Aldnoah Zero Episode 18

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This show can learn a thing or two about how to write in character’s motives with mystery. The post-credit scene here while has been hinted at for quite some time is overy stated that Lemrina will fall before this series ends–  whether she will die or lose her status is anyone’s guess here.

Towards the beginning we’ve got a good setup that loosens the grip on Inaho’s strength: giving the Vers Kataphrakts the advantage by eliminating Terran Kataphrakts. I do wonder though why no one else that’s been pertinent towards the main Terran cast has been killed off.  I’ve got a feeling Gen Urobuchi has a few deaths up his sleeve in the last couple of episodes given how this second half has been pushing it aside all this time.

This is a good way to develop the minor cast especially since the perspective has switched from the Terrans to the Vers Empire–  there are a lot of Counts feeling uneasy about Slaine’s rise to higher status considering how he’s Terran-born.  His loyalty lie with the Princess Asseylum and I really like how the duel is the gradual build-up in his character as he fends off Marylcian’s attacks.

Fantastic animation and it looks very smooth in 4K.  This is my favorite part of the episode because it re-states why I like this show:  the fights tell more of how these characters are evolving on the battlefield rather than the long-drawn out [and sometimes repeated] conversations the Vers and Terrans have about this ongoing war and how to solve it.


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