I haven’t updated this blog for so long, but now I finally do because I really need to get “this” out of my system. What do I mean by “this”? It’s Aldnoah.Zero most recent episode, episode 08. Spoilers and long rants ahead.
For the first six episodes, I have to admit I wasn’t really engrossed in it. Some things are pretty predictable which makes things quite boring. Some moments are great, especially when Inaho shows his amazing tactical prowess, but even then, it becomes boring due to repetition. It was episode 07 that finally made me feel so much about this series. Why? Mainly because finally Inaho and Slaine meet each other. These two protagonists who are the opposite of each other, fight together and shows promise of being a good team, only for that promise to be shot down by Inaho along with Slaine’s aircraft. It was a very good end for an episode, which left me with dread and excitement for Slaine’s fate. After a week of painful waiting, finally episode 08 is aired and we learn what happens to him: tortured by Count Cruhteo for information. That was when I finally decided enough is enough.
To tell you the truth, at first I didn’t really like Slaine. I was more interested in Inaho, whom I can relate more to (and I am aware that many people don’t like him because of his lack of emotion… which is the very thing that makes me relate to him). To me, Slaine is too much like the typical tragic hero, a noble idiot. He does things following his emotions, which leads him to all sorts of trouble because he does not think ahead for the consequences of his actions. That’s why, I didn’t think too much of him. However, this eps finally opens my eyes about him. Yes, he can be stupid about his actions, but I think it is justified because as far as we can see, he doesn’t have any mentor figure around him to teach him how to judge situations and take the proper actions. If anything, the people around him despise him, except for Asseylum who is as naive as he is. All he has is a deep loyalty towards the princess which becomes the reason he endures the harsh things that the world throws at him because he wants to protect the princess who has saved him. That is why, when the princess’ life is in danger, he does not think about anything else but to do everything he can do (which isn’t much) to protect her.
Looking at how he does not yield to Cruhteo because he wants to protect his precious princess at all cost, I can’t help but to admire his determination. I’ve noticed that so far, this series has not been kind to him. At first, I think that it’s only natural because some of the things he endures are the results of his rash actions (yes, I know I sounded extremely harsh), but now that my eyes are opened, I feel strongly for him. Really, that kid deserves a break. All the characters treat him badly (except Asseylum… probably. Asseylum does think of him fondly, but it seems to me that she doesn’t think about him as much as he thinks of her). The creators of the anime treat him even worse. Just look at his name, Slaine, and also look at the scene arrangement in this eps. The scenes that keep switching from Asseylum who seems to be having a good time… to Slaine who is being tortured. Ouch. Ooooh, and don’t forget the flashbacks, especially about the bird one (considering the title of the eps refers to this, this is the highlight of the eps). I can’t help but to feel that the creators really want to bold, italic, and underline Slaine’s suffering with all the dramatic irony. Indeed, this makes the fans feel even more protective of Slaine, and therefore will keep watching the series, but… damn it.
I like the part when the Counts figure out about the Deucalion… and Slaine laughs. Even when he is hanging on life by a thread, he still has the backbone to mock them. Of course, this leads to count Cruhteo realizing the truth. You see, I still don’t like Cruhteo. I still can’t forgive his actions, but the fact that he does not let his racism blinds him to the fact that Slaine has done everything he can the protect the princess gives me hope for his character… only for that hope to be crushed in a matter of minutes. I’m not sure he’s dead, but at this point, I’m not sure of anything. Oh, and Slaine, unconscious, has jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Really, creators? Really?
I really hope that things will not go even more downhill for Slaine, though I have a feeling that it is unlikely. Right now I’m concerned that if Slaine keeps getting this treatment, someday he will change into someone who do not trust anyone but the princess, and be able to kill anyone who endangers her without hesitation. Let’s all hope this won’t come true. Meanwhile, we’ll have to painfully wait for a week for the next eps to be aired. _:(´□`」 ∠):_