I mentioned in my previous post that Aldnoah.Zero is turning out to be a disappointing show. Well, that still holds true until the Urobuchi Turnaround.
What is Urobuchi Turnaround you ask?
It’s like playing a multiplayer game of Magic where each player has their board filled with creatures then somebody drops a fucking Wrath of God.
I was expecting Urobuchi to pull some crazy shit up. What I didn’t expect was how crazy the shit that he pulled. And by God that was one sweet motherfucking turnaround.
The best MC died, the princess died, and the one who did it was none other than Slaine.
HOLY SWEET JESUS!
Who would’ve thought that the guy who was supposed to protect the princess caused her death? Fuck Irony, right?
And this is why I love Gen Urobuchi’s machinations. There’s always this feeling of loss amidst a great victory.
So what, Earth won against Martians. At what cost? Best MC ever is now dead. Slaine is fucking the princess’ corpse. And the wrath of the remaining Martians will fall momentarily upon Earth. Good job Slaine!
But seriously, as much as I hate what happened, I enjoyed the swirl of emotions that Slaine experienced that caused him to fuck up soooo~ much. He felt indebted to Saazbaum that he saved him that caused him to kill the princess then he seems to got jealous of the time Inaho shared with the princess and decided to kill him when Inaho pointed his gun at him (Slaine shot first). Now that’s one mess of emotions right there and the way it was conveyed was very much bittersweet.
And I can’t help but feel sorry for Slaine. He betrayed the Martians, he betrayed his fellow Terrans, and he caused the death of the princess. Now he is truly a lost child. Ironically, the episode may have been titled “Childhood’s End” but with the shit that he is in, I’m seriously wondering how he can manage.
case to point,
HE HAS NO ALLIES!
Slaine may have a Tharsis and have hid the princess’ corpse but where will he go now? What will he do? And assuming that Saazbaum is still alive, will Slaine go to him and become his apprentice a-la Dark Lord of the Sith? Or, will Slaine go to the emperor? To the other Orbital Knights?
But whatever, let’s see how shit unfolds in the second season.
As it turns out, this series ain’t so bad after all. Inaho’s battles were always a treat to watch especially with how he’s able to outwith the Martians despite their advantage but now that he’s dead, I wonder how Earth will fight against these monsters.
Now to the cast.
Kensho Ono felt meh. Even his acting as Sakaki Yuya in Yugioh Arc-V felt lackluster. He’s just overall lacking imo, even if he cried his eyes out as he shot Saazbaum.
** Ironically, Hanae Natsuki’s and Kenshi Ono’s characters duelled in Arc-V with Yuya winning against Hokuto
Amamiya Sora and Hanae Natsuki are truly the stars of this show.
While I love Amamiya Sora’s performance as the brash Kirishima Touka in Tokyo Ghoul, I think she carried the role as a damsel in distress perfectly well. Well, she already proved herself as Fujimiya Kaori in Isshukan Friends so I guess the role-stereotype suits her well.
Hanae Natsuki as the calm and composed Inaho is a good role to land on. I love how he was able to portray Inaho as an intimidating character at times without exerting much emotion. It’s not just as if the character’s actions speak for himself but when Inaho delivers his lines, there’s this substance to it.
And that wraps it up for Aldnoah. I’ll catch up with Hanayamata, Haikyuu! and Gekkan Shojo before this season officially ends and the next one begins.