatus! The last time we saw that was Edna’s armatus pointlessly smashing a wall to pieces, which was too stupid and superfluous for to even enjoy it
+plus points for using the water armatus, which is actually ubiquitous in the game, because, well, yeah, Mikleo’s actually supposed to be important
+the entire party ships RosAli. Except Dezel.
+Dezel’s still alive?
+Oh hi Symonne. Almost forgot you existed.
Unfortunately… that’s it with the plusses. Hey, I tried. I’m still shocked how bad the anime plot ad characterisation is, okay? Okay, well, let’s proceed to the…
–I still think it’s stupid that purifying dragons is suddenly a thing. Yes, it wasn’t QUITE impossible in the game, either – the party pulls it off with Maotelus, after all. However, it put no less than four Seraphim in dire danger of dying AND took centuries of purification afterwards (which is why they didn’t manage to pull the same thing twice with Eizen, at least that’s how I understood it), and now suddenly all it takes is one shot
with a combo finisher which isn’t even effective on dragons and one heroic speech!? Granted, though, the game would be so much easier if a single Azure Assault would do the job of beating a boss.
I know I keep saying that I wanted to save Eizen, but… now that it’s actually a POSSIBILITY, I’m afraid I should have been careful what I wished for ™. I didn’t mean that I want more divergences from lore and established worldbuilding. On the other hand, I totally see Eizen getting along with Sorey and Mikleo sooo well, so I scribbled something happy. Since Mikleo is currently too enchanted to bless us with his bitchy resting face, let’s add Edna’s bitchy resting face in the background.
–I still have absolutely no interest in the entire Alisha subplot (or is it the mainplot?). At all. I’m here for superhero rainbow sparkles and sassy Seraphim, not for the shenigans of NPCs. Thanks. Not n the least compelled about anything about around her, I’m just like: *shrugs*.
–I was terribly disappointed by the dragon fighting scene apart form the music. Hours and hours of gameplay have proven that Sorey manages to jump around and fight on fucking combat stilettos. I wanna watch him jump around in this ridiculous outfit and do the purification job by beating up monsters. Like, damn boys, don’t just stand there and shoot one lazy arrow. Why is this anime constantly wasting gorgeous animation on ugly CGIs and cheesy dialogue scenes when we could have more rainbow sparkle monster smashing and inhuman jumping skills? Like damn it, they pulled off the fight with Eizen so well, and kept disappointing me ever since.
YEAH I DON’T WANT A PLOT, THEY CUT ALL THE INTERESTING PARTS FROM IT ANYWAY, I JUST WANT COOL BATTLE CHOREOGRAPHIES
Truth be told, I’m enjoying the chibi Aqua Limit animation in Tales of Link more than the fighting scenes in TozX, which is kinda confusing. (Milla’s Elemental Mastery is also quite a show, btw).
If I wasn’t so fucking lazy and if it wouldn’t take me at least half a year, I’d be tempted to animate a fucking awesome Tiamat fight and 2D limit breaks for all armatizations myself. Or maybe I’d animate mermaid-Mikleo singing Part of Your World, it’s a tough decision
–btw boys, did you just drop a dragon IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY? YOU’RE WORSE THAN THE AVENGERS, AT LEAST THE AVENGERS FELT SORRY ABOUT WRECKING ENTIRE CITIES
–I’m also terribly disappointed that poor Rose and Alisha faint from exhaustion while Sorey has fainted only once in the entire show up to now. Has anybody counted how many times he faints in the game? Because it was kinda funny after a while. Confirmed most adorkable Tales protagonist and also canonically the one who’s unconscious the most.
–Sorry Lailah, but I doubt anime Sorey is on a good way of being a fine shepherd. Game!Sorey was, yes. But somebody kinda forgot to write that kind of development into the anime!characters’ dialogues. And if I was a seraph (…or a squire), I wouldn’t trust anime!Sorey as far as I could throw him.
–Still no armatus for Rose or Dezel or Zaveid being a sublord. Booh.
–I can’t believe the stupid Squirephone ™ (thanks for the term, dear Zestiria fans on tumblr) is still a thing
-by the way, I know there’s a lot of plotholes to pick from, but this has been bothering me ever since episode 9, so: why hasn’t anybody bothered to purify Uno yet!? He should be purified since, well, forever, before the party even meets Edna!?
-on a, for once, serious note, one of many, many things I actually liked about the Zestiria plot in the game and about Sorey is that he’s actually NOT THAT SPECIAL. The entire reason why he does better than the Shepherds before him including Michael was 1) because Zenrus fucking planned the whole thing and raised him accordingly to become a good Shepherd
we’ll never know why he didn’t bother to give him a proper sex talk, tho 2) because he’s nice.and.honest.as.fuck. and he has friends who know that and whom he can rely on. That’s all. But he’s not more powerful than any other shepherd (…or exorcist) before him. He didn’t need to be, either. I know I keep making jokes that Zesty feels like Dragonball, but mainly because of the fusions and Super Saiyajin hair jokes, not like… this. Why does this show keep eradicating the well-used and/or subverted tropes in the story?
Anyway. I have a new headcanon: first thing Lailah teaches Sorey when he first learns how to armatize isn’t how to improve his sword fighting skills, or playing with fire, or synchronizing with her, or whatever – it’s how the heck one is supposed to walk, jump, kick, dodge and attack on high heels.