I was honestly hoping for a different end to this fight, but I guess it’s not a bad way to end it, all things considered.
I’m going to deviate from my usual reviewing style because, frankly, this episode is a tough one to write about. We go from the climax of the battle against Loki to a date with Aneko in the space of, well, an episode. It’s a bit…. weird.
There’s still some pacing issues in the series with the way it’s being adapted from the light novels. Seasons one and two tackled books 1 to 4 respectively, with two books per season, but this season adapts book 7, to books 5 and 6, and then back to the climax of book 7. It’s a bit weird and the pacing certainly shows, especially in this episode.
We don’t get to see Rias go nuts in this one as the gift from Ravel ended up being a Phoenix tear, which healed him completely from his horrendous battle wounds. Rather thoughtful on Ravel’s part, and also fitting, given that Issei is, at heart, a mere human battling a god.
Loki curses the group, though what this entails is apparently anime original. I suppose we won’t find out until the end of the series what that is.
With Loki sealed away and Fenrir under the control of the Chaos Brigade, it ends the first half of Loki’s appearance in the show. I know that he is due to return later on this season, so I’m curious to see where things go.
Skipping ahead to Aneko’s arc part of the episode. The trope of sex curing everything is used here, although thankfully, denied by Issei. It’s good that he knew from the get go that sex was not going to fix Akeno’s issues with her father, and instead, he seemed to get an insight into her mind’s true thoughts, of her loneliness in that she needed someone to blame for her mother’s untimely death. But in the end, all’s well that ends well.
The date with Akeno was cute, and I’m kinda happy it went the way it did. But I couldn’t really enjoy the episode as much as I really wanted from the abruptness of it. I’ve read most of the LN by now and know that books 5-8 are some of the worst in the series, so I suppose I can’t fault the anime if the source material is shitty.
In any case, it was a decent conclusion… for now. I look forward to next week, which seems to be focusing on Asia.
Out of 5