Posted by psgels on 8 May 2008 with categories: Allison to Lillia


So, this series is never going to become a classic; it’s a bit too sloppy for that (remember that girl from the last episode? Well, she happens to be a princess). Still, it knows how to tell a story and it’s got a charming cast. That’s enough for me. :)

This episode concludes the angry village-arc. I didn’t quite catch why they were so hostile in the first place, but the most likely reason seems to be that they just hate outsiders. A lot of secluded villages seem to have something against people from the outside, and this is apparently just a very extreme case.

So, basically Allison and Will escape and run into Benedict. They then get saved by that princess and Benedict’s smooth talking. Inside her house, the princess reveals her identity and says how she’s been living with her grandfather, though he died a number of months ago. The next day, as they try to escape (interesting tactic, by the way) they are found out, and the princess saves everyone by protecting Benedict, Allison and Will against the guns of the villagers.

This just shows how easily the villagers can trust someone they know. They just throw down their guns like it’s nothing. Ah well, I guess that it does mirror villages in real life in a way, though I wish that the creators would have spent a bit more attention to fleshing out these villagers. The thing I especially liked in this episode, though, was when the princess noticed Benedict’s gun, and asks him to teach her to use it. Benedict, however, refuses like the gentleman he is. Afterwards, when Benedict and the princess started arguing over the use of beds (there were only three of them for four persons), and Allison and Will just ended up sharing their bed was pretty fun as well.

I also only realized this with this episode, but the OP actually foreshadows the different arcs of the first half. The next arc will take place in a large city, probably where Will is studying. The final arc will then deal with some kind of train (am I the only one getting Baccano!-vibes from this?)

6 Responses

  1. Papilo says:

    Well, I was already expecting that girl to be the princess, survivor of the fire incident mentioned in the previous episode. But I was expecting that the village behavior comes exactly from this fact, as no one outside the village can be trusted, because the royal family was attacked and killed in a “coup de etat”. Trust no one is a good police in that case. ^^

    And I don’t know why they argued, Allison and Will already sleep together before, if I’m right in the second episode. Well, with that tension about Allison asking Will to live together on the capital, is understandable. =)

  2. dm says:

    It seems pretty clear that the villagers are the way they are because they’re protecting Princess Fiona — they also talked in the last episode about consulting Fiona about what to do about Wil and Allison.

    Therefore, if Fiona vouches for them, as far as these villagers are concerned, her word is law.

    The preview, with Fiona confronting that politician on a balcony in front of a crowded square, looks like it takes place in the domed building in the OP. So, yes, the OP does appear to be foreshadowing the events of this part of the series.

    You’re the second person I’ve read mentioning Baccano! with respect to this series. What is it, the train?

    I find this series cheesy, but Allison is such a winning character that this show always jumps to the head of the queue for me to watch it.

  3. dm says:

    Now that I’ve had a chance to see this episode myself (though not with sub-titles, so my understanding of the dialogue is limited) — I guess I was wrong about the villagers protecting Fiona, since she seems to surprise them all with her true identity.

    I was somewhat disappointed in this episode, actually, with all the “lucky breaks” that happen to bring the characters together (Benedict — instead of one of the villagers out hunting them — seeing Allison and Wil hide in the shack, and Allison and Wil being the first people Benedict encounters (besides Fiona, of course)).

    Finally, on your note about the OP foreshadowing the series: volume three of the Allison novel series shows Allison in front of a train.

  4. Solaris says:

    I bet this serie was going to be the best of the season. It had a good story to begin with, good characters and all.
    But as it proceed it disappoints me more and more. Plot device to the limit of ludicrous save the situation, the chars aren’t well fleshed out and show no development at all. The worst is Will that looks like he has got any of his own will, being one puppy ordered around by Allison…
    The direction is flat and boring. The graphics is average good and the music is average too. Nothing in this anime stands out. It’s pure boredom :( I wonder why i am still watching to it

  5. psgels psgels says:

    I wouldn’t say that the characters aren’t developed. Their charms are actually what prevented this series from being mediocre, in my opinion. I do agree that the storytelling really needs to improve, because this series could have been much better if executed well.

  6. Solaris says:

    >I wouldn’t say that the characters aren’t developed. Their charms are actually what prevented this series from being mediocre, in my opinion.

    Well do you think Will is well developed? Just tell me you like Allison for her fresh little airheaded and impulsive nature and i belive you. I like her too, but that is not enough.

    I expected much from the first arc, but in a flash it was over. That arc started with Allison portrayed like a happy little girl in search of fun. Will seemed more mature but introversive guy in search of awakening. The first adventure started as a game, and pushed the nice duo in enemy territory n search of an important treasure. You’d expect the two make experience of the war and grow up. You’d expect they work out thoughts and opininions about the war, have experiences, meet people. Nothig happens. Suddenly the treasure is found with no effort. The old man is just discarted as useless as soon as he passes by the information about the treasure and good bye. Pity he was the best character in the story, the one that bears an old and important truth abiut the world. But he was only an appearence and was cut off. oook. Thare’s benedict too. He was an enemy. As soon he meets Allison and Will what does he do? Make friends at one ._.” ooook 2 ^^
    What about the second arc? It’s ludicrous…

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    But Eva just left a bad taste in my mouth as a whole, I understand that Bam you are very passinette about it and thats fine, I wasn’t aiming to provoke. I just feel that its frustrating that like alot of certain anime, that I am not allowed to dislike it or have reason to.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 01:32 AM)
    If anything at least I found Ikuhara’s symbolism while obvious at least in utena and straightforward was at least visually interesting to look at.
    I love every David Lynch film and again I thought Lain was exceptional.

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