Post by Old Man Dream on Dec 17, 2016 21:09:49 GMT
Izetta the Last Witch is set in an alternate World War II timeline where the princess of Eylstadt, Fine, finds herself having to rely on the magical powers of close friend and witch, Izetta, against the imperialistic nation of Germania.
There is quite a bit of this series that is a bit of a mixed bag, but I'll tackle what issues the show has later as I will instead concentrate on the positives to the series. The show's strongest strength is that it does a great job at establishing the bond between Fine and Izetta. The series storyline explores our two heroines having a past relationship with one another shown through several flashbacks throughout the series and this bond also gets explored often throughout the series as Izetta feels obligated to protect Fine and her kingdom from the princess accepting her despite her origins as a witch, while Fine shows hesitance at points of exploiting her friend's powers to protect her home country.
Also for the most part, the series does a solid job with exploring the rules of magic and witches in the world of Izetta. While Izetta's magic allows her to dominate over enemy armies, there are limitations and conditions in which she can apply her powers which prevents her from being too insurmountable a threat. As a result, there are points in the series where Fine and the Eylstadt armies have to be creative in exploiting Izetta's reputation as a witch to drive off Germania threats and even have to silence Germanian spies that attempt to learn Izetta's weaknesses.
The use of magic makes for one of the animated highlights of the series as Izetta makes use of a heavy assault rifle to fly in the air and can levitate various objects like tanks, missiles, and lances for both attacking and to fend off enemy attacks. Action scenes have fluid movement on regular display throughout the series. Settings are animated faithfully to depict World War II era Europe with the fictional nations of the series being based off actual nations and governments who were in power during the period, and character designs are nice on the eyes despite not being as detailed.
Setting aside praises, Izetta's quality does take a hit in its second half and a good chunk of this has to do with the series attempting to cram in too much for its 12-episode run. The series makes efforts to expand its story to introduce additional elements such as a story concerning Izetta's predecessor to her title of the White Witch, trying to flesh out some among the Germanian Empire, and weaving in a third side in the form of Izetta's equivalent of the USA. Unfortunately, the series lacks the time to be able to properly flesh out or integrate these additional story elements into the series which leads to said elements being greatly simplified in their storytelling purpose or getting little relevance within the series as a whole. The attempts at storyline expansion don't hurt the series too significantly as Izetta's storyline does escalate in the second half when the Germanians learn how to counteract Izetta's powers, leading to some effective escalation of drama. But it still cripples the anime's storytelling and prevents it from being one of the year's best quality titles that it showed glimmers of in its first half, and the rather anticlimactic ending does not help matters either.
While I am not too sore from Izetta's second half taking a hit in quality, its attempts to try being bigger than what it could be in only 12 episodes crippled a good deal of the storytelling potential that the first half of it demonstrated. The use of magic in the series and the bond between Fine and Izetta contribute to the show's greatest strengths. But it could have been one of 2016's best anime titles if it learned to scale back a bit on the scope of its story.
Rating: 7 of 10
Someday I’ll be gone To somewhere that we belong And God has never played his role 'Cause I’m the one who saves my soul It’s a perfect world we’re longing for
While I personally thinks it's a 8, yeah the potential for this anime was great, but got drag down by side characters. Would have been better as a movie, so the plot can be more simple and focus on the Fine and Izetta more, the main strenght of the anime.
I never thought the scope of the show but do see its flaws there. I thought the country that Izetta was from was based on France but it's Austria. I thought it was France because of the bright blue uniforms and the Eiffel Tower seen in the last episode.
While the show alludes to WWII and trying to paint a message, I feel it lacks execution there. For the main two characters, the ending wasn't as happy and I saw folks already torching the show there.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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