Note: This review contains mild spoilers. While nothing too major is given away, your discretion is advised.
Izetta: The Last Witch is a 12-episode alternate-historical action series about a witch that gets re-awakened by someone that she has met in her past and escapes from a warring country's plane. From there, she decides to help the rescuer's country by volunteering to fight off her enemy country, but the costs and stakes are rather worrying.
Storyline The story had a very solid entrance and went into necessary detail for the main characters and those on multiple sides of the war between Eylsdat and Germania and including a bit of those outside of that war. However, that balance was only until the show gets near the second half, where it veers off on the main plot's quality in huge ways, including two or more near-filler episodes, one of them infamously containing things that mainly involved two characters that served zero purpose to the story for the whole thing. Things are rather slow-paced, dull and don't get back on track until the climactic episodes, where everything delivered was entertaining, but the end result turns out to feel like a very underwhelming finish, despite being handled fairly in the final bout.
Characters Not much of them are memorable and worth a single damn, including those who got killed or should've been killed (like one of Finé's retainers for an example) and even most of the royals that were involved in the war (which is why I don't have a least favorite here). The two good characters happen to be Finé and Izetta for being rather strong leads on their own right, especially after the first two episodes and the one neutral character turned out to be Sophie moreso for her lore and how much of a threat that she was as part of the antagonist group.
Pros and Cons The art style is above-average at best, but the animation happens to be solid on the most part, with some 3D elements involved in some battle scenes which were the most entertaining parts of the show besides the bonding between the main characters, shipping-related shenanigans aside and as an early con, the shenanigans that didn't involve our main duo turned out to be needless, void of emotion besides anger and disappointment and sucked with ice. The music ended up being the best point to the show on the most part, with the opening theme being the best of the two main themes and the background music is solid on the most part. The setting for this show looks very nice, but it isn't too subtle in the naming choices, aside of this being a show about an alternate World War II Europe.
Besides the poorly used pseudo-romance vibes, there is some out-of-place fanservice about for some parts of the show that feel more shoehorned in than anything else, which could directly turn off some people (and there's a good amount of it). The overall direction of the show feels jumbled down the line through most of the show, with a huge example of one of the bonding scenes of our dastardly duo being in an out-of-place location before a major plot point in the show while one of them was in a dangerous state. Th very same goes with the shoddy writing and the underwhelming way that magic happens to be used for some scenes, pranks included. Dub and Sub Comparison/Evaluation Of the two versions about as of the simulcasted dub upon this review's post, the subbed version is the better one here. While most of the voices of the Japanese dub were very well acted and end up fitting each character, the English dubbed version only had a few of the side characters alongside Finé had very fitting and nice voice acting with the least fitting and rather poorly executed of the voices shockingly happen to be Izetta's in most of her instances. The remaining characters for the English dub turn out to be neutral in terms of voice acting.
Final Verdict On my book, this series happens to be a 6/10. This was a sadly underwhelming series that could've been handled in a much better way, with only the main characters and he music being the best part of it. For those that haven't checked out much of the alternate history genre, this may be a good start, but be aware that this show isn't as good as it looks.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
The show I had good expectations for but it fizzled out. What rubs me wrong was how the show's characters had their own comeuppance (if you kill someone or did something bad, karma gets you). So Fine's advisor was killed but not Berkman who killed way more people on this show. The villains and ending were meh.
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.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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