Fall 2018 Anime

Fighting Fate – ‘Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

What’s the show? Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight, Episode 12 (Finale).

So how’s this episode? Last season I watched a show called ‘Seven Senses Of The Re’Union’ which had me wondering why I even bothered watching it once it was done. It was a show that had enormous promise at the start and squandered it all by the end by not really committing to anything and more or less existing as an unfinished adaptation of ongoing source material. And it was so very frustrating as a result.

Hmm, I take it there’s a point to you mentioning this. Obviously. ‘Ulysses: Jeanne d’Arc and the Alchemist Knight’ suffers from a similar problem in that we’re given a hurried ending to a narrative that was already lacking in direction and common sense, a tease of future things (never) to come and a consequence free finale for literally everyone involved.

My face after watching this episode.

Weren’t you just last week hoping that Jeanne wouldn’t die? Because I didn’t want to see a 12 year old girl burnt at the stake, that’s hardly the same as wanting consequences in a narrative!

Okay okay, so what happens in the episode? You got a minute, ‘coz this is going to take a while… So the space god Enlil transforms into a Titan and we literally get an action scene that looks like it’s a parody of ‘Attack On Titan’ as Jeanne runs up its arms with her sword drawn and slashes its head off. He gets sucked back into the space abyss from whence he came, the English army retreats because Thomas Mallory said so, Astaroth drops a low-key bombshell that Jesus Christ was a Ulysses (wonder if he was a sexy woman too like most of the historical figures in this show?). Phillipe no longer wants to live on this planet anymore due to her wanting to be with Montmorency and not wanting to be Black Ulysses. Then there’s a comedic bar scene that involves breast groping and La Hire overeating, then there’s a bunch of stuff with characters I’ve mostly forgotten, Richemont comes back (yay?) and we close out with shenanigans about Jeanne wanting to have Montmorency’s baby and a swift epilogue that has Charlotte crowned Queen of France. The End!

Attack on space god daddy.

…I see. To the episode’s credit… I wasn’t bored. I mean I wasn’t satisfied with the episode on a critical level but it sure was enjoying to see a show throw so much at the screen in so little time and so little of it have any kind of staying power with me, the viewer.

I never thought an anime would have me saying, “Man, Thomas Mallory is adorable!” but here we are.

Uh-huh. So on a critical level, was there anything you liked about the final episode? As usual the music was great, some of the more surreal visuals were noteworthy and there were some very nice boobs to look at.

Turns out this is how Jeanne d’Arc died.

Music, some visuals and… boobs. That’s it? Pretty much. I won’t say this was a trainwreck because I wasn’t expecting some grand final episode that tied together everything in a satisfying way. I was expecting more closure at the very least, but then again I should no not to do so when dealing with a light novel adaptation where the novel is ongoing. Also, I think Phillipe as herself, rather than her Black Ulysses version was kind of short-changed, her story was a lot more interesting than the show gave the time for. Ultimately this show, but this episode especially felt like too much going on for its run-time and it’s budget would allow. Double the episode count, triple the budget and calm down on the tonal whiplash and you’ve got yourself a great series. What we have instead is just wasted potential and over confidence in a convoluted and rushed narrative.

Phillipe deserved a better anime!


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
Raising The Stakes – Episode 11 Review


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7 replies »

  1. I was really enjoying this one at first but dropped it around mid-season. Sounds like I didn’t miss much. Thoroughly enjoyed your takedown of it, though!

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