Fall 2018 Anime

The Tower Maiden – ‘Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight’ Episode 7 Review

The Tower Maiden - An Anime QandA Review of 'Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight' Episode 7

What’s the show? Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Episode 7.

So how’s this episode? So spoiler time, but you know how Jeanne–one of the title characters straight up died last episode–yeah, not actually dead. “What a surprise!” said no-one ever. But to the show’s credit, they didn’t just remedy over the whole thing with ~random magics~ and make her all better again, no she’s barely hanging in there, in a comatose state and only alive because of the power of the philosopher’s stone inside her.

And how do they plan on fixing her, is she just going to sleep it off? You can’t just “sleep off” having your heart removed, gosh, don’t you know anything?!

Is that like a Spanish version of Excalibor?

Evidently not. So what’s the plan then? Astaroth tells them they need to acquire a powerful magical relic imbued with the same power as the philosopher’s stone, specifically the sword ‘Escalibor’ (pretty sure that’s a typo and meant to be ‘Exacalibor’ but that’s what the subtitles said). If they have that, Jeanne will heal.

A sword to fix a missing heart, right? Eh, whatever… so what else of mention happens? The majority of the episode is spent with Montmorency visiting his native homeland of Brittany to try and sequester some troops from his grandfather Jean the Redbeard. Turns out he’s a massive a-hole who’ll only agree to giving Montmorency his men if he agrees to marry his cousin Catherine. And in true anime style she’s a cute loli.

Poor Catherine (this is a flashback to their first meeting FYI).

Of course she is. So what’s he do? Well turns out his grandfather has been trying to get Montmorency to marry Catherine since they were both kids (I’m not sure on her exact age but she’s a few years younger than him at least). Catherine was treated horribly by Jean the Redbeard–keeping her locked in a high castle in a dingy prison-like room. The only happiness in her childhood was the time she spent with Montmorency, the two of them as close as siblings. So naturally she’s in love with him, but it’s more understandable since he was the only one who ever showed her any kindness. She wants to marry him, heck she straight up says she wants to have his babies but Montmorency has devoted his life to Jeanne. She’s understandably saddened but agrees to help him out by lying to Jean the Redbeard by saying Montmorency took her virginity–thus fulfilling a part of the agreement and allowing him the troops he needs.

That’s all she wants in exchange for her help, too pure!

That’s a lot of words. What do you mean?

I mean you’re not usually this detailed with your episode synopsis’. Well while a lot happens, not a lot happens–if you know what I mean. I didn’t really have much to say, beyond recounting the main details. If I hadn’t said all that this review would have been: it’s a very good episode with some real emotional moments that had me misty eyed, but it’s more of a connecting episode between larger events to come.

Jean the Redbeard. Grade A douche but impressive facial hair.

Yeah I guess that wouldn’t make for the most compelling review– Oh and La Hire, the busty gunslinger has some fun one-liners as she’s popping caps in some English fools. I don’t know that I’ve talked about her much but she’s a character who deserves way more screen time than she gets but oh well, such are the ways with some of these ensemble shows.

“No mercy to men” was one of my favourite lines of hers.

Previous Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight Reviews:

Full French Alchemist – Episode 1 Review
Blood Is Thicker Than Salvia – Episode 2 Review
A Potent Concoction – Episode 3 Review
Stoned To Death – Episode 4 Review
Purity, Divinity and Power – Episode 5 Review
The Heartlessness of War – Episode 6 Review


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