Shuumatsu no Izetta – 06

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While most of Izetta and Fine’s scenes this week are kept pretty lightweight, the episode also demonstrates how precarious Eylstadt’s situation remains despite the early success of the White Witch’s unveiling. It also shows the lengths to which the enemy will go to learn of Izetta’s weakness, and the lengths to which Sieg will will go to stop them.

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As Berkman gains access to the Empire’s ultra-top-secret “Division 9” research “workshop”, Elvira attempts to stuff Izetta in a tight corset, then makes her practice dancing with Bianca. Finally, Fine and Izetta “disguise” themselves as townfolk in order to sample some desserts from a cafe Fine used to sneak off to before she was Archduchess.

Suffice it to say, this is extremely reckless behavior during a time of war, even if their disguises were any good (they were not). The episode tries to have Fine pass off their exposure as a good thing, furthering her popular tomboy image and such, but I wasn’t buying it; this whole detour to the bakery was nothing but problematic.

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It’s Sieg who serves as audience surrogate when he says gently but firmly, “no more” to Fine regarding sneaking off into town. She’s not a precocious tomboy anymore, but the leader of a country that still hangs by a thread. One of the frays in that thread is swiftly dealt with thanks to Sieg and his crack counter-espionage team.

That means the death of Jonas and an uncertain fate for the Germanian spy who didn’t gain any information. I enjoyed Jonas as an everyman on the front lines to this point, but unless Sieg was as ineffective at protecting Fine’s interests as Bianca was this week, Jonas’ death warrent was signed the moment the spy knew he knew something.

With one problem taken care of relatively easily, Sieg leaves it to Fine and Izetta, travelling by flying gun on a circuitous route, to persuade the powers meeting in Britannia to do something about the Germanians, preferably before they unveil a secret weapon of their own from Division 9.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

1 thought on “Shuumatsu no Izetta – 06”

  1. This episode intentionally sounded a relatively light note* in the series so far, with Izetta gardening, corset tightening (complete with a little fan service which Shuumatsu no Izetta is happy to deliver from time to time), learning to dance, and the cake shop visit and then right at the end, bang! (literally) the ruthless execution of the hapless innocent Joseph ended the episode on a very different and sobering note entirely. I had some hopes that Joseph would turn into an innocent love interest for Izetta but instead he turns out to be a victim of the realpolitck that always functions behind the scenes, and which ensures all that innocent frivolity can continue. How will Izetta react if the ruthlessness at the heart of the regime is ever exposed before her?

    *Of course with the Germanians busily plotting in the background.

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