Episode 16 -
Well, this episode was pretty much just all setup and buildup towards the main plot. While I am glad that the series is finally beginning to explore the main plot in more detail, the “rescue Victorique” plot in this episode felt a bit more on the weak side. There are still some glaring questions as to what role Kujo will be playing in the upcoming events surrounding Victorique, and not to mention, whether that “huge storm” that was hinted at earlier on in the series will be important or not.
The main thing I didn’t like about this episode is how convenient it was. I mean, Victorique was suddenly captured without any sort of warning, and taken away to a faraway convent. Aside from the randomness of the event itself, I figured that this might be a good time for Kujo to actually show that he could be a competent character, and actually deduct where Victorique was taken away to.
Instead, Kujo does practically no deductions or critical thinking by himself, and still manages to rescue Victorique. I mean, after receiving the letter from Victorique, Kujo literally laid around and did nothing for a while. Only after Grevil told him exactly where Victorique was located did Kujo jump into action. Heck, he was literally walked straight up to Victorique’s prison cell by Cordelia, who acted as his guide. Kujo remains as generic as ever here. Honestly speaking, they could just remove Kujo from this series altogether and make Victorique the main character; the series would be much better in many ways if they did that.
Also, the rescue of Victorique was a bit too easy in my eyes. I mean, it felt as if there was almost no difficulty in rescuing her; heck, it looked like Victorique could have walked out of the prison cell on her own. I guess the “kidnapping” was just a convenient plot device used to change the setting to the convent; there was literally no danger factor associated with the kidnapping, which made it very disappointing as a conflict.
What is much more intriguing about this episode, though, is all the hints with regards to the “bigger picture” mystery. I’ve been waiting for this series to start delving into the big mystery surrounding Victorique’s past, her mother Cordelia, the magician Roscoe, and the De Blois family. A lot of previous arcs do have some vague connections with what seems to be going on, where you could argue that entire arcs in this series seem to be simply giant hints at the mysteries that are to come. Arcs that come to mind here would be the Queen Berry arc, as well as the Gray Wolves Village arc, but it seems as if everything will start piecing together rather soon. Amidst all this, I’m curious as to what role Victorique and Kujo will be playing. I almost get the feeling that Kujo and Victorique are “shrimp among whales”, where they will be involved in a conflict of gigantic proportions, with some major power players seeming to be taking a part in here as well.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.6/5
Screenshots are later in the post.