What’s the show? Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Episode 11.
So how’s this episode? I really didn’t want to review this. Like, were this not the second to last episode of its season I would have moved this to the ‘watched but not reviewed’ pile and summed up my thoughts on it in a short paragraph rather than try and come up with enough to justify whatever I consider a ‘full length’ episodic review. (Turns out I had nothing to worry about and had plenty to say!)
That bad huh? No, it’s just that it’s the same nonsense as last episode and I didn’t feel like rehashing my thoughts. “Oh this historical anime suddenly has alien gods, and spaceships firing orbital lasers at France and there’s blood and gore and limb ripping and Jeanne being burnt alive again. Yay.”
So nothing different happens in this episode? I mean Jeanne ends up “saving” Montmorency from his possession by giving him a kiss which allows her to enter his memories and walk around and view things from his past and also see her own impending death through his future foresight (try wrapping your head around that). These past two episodes this show has done a lot of things and almost none of them well. Like I said last week, I’m fine with weirdness and ~unexpected aliens~ and tonal whiplash… if it’s done well.
Things seemed pretty dire, plot wise, I take it that’s more or less been averted now? Somewhat, I mean the whole ‘space gods’ diversion seems to have been cleared up with the power of love. Okay, it’s not that simplistic, in the episode’s sole ~good~ scene, Jeanne reconciles her future sacrifice as being necessary to bring peace to the world again. I mean she’s wrong of course, her sacrifice is going to be a brutal execution at the hands of monstrous individuals and war will continue for centuries to come, but I admire her resolve in the face of such horrors.
Wait, so do you think the prediction will come true and Jeanne will be burned at the stake like Montmorency’s premonition and in line with real world history? At this point anything could happen on this ridiculous show, so I’m not willing to make predictions. Do I want the show to cop out on the real shit and instead Jeanne lives and the two of them go on to live ‘happily ever after’ together? Yes, that would be preferable than watching a 12 year old girl be burnt alive. But honestly, I’ll take the show it was before all this madness over the show we’ve had the last two episodes. I may be alone in this opinion but I actually thought this show was legitimately good and dramatic and entertaining before Episode 9’s ‘space tentacles’ cliffhanger brought everything crashing to the ground. At this point, we’ll just have to wait and see!
Anything else you wanted to add? Actually yes. This episode has one consistent saving grace throughout that makes watching this enjoyable from a certain standpoint. The music is absolutely on-point, with the usual orchestral pieces mixed with Gregorian chanting and screaming death metal. If you took out all the dialogue and edited down to like a 5 minute music video, it would be a legitimately cool thing to behold. But as a penultimate episode of an anime, it’s just simply not good enough.
Previous Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight Reviews:
Full French Alchemist – Episode 1 Review
Blood Is Thicker Than Saliva – 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
The Tower Maiden – Episode 7 Review
Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder – Episode 8 Review
The Sky Is Falling – Episode 9 Review
Possessive Qualities – Episode 10 Review
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