Well the first episode did a good job in getting us set up for the war and introducing some characters. There are going to be quite a few when they involve the secondary characters. Visually I thought the episode looked quite nice. Even for those who didnâ€™t play the game I think everything was introduced well so they have an idea what is going on. I liked the introduction of the Valkyria mythology and also showing why Darksens get negative reactions by people.
I may have said this for a few series, but this show does have a nice OP. The song is pretty peaceful early on and the intensity increases with the images. I liked giving a few moments to the major characters and a couple seconds for the numerous side characters. While most will pick up on it right away the OP does a nice job hinting at developments between Welkin and Alicia.
Alicia was slightly annoying in this episode to me. Is she really a person that is native to the town? I mean she doesnâ€™t seem to be aware that the hero Gunther had a son named Welkin. Now that alone may not be that unusual if she arrived to live in the town while Welkin was away. Maybe she doesnâ€™t believe he is really Welkin, but couldnâ€™t she have asked for some proof of identity? Youâ€™d have to think Welkin has something. Of course part of it is his fault for not asking someone who actually knew him to vouch for him.
But itâ€™s kind of hard to imagine that Alicia lived there for any time and didnâ€™t know that Isara lived there and was a Darksen. Kind of useless to have as part of the town guard if she doesnâ€™t know who she is supposed to be guarding. She spent most of the episode holding the son of a hero prisoner and threatening to shoot him and Isara. If they werenâ€™t under attack sheâ€™d probably be arrested herself. Of course considering Susie is a member of the watch I think they will take anyone. While being scared is natural youâ€™d think she would fit better with the evacuating civilians.
It is a difficult situation that the town is currently put under though. With the entire country being invaded by a powerful force minor towns will end up being sacrificed. Iâ€™m sure the army could get something out there, but they probably donâ€™t think itâ€™s worth it. It is too bad for Gallia that they have become a target. But regardless of their position the amount of ragnite they have has made them a target. Iâ€™m eager to see how the series shows the struggle of Gallia as one part of a very large conflict. Of course for the people in that country that small part of the war means everything.
Think they handled the characters pretty well overall. Welkin is a pretty odd guy, but he is reliable in a pinch. Itâ€™s kind of sad how long it took him to realize they suspected him of being a spy. At the same time he did manage to escape where he was being held and got to Isara. While he is a good person he isnâ€™t so good as to sit by while his sister could be in trouble. Isara herself was well done and is similar to Welkin in some ways. She is a kind person, but she will take action if it is necessary. Whether it was being ready to knife an intruder or grabbing the gun to shoot an Imperial. When in a war you canâ€™t afford to hesitate.
The series has gotten off to a nice start. The battle has begun and now they will be taking out the tank to strike back at the Imperials. If they can avoid Alicia pointing anymore guns at them they might just survive. Forgetting the joke, I am looking forward to the show more now.