Tales of Zestiria the X Episode 10: [Alisha Diphda]
Our glorious Shepherd and his gang had been staying in Marlind for a little while now, purifying the city through the water. On one of their meeting in a library, we learn that the Drake from last episode was a Seraph named Rohan and was the Seraph in charge of protecting the town, so it is safe to assume that he kind of sucks at his job. Not only that, but he also has no idea why the town was this much corrupted. The obligatory cute cat mascot says stuff about the Normins and does some funny things, because he’s the comic relief now. But all of those background infos don’t really matter because what interests us now is Alisha, since the episode bears her name. Some supplies has arrived in town and Alisha asked Sorey to help her with everything. So while she’s coordinating everything, all the characters praise her for her hard work. Then, Rose, the girl whom we haven’t seen since episode 4 or so, appears again and looks like she’s up to trouble. She acts all nice in front of Alisha and Sorey but you can’t fool me! (Especially since her real identity has been already revealed in episode 0).
Sadly no one has time to worry about Rose since a war is coming. While Alisha was in Marlind dealing with all kind of shit, the chancellor Bartlow took the advantage of the opportunity to initiate a little war with their neighbor country. Of course Alisha is not very happy to hear those news and decides she’ll go and stop the dick Chancellor. Sorey wants to accompany her but Lailah refuses, since the battlefield is a place filled with malevolence, going there would be too dangerous for Sorey who’s only starting to get use to such amount of malevolence. Lailah’s worries are confirmed when Sorey fights some Human hellion. When purifying the human, Sorey gets affected by the man’s malevolence, thing that I assume, must not be very cool. Lailah then , finally explains that purifying humans is different from purifying Seraphs, dragon or whatever you want, when the Shepherd purifies a human he has to take its malevolence. This explains why Lailah doesn’t want Sorey to follow Alisha to the battlefield.
Sorey goes to the grave of a man killed by a hellion in order to purify it and tells everyone a tale about a man and a dragon and… how losing your loved ones is sad and… I don’t really know… All I can tell is that our Sorey is feeling quite melancholic if not depressed. I would gladly offer him some Prozac, but I like this new state. It changes a bit from the usual happy Sorey, always fine with everything. I like Emo, Sorey, I want to see him struggling with his inner demons and trying to stay true to his mission as he is forced to absorb malevolence. Yeah, I want this show to get really dark, I’m not sure this will happen but if it does, I’ll be surprised and happy. Anyway, now, Sorey still wants to go to the Battlefield because, he believes it is his duty as a shepherd.
In the meantime, Alisha is being ambushed by some really mysterious assassins who want to guess what? That’s right! To kill her. Their leader in particular is really mysterious… I wonder who it is… But let not spoil everything yet, and let’s focus on the reasons why those two have to clash. Basically, the Scattered Bones (the really frighting assassin gang) where initially sent by the Chancellor Bartlow to kill Alisha since she’s opposed to the war. They accepted the mission but only because they also believed that Alisha’s policy of non aggression was going to do more harm than good. Therefore, they want to get rid of her in order to “save some lives”. So they talk about their ideals a bit but Alisha quickly surprises the leader of the scary assassin gang by offering her life. It somehow proves that she’s not lying and convinces the leader to let her live… I-I-I don’t really understand why but let’s say that’s fine, okay, it convinced the leader who is none other than… ROSE! OH WOWIE WOOWA! What a twist! Heh, I’m joking, I don’t think it was supposed to be a twist, everybody should have guessed it by now. Heck even Alisha knew…which proves Rose sucks at being an assassin since you know, their identity is supposed to remain a secret…
But Anyway! Now they are best friends for life and Rose will accompany Alisha to the battlefield, as indicated in the Opening. Speaking of the Opening ( what a subtle transition, I’m almost proud of myself) where the heck did my opening go? WHERE IS IT? I don’t want to get into the episode without my opening! Did they had to cut it because they’ve realized they only have two episodes left to wrap things up? Heh.
So why is this episode called Alisha Diphda? Heh, I don’t really know. I thought the character would undergo serious development during this episode but yet this time again, Sorey is the main focus, at least to me. It is true that Alisha had a little bit of spotlight this episode, showing how hard working and strong willed she is but to be completely honest, I care more about Sorey. It is nice to see Alisha more since she wasn’t very much present in the game but they shouldn’t forget about the rest of the cast. Especially Sorey. In my onion, they have the possibility to do nice things with this ” Malevolence will consume you” thing. So I’m wishing the anime will take this road, but I guess we’re also going to see more of Alisha and Rose as they will fight on the battlefield as a duo.
I liked the tone of this episode. The scene in the cemetery, with that woman crying, was quite depressing and Sorey’s words, although I made fun of them a bit, were quite true. Malevolence is not only in the environment, it’s also in every living being and it can be passed on. It echoes what Alisha said when leaving Rose, that she forbids revenge as it will only brings more malevolence. I guess it’s the same old thing: hatred only brings more hatred and it’s the same with violence, which could explain Alisha’s desire to go for non aggression policy.
Overall I have mixed feelings about this episode, while the second part offered us some good development for the main plot, the first part felt, heh… a bit clumsy? And by that I mean that it felt like the anime had the need to explain us some things about the drake, purifying malevolence with water and how things are shit cuz there’s war, but it was clumsy in the way it did it. They just threw all this information at us during the first ten minutes, just to get rid of it. Like for example, right after Mikleo and Sorey inform us we just got a 3 days ellipse, we see that Roland guy and wonder “who the heck is that fellow?”. The answer? “Oh it’s Rohan, the drake was actually a Seraph and we purified it last episode, we just didn’t show it on screen because we did not have the time, so now we’re telling this so that everyone understands, although it wasn’t particularly necessary since nobody cared. Oh also, humans can be possessed by malevolence, yeah… now you know. ” So yeah, it’s not the first time Tozx does that, so I guess, the anime is not very clear and a bit clumsy in the way it explains things to his watchers.
So now Sorey and Alisha are both going to the battlefield, there’s some high chances the first cour will end with some epic battle against some bad guy. Maybe against the little moe emo girl from episode 0, you know the one that appears and does nothing? I’d like to see her doing things.