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  • #16
    Re: Episode 5

    So Shagad is not just someone whose principles don't align with those of Arslan and his team; he's a full-on villain. I guess this is what happens when Narsus actually has a friend. At least they were able to deal with Pelagius quickly and easily, mostly because of how stupid he is. With this much corruption around, it's good that they found someone as great as Graze. He's completely trustworthy and competent, but even beyond that he's about as likable as you can get.

    Big happenings in other places as well, though. I wonder how much this season will really have time to address, given how short it is, how far into it we already are, and how much still appears to be left just in Gilan. Hopefully it doesn't end too disappointingly.
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    • #17
      Episode 6

      In a heathen she trusts.

      Back at Ecbatana, Guiscard has taken the throne and the city is suffering with Bodin having destroyed the aqueducts. Etoile is ordered by Innocentis to see Guiscard and take him to Irina, the blind fiance of Hilmes. In an elaborate scheme, Etoile is taken out and Irina stabs Innocentis, but survives thanks to his body fat. Etoile is accused of orchestrating the killing and is set to be executed along with Irina. Just before they can be set ablaze, Hilmes saves Irina, while Alfarid's big brother saves Etoile and she asks him to take her to Arslan.

      Ecbatana is just messed up now that Guiscard is running the place, and that bald guy sure did quite a lot of damage here. Great to see Etoile again seeing that she's watching her faith crumble just like that to the point where she puts her trust in Arslan more so than with the higher-ups with her faith. Hilmes is definitely looking less of a bad guy here with his backstory with Irina, the truth about Androgoras coming to light, and the fact that he won't put up with these creeps. Should be interesting to see what happens when Etoile meets Arslan again.
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      • #18
        Re: Episode 6

        So there's a lot of stuff going on in Ecbatana. Bodin destroyed the aqueducts before running off and now they're facing a shortage of water. Innocentis has been locked away in some room so that Guiscard can rule things himself. Meanwhile, Irina come to the palace for her revenge and tries to attack Guiscard. Etoile sees Innocentis peeking out from his window and she is told to tell Guiscard about this. That fatty really is innocent as he doesn't know who Guiscard really is and what he's really planning with locking him up. And Guiscard sees this as the perfect opportunity to get rid of the eyesore that is his brother since he's already regretting keeping Andoragoras to try and use him.

        He has Etoile escort Innocentis to the room where Irina is being held so that Irina can attack him and kill him. He won't have to get his hands dirty. Irina will kill Innocentis and Etoile will be accused of helping out since this couldn't be possible without an insider's help. But he underestimated the amount of fat his brother has lol. That was hilarious how him being severely obese helped save his life. He still has the princess and Etoile sentenced since it wouldn't look nice if those who attempted to kill the king were still alive. But Hilmes had other plans and raided the place to snatch Irina and Etoile was also saved in the commotion.

        The guy escorting Irina turns out to be Alfreed's older brother. That was pretty much obvious after her brother was first mentioned in this season and then subsequently a Zot clan young man being shown. And he's going to meet his sister, ditching the princess, leaving her with Hilmes. And Hilmes has officially made himself an enemy to Lusitania. Now Guiscard will have to deal with Andoragoras, Hilmes, and possibly Arslan if the kid decides to stir up some trouble, that is. Oh and Bodin is also against these guys since he ran off to get the legendary sword. But first he's going after Hilmes to teach him a lesson. Andoragoras is also alive and is going to make his move soon. Would be interesting if Andoragoras intercepts the Lusitanian army out for Hilmes and defeats them and then Hilmes fights that army. Arslan is going for some treasure hunting to fund his army.

        There are a lot of players in the field here and anyone can make his move at any time. Hilmes coming to save Irina was unexpected as is because Guiscard didn't expect Hilmes to have any relation with Maryam. And with him focusing everything on Hilmes and the problems in Ecbatana at the moment, he won't be prepared for an attack from Andoragoras or Arslan. Guiscard might have to face more unexpected stuff later on. Andoragoras can even intercept Hilmes right now. Arslan is out for some time because he doesn't have an army at the moment and is only making preparations so he can't be a threat to Guiscard, but Guiscard doesn't know what happened between Arslan and Andoragoras so to him Arslan is still a threat. This new turn of events has made things quite interesting.
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        • #19
          Re: Episode 6

          It's a good thing Innocentis is so fat! Guiscard's reaction to that news was probably the best part of the episode.

          Interesting developments, though. Etoile and Alfarid's brother are heading to Arslan now, and Hilmes is looking like more and more of a good guy as time goes on.
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          • #20
            Episode 7

            Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

            Shagad and his pirate gang are about to go on another raid, but it ends up being a trap set by Narsus as he knew that Shagad's ego would make him fall for it. Shagad's pirate gang gets ambushed by Arslan's army that includes the Zot tribe, and it ends with Narsus and Shagad battling it out at sea. Azrael comes in to swipe at Shagad's face as Narsus defeats him. Shagad's corruption comes to light and as punishment, he is sentenced to be a slave for one year. Then Etoile comes asking Arslan to overthrow the regime at Ecbatana.

            Narsus never fails to amaze me once more as he shows that the difference between him and Shagad is that he doesn't let his ego get in the way of doing what he needs to do in order to win. Shagad just sat on it, and it led to a crushing defeat. But being the merciful guy Arslan is, he teaches Shagad a lesson about what it feels like to be a slave seeing that he took advantage of them to get his wealth. This has been great, and there's only one more episode left to go. Nevertheless, that's a nice wrap on the story in Gilan.
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            • #21
              Re: Episode 7

              So Arslan has announced that he'll be sending Daryun and Narsus on the treasure hunt. And that gives Shagad the opportunity to raid the prince's office and take over the city himself. But his little outburst in episode five already gave him away and Narsus had plans made to counter any attack. The treasure map was a fake as there was no treasure there. And Shagad shows his true colors, again, as he attacks the place with his pirate army. And Narsus' plan gets kicked into action and Shagad is caught. And Arslan gives him one hell of a punishment – spending a year as a slave is a punishment befitting of a person who is determined to let slavery persist. Graze should hand him over to a cruel dude so he learns the true pain of slaves.

              And then Etoile shows up and asks for Arslan's help to save Innocentis. She just saw that Guiscard is unwilling to let Innocentis continue as king and wants to remove him and she doesn't want that because she is loyal to Innocentis. She should just let the two brothers fight it out because if Guiscard wins then Lusitania will be under a better king as Innocentis doesn't do things himself anyway.

              So, will Arslan go to Ecbatana for Etoile's sake to save Innocentis? Or will he go but with a different intention? And if he does end up going and then beats up Guiscard, then will this result in Lusitania withdrawing and then the two countries having better relations? Or will Arslan kick out Innocentis or imprison him or kill him? I'm guessing Arslan will go to save Innocentis and then things will end with the two countries having better relations, allies or something. But we still have Andoragoras out there who can send his army towards Ecbatana at any moment and if he meets up with Arslan, he's gonna fight because that's probably the whole reason why he exiled his kid. And we also have Hilmes but he isn't going to be any trouble since he's busy with Irina whom he just swiped from Guiscard.

              Interesting things yet to happen but we don't have enough time to give things a proper closure. I doubt they'll be able to wrap up the conflict with Hilmes, Arslan's past and him ascending the throne. At the very least they can kick Lusitania out in this one episode but more episodes would still be needed to properly wrap things up.
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              • #22
                Re: Episode 7

                So that was grand and all, mostly due to Arslan knowing how to dish out the punishment. A peaceful pacifist such as him is not one to extol "an eye for an eye" in most situations, but he truly believes that Shagad will understand just how awful the life of a slave is on a level he never could before through having to live it himself.

                But there's a bigger issue. The plot of the previous episode has found its way to Arslan. That's a good thing; it would certainly be frustrating to spend an entire episode away from any main characters if not for good reason. But introducing all that with only one episode left doesn't seem like the greatest idea. More than with the first season, this almost has to leave off in a way that demands a continuation. And while it got a second season quickly, it was less than a third of the first, and it generally becomes less likely to get another season with each one unless it's a huge hit. So I don't know how well this will end up.
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                • #23
                  Episode 8 (Finale)

                  There's a peaceful way to end this.

                  Etoile informs Arslan about the situation and he thinks about what he should do realizing the sad state Ecbatana is in. Meanwhile, Hilmes attacks Bodin and defeats his army to claim the sacred blade for himself, and Andragoras is gearing up to slay all Lusitania soldiers in the way. Arslan makes his decision to head out to Ecbatana to get the Lusitanians to leave peacefully. So it's a three-way battle between Arslan, Hilmes, and Andragoras that converges at Ecbatana.

                  Given that this show had only eight episodes to work with that things just weren't going to be properly wrapped up as it ends just as the decisive battle for the throne begins between the current king who is trying to flex his royal muscle, the rightful heir looking to take his place, and the outsider who is looking for a peaceful resolution, all while there's Guiscard at the center of it all as he has turned Ecbatana into a wasteland through his manipulative actions. It was a good episode, but with a feeling that there's still much more to tell as it appears that the producers had made this season with a full cour's worth of episodes in mind, but MBS made the decision to only air eight episodes with the Seven Deadly Sins special taking its spot for the rest of the season.

                  Overall, this show does a great job in the limited number of episodes it had as the episodes themselves are nicely done. I especially like the way this show elaborated on Hilmes in making him a more sympathetic character this season, and much more interesting than the average villain. Anyway, I felt that this season was more of a side quest seeing that Andragoras is not exactly what Arslan thought he is, and the true royal bloodlines was one piece of intrigue that wasn't really addressed, all while Arslan was rooting out corruption at a distant town that seemingly has little relevance to the grand scheme of things. To summarize things, this season continues to be everything that was and wasn't so great about the first season with the good things being the character art, the character development, and a well-executed story, and the biggest issue being the story being overly complex (though less so in this season) .

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                  • #24
                    Re: Episode 8 (Finale)

                    Well that's unfortunate. I really hope we can get another season!
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                    • #25
                      Re: Episode 8 (Finale)

                      Things were getting so epic here and they had to end it. Arslan accepted Etoile's request to save Innocentis and he wouldn't kill the Lusitanians but would kick them out. Hilmes got his hands back on the Rakhunabad, swiping it from Bodin who wanted to start his own little country in the former Maryam lands which means the time for him to march for his throne is perfect. And Andoragoras is also going to march with his army to Ecbatana. So we have three Parsian armies under three different people heading towards the same city and all of them want the throne for themselves. Their common goal is kicking out the Lusitanians, but they want to sit on the throne after that. They are all taking advantage of the Lusitanians being in trouble because of their own power struggle. When they meet, there will be four parties at odds with each other. And they just had to end things like this. Dammit.

                      Overall this season was quite good much like its prequel. The animation quality did see a fall as the fights weren't as good as they were in the previous season. That's my only complaint here. Everything else was pretty damn great. Now we need more episodes to wrap up this epic battle.
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