Tales of Zestiria the X Episode 9: [City of the Epidemic]
Sorey and co go to Rolance to learn more things about the dragon and it’s the opportunity for Lailah to warns Sorey about the dangers of purification since it might have bad repercussions on his body. In the meantime, Mikleo saves a Normin Seraph called Atakk, we’ll call him obligatory cute cat mascot for the time being. He has the power to intensify the powers of the regular seraphs and after a short talk with Mikleo he decides to follow him. He doesn’t have any particular reason but I guess he doesn’t need any, nobody needs any reason for wanting to follow Mikleo… he’s just sooo… aaaaah… I’m getting slightly off topic again.
So everyone is heading towards the big stormy cloud, even Alisha who was sent there to investigate the cause of the storm. But things get shitty (again) and a hellion called Oroborus appears. According to Lailah he’s really powerful and the one who caused the storm. Also it’s not really a dragon, but more a snake monster…. Anyway, Sorey armatizes with Edna again without any explanation, just like that… fair enough, and right after a dragon, who’s not really a dragon yet appears and fights with the Snake King. Apparently since it’s not really a dragon, it can be saved, they also call this not-a-dragon-yet thing a Drake, like the singer yeah… at least that’s what the subs said… But because Drake is flying high [heh] Sorey can’t reach it and purify it. Heh, if only he had a long range weapon, like a bow or something… that would be easier right? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
During that time Mikleo and the cute obligatory cat mascot continue their trip and we learn that the Cat thing has the hots for Lailah… and that he can’t explain it to Mikleo because it’s a “male-female” thing… is he assuming Mikleo wouldn’t understand?
because he’s kinda gay for Sorey?
But anyways, Mikleo continues to go after Sorey while the latter is already in Marlin, a city devastated by Malevolence. There he meets with Alisha who blames herself for not being able to heal everyone. Although it’s clearly not her fault, I can’t help but to understand her concern and sympathize with her in this powerless state.
Oh yeah, also now, Sorey’s powers have grown bigger so Alisha can hear the Seraphs’ voices. But I guess, like the old saying goes: with great powers comes great responsibility. The more powerful Sorey is going to become, the more he’ll have to use his powers and the more he’ll put his life in danger.
Then Sorey continues fighting Drake, who has grown bigger since last time, even Lailah’s armatization can’t do shit. So now he’s waiting for Mikleo to come help him and says they’ll be okay since he can sense he’s near him… No no I won’t make any sassy comment here, that’s cute… they can feel each other’s presence.. that’s cute… Also Sorey already knew Mikleo’s armatization name… that’s also cute… *AHEM*
So they armatize, purify Drake so that now maybe he’ll do bearable songs and the episode ends with the two lovebirds doing hand-checks because they are happy to see each other again YEAH!
I must say, It’s nice to see King Meebo the 3rd doing things on his own. It shows that he’s not powerless without Sorey and exists as an individual instead of just being Sorey’s sidekick
and love interest. But at the same time, their separation and reunion with the armatization shows that again, that they complete each other and are best when being together. I’m not even talking about the brofist thing they did at the end, recurrent move that they do a lot which I guess, is the ultimate proof and demonstration of their strong bond.
And that Armatization, gosh, that was pretty. I know I might sound like a filthy fan girl ( which I am, really) but this Armatization is my favorite, It’s just so beautiful, and those water bubbles and everything, really gureito. I must say, every time there’s a new Zestiria episode I spend a lot of time making gifs because everything is just so beautiful…
Now, If I have to point out some flaws, not particularly about this episode but more about the show in general, I think what could be my main problem with the series is the pacing. Or should I say, the slow start. Right now we are entering the last part of this first court and I feel like not much has been done. I’m used to slow start for series and it would not bother me if the show was 50 episodes long, however, since it’s going to be 24 episodes, I can’t help it but to feel a bit frustrated. It’s easy to pin everything on the two episodes commercial but I genuinely think, this commercial resulted in a missed opportunity for the show develop things a bit more.
We are at episode 9 and I feel like everything is just starting, some of the characters were only introduced recently and some of them; like Rose or Dezel are completely useless and non existent, which is quite a shame. Sure on the other hand, Alisha’s screen time has improved but other characters who are also interesting, were left off a bit.
With all those new changes from the original story I’m wondering where the anime wants to go, but I’m not worried about that. I have good hopes the anime will correct the game’s flaws and it is always better to get a different story than the one you already know right?
Now that I’m done bitching about every little thing that doesn’t suit my complicated shitty animu taste, let’s take a moment to admire Mikleo’s beauty.
Just looking at pictures of him makes me feel so blessed.