So after 3 weeks, this show has descended from its potential and become far more predictable than it already has. While I don’t think it deserves the bad-mouthing it’s been getting online, I do understand where the complaints are coming from.
Before I address the complaints though, I want to talk about what I like. First off, the plot does start moving forward now that all the characters have had their build-up. Now that regular Daemonia aren’t much of a threat due to Akari’s therapy, new threats arise to crank up the danger. The Daemonia they’ve encountered are actually copies of 22 individual diablos cards, each the opposite of the 22 elemental tarots.
The catch is that because of this, both cards will disappear if one is destroyed, thus killing off the elemental tarot user it’s connected to. This leads to the second good point of this show; it’s not afraid to kill off its characters. Ginka ends up fighting her opposite alone, and Luna gets possessed by her opposite thanks to Cerebrum posing as Akari. While not as shocking as it could be, it fits the kill-or-be-killed theme the show has had since it started.
But saying that, there are several issues that directly link to the good points. As much as I say the plot has begun to progress, the rest of what made the show fun so far has done the opposite. The questioning in killing innocents and the imaginative fight scenes have been severely reduced. Excluding the plot details, the majority of these episodes have been reduced to baking cakes, smelling flowers and waiting in line for pork buns. Sounds epic right?
And as much as the characters are now vulnerable to death, their motivations have been simplified considerably. When confronted with the Daemonia in previous ep, there was a clear exploration that made their clichéd personalities more relateable. Now that this new threat simply eliminates the characters, everything is simplified to a “Do I want to die?” mentality that’s fairly predictable depending on each character.
However, there’s one other problem with this show that I haven’t noticed until we got to Ginka’s death and Luna’s possession. Simply put, this show lacks the subtlety to grab me emotionally. Motivations are taken at face value, casualties are skimmed over as soon as they happen, and Death Flags are as obviously portrayed as the suspect of a Scooby Doo episode. It has moments of good foreshadowing(especially int he first half), but it’s outnumbered by the tropes that plague a potentially thrilling story.
Overall, I still believe that this show is above mediocrity. The themes are still interesting and the fights still shine when taking place. And if there’s one thing lack of subtlety helps, it’s in the brutal nature of the shows high kill count. But a hill of bodies can only satisfy so much when the process of it’s all too easy to guess.