Dragons, why does it always have to be dragons?
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Episode #6: “Velvet Crowe”
Velvet and Seres face off against Oscar, a powerful Praetor-class Exorcist tasked to stop them. A duel between Velvet and Oscar erupts. Meanwhile, an ominous shadow looms over the island.
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Velvet has escaped her prison, but she still needs to get off the island. For that she’ll need a ship, and the only ones in the harbor belong to the Praetor Exorcist, Oscar.
Oscar has the pretty-boy look down, but he’s no pushover. He gives Velvet a tongue lashing and encourages her to return to her cell. Velvet isn’t about to entertain that wish, and a duel breaks out. What a fight it is! The animation staff once again impresses with its kinetic action scenes. The whole clash is amazingly awesome to watch. Oscar tells her that it’s her destiny in life to stay in a cell and eat demons. Velvet throws out the notion and proclaims that she will kill Artorius for his murder of her brother. Much to my surprise, Oscar isn’t taken aback by this news. He says that was the will of the world as well. This just pisses Velvet off more. When the fight is over neither is the victor, because a dragon just happens to arrive.
Now, the dragon animation could have been better. It’s a CG monster, which doesn’t always mesh with the scenery around it in a compelling or convincing way. It ends up looking slower and more robotic than it should. It takes out all the soldiers, leaving only Velvet and Oscar to confront it. As powerful as both are, they can’t stand against the might of a dragon, and Seres takes a fatal blow for Velvet.
Why? Well, it appears that Seres had her own deep-seated reasons for not wanting to be a pawn of fate as well. Or fate by the name of Artorius at least. She grants Velvet all of her power, the guitars kick it up in the soundtrack, and Velvet is back in action and stronger than ever before. She not only devourers the dragon, she snags the ship and flees the island.
Oh, and the swordsman comes with as well. He showed up to help try to take down the dragon too. As well as a shrill-voiced sorceress named Magilou, who happened to be napping on one of the ships when the dragon arrived. I can already tell I’m going to be suffering through her antics in the game.
The group sales off into the sunset, off on their own adventure. The episode ends with Tales of Berseria’s opening animation, which teases more characters and events. The preview for next week tosses the ball back to the Zestiria cast, presumably for the rest of the season, and still with no explanation for the uninitiated as to who these folks are or why. Why, for advertising, of course! Tales of Berseria comes out this week in Japan!
We’re treated to an excellent battle, a tragic backstory, and some silly side characters in this week’s episode of Tales of Zestiria the X. The animation continues to be stupendous, minus a slightly robotic dragon here or there. Velvet is pretty cool, she looks like she’ll be fun to play as. Which is my biggest complaint about the last two episodes, they really are nothing more than a teaser for the game and brings very little to the show as it’s own stand-alone media. In fact, I’d call it a distraction. However, the Berseria part is over for now, and we’ll be returning to our regularly scheduled Zestiria adaptation next week.
Episode Grade: B
Streamed by: Funimation