Posted by psgels on 20 February 2009 with categories: Tytania



Short Synopsis: Fan gets captured for real this time, and meets two punks with really weird haircuts.
Episode Rating: 8/10 (Excellent)
Okay, so next week there’s going to be another hiatus, and after that it’s finally time for this series to get fired off: double episodes until the end of its run! This episode built things up pretty nicely: the bomb is about to go off, and it’s promising to be a really interesting finale.

This episode really showed how Miranda and Fan managed to get so far in the first place: the bad organization of Tytania, and in a way it does make a lot of sense: Tytania is a mighty empire which has had a huge power and influence for centuries, and that’s the thing: when Tytania grew to its power, it would surely have been impossible to defeat it, but through the years, the corruption has increased more and more, and right now we’re at the point where the leaders are too used to being the supreme power: they have an incredible lack of experience in actual battles where they face a threat.

The biggest symbol of this of course is Ajman: the guy is the head of Tytania, but the bugger hasn’t done absolutely anything for himself. He’s just watching from a distance and tells others what to do. He lacks the experience to properly run a country, probably because he’s never had to face any challenges. History has shown the same thing: the only reason why the French revolution succeeded, for example, was because the French royalty at the time consisted out of a bunch of incompetent narcissistic idiots. Alexander The Great in his time conquered more than half of the known world, and yet this empire fell apart completely once he died. All of this is simply due to the lack of quality leadership.

this episode shows this really well: Zalish wants to get his hands on Fan Hulic, but the Estar administration refuses to let the Tytania control them completely, even though they’re part of the Tytanian territory. So of course Zalish rushes in with a city’s worth of soldiers in order to teach Estar a lesson, but this chaos is of course going to be perfect for Fan and the others in order to escape. I must say that I’m impressed: during the first ten episodes or so, I really thought that this series lacked substance, but right now it’s proving to be quite a thought-provoking series.

In fact, It also makes me wonder why all of the evil empires in anime don’t suffer from the same problem: internal strife and crappy organizations. For some reason, 90% of every evil empire (and this usually also goes for the good empires) are functioning like perfectly oiled machines with perhaps only a bunch of incompetent idiots who are tasked with the low-level jobs.

2 Responses

  1. meows says:

    I’m actually impressed that they are following the novel pretty faithfully even after announcing that they will deviate from it (they decided not to O_o) So i’m much more excited for the next two episodes.
    Though one thing i did not quiet get – what where Jouslan’s plans towards Lydia? It is quiet obvious he won’t just let her go at this point. But i got confused there @_@

  2. TJ says:

    Tytania is turning into Prison Break lol.

    Yeah the only reason why Fan and company were able to succeed so far is because a large number of people in Tytania are incompetent and never really faced skilled foes before.

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:25 AM)
    @K-off: for sure.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    I mainly say spoilers because it was quite the twist.
    Any case thanks for changing it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    @Emma: I’m not sure how many episodes this is going to be but I’m getting a 11-13 episode cour feel from the production here, in which case I don’t think they have that much time to get sidetracked.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    @Bam M8, maybe later. I turned off my computer and it was the only screenshot on my phone.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:23 AM)
    @K-off: change it to something better at least lol
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @Emma Oh shit, I’ll change it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:16 AM)
    Somewhere in my head…I have this idea that Bahamut could start to overfocus on build up .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:15 AM)
    K-off, I hope this comes out right, now I do like your episode review and agree with it, nothing wrong with the length but one screenshot may be a little spoilery… =< ;M;
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Bam: Damn, got there before me, I was going to throw in that about twintails puppet hands God woman and also visual Kei guy being a bit jarring but I felt it may have come off as nitpickery.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:09 AM)
    I think it was the general direction which was not on point in this episode. The introduction of a cutesy fan-service female villain (along with complementary annoying pets) plus an episodic feel raised a few red flags for me. I still have hope tho, and the whole thing was still moderately enjoyable.

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