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Kami Kaze Kaitoh Jeanne

Saikai Finn, Geki Teki Akumu

[ production info ]

Length: 23 minutes
Rating: NR, Parental Guidance Advised
Format: Japanese Language

[ plot summary ]

Sunspots have the weather going crazy throughout the world. Despite the weather having been normal until just the day before, things have now gone completely crazy. So much for being the middle of winter; the temperature in town is hotter than summer temperatures. At this key time, where has Maron gone?

Deciding to do some personal research into the history of France's Jeanne d'Arc, Maron has gone to Momokurin Gakuen's library. In the library, Maron runs into Hijiri in the library. When asked what she was looking for, Hijiri offers to explain in greater detail about France's history, focussing particularly on Jeanne d'Arc and Noin Claude; one of Jeanne's closest knights. It appears that Noin, who swore himself to Jeanne d'Arc's cause, upon watching Jeanne d'Arc being burnt at the stake, believed God had foresaken his devoted follower and allowed Jeanne d'Arc to be sacrificed and thus swore himself to the Lord of Darkness. And in explaining France's history, Hijiri reveals his true identity as Noin Claude.

When the hordes of evil come swarming into Maron's apartment, it's time to fight and change once more into Jeanne d'Arc. However, when calling upon Finn's strength to reach Jeanne d'Arc and the ability to transform, Maron once again meets Finn; only it's no longer the Finn that Maron knew. Instead, Finn has become an angel of darkness and is instead in charge of the evil hordes. The Queen has finally come!

[ capsule review ]

With all the hints of the coming of the Queen, we are finally coming to the end of this series. Maron's total cluelessness as to the identity of Shikaido Hijiri is somewhat tiresome as is her general cluelessness and sweetness, however, at the same time, it is in keeping with her character. After all the time spent waiting to see what would happen with Finn, the wait is finally coming to an end.

Story wise, the main saving grace for this episode would be the fleshing out of Hijiri's character and the explanations as to the whys of what he is doing, but even then, we still have the fatal flaw present in a character of "evil". Despite having sworn himself to the lord of darkness, his loyalty only goes so far as to pursue his personal goal of freeing Jeanne d'Arc's soul from Maron. As such, the hesitations that he shows, while at times are rather sweet, can be somewhat tiresome. Whatever happened to the truly evil, of evil characters? Even so, for a kids show (which this definitely is), it does make for little for parents to object to.

The one thing that is extremely noticeable in this series is in the animation; the characters eyes are much larger than normal for most anime series. In fact they are exceedingly huge. Otherwise, the actual animation is on the norm to lower end of TV quality animation. There's very little in the way of background movement, and the use of lots of still scenes as well as pan shots over backgrounds. Also, while there is no transformation in this episode, it's quite apparent as we watch this second season that the actual transformation sequence is being recycled throughout the season. A bit of a shame considering that it sometimes detracts from the situation at hand.

Serially, this episode is the beginning of the end of the overall series. In that, the set-up towards the second meeting between Maron and Finn is rather interesting and well timed. Despite all the foreshadowing before from minor comments that Access and Chiaki have made, we are still mostly kept in the dark as to who and what Finn really is. Time will tell what will be revealed about Finn later. -JYN 00.06.12

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars N/A N/A
Direction: 34 stars N/A N/A
Acting: 4 stars N/A N/A
Animation: 3 stars N/A N/A
Music: 4 stars N/A N/A
Translation: N/A N/A N/A
Overall Rating: 3 stars N/A N/A

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