This entry picks up right where the previous one left off, with Velvet preparing to face off against Oscar. The action in this episode is intense, and, in typical anime fashion, we find out plot-relevant details thanks to the characters spewing exposition during their battles. I’ve always wondered how they carry on a conversation from opposite ends of the battlefield with the sounds of combat, magic, dragons, and such raging around them… but that’s the magic of anime for you.
In all seriousness, though, this episode makes it a little easier to connect to Velvet, as some of her backstory is revealed, and we find that her imprisonment was actually no fault of her own, but rather the result of what appears to be a corrupt government. It also helps that I checked the Tales of Berseria Wikipedia article, as I now know that the story takes place in the distant past of Zestiria’s world. This would potentially explain why the only thing the two seem to have in common is the malevolence. It also stands to reason, then, that the events of episodes 5 and 6 will shed some light on events that will happen in Zestiria. Judging by the episode preview, we may rejoin the titular cast in the following episode.
Honestly, as a fantasy anime, this episode had everything you could want: swords, magic, dragons, etc.; however, I am concerned that Berseria just released in Japan and won’t release worldwide until next year. How much of the story is going to be spoiled for us by this anime? I imagine that, right now, all we’ve seen is what would amount to the beginning of the game, but if connections are made between Berseria and Zestiria in the anime, then will that spoil part of Berseria‘s plot? I know this isn’t a direct reflection on the anime, but it would be a shame if the story of the game were spoiled either in part or in whole as a result of this endeavor. Admittedly, it is nice to see new content, since I have played through Zestiria already, but I hope the cost for said new content won’t be too high when I finally get to play Berseria.
Overall, this episode is well done. The action is intense and the visuals are great. I suppose the CG used for the dragon could have been better (it is pretty obvious that the dragon is CG while everything else isn’t), but that’s really the only negative comment I can think of. We still don’t know how this will all piece together in the grander scheme of the story, so I guess we’ll just have to keep tuning in to find out.
A Christian Perspective:
Seres’ sacrifice in this episode can be seen as a symbol for the Christian life. How so? Well, in this episode, we see that Seres believes so much in what she is doing that she is willing to die for it. Her purpose and goal surpass her desire to live. This reminds me of how we, as Christians, are supposed to value Jesus and His Kingdom more than our lives here on Earth. In Matthew 16:25, Jesus states, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Of course, not everyone will die for their faith, but we should value Jesus so much that we would be willing to do so if it is demanded of us.
Language: 2 “d*mn”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Seres and Velvet cleavage… or whatever term you prefer for Velvet
Violence: Velvet and several foes do battle; Velvet and other characters fight a dragon; a flashback shows a child being impaled
Blood/Gore: Velvet coughs up blood; a character is impaled and is covered with/sitting in a pool of blood
Other: Use of magic
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