Radiant S2

April 18, 2020

We know it’s a long journey and not expecting things to end so soon. But it’s all about the journey, right? And that is why despite knowing that Radiant S2 won’t be anywhere close to its conclusion and still considered at the starting point, I hope that this would build further upon the world that we have already seen the first season. Hey, it is not bad that a manfra got the green light for a second season. This means it isn’t all that bad, right?

Episode 1
Seth is hitching a ride on Alma’s home as he makes his way to Caislean Merlin. He is shocked that Don and Jiji are her assistants now. Not sure what happened to the other duo of Bravery Quartet but I guess it’s Bravery Duo now? After Bravery Quartet were imprisoned and escaped from Artemis, they hid on some deserted island. They were attacked by Nemesis but thankfully Alma was there to save them. Normally she would hand them over to the authorities but believed it is wrong to ruin one’s live with just a few petty nuisances. If they behave themselves, might as well let them be free. Seth talks to Alma about Piodon but of course Alma who herself doesn’t remember much of her own past, can’t confirm anything. Furthermore, she has this bad feeling ever since Rumble Town. Meanwhile Dragunov is trekking through the snowy mountains as he laments how he could’ve stopped Konrad had he taken action way earlier when the signs of his madness were showing instead of waiting too late. Thanks to that hesitancy, that was why Rumble Town lost a district and many lives too. Dragunov thought he is lost but apparently he is ushered in by Thaumaturges’ Liselotte into the holy land of the Inquisition. Inside this cave is a giant statue, believed to be the most faithful sculpture of the Father of Inquisition. Torque is waiting for him and welcomes him to be part of Thaumaturges. Torque tells him of the old legend how people were ruled by powerful sorcerers. A poor farmer rose up to rebel against them and only armed with a simple pitchfork. How did he win against the sorcerers? A miracle, huh? Hence in this scared cave also lies the original trident that belongs to Father. Torque sends Dragunov on a mission to find Seth.

Episode 2
Another tearful goodbye for Seth as he drops off at Cyfandir? Maybe Don is just being dramatic… Seth hits a snag when he stumbles into a group of merchants. As narrated, they are a ruthless bunch of greedy merchants and they will not hesitate take do stuffs that will rake them a handsome profit. They are on this continent because of a valuable resource that is sure to guarantee them returns since the image of Inquisition have dipped. So yeah, we’ve got a real bunch of weirdoes here. A really fat guy, a scaredy and pessimistic guy, his wife who is just bored of him and having that I-wish-I-had-better-adventures-in-my-life looks on her face, a really scheming one and perhaps his equally scheming cold wife. And there’s the really weird old geezer, Cristolom too. They think Seth is some spy or rare specimen so naturally they are out to get him. Seth tries to outrun them but Cristolom hunts him down thanks to his elixir of boosting his leg power. The merchants only back down because of the appearance of… Ghosts?! Just illusions created by Grimm. He helps tend to Seth’s wounds and is puzzled he didn’t use Fantasia that could have easily gotten himself out of the predicament. I guess that Rumble Town incident, he is trying to refrain from using it. Grimm notes he is fortunate not to bear the burden of many hundreds of deaths. Next morning, both part ways as Seth makes his way inside Caislean Merlin. As said, this is a place where humans and sorcerers coexist peacefully. The town is abuzz (especially young women) with the most promising pair of knight sorcerer apprentices, Mordred and Sagramore. Seth is walking around when he spots Melie and Doc.

Episode 3
Melie spots him too but apparently she is still mad so she ignores him and walks away. So there’s some flashback probably telling us why Melie is here because she felt she wasn’t good enough to be of help to Seth. Seth heads to the library find out more about Radiant but the clerk looks like she has a long day. Perhaps she can tell spunky kids like him and so her half-hearted sarcastic answers. There is a section of the library with precious historical records that can be accessed by authorized personnel. Seth tries to apply as a knight sorcerer apprentice but immediately gets rejected and thrown out. As he brainstorms outside the huge statue of Merlin, this weird beardy guy, Myr pops up and can help him sneak in. Unfortunately he badmouths Merlin and leads Seth to some stable. Things get rushed when the horn is heard. Myr gives Seth a saddle in which he is made to give it to knight sorcerer apprentice, Ocoho and her flying Dracoon (geddit? Dragon + racoon), Lulu. Once they and the other knight sorcerers take to the skies, Ocoho realizes she has been duped since Seth knows nothing. Apparently Myr is also quite infamous since he loves to play pranks. Anyway, the horn is an alert signalling the appearance of a Nemesis and hence why the knight sorcerers were scrambling to sortie. This time they will be fighting this huge Spectre Nemesis. Not your ordinary Nemesis because ordinary Fantasia don’t work. Fortunately, Mordred and Sagramore’s attack still work on them so the knight sorcerers prepare their attack in several stages. This includes using Gysoni, some synchronizing technique with the consciousness of Lord Brangoire to create Fantasia that surpasses their individual abilities. With Seth being blur and ‘noisy’ asking about stuffs, Ocoho can’t concentrate. This causes Seth to be knocked off by the Spectre Nemesis.

Episode 4
Seth makes a soft landing. Noticing the farmers taking cover nearby, he hears how the Nemesis just popped up. No egg whatsoever. Also, something about the curse of some Dullahan. Seth tries to attack the Nemesis himself but Ocoho restrains him from something so reckless. Time for Seth to virtue signal that they just can’t simply destroy the Nemesis. Because if they ruin the farmlands, the farmers will also starve. Hence Ocoho suggests using Cromen, a spell to protect a large area. Doing so also makes the Nemesis start to disappear but finished off by Mordred and Sagramore. In the aftermath, Brangoire scolds Ocoho for not following orders and that she is doing just to get attention. They are then visited by the queen, Boudica. She sounds like she cares for her people but it’s odd she has this fetish of wanting her subjects to bow before her on both your knees. She hears out the farmers’ worries about the Dullahan that popped up around the same time as the Nemesis. She is unsure of it all and hopes all of them would stay true to Merlin’s teachings and find the answer. Then she talks to Ocoho. Although what she did was reckless, her actions were worthy of Merlin’s will. She takes her leave after praising the knight sorcerers for a fine job. After they return to their castle, Seth spots Grimm. Impersonating as a scarecrow? It seems Grimm needs something from inside the castle and hopes Seth could get it. He isn’t stealing but just borrowing it. Some memory stone that belonged to a female sorcerer named Magosia. Since Seth isn’t sure about doing this, Grimm thinks he isn’t fit for espionage type missions. Perhaps Melie and Doc are more suited but he doesn’t see them travelling with him despite also on Caislean Merlin. Yeah well, I guess it’s complicated, Seth thinks they are mad at him for leaving Artemis without saying anything. Yeah, a note wasn’t good enough. You bet Grimm can’t give him any solution (plus, he is an outsider in this case) and that Seth has to solve this himself somehow.

Episode 5
Seth goes to see Doc and Melie to apologize for leaving Artemis without telling them. Oh dear. You know when a woman says she’s not mad, she’s mad. And in the calm tone of hers, yup, pretty scary. Melie doesn’t blame him for anything and that she is here to become stronger by being a knight sorcerer. But the more he tries to explain himself, I feel the more he is digging his grave deeper. So Seth was worried they’d get hurt because of his uncontrollable powers. Maybe that’s the last straw that broke the camel’s back because this long Seth-Melie drama is about to get weirder once Melie starts crying! Holy sh*t. Melie does have a point about if one is cursed, are you not allowed to have friends or seek help? She too has her fair share of troubles. Remember her split personality? And just when she thought she found someone who understood her curse… Oh well. Goodnight. I suppose later Seth is regretting all this, Doc comes to explain a little more to him how Seth’s ‘leaving’ reminds Melie of those who eventually left her. Try not to blame her for it. He returns to the stable to see Ocoho just finishing her awesome practice. She introduces him to her assistant, Lulu. However she is always sleeping. Seth wonders if sleeping is her curse and continues to ask about Ocoho’s own curse, something she finds irritating and don’t want to talk about. Learning that Seth is here to learn about Radiant, Ocoho thinks of cutting a deal to work together. She wants to learn how he used his amazing Fantasia as her dream is to become a real knight sorcerer. In exchange, she can get into the library (though, not the archives) to help look for some info. Seth probably still reeling from Melie’s lecture… But okay. She throws in a freebie by letting him sleep here. Now he doesn’t have to sleep in the streets, right?

Episode 6
Seth makes contact with Alma. Hi, how it’s going? When he tries to tell her about the weird dreams he is having lately, gotta go. Somebody’s coming. He sees Mordred and Ocoho together. From his angle of course it looked like he kissed her! Not sure why Seth have to blow his own cover to apologize about peeping but Ocoho looks like she’s under hypnosis. Seth thought the archives is lacking security. So when he tries to sneak in, his name doesn’t appear on the scroll. What does he do? Tear it up! Now he’s a fugitive as the place is on alert to hunt the intruder. But Seth seems to know his way around. Yup, those weird dreams. He hides in some secret passageway that leads him to the strangest places. Here lies a mini version of that Spectre Nemesis. There is also a shady dude here but when Seth is busted, Diabal panics and thinks he is Piodon. Damn, he thinks of killing himself but then decides to invoke something. Seth is trapped in some barrier along with that Spectre Nemesis. He soon realizes both are now huge projections over the field outside town. The Nemesis attacks Seth. Oh, its tip is poisonous. The sortie alert is sounded. Because there are not enough knight sorcerers and Sagramore is missing, Ocoho volunteers to become Mordred’s partner. Seth is barely holding it as the poison is taking its effect numbing his senses. He realizes the Nemesis only attacks when it detects movement. But can he hold out much longer? Dragunov and Liselotte are also here as they make haste. The knight sorcerers arrive and this is the first time Melie is joining in. Ocoho and Melie are shocked to see this giant Spectre Nemesis in the shape of Seth.

Episode 7
Melie and Ocoho plead to Brangoire to not attack this Seth-like Spectre. He doesn’t listen and reprimands them. Seth lets the creature attack him again so that he could trap its tentacles in some armour he summoned. He uses his last ounce of strength to jump out before fainting. The projection then ends and this leaves the knight sorcerers confused. Apparently a few of them were injured. Was there an attack to begin with? Dragunov and Liselotte examine this only to smoke out Grimm from his hiding. They chase and fight till they corner him. No choice, Grimm uses his last measure to escape back to his faraway base. He sustained some injury from Dragunov’s arrow. His retarded assistant, Leogon wants to help out but Grimm gets mad and firmly warns not to touch him. He then has him retrieve every last ounce of his precious blood he dripped on the floor before it coagulates. Grimm prepares to start his long journey again. He hopes Seth will be safe since he can’t protect him. Oh, Seth is dead? Figuratively. In some limbo state, this is a very brief summary of what happened in season 1. Oh dear, not that Hameline regret again. Please, no… Then he sees some strange eyeball and touches it. Immediately he gets devoured as he screams for help. See, that’s what you get for simply touching things you don’t know. Meanwhile several characters could now detect Seth’s voice. Seth returns to life. But he is now in his monster form. He is so powerful that the spectres protecting Diabal are surprised he is this powerful. Seth eventually blasts out of the cave. Myr happen to be there and just a single touch reverts Seth back to his calm state. He can’t treat these injuries so he needs to let a certain person tend to him.

Episode 8
Melie uses her magic to trace Seth. It leads them into Caillte Forest. Ocoho is pretty unsure to enter because it has magic that will make you lost. With Seth on the line, you think she’d go the long way around? Just go right through! And now they’re lost in this magical forest kingdom. Oh, thankfully Myr is here. Care to join him to meet his wife, Jill? Because he’s going to let her heal Seth. So they meet Jill who is a giant wood person or something. Myr and Jill meditate to go into Seth’s consciousness. Or more accurately, Sidh. A spiritual realm that all consciousness are linked. They see Seth sitting depressed with his dark power. They learn his problem. Because of Myr’s magic, the dark power is contained. Though Jill can heal him, once he wakes up, Myr’s magic will wear off and he might lose control again. So he intends to stay like this forever? Not if Melie can have something to say. Thanks to Ocoho’s power, she is able to get into Sidh too. Time for the duo to talk it out. Again. Seth once more says he is scared and thought she would understand that he fears everything he touched will be destroyed. He tried to tackle this himself but the more he fights it, the stronger it becomes. Now it’s Melie’s turn to relate how Seth saved her and made her feel her own curse wasn’t a curse. He trusted her. She now believes in him and that’s why he can do something about it. Seth trolls by saying he still can’t do it. By himself. Yup, he is grateful to have a friend like her and hopes she can help him overcoming this problem. You can tell they’re back on track when they give out a sincere laughter. When both return to reality, Seth says he wants to stay here for a while and train under Myr.

Episode 9
Melie wants to report about somebody projecting the Spectre Nemesis but Ocoho doesn’t think it’s a good idea. If this scheme is not known in public, there is a chance that somebody important might be involved in this. There could a traitor among the knight sorcerers. Some are summoned before Boudica. It seems she views the recent failure as a threat as the people will lose faith in them. Brangoire tries to put the blame on Ocoho and Melie but Mordred stands up for them and believes what they did was right as it saved their lives. So this means it is Brangoire who erred? Because of that, she strips him of his captaincy and replaces him with Lord de Gulis. This creepy joker is their next leader? I can see doom… Afterwards, Boudica talks in private to Ocoho and is not pleased she also entered Caillte. However she likes her bold behaviour and will support her. She advises her not to stand out until her ordination because the higher ups are mostly men and there are things men can do that give them a free pass. Oh dear. Feminist talk here? Jill has finished healing Seth. So he slept for 3 years! OMFG!!! Before you panic, Myr explains time flows differently here. So if he leaves Caillte, it’ll be like the same time he entered the forest. Seth is glad he can train all he wants. But I guess he has to catch Myr first. Hard, eh? Myr tells him he views everything as the enemy. Open up your senses and feel the world. Make the world your friend. Of course Seth doesn’t get it and it’ll take some time before he finally manages to do so. Once achieved, he wants Myr to teach him to control his Fantasia. Oh you silly, you were already doing that all along! It’s all about sensing and control. But for Seth’s case, he has to go an extra step and defeat that dark power inside. Using his Fantasia at full force to bring it out, Seth eventually blacks out and Myr instinctively beats him down till he cannot move. When Seth regains consciousness, he explains it is not like the power is trying to control him but something watching him. Myr feels odd and has him do all that again. This time Myr observes from Sidh. He detects somebody trying to control the orb around him. Fending off attacks, Myr also realizes once Seth loses his will and protection of his orb, he will probably be offered up. By who? Well, that’s enough for now. Myr is puzzled if Piodon actually wants to protect Seth this way by entrusting this power. Meanwhile Diabal and co can’t find Seth. He thinks Piodon is behind this. He can’t reveal his true powers in fear Piodon will find him. That is why he stays hidden in the castle and protects it. He thinks Piodon is using Seth because if he fails, he will be destroyed. Just like how it was done to him.

Episode 10
Myr gives Seth an armband that strengthens his bond with this world. All that is left is to take control of that dark power and it all depends on his state of his heart. Meanwhile, the alert is sounded. This time a real Nemesis has appeared. WTF Gulis is flirting with Melie at this important time? Gulis easily defeats the Nemesis in one strike. Despite being a weirdo, he is the strongest knight sorcerer. Ocoho explains why Gulis and Brangoire are so different like night and day. While Gulis values individual abilities, Brangoire values teamwork and order. As the knight sorcerers clean up the mess, a giant Nemesis is spotted. Hence Gulis challenges Brangoire to see whose team can take it down first. Ocoho had a bad feeling about this and she realized the earlier Nemesis is made out of several smaller Echo Nemesis. They’re back crawling up and attacking the villagers. While Melie puts up a barrier to protect the people, Ocoho goes on the offensive to take them out. However there are too many of them to handle herself. She thought of calling the rest for help but they’re too far away fighting the giant Nemesis. She could use Gysoni but remembers what Boudica said about standing out too much before her ordination. Then she realizes she can’t put people’s life at risk just for her own ordination. Thus she uses Gysoni on the other knight sorcerers to aid her in destroying the Echo Nemesis. Once done, the Gysoni wears off and the knight sorcerers are unaware of what they were doing. The merchants are watching as they note everything is according to plan. Especially Ocoho’s surprising strength. She will be an important basis for their plan as her strength will bring them great profit.

Episode 11
Ocoho and Melie are recuperating fine. Ocoho fears that she might be terminated because she broke so many rules. But rest assured, thanks to Mordred and Sagramore vouching for her, Ocoho is still in the game. Meanwhile Diabal continues to look for Seth. He also knows the merchants have entered the land. Now we return to see Seth in more training. Still failed to control his dark power. He asks Myr about his true form. He reveals he is a pixie, one of the many races under the umbrella known as little people. He claims he is the last of his kind. He is 853 human years old and that is already considered young. Heck, he is even younger than this country. Myr claims Merlin was never a sorcerer and never wanted this country to turn out the way it is. Long ago when the forest was still wide, Fantasia was aplenty. But humans began expanding their domain and this reduces the amount of Fantasia. With no options left, the little people instead of dying out slowly, dissolve and became one with the planet. Myr then shows Seth a few pixie babies. But it will be a few more years before they hatch. That is why Myr can’t leave this place and is training Seth. So now it is back to more training. Take a deep breath. Remember all those memories. Fantasia in old language means imagination. And with positive thoughts… Voila! Seth finally controls the dark power! Hooray! As proof, Seth has created a small little tree root, further evidence that he can now use his Fantasia to create rather than destroy. He is now one with nature. Now Seth is ready to renew his mission to find Radiant and leave this place to rejoin his friends.

Episode 12
Ocoho has noticed Brangoire watching her like a stalker ever since. Not sure if Melie was stressed but her other personality takes over. And this personality is also the one that Ocoho likes? Melie has also noticed Brangoire observing Ocoho but keeps her distance so as not to let him notice. And then outside the city, Brangoire makes his move and tries to kill Ocoho only to be foiled by Melie. Brangoire claims Ocoho is a traitor and was about to unleash a Nemesis. And then Ocoho attack them. Seth back in time to help. He knows something is wrong because Ocoho is not herself. Yeah, her eyes looking different. She tries to escape but Seth catches her and she somewhat reverts to normal. She doesn’t have any memories of what happened and is shocked when told what happened. Ocoho then reveals there is a mark on the back of her right neck. It is a curse and anyone who presses it, she will fall into a state of hypnosis and obey all orders. While this only proves that there is someone else behind all this, Brangoire suggests Ocoho return to her normal life so as not to let the perpetrator suspect anything until he catches the culprit. However he will oppose her ordination. Seth suspects Mordred since he noticed certain times he got too close to her. Seth also thinks Diabal would know more about this but Ocoho suggests waiting for tomorrow’s ordination where the castle’s security is lesser to sneak in. Meanwhile Dragunov and Liselotte see the merchants.

Episode 13
Doussant informs they have this device called Harmonizium that nullifies Fantasia. Using this, they can wage war against the knight sorcerers. So it’s a full scale invasion? Winning this war will help the Inquisition regain their image and the merchants will get the resources they want. Dragunov throws caution and wants to know what resources he is talking about. Their plan is to turn everyone on Caislean Merlin as their slaves. Ocoho sees Mordred. He lets her enter his room but she anticipates he is going for her mark and quickly pins him down. She is disappointed in him and wants him to tell the truth. He claims a group called Faithful of the Hermit wanted to use her as an assassin and hence he was just trying to protect her. If she had fallen into their hands, they would use her to eliminate knight sorcerers who betrayed Merlin as well as farmers who trade with foreigners. Ocoho wants to tell all this to Boudica but Mordred warns her not to because Hermit swears fealty to her. And so Ocoho is so confused and lost. She doesn’t know what to believe in anymore. Leave it to Seth to tell her to just do what she thinks and feels is right. During the ordination, everyone is gathered at the hall. Seth and Doc use this chance to sneak into the archives. As knight sorcerers pick the apprentices as part of the ritual, it seems only Ocoho is the only one not picked. Boudica finds this troubling and hopes they would reconsider. But it is then Ocoho gets up and says she doesn’t need such title. Then she accuses Boudica of the one responsible behind the Spectre Nemesis incidents and goes on to spill other details like Hermit, etc. When guards try to arrest her, she uses her superior Gysoni to hypnotize them. Gulis claims Ocoho is doing this because she is sore of not getting selected. When Gulis tries to attack her, Brangoire defends Ocoho. From his actions, he believes that he is in cohorts with Boudica. And from the reaction from some of the knight sorcerers, some of them are too. Boudica is disappointed in him but Brangoire maintains his stand to protect the people. Commotion interrupted when a messenger says the Inquisition have begun their invasion.

Episode 14
Melie wants to join the fight but Dragunov takes her away. Both sides have lined up in preparation for the battle. The Inquisition first reads all the human rights violations Boudica did. So Boudica’s reply is to tell them to go home or she’ll pile up their bodies. I guess that’s that. Negotiations failed. Time to fight. Doc finds a convenient book of truth that tells him the page of the things he wants to know. Yup, there is that page on Radiant. Oh darn, the page is torn out. Meanwhile Seth smokes out Diabal and wants to know more about Piodon. Diabal attacks at first but after realizing Seth doesn’t really know everything, he tells him this secret. Diabal could be Seth’s big brother! Heck, they have actually a lot more brothers and the other known one is Triton. Diabal was taken from the orphanage and marked for death because of his horns and Fantasia. But Piodon saved him and that was enough to earn his trust. However he soon realized that he was just using him because he would wake up in unfamiliar places and fight unfamiliar enemies. Diabal believes that they are the first people who are born as sorcerers. As there are people who survived contact with Nemesis and gain powers, it cannot be hereditary. But what if there were sorcerers with the ability to have infected children? So being born as sorcerers is the most likely of answers and they are basically the second generation. The horns they have are inherited from their parents and why is the Inquisition so insistent in chasing down a horned sorcerer but never specifically mentioning the name? People like them may give birth to more powerful children and this would be troublesome for the Inquisition. When he told this theory to Piodon, he said nothing but left him to be tortured by the Inquisition. We return to the raging battlefield. The knight sorcerers seem to be having the edge but they also find it weird that this fight is too easy. When it’s time to charge in, suddenly as they enter the proximity of the Inquisition, they lose all power. Ocoho then realizes they have a device that nullifies Fantasia.

Episode 15
Ocoho tries to warn about Harmonizium but they don’t believe her and continue with their futile attempts. To her dismay, she also sees Mordred, Sagramore and Gulis heading into the battlefield to be slaughtered. Meanwhile, Seth is sad to learn Piodon turned Diabal in to the Inquisition. But does he intend to hole up in here forever. Diabal snaps about not knowing the suffering he went through. Seth agrees to that but even so, he will not spend his life running away and make others suffer. Seth offers to search for his memories inside Sidh. However Diabal is still too traumatic to face whatever fears he has. Seth calls for Myr but it is Ocoho who responds. She needs his help and tells him about the ongoing war. Seth wants Diabal to fight with him and even swears to protect him. However he is still a coward so he gives him a stone to be set in the enemy’s camp. This stone will summon a Spectre Nemesis. He just needs some time to fix the projector. Once Seth reaches the surface, he sees the devastating ongoing war. Then Boobrie drops near him. He realizes Melie is in trouble. Dragunov brings Melie to Liselotte. Their plan is to use her as bait to draw out Seth. Works instantly because here comes Seth. The guys fight it out as Dragunov questions his recklessness. Especially his battle with Konrad at Rumble Town. No doubt that Seth also put those people’s lives in danger but at that time, Seth believed he was the only one who had the power to stop him. Even if it risks all the people’s lives, he can’t not do nothing. Meanwhile Melie provokes Liselotte about the arrogance of the Inquisition that they think everything is right. This allows her to swap out her cuffs with her. Though Liselotte can break free with her miracle, Melie already got a head start to look for Seth. Mordred, Sagramore and Gulis hop on board the merchant’s ship to negotiate. Gulis thinks they are doing this at Boudica’s command when suddenly Mordred switches sides. It was a lie he made up. And get this. Mordred is Doussant’s son!!! With Harmonizium increasing its range, Myr is starting to weaken as the forest is also shrinking. He worries what will become of Jill.

Episode 16
The knight sorcerers continue to make their charge with Boudica summoning several golems to aid. However they are stopped dead in their tracks by Verone, the youngest Thaumaturge who can turn people into stone. Brangoire is lucky he only got away a leg petrified. Ocoho flies too close to the ship and is captured. Oh well. Saves time to explain it twice and also the plot convenience she can hear the truth and everything with her own ears. Mordred praises Ocoho for a good job. She was investigating them for quite a while although she mistakenly thought Boudica was the leader of the Hermit that they are part of. Of course Boudica has nothing to do with Hermit at all. It is believed that the people of this land will side with the merchants. The knight sorcerers may have fought off the Spectre Nemesis but did nothing to help the citizens. The merchants offered money and food to them who were desperate at that time. Hence they have earned their trust but not enough to have the Inquisition take action. That is where the horned sorcerers came in. Diabal being an international criminal was the key that led the Inquisition to intervene. Doussant thanks the Hermit for helping them do a wonderful job. They will save the citizens who have been oppressed by this war. Ocoho thought Mordred is brainwashed but he denies and in fact has lived for this day. Boudica weakens but cannot stand to see anymore of her men sacrificed. So she charges straight into enemy territory and takes whatever punishing. When she can no longer go further, she gets mocked by Santori for being reckless. But she is able to muster her final strength to throw a large boulder to break Harmonizium. Santori beats her up in his rage but thankfully Harmonizium isn’t completely destroyed. Just need some time to get it back up. Doussant wants to welcome them to their ranks but Sagramore and Gulis refuse. With negotiations broken, Cristolom fights Gulis while the best friends take on each other. Honestly, it’s more amusing to see the weird old geezers fight as they free fall and passionately accuse each other. Quite funny. Friendship fight ends with Sagramore besting Mordred. Because he can’t kill his best friend, he gives him a second chance. Too bad his naivety caused him his life as Mordred kills him.

Episode 17
Liselotte finds Melie and the 2 start fighting. Until Melie changes her personality that the pace starts to pick up. Now finding yourself pushed against the wall, Liselotte? Ocoho remains devastated. Everything Mordred did was a lie. Though he maintains it was to protect her, ultimately it is to keep her by his side or his efforts would go to waste. He reveals his curse as having no feelings. I mean, really, no feelings at all. That’s why he can do all this despicable acts with no regrets. After killing Dracoon, he would’ve killed her too since she has outlived her usefulness. But since daddy don’t want the fine wood to further be stained, he presses her mark and orders her to jump off the ship. But wait. In the Sidh, Dracoon gets her back and frees her from control. Then she uses her Gysoni to control Mordred back. Seth’s fight with Dragunov ends with the latter claiming he wants to end this war. So Seth agrees to go with him as Dragunov signals to the Inquisition that Seth has been captured. Immediately Santori signals the next formation. A huge ship, Uranos, a flagship of the Inquisition starts blasting away at the castle. Seth is shocked and accuses of being tricked. Dragunov realizes he too has been betrayed. Because Torque promised him he just wanted to keep the world under an ironclad order and would shed as few blood as possible. Seth rushes off to fight the enemy. No use thinking. Just blast his way through. Dragunov aids him and he is not alone. His old squad is here. They still remain loyal to him and will help him out in any way. From now on, Dragunov and his squad will act on their own. Seth has reached Santori and is about to give what he deserves. Suddenly something faster than the speed of light interrupts their fight. Sonic? Woah. Who this armoured superhero? Ironman? Actually it is Doc in an armoured suit!!! WTF?!

Episode 18
It seems Doc had all the memory stones but because he was in danger of being discovered by the guards, he hid in this armour. Not just an ordinary armour but the legendary Pen Draig. If it seems the armour has so many clashing personalities, it is because of all the memory stones in Doc’s hands. They are the past heroes of Caislean Merlin. Pen Draig and Seth team up for a while to fight Santori. However upon learning about Boudica’s capture, the armoured knight leaves to go rescue her. Seth is now alone with Santori with the beardy saying how they have met the umpteenth time and fought. Seth is confused and thinks he is referring to his other brothers. Pen Draig rescues Boudica and Brangoire. However with Verone in the picture, they cannot get close to him because everything that enters his ring will turn into stone. Doc has been sorely ignored because instead of fighting, the coward wants to run away. So he threatens to swallow all the memory stones if they do not listen to him! That did the trick. Doc suggests they just unleash a huge amount of Fantasia. Meanwhile Doussant is dreaded to see Mordred taking on his men. Calling his son useless and a traitor, he orders his men to kill him. Ocoho is not pleased because he badmouthed is own son and even regards the fine wood more important than his own flesh and blood. Santori is enjoying his fight with Seth. It’s about time Diabal shows up in a giant hologram mode. But there is nothing he can do as he putters out shortly. At this point, Seth is down so Santori feels disappointed. He brags about his ideals as well as badmouth the infected but as we can expect, this kind of insult gives Seth the much needed power to get back up and smash it all away. We’re just humans, right? But can a normal human super punch somebody into the stars? Bye-bye Santori. Hope you enjoyed your fight. Now enjoy your flight to the stars!

Episode 19
Doussant escapes via mini ship that all the other merchants are already on. Mordred is reeling from Ocoho’s Gysoni. He wants her to disable it because he is starting to feel feelings and he hates it. I don’t think Ocoho is going to let him off the hook so easily. Thanks to Doc’s bright idea, he has Pen Draig slam everything they’ve got at Verone. Naturally it turns into stone but all that slab crumbles on him. Fortunately or not, Verone still escaped. Many feel the Fantasia is weakening and something is happening to Caillte. UIlmina has placed Harmonizium right there and doesn’t care what happens to the forest. Then she uses her miracle to turn all dead corpses into her puppet zombies. Seth feels something is wrong with the forest and telepathically tells everyone to meet him there. Upon arrival, they are shocked to see Myr in despair, slumping over the wooden corpse of Jill. I guess this means those babies are dead too. Myr thanks Jill for her kindness. Had it not been for her, he would have slaughtered all humans. But now she is no longer around, nobody is going to stop him. Myr then transforms to his beast form and goes berserk. This also affects Seth as his dark power engulfs him. You know sh*t is going to hit the fan when both these guys are on a rampage. Boudica upon realizing Myr’s real name is Myrrdin, that is the name that belonged to Merlin. Diabal is also in despair, thinking he couldn’t help much. But thanks to him unleashing that Spectre, Piodon is able to find him. Seth running riot through the Inquisition ships. Ullmina is ‘fascinated’ by his tormented soul and captures him. She hugs him and absorbs all his impurity. They will share this agony forever.

Episode 20
The Inquisition continues their attack but look who’s back? Grimm! Man, that was fast. Ocoho isn’t strong enough to destroy Harmonizium. What about Boudica? She is depressed she couldn’t protect anything and not worthy to be queen. At times like these, somebody needs to slap her to her senses, queen or not. Thank you Ocoho. Standing up with her renewed resolve, Boudica stops Harmonizium by giving it a bear hug? Uhm, wouldn’t it be easier to push it down and then beat down that thing rather than crushing it like that? Oh well, it worked anyway. Now that Fantasia has returned, Melie needs to find Seth. Dragunov agrees to take her to Ullmina. Along the way, they stumble into Grimm who also lends a hand. They easily snatch Seth from the hands of this masochist. Guess she’ll have to wait next time to indulge herself in all that pain. She gives orders for the Inquisition to withdraw. End of war, right? Well, not quite. Time to feel the wrath of Myr! Hulk smash?! The knight sorcerers thought Myr is on their side as he attacks the Inquisition. Then it becomes their nightmare when Myr turns his attention to them. Dragunov’s squad distracts Myr so as to buy time for others to escape. Ocoho and Melie enter Sidh to bring Seth back to his normal. After all that screaming, the clincher is when Melie doesn’t want him to leave her alone again. Seth’s back. Time to talk things out. Jill doesn’t want this. But Jill is dead! Myr smash! We hear more of Myr’s thoughts and regrets. But before he could smash the castle walls, the tree roots protect them. Jill? Nope. Just Seth. Jill is dead. But she didn’t die because of humans or Harmonizium. She died protecting their babies. Somebody needs to protect these little ones. Tears well up in Myr’s eyes as he embraces his innocent offspring.

Episode 21
Myr thanks Seth for stopping him for he could have killed his own children. Myr reveals more about himself. He is half human thanks to his father being a trickster. He would transform himself into one and flirt with human women. Damn, he got one of them pregnant and that was how Myr was born! Because he was different, he was left behind and this led to humans encroaching onto him and he got hostile with them. If not for Jill, he would have attacked humans. Thanks to her, he wanted to have children and even started visiting humans on the land. He also chased away bad ones. Thus the rumours spread and the miscommunication passed down the line that he is the great Merlin who protected the land. As the Fantasia protecting the children will run out and Myr doesn’t have the ability to sustain it, Seth suggests using a human with great Fantasia to help nurture them since Myr is half human, his offspring is too. Albeit it is just 1/4. But who is big enough to fit them? Now you know why Boudica is big, right? In the aftermath, we see Dragunov and his squad planning their return to Bome, the HQ of the Inquisition. He wants to ascertain Torque’s real intentions. Liselotte is imprisoned as well as other knight sorcerers associated with Hermit like Gulis. 3 days later, Boudica gives her speech to the people to assure their future. So part of the step to get closer to people is for everyone to tell their curse? We know Ocoho’s mark. But do we regret Brangoire telling his he has 6 boobs???!!! OMFG!!! I can’t unhear that???!!! When Brangoire wants to take Ocoho as his knight sorcerer, Boudica rejects it. Despite all the greater good she has done, Boudica feels she is not fit to be one. Instead, she is better fitted to be queen! Ocoho levelled up more than she bargained for! All hail, Princess Ocoho, heir to this land! Before Seth and co leave, Boudica gives Seth a memory stone he wants, a necklace for Melie and a medal for Doc (sorry, no money to repay his debts. Need to rebuild the land). Also, Brangoire hands Doc a stone which is actually Pen Draig! He needs it to protect Ocoho. Eh? Boudica views her narrowmindedness prevented her from seeing a conspiracy brewing. Hence she wants Ocoho to broaden her views by travelling with Seth so that she doesn’t make the same mistake when she becomes queen. So yeah, Ocoho is Seth’s new travelling companion. Is that why Dracoon is still alive? Grimm joins them on their way out as Seth hands him the memory stone. Though, he is disappointed the archives didn’t contain anything related to Radiant. That’s why they have to continue the adventure, right?

Magical Warfare: The Measure Of A Hero Is Always His Nemesis
It sure isn’t the end or nowhere near it and the way this season ended, it raises more questions than answers. Heck, even the final episode’s mid-intermission trolled us by asking what happened to Diabal and Piodon. Really. I want to really know what happened to them! I don’t think it’s the issue of not having enough time to hint their whereabouts but I think they want to make the final episode as some sort of goodbye to Caislean Merlin so that the next season will start afresh on another adventure. I mean, it’s not like Seth is leaving forever and never coming back to the land since he got his ‘brothers’ to look forward to once they are born. Oh wait. Is there going to be a third season at all?!

As we have already seen, this entire season takes place on Caislean Merlin and it feels a lot grimmer compared to the first season. At some points it seemed draggy but that it only necessary to build up the plot and story on this land. I read that this season adapted and stayed true to the original manfra source and hence the grimmer feel. I suppose that is a good thing because this season lacks all the stupid silly fillers that was in the first season. Thank goodness we don’t have to deal with that squid and his damn coffee again. Or that cheesy broomstick race! Yikes. Phew. Thank heavens. So we don’t waste any time and get straight down to the plot and although it leaves more to be desired as well as questions than answers, but it is better than having time wasting mind numbing fillers that don’t do anything to advance the actual plot.

Seth as the main character takes a big chunk of the spotlight here. I believe it is part of the process to turn him into a true hero and also I think they want us to forget how they turned him into some whiny kid who can’t get over the death of a certain someone he failed to save at Rumble Town. Yeah, I still find that very annoying to this day. But thank goodness they manage to shove that all to the back of our minds and make it a distant memory since Seth has achieved some sort of zen-like status and being one with nature. I think we viewers would prefer to see Seth in this kind of state whereby he overcomes his darkness and grows. So yeah, it was a good thing that he came and set foot on Caislean Merlin.

Therefore it is with mixed feelings that with the first half of the season feels like Seth’s training and the second half having the Inquisition’s invasion over the land, the plot of Seth wanting to find Radiant feels almost non-existent here. Do we still remember that plot? Yeah, final episode to remind us of this series’ actual plot. Sure, he was here to find out more about Radiant and that was his initial intention. But the string of events had him take a detour and ended up doing something else. Which is of course good because we can see now that Seth isn’t just some kid who relies on just brute force and can call forth the force of nature to his aid. The lack of Nemesis fights also made us ‘forget’ that Nemesis still threaten the world and thus the possible existence of Radiant. I don’t think that Spectre Nemesis counts as a real Nemesis but whatever.

The other character they try to build up is Ocoho whom is newly introduced this season. She’s a great ally to Seth and also an aspiring and amazing knight sorcerer but sometimes I feel that having Ocoho and the other side plots on Caislean Merlin is like a distraction to add to the dragging out of this arc. I’m not saying that they’re unnecessary but I can imagine that everything would be over in less than half of the season should it all not happen. So I guess that in addition to having Seth and the usual gang, they try to create another likeable heroine on par with Seth. The kind who is ‘cast away’ just because she doesn’t really ‘follow the rules’. Not because of the colour of her skin, mind you. I don’t know why but the first time I saw Ocoho, I kept wondering if they took inspiration of her character design from Katara of the Avatar series. Well… Close enough. But now she has joined Seth on his travels so I suppose building up her character wasn’t a waste.

The recurring characters feel less this season. Especially Melie whom I feel is mostly side-lined. They added that Seth-Melie spat just to add some drama and tension between them but my guts told me it wasn’t threatening and in no time they’ll be back. Hey, it’s not like they’re married, right?! I thought I could find out more about her other split personality but unfortunately it remains unanswered. She only pops up so as to remind us that Melie has this other dominatrix sadistic queen to her side. And Doc I see he is even worse. He is still the whiny coward he is even as a kid and I am still trying to get used to his new looks as one instead of his fatty adult version. Doc’s role is even more minor this season and even more so I feel he is reduced to some mini comical role. Therefore for him to stay ‘relevant’ in our eyes during the final stretch of this season, that is why he accidentally got into Pen Draig and gets dragged around. Ah, if it is not Seth who hauls him everywhere, it would be something else. That is Doc’s destiny. Oh well, I guess he doesn’t need to continue raking up Seth’s debts. I’m sure he’ll make a ton if Seth becomes a hero and rids the world of Radiant. But that will be somewhere in the distant future… And too bad we left Artemis last season so no cheesy one-sided romance with Miss Melba. Do you still remember her?! Yeah, her coffee still sucks, I bet… Not as much as it sucks that Doc is now the rightful owner in using Pen Draig! Regretting the time he swallowed some of the memory stones? Now his stomach can’t stop talking… Oh Doc…

They teased us a bit with Grimm’s background and now I’m just interested who this guy really is. Too bad they cut him out in the middle and distracted us with other happenings before he makes his comeback in the penultimate episode. Dragunov also didn’t do much but being newly recruited as part of the Thaumaturges, this sets in stone the kind of character and role that he needs to play out. We know Dragunov isn’t entirely a bad person and it feels like he is fighting on the wrong side. Hence this timely ‘betrayal’ from the Inquisition themselves is the right moment for him to re-question and ask himself again what he wants to really do. Not what the Inquisition wants. Not what Torque wants. What does he himself want to achieve.

The new characters are rather okay but the more interesting ones are the merchants whom I feel will be the greatest villains Seth and others will eventually have to face. We’ve got a taste of their ruthlessness and slyness and they could be more dangerous than any Nemesis seeing that they made the Inquisition and the knight sorcerers fight each other while they reap whatever profits they made. I hope to see more of them in the future. Then there is Mordred and Sagramore whom I feel they would be traitors because of their looks and the way they act. It was a bit predictable but I guess we need a plot that has a childhood friend betray the other. Unlike Mordred, I feel Sagramore’s character is totally wasted. He didn’t really do anything in particular and yet he is killed off in this fashion. Like as though his entire character role was just written for this moment to die. Sometimes I also suspected Boudica for being the mastermind behind this (because she acts haughty sometimes) but I guess I was wrong. She’s just a big queen who really wants to protect the people of her land. Brangoire is commendable but not so memorable so they make him a running joke as someone who is firstly incompetent in making a list. And secondly… Ah, forget about it. Not as much as I want to forget about his 6 nipples, though… Please don’t remind me! I thought Gulis being so flamboyant, he came out from some mental asylum or something. Why do I keep thinking his hairstyle was an inspiration from Rick of Rick And Morty?!

Myr the cheeky prankster and Seth’s master is lovable as well as his wife Jill who definitely loves making dark humour about humans. Not so funny now that Jill is dead, huh? Myr being Seth’s teacher somewhat reminds me of Luke Skywalker being coached by Yoda! Heh. May the (nature) force be with you! It doesn’t come as a surprise to me, though, that Myr is actually the great Merlin himself. With hints earlier on, the way he talks about Merlin like as though he knows that guy personally, yeah, I figured that Myrrdin sounds close Merlin and the people might have misheard and twisted his name to until what it is today. Yeah, useless people can’t even remember his name right.

The action bits this season feel okay and comparable to last season. Previously we had Seth rumbled with Konrad in Rumble Town, this season we see Seth colliding fists with Santori. There’s your epic Fantasia battle this season. The need to show the fruits of his training and remind us that he can still use Skull Burst. Yeah, it’s the only way Seth is going to use his Fantasia due to the lack of Nemesis this season. But no dancing with Torque this season. Don’t want his Fantasia sealed forever like the last time. Though, I do find the short fight scene between Seth and Dragunov to be hilarious. Hilarious in the sense that the quality of the fight is bad enough that it just looks comical and cringe worthy! Just watch that scene to get what I mean. It was like they don’t really want to animate this scene at all but had to so as for plot convenience. Even they had to ‘force’ Melie to fight with Liselotte so as not to let that killer croissant skills get rusty.

As old seiyuus are retained this season, new ones join the line-up such as Mai Fuchigami as Ocoho (Nagisa in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu), Bin Shimada as Myr (Gengai in Gintama), Yukana as Boudica (Cecilia in Infinite Stratos), Haruki Ishiya as Mordred (Shuuichi in Hibike! Euphonium), Kentarou Kumagai as Sagramore (Theo in Grancrest Senki), Hiroshi Shirokuma as Brangoire (Warrod in Fairy Tail), Tomoyo Kurosawa as Verone (Kumiko in Hibike! Euphonium), Kensho Ono as Diabal (Slaine in Aldnoah.Zero) and Hiroyuki Kinoshita as Doussant (Baji in Naruto Shippuden). While Kikuko Inoue is recognizable as Jill and Shigeru Chiba still alive (touch wood!) doing his trademark crazy voice as Cristolom, I thought it was Yuuichi Nakamura behind Gulis’ voice but I was sadly mistaken. Yutaka Aoyama (Yamada in To Be Hero) was behind this flamboyant knight sorcerer instead.

This season’s opener, Naraku by Halo At Yojohan feels more palatable compared to last season. Just your normal anime rock unlike last season’s Utopia with such heavy punk rock that left my brains shaking from all the drubbing of music waves. Heh. Just exaggerating but you get what I mean. As for this season’s ending theme, Chitto Mo Shiranakatta by Emi Nakamura sounds normal although it starts off with some weird tune. I don’t know, it’s like silence and minimal instruments at play at first before everything comes together.

Overall, this season is interesting enough to warrant another season but so far they haven’t announced any at this point. This season has decent story, characters and action so if you didn’t like the first season at all, this season might help change that feeling a bit. Of course if you love Radiant, you’ll probably also love this season albeit it is darker and void of any comical fillers. My sentiments are still the same as last time that it can’t become the next big anime nor will it become a long running series such as the ongoing One Piece, Boruto and Black Clover. This series might still have all the cliché ingredients of a shonen anime but if you’re tired of all the mainstream and popular anime everywhere, maybe this one will provide something a little different. After all, it is still a long way and it might not be Seth’s time to shine just yet. Give him a few more adventures (or seasons?) and he will be a shining example of what it takes to be a true hero.

Radiant

July 28, 2019

How often it is for an anime to adapt manfra? That’s French manga. Japan has taken countless of French stories and adapted them into anime like The Count Of Monte Cristo being adapted as Gankutsuou (don’t even get me started over that countless Jeanne d’Arc stories). But I think Radiant is the first that it is based on a manfra. So I suppose that is a big achievement, no? We’ll have to see if this ‘foreigner’ can live up to what Japanese manga expects since some Chinese and Korean manhwa do have got their adaptations but French? That’s really got to be the first. It must really have something.

As narrated, monsters known as Nemesis fall from the sky. When humans touch them, they are permanently cursed. But those who survive obtain magic known as Fantasia and they are the only ones who can fight against Nemesis. Even so, these people face great discrimination among the other normal humans for they fear it is a punishment from God or the wrath of mother nature. This is the story of a young boy who strives to become the greatest sorcerer ever. Why does this sound like Black Clover?

Episode 1
In the peaceful Pompo Hills, Seth tries to show off to Tommy his magic. Since nothing works, he tries his own original magic that of course goes berserk and causes the nearby elephant cows to rampage into town. Thanks to Alma, the damage is put to a stop. But the trouble doesn’t stop there. The townspeople blame Alma for bringing back luck despite it is clearly Seth’s fault. In fact, people don’t really have a favourable view on sorcerers and blame them for bringing bad luck. Seth would have wanted to give them his own piece of mind but Alma doesn’t want to provoke the situation any further and brings him home. Of course he gets reprimanded to clean the place and the usual lecture that if he wants to be treated like an adult, then act like one. Apparently being the rebellious kid he is, Seth doesn’t really learn from his lesson and continue to experiment with his magic. Worst case scenario happens as a Nemesis Egg lands right smack in the middle of town. I guess there’s a first time for everything since this town has never had a Nemesis attack before. Seth gears up to go tackle the Nemesis menace. Nothing really works until the Nemesis hatches out from its egg. You bet it is way stronger than Seth. Seth might be useless against this thing but when it comes to protecting Tommy, he has no qualms doing so. After letting Tommy escape, Seth is in danger of being squashed. How can he still think of showing others sorcerers are good when he lacks the strength to get out of his predicament? But do not fear. At such times, a hero will pop up to save the day, right? Here comes macho old guy Don Bossman, the leader of Bravery Quartet.

Episode 2
Bravery Quartet looks like a bunch of weirdoes with their own poses but they easily bind the Nemesis even if it is temporary. With cool motivational words, Seth wants to join him and fight Nemesis. So Don tells Seth to keep the Nemesis at bay while his gang go warn others to evacuate. And so Seth lets the Nemesis chase him around town while thinking of ways trying to outsmart it. Meanwhile we see Bravery Quartet’s true colours. They are actually bad sorcerers and are taking this chance to rob the bank when everyone has evacuated. Too bad the bank people haven’t yet. After rounding everyone up and stealing all the cash, Seth comes in to report he managed to restrain the Nemesis (how the heck does Seth know they are at the bank?). He is shocked to learn their real identity and is really disappointed because he believed in them. Don tells this naïve kid the harsh truth that sorcerers are blamed for everything. They only ask for help when threatened by Nemesis and once that is done, they hand you over to the Inquisition. Yeah, those people even prove that right now blaming them that Nemesis won’t come here had sorcerers been here in the first place. So are these people still worth saving? Luckily, the justice is still strong in Seth. He doesn’t accept their pathetic ways but when try to fight back, he is put down by their great magic. Bravery Quartet escapes because it’s time for the Nemesis to blow everyone to smithereens. Don’t worry people. Seth is the main character so you bet he is going to get up and protect them all with his awesome magic.

Episode 3
Seth dealt some damage to the Nemesis but not enough. As usual, had not Alma come back in time to finally put an end to this, it would have been over for this series. Seth recuperates back home as Alma explains she apprehended Bravery Quartet and at least Tommy gave his thanks. With Seth still bent on defeating every Nemesis so humans can get along, Alma talks about the legendary Nemesis Nest called Radiant. That is where all Nemesis Eggs come from but of course nobody has ever found it. You bet Seth wants to go find and destroy it. This brings back some old memories for Alma. She has no recollection of her past and the most she could remember was waking up after a fiery fight with a Nemesis. There was a young boy named Seth with her and the doctor mistaken her to be her son but as far as she is concerned, she has none. So as she travels to find her identity, she has Seth tag along. He was always a burden and the only reason she never tossed him away was the belief he is a link to her past. One day Alma went faraway to hunt Nemesis and left Seth alone. Some kids bullied him and unwittingly he unleashed his Fantasia. The townspeople wanted to burn this cursed boy but luckily Alma came back in time to shoo those heartless bastards away. It was then she realized how small and weak he was and took upon herself the role to not let anyone treat him like a villain again. Now Seth decides to set out on his journey and he thought Alma was going to stop him. I guess she knew he wouldn’t listen so she hands him some of her stuffs as parting gifts. One last big emotional hug before Seth gets going.

Episode 4
Doc sees Alma to get parts of the Nemesis. He sent his assistant, Melie in advance to tell her but apparently she never arrived. Seth has the bad luck of crashing into the Inquisition ship of Captain Dart Dragunov. He puts up a fight before being put in a black silver cage that nullifies his Fantasia. Seth regrets not listening to Alma properly. He was told to head to the town of Artemis and find a sorcerer named Yaga who might have an idea about Radiant. Seth meets Melie and her familiar Boobrie who are also captured. Doc then comes by but is also captured since Melie revealed the reason of her capture: She was tasked to retrieve Nemesis part (a crime under existing laws). Seth continues to brag how he is going to find Radiant and defeat all Nemesis while Doc isn’t so optimistic since he is more of a researcher and doesn’t want to die. Thanks to Boobrie stealing the guard’s keys, they are free. However Seth needs to get his stuffs back. He does but gets ambushed by the guards. As they put up a fight, Seth is impressed with Melie’s defensive magic. But when they are cornered again, Melie suddenly changes character into a badass girl. When in extreme stressful situations, her character will completely flip. Dragunov has got Melie in his point blank range but Seth uses his magic to bust them out of here. In no time, they finally reach Artemis.

Episode 5
In Artemis, Doc rushes Seth to be a citizen in hopes of ridding him. The ceremony is initiated by the head of Artemis, Master Lord Majesty. After Seth signs the contract, looks like he has also take on huge debts. Karma backfires because since Doc is Seth’s guardian, he will also share the debts! They go round looking for Yaga but Seth and Melie only incur more debts. Yeah, everything here costs money! A strange wizard approaches them and is willing to tell them were Yaga is if Seth answers a few questions. Seth gives his honest opinions on Artemis. As for why Majesty ‘extorts’ from his citizens, he shall see the answer now as the alert is sounded. The Inquisition’s ship is nearby and would have initiated a full scale attack had not they received orders from HQ to back down and not risk war with these powerful sorcerers. Majesty has used the money to pay off these people. Wouldn’t that make them come back for more? Anyway, this is where the money goes and that is why Artemis is the last sanctuary sorcerers go. No discriminations or persecutions. The wizard suggests Seth live here and protect this paradise. However Seth still wants to find and destroy Radiant. This might be a safe place but the rest of the world. If they want to help others, they must change it. If no one will do it, he will. With that, the wizard reveals himself to be Yaga. Hardly surprising unless you’re as dense as Seth and Melie. Dragunov reports his failure to capture Seth to General Torque. He is ordered to keep a close eye on his movements.

Episode 6
Because Yaga tells Seth to get stronger if he is to teach anything, Seth bugs Melie. Too bad she can’t explain well and thinks Doc can do the job. Hate to break your futile flirting with Kettle Café’s Melba (her herbal tea sucks, by the way – and she has a hand puppet as her father!) but Doc was initially reluctant to teach Seth anything at all. Until Melba notes about all the kindness and that crap that Doc wants to show off. But since Seth fails, Melie gets desperate. She turns into her crazy side and starts attacking! This is sure going to rake up the debts with all the buildings damaged. When a slab threatens to fall on her, Seth could suddenly pull off basic magic to save her. Why do I have a feeling his gloves are the one suppressing his power? So with Seth a bit stronger, as per agreed, Yaga takes him as his disciple. I don’t think strict hell training is going to scare him. On a side note, Seth lives with Melie since he can’t sleep anywhere for free and Doc refuses to take any more debts. Oh sure, conveniently she has an unused room in her home.

Episode 7
Looks like Seth still has a long way to go from Yaga’s training. I’m surprised Melba’s bad coffee isn’t going to be a running joke because Doc tastes her latest brew this one tastes really good! Suddenly Doc is kidnapped by a tentacle monster! Don’t worry. It’s not Nemesis. I guess this Kraken is classified as an animal that lives in Artemis’ sewers. Yeah, it likes coffee… Seth and Melie head down to rescue him but all their plans backfire. Yeah, somehow Doc is the one falling into their traps. This guy still alive after being dragged by Kraken for so long? So before the young ones can give up, time to remember what quitting is not in Seth’s vocabulary. The next time they face Kraken, looks like Doc has become acquainted with it! They’re coffee buddies! Seth’s plan is to dump a cauldron of Melba’s coffee onto himself. This makes him irresistible as Kraken swallows him whole. Despite the mind boggling nice coffee aroma, it tastes like sh*t. Even Kraken spits everything out. Is he going to get some stomach discomfort? Seth and Melie combine their power to take Kraken down but before that, Doc protects Kraken! Don’t hurt my friend! Devi? I guess that’s that. If Kraken is Doc’s friend, it is also Seth’s friend. Doc returns to normal life and he thought he could have more of Melba’s good coffee. Then the truth is revealed. It is actually her dad who makes it. Yeah, from now on, he will be making coffee for this loser. Doc is so the biggest loser.

Episode 8
All the training has wrecked Seth’s gloves. So Yaga makes him wear special black silver gloves that restricts any use of magic. Seth is unhappy but is made to think that there is more to this world than just power. If he takes off the gloves, he will be expelled. Seth and co are called by Majesty. Yeah, they have the highest accumulated debts ever in history. Seth, I don’t think that’s a record to be proud of. They must pay this up now or… Oh well, I guess it’s hard labour for them. Seth and Melie clean Artemis’ top. Then they spot Bravery Quartet trying to break in. Looks like they escaped from their low security imprisonment and why are they only in underwear? Because it gives them magic! Seriously. Don tries to make a deal to help free Seth from the gloves in exchange he lets this slide. But Seth refuses. Don then tries to sweet talk him about his potential strength and that the strongest in this world only gets what they want. The resisting force is still strong with Seth. He sure wants power but not use it like they pathetically did. Time to square off. Seth might have no magic but he uses Melie’s explosive magic as springboard for a dropkick on Don. When Don tries to take Melie hostage, Boobrie pecks him off. Don would have fallen to his death had not Seth swoop down to save him. But not after breaking his gloves. Later he apologizes to Yaga for breaking his promise but Yaga saw the whole thing and let this slide. He also repaired his gloves with some modifications and hints why Alma made him wear it all along. Because sorcerers cannot use magic with such gloves, those doing so bare handed will be considered a heretic. Alma’s foresight saved him from unwanted attention. It is discovered that Majesty setup this so he could capture Bravery Quartet via cheap means instead of deploying the army.

Episode 9
Dragunov’s team has been stationed near Artemis for so long that they are running out of provisions. Not if Dragunov can do some fishing and cook for his men. A newbie is starting to feel disillusioned with him as he thought being an Inquisition would be a more glamorous job. Soon they receive word that another Inquisition team led by Captain Edmund has been damaged after a fight with a Nemesis. They are to assist and repair the ship scheduled for HQ. Edmund boasts about his skills that drove the Nemesis away and also shows Dragunov the evil sorcerer prisoners he captured. Women, children and the old? As they fix the ship, the newbie thinks of requesting a transfer when the Nemesis returns. However it ignores the Inquisitions and head for the nearest town where there are lots of people. Edmund is relieved they don’t have to deal with this and doesn’t care if the people gets killed. But it’s a different story for Dragunov. He and his men’s goal is to take out threats that threaten the lives of powerless people. Hence taking out Nemesis is the same as weeding out evil sorcerers. Dragunov’s team easily defeats the Nemesis and it is only so since somebody else has already fought it and put a deep wound on it. When Dragunov returns, he arrests Edmund. His men has checked the prisoners and they lack any markings that indicate they are evil sorcerers. He knows it is easy to round these harmless people up and then accuse them of being sorcerers. He realizes Edmund has been using his false achievements to get where he is and will report this to Torque who will then judge him. The newbie has seen this side of Dragunov and decides to stay on his team.

Episode 10
Majesty throws a festival so foreigners can spend the cash. But the highlight is the broomstick race. Although the prize money is high, so is the participating fee. Seth contemplates on entering but this arrogant jerk, Nick who is double winners of this race starts badmouthing Alma. Seth won’t let it slide (excuse for this episode to air some recycled footage of Seth’s parting with Alma) and will win this race to prove Alma is the strongest. So as the race begins, Seth is put at the lowest odds. His broom might not be the most high-tech and expensive like Nick but it’s filled with Alma’s love! Majesty plays cheat by entering the race with his giant spaceship! Well, technically you keep the money if you win your own race. So with him blasting other competitors out, Seth puts a stop to this foul move. Thanks to Yaga’s training, he has gotten better and forces that greedy cat on eject mode. With the race entering the final stretch, Nick is in the lead but Seth is catching up. Desperate, he uses his turbo mode and blows his lackeys away. Although he reaches the finish line, Seth is the real ‘winner’ since he went to save those lackeys. Hey, I thought all those who participate wear a parachute? Whatever. It’s just to show that Alma’s teachings are never wrong. And Seth can only later dream he won the race because now Doc is once again exasperated for the increase in debt. He had to pay for his participation, you know. It’s not like taking on another debt would make a difference, right? Oh Seth… I understand money is of no value to him but sometimes…

Episode 11
Doc needs to find a job that makes a quick buck fast. So definitely he won’t take this Nemesis hunting job. Not if Seth and Melie wants to take it up. He tries to give excuses until Melba notes how brave it is for one to take up this job. Yeah. Love makes you do silly things. They make their way to Rumble Town, supposedly a noisy and industrial area but it looks more like a ghost town than densely populated. They stumble into that Nemesis but realizes there are 2 of them. A short bout before some pied piper calls them back. Man, there are hundreds of them now! Seth chases them but is attacked by a weird sorcerer, Grimm. He wants to know Seth’s goal in chasing those Nemesis as those Nemesis are his. They may be a clue to his past. Seth is not obliged to answer him so they fight and Grimm is much powerful than him. Melie helps out but the commotion will certainly draw attention and that is what Grimm dislikes. He retreats and as long as they are connected to that Nemesis, they will meet again. The Inquisition sees this and reports to the captain of the area, Konrad de Marbourg. He is happy he can go sorcerer hunting.

Episode 12
Konrad is shocked to see Dragunov, his former superior here. Konrad tries to assert he is now the boss here and won’t take any of his orders but instead Dragunov plays it cool and it is Konrad who gets impatient and loses his cool. Seth and co see Zeda who requested the hunt. He explains that his son, Taj had come into contact with a Nemesis. Thankfully he survived but he is now sneezing purple snot. Is this the curse? Because they are immigrants and highly discriminated against, nobody will believe their story and if they tell their son is infected, what would others think? Because Seth is determined to see this through, Taj shows him the place where he saw the Nemesis. Inside this building is a large tree with feathers. Melie mentions about Source Nemesis, the original Nemesis that could curse others. It can also create smaller clones called Echo Nemesis but those do not have the ability to curse and serve more like scouts. Then the ground starts shaking. Doc deduces that the constant boring of the land made it unstable. Hence some parts had no people because they were ordered to move. Seth has an idea. After everyone is evacuated, they observe from the sky and wait for the Nemesis to come out. True enough, they do. They use their magic to trap and capture it. The more Nemesis they capture alive, the more those money signs in their eyes begin to flash. Yeah, not only their debts will be gone, they’ll be filthy rich! Until Grimm destroys the trap. Like, WTF?! If he isn’t interested in them then why destroy their catch?! Luckily as he escapes, Melie has put a mark on him.

Episode 13
Doc wonders if Grimm is behind the disappearance of immigrants too. When Seth asks him about the marks on Nemesis, he explains when it glows, it means they are being controlled by sorcerers called Domitors. Dragunov hears rumours of the immigrants being blamed for everything. He knows this is Konrad’s doing and that his target are the immigrants. He will not interfere but warns if he is getting Nemesis get away while being so preoccupied with his goal to protect citizens (apparently immigrants don’t fall under the category of citizens). He shows him a letter that Torque and his Thaumaturges will be coming here since that sorcerer kid they are targeting is believed to be here. Looks like Konrad is definitely hiding something. He knows he can’t hide it any longer and will proceed to his final phase of his plan by using the sorcerers to create a chaos. Seth and Melie visit Taj’s house but it is destroyed. A passer-by says the Inquisitions have taken them away as immigrants and sorcerers are being accused of plotting terrorism. Konrad then rallies his people to cooperate with him to witch hunt immigrants to protect their town or risk repeating that tragedy 15 years ago. Doc hides from the mob and stumbles upon an abandoned home that serves as a nest for Nemesis. An Inquisition catches him now that he has seen the secret. The mob tries to burn Taj but luckily Seth comes to their rescue. The people retreat as they are scared, claiming they are only following orders from Konrad. Learning that Taj’s family are arrested by the Inquisitions for sheltering an infected, Seth vows to take Konrad and his men down. He downplays crazy Melie’s logic to hurt the people as they are only afraid. If they attack them, everything will be blown beyond repair. It won’t take long for Seth to encounter Konrad. Because he orders his men to fire on the district despite the people have not yet been evacuated. Because some sacrifices are needed to protect the peace.

Episode 14
Dragunov helps Konrad to defeat Seth. He has to give up because they see Doc as a prisoner. Oh my, he looks so old. Did they suck out his life force?! With the riots against the immigrants happening, Konrad uses this chance to lie to the public by blaming Seth as the one siding with the immigrants and hiding a horde of Nemesis. So to eradicate this quickly, he will destroy them all. This means trapping normal people in the area and sacrificing them too. Seth uses his Fantasia to beat up Konrad. However he orders his troops to fire. Grimm absorbs the shells. He asks if Seth knows about the Domitor. Since he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, consider Grimm his unexpected ally. Speaking of the Domitor, Hameline makes her move as she unleashes her Echo Nemesis to attack the people. Konrad wants to settle the score with Seth and reveals that Hameline works under him. The Echo Nemesis run rampage. Sorcerers and Inquisitions put aside their differences to save the people. Hameline has summoned a whirlwind and intends to crash the bell into the ground to cause a massive ground collapse.

Episode 15
The bell crashes into the Inquisition’s HQ. You mad, Konrad? Cue for Hameline to tell her sad story 15 years ago. She was part of a group of tainted children gathered to fight Nemesis. However they were thrown into prison and the people hated them for just that. Only the kind Major Oxumare treated them nicely and gave them a flute to play to ignore the mockery. However, Konrad who was a mere soldier at that time, detested all that. So one night he let the children escape prison. However he also told the crowd about their escape and hence began a witch hunt. By the time Oxumare intervened, all but Hameline died. When actual Nemesis dropped into Rumble Town, Konrad used this chance to have Oxumare put Hameline in the frontlines. But it is just a ploy for him to kill him. Scared Hameline fled and at a lost, started playing her flute. The Nemesis became attracted to her. At the same time, the Inquisitions bombed and let an entire district fell from the sky. Konrad continued to blame immigrants for this and he himself admits all that with the excuse of protecting this town. Hameline accuses him of accepting her offer when she said she would help rid of all immigrants. Though, Konrad denies this. But Konrad continues to admit he is willing to sacrifice more people to keep the town safe. Naturally the townspeople turn against him and think Hameline will be their saviour. Sorry to disappoint. She isn’t here to save them. She’s going to kill them. She considers all of them as the same as Konrad. Accomplices in murder. They never changed. Even if they said they weren’t around during that time or try to wash their hands off this, she views this all the same. Because they don’t want to shoulder the responsibility, they picked a leader to decide for them. Hence, she is going to destroy Rumble Town and lived for this day. Her destruction put on hold since Grimm has a question for her. Meanwhile Seth blames it all on Konrad for this mess. Epic power battle with Seth now even stronger without using Fantasia. I guess we’re tired of hearing Konrad blabbing about him being the impregnable wall of Rumble Town so here comes Seth’s Skull Burst to break down this immoral wall. XD.

Episode 16
With Konrad defeated, Seth goes to stop Hameline. Dragunov vows to arrest him after that. When Seth meets up with Melie, she is sad that Doc had died. However Seth shows Doc has turned into a baby! Seth stumbled into Doc’s corpse and bursting out from the stomach was this baby! Cute cuddling put on hold with Grimm telling them he doesn’t intend to sink with Rumble Town unless they have a plan to stop Hameline. Seth believes he can do so without killing her and Grimm would gladly lend his assistance. As they fly up the clock tower, Hameline unleashes Nemesis to attack them. In some strange burst of power, Seth is sucked inside the clock tower whereby he meets this strange guy with horns, Piodon. Melie and Grimm fight Hameline. Melie manages to seal Hameline’s Fantasia in a giant lamp while Grimm goes on a Nemesis killing spree. Piodon wonders about Seth’s strange seal that makes him unable to use Fantasia efficiently. He offers to get rid of it but asks whom Seth is fighting for. Is it the weak? The infected? The Inquisition? Seth can’t stay to chat so he leaves but thanks him for saving him earlier. Piodon believes they will meet soon again because they are family. Because of Hameline’s strong bond with the Nemesis, she could combine her powers with them. This means, Melie’s lamp is unable to absorb anymore of her Fantasia and Grimm’s giant sword has reach its limits. But don’t worry. Seth is here.

Episode 17
As Seth and Hameline fight, the latter accuses him of helping his enemies. Even when Seth says he wants to protect the people, this doesn’t bode well with her. She doesn’t care about the people and will let them die. Seth points out she is only doing the same things Konrad did. She does have a point about the people will never acknowledge him and will only use him for their own purpose. People’s attitude will never change. Despite Seth disagreeing with her, he points out he is the same as her. Although people treated him badly and at times he wanted to destroy everything, he refuses to become the monster they painted him. Seth overwhelms her but refuses to kill her or hand her over to the Inquisition. He wants her to join him in his journey to find and destroy Radiant. Only then everyone can happily live together when there are no more Nemesis. Conversation interrupted with Santori making his divine entrance. So people like them don’t use Fantasia but Miracles? Is there a difference? Must be the power being bestowed from God. Anyway, Santori wants Seth to be handed over as he lists down all his crimes that ranges from killing, stealing, etc. Seth doesn’t know all that but can’t help feel familiar with those murdered names. Hameline then takes Seth hostage in hopes to negotiate. However Santori rejects her demands. She attacks Santori so as to buy time for Seth to run away. She leaves her Nemesis siblings in his care. Bye. Seth would have wanted to stay behind to save her had not Melie and Grimm take him away and not let Hameline’s wish go to waste. Sadly, Torque kills her.

Episode 18
Seth tries to take on Torque but Von Teppes puts him down. Before he can kill Seth, Piodon did something that turns Seth into some monster that oozes out tremendous Fantasia. He easily pulverizes Teppes. Torque strikes him down and in the midst of the chaos, Grimm and Melie whisk him away. Grimm then shows some dimensional coffin where he put all the missing people. Those who were infected or witnessed Konrad’s atrocities are kept here and hence many thought people were missing from the Nemesis. But to get off Rumble Town, looks like Artemis sent a train to save them. Thaumaturges prioritizes saving the injured of Rumble Town and hence ‘allowed’ Artemis’ train to escape amidst the fireworks distraction. Seth is inside his own consciousness, blaming himself he couldn’t save Hameline. He also accuses Piodon of doing something but the latter explains had he not, he and his friends would have died. Seth laments that in his monster form, he couldn’t tell between friend or foe. Everything that Seth did was on his own. All Piodon did was to help him get in touch with the powers and memories he doesn’t know of yet. Then the revelation that we aren’t too surprised: Piodon is Seth’s older brother. After a week, Seth finally wakes up in Melie’s room. Grimm explains of Torque’s ability to nullify Fantasia. Since Seth’s arm was hit by it, it cannot be healed by any magic and he might never use Fantasia again. Seth doesn’t think it’s bad since he realizes all he is capable of is reckless violence. Rumble Town is under construction and since Konrad is gone, it will be better than before. Oh Seth, still blaming yourself that it was the Inquisition who saved the day? A bit of good news, Hameline’s Nemesis brothers are safe, living in Artemis’ facility.

Episode 19
With Seth’s heroics all over the news in Artemis, he is a hero. Too bad that gloom face that says it all. Because the news labels Hameline as an evil sorcerer. Oh, how will Melba ever love Doc now? Oh well, she finds him adorable and he has more skinship than ever he has of her in his life. Too bad her papa changes his diapers… Doc uses his secret stash of cash to buy an expensive potion to grow up. At least, he is now the body of a young boy. Just in time for the party Majesty throws to celebrate Seth’s heroics. But you know, Seth is still gloomy over his failure. Even when everyone sings praises of him, he denies of being a hero. F*cking Seth, still so down over Hameline’s death. Like, WTF?! Like he needs Nick to challenge him to some strength competition. Not in the mood. But Nick crosses the line by badmouthing Hameline so here comes a great sucker punch in his face. Seth snaps about many other sorcerers out there that shares Hameline’s tragic fate. That’s why he must destroy Radiant as soon as possible. He sounds disappointed that with so many sorcerers here, none know anything of Radiant. More sulking until Alma shows up to give him her usual beating. She wouldn’t have known had not Melie contacted her. She gives him a letter from Taj. He thanks him for what he did. Everyone now is helping to rebuild Rumble Town. He hopes to meet again. Seth might not been able to save some but he did change those he touched. Even back in Pompo Hills, everyone treats Alma nicer than before. Also, Melie disregarded her own wounds to nurse Seth back when he was in ‘coma’. With Seth’s blues blown away like that, now he goes around thanking those who helped him. At least better than moping around.

Episode 20
Thaumaturges discuss about Konrad’s actions have led to people’s trust in the Inquisition dipping. Teppes has been removed and punished for letting emotions get the better of him. Then there’s the case of Dragunov too… Speaking of him, his unit is facing food shortage as they had to give theirs to Rumble Town to help it rebuild. So hunting a few wild animals didn’t yield anything. Even calling towns for help, they are turned away. Yeah, nobody likes the Inquisition as much as before. When the newbie asks Dragunov about the things they do because at this rate the world will not get better, Dragunov replies that despite doing the right thing doesn’t guarantee good results. The newbie suggests asking from the town they saved from Edmund and surprisingly they are more than glad to help. So everything isn’t wasted. Kindness goes a long way. We take a detour as Melba’s coffee is getting thinner? Sorry, lack of coffee beans. Thanks to all the coffee and other supplies being rerouted to Rumble Town. At this rate her shop might close down. But what could me more concerning for Doc than her? Devi! Yeah, dried squid is so dried without coffee! Seth tries to help but after a few blunders, he gets it right. Only, he took out a loan from Majesty for the beans. Better enjoy the world’s most expensive coffee. Dragunov has got a personal letter from Torque. His vice knows it is an invitation to join Thaumaturges. At first Dragunov didn’t want to accept because he was worried about his men. But looks like he knows they’ll be alright. Just like Seth, he believes he needs to leave to protect those around him. His men will wait for his return one day.

Episode 21
Alma wants Seth to bring him to Yaga to talk about Radiant. However that guy went into hiding as he doesn’t want to see her but left a note. It says to go to Caislean Merlin, the capital of Cyfandir and meet the knight sorcerers as they are a bunch of people who are also looking for Radiant. But beware. The Inquisition has begun to hunt them down in hopes of regaining their reputation. Of course Doc will not go with Seth this time and doesn’t want to die again. He’s got enough problems on his hands already. Friends you say? Doc tells him straight that he is going to fight even stronger and crazier enemies. Is he willing to put Melie in danger? As he thinks about it, I doubt Majesty is here to give him any solid advice but a reminder to pay his debts. Because if he’s dead, he’ll still has to repay them! Does he have connections with heaven? Just then, many Nemesis Eggs plummet into Artemis. The sorcerers go to battle them but with Seth ‘frozen’, Nick mocks him for being a fake. Oh no. Seth, are you pitying Nemesis now?! Because Hameline said they are not all monsters. But with an egg dropping in to where Melie is, Seth ‘borrows’ Nick’s broom to rescue her before she becomes Nemesis chow. They both take it down but a moment when Melie let her guard down, the Nemesis strikes again. This scene traumatically reminds Seth of Hameline’s fate. He pushes out of harm’s way and takes the brunt. He is being dragged deep into the waters and this is when his berserk mode unleashed. This time the Nemesis is blown to smithereens. When he comes to, he is sad he once again lost control. Now that Seth is determined, the next morning he left a note to Melie saying that he has left since he can’t be bringing her along to his dangerous journey. Take care. He left with Alma and didn’t say goodbye to everyone either in fear he might want to stay. Yeah, blaming himself he caused everyone problems. Especially Doc with his debts, right? Oh, that guy is the most shocked in hearing Seth left.

Monster Hunter World
And as expected, there will be another season. But I am surprised that it only had this odd number of 21 episodes. It fuelled my speculation that it wasn’t expected to do well but I suppose it did and that’s why another season was announced. From the sneak preview that I see at the end of the final episode, it looks like it is going to notch things up a bit and things might get a little grimmer. After all, for light to shine the brightest, there has to be the darkest of the dark, right? And of course, don’t count on Seth going at this alone as Melie and Doc will soon catch up. You know, they’re friends, right?!

Also, despite that speculation of mine, initially I thought this series was going to be the next big long running anime. It was going to be the next Fairy Tail. The next Black Clover. The next Naruto or Boruto. The next Bleach. The next One Piece. So for them to just have 2 cours for the first season, hmm, something doesn’t feel right. Because as far as I can see the way the story and the pacing plays out, it certainly is going to look like one of those very long running animes that is going to lust for multiple cours. There are still other things and developments to flesh out and from what I can see from this season, this is just merely touching the tip of the iceberg.

Hence this season can be both good and bad at this point in time. As the manga, oops I mean, manfra is currently ongoing, there is of course the need to wait for more materials to be published. As you can see, this season has only 2 big main arcs: Artemis and Rumble Town. With the series taking several episodes to flesh out the stories and characters in both these arcs, it is good pacing to see Seth grows as a character but at the same time it hardly moves anywhere. Sure, Seth’s heroics of Rumble Town may skyrocketed his fame and status but if a story is about a boy who goes on an adventure to seek some imaginary place that is not supposed to exist, it is definitely going to be a very long journey and don’t tell me that Seth is going to find Radiant after hitting a few places. I mean, look at how freaking long One Piece has been running and they still can’t find that One Piece! Heh. You get what I mean. But thankfully, Radiant doesn’t take as long as One Piece for its single arc that could span to as long as a half a year to a year! Is that good? Is that disappointing? I know it is wrong to directly compare this series with One Piece but with the vibe Radiant has been giving off initially, I really thought it was going to at least be Black Clover’s rival.

Like I have already said, the story and pacing is building up at a reasonable pace. It does take its time trying to flesh out Seth as the main character as well as the other supporting characters. Sometimes they have time to even put in fillers especially after the big Rumble Town battle, we get this very slow moving and boring couple of episodes as the characters ponder their next move. That is why I thought this series was going to be the next big thing (sorry if I sound like a broken recorder on this). Because when you have long running series, it is without a doubt that sometimes they need to put in filler episodes to fill up the space while they make preparations for the next arc. Even though this Rumble Town arc lasted for about 10 episodes, somehow it felt like a bit draggy to me. Initially I thought it was just going to be 3 or 4 episodes and the final arc would be something else but it eventually lasted till the end of the season. Oh well, goes to show that sometimes my own guts and expectations can be dead wrong. On a trivial note, is Rumble Town’s immigration problem a take on the current USA’s issue of influx of illegal immigrants? Must be just coincidence.

On a trivial note, sometimes I believe Radiant is aimed for younger audiences like teens. Sure, there are some dark themes and well, some character dies but the overall feel of the series can be said as, uhm, how should I put it, bubbly? Like the narration at the beginning as well as the next episode preview is narrated in a way that makes me think that well, maybe this series is targeted for young teens to watch. This is no Shingeki No Kyojin or even Goblin Slayer but if you put Radiant and One Piece side by side and if I had to pick one for my young nephews to watch, I would have gone with Radiant without a doubt. Of course One Piece keeps going forever and that means they’ll be glued to the screen forever… Theoretically!

Character wise, surprisingly there isn’t a lot of characters. At least not yet. We have the main character, Seth. His groupie, Melie and Doc. The master, Alma and Yaga. Animal mascots, Boobrie and Devi. Mystery ally, Grimm. The scheming brains, Majesty. The supposed antagonist, Torque and his Thaumaturges. And the anti-hero or how should I put it, fighting on the wrong side? Yup, that’s Dragunov. Did I miss out anybody? Oh Melba, where should I put her? Anyway, if I look at this series generally about character development, not really good either. I did say that the story and pacing was to help develop the character. Yes, but that is for the long run. For this season, it doesn’t look like it moved anyway. I mean it did. But not very much.

Seth as the main character, we see him grow from a reckless sorcerer into one taking fate and destiny into his own hands. Oh wait. Seth has been the same reckless sorcerer with his staunch ideal of justice from the start. Literally Seth is Seth from the beginning till the end. Lots of anime main protagonist seem to fall into this cliché trap. How much different a character can you make Seth from Luffy, Natsu or Naruto? And hence you’ve got a kid who has lots of power but is a simpleton. I guess that is why they usually always win in the end because it is not complicated unlike complex brainy villains who planned this and that with backup plans here and there. Yeah, how not to fail like that? Also, they rant about their plans to the heroes cliché. Heh. And oh, to top the cherry on the icing for being a cliché main character is that Seth has this hidden latent power, now taking in the form of his berserk mode. How convenient. Wanna bet he is going to learn and control it by the time the climax comes around?

Anyway, I am fine with Seth being that typical stereotype of main character until they made him such an annoying kid when he couldn’t get over the death of Hameline. I mean, that was like the worst. I know they want to portray him as a character who realized he is weak and needs to get a lot stronger (because there is always room for improvement) but they spam it so much that it is just intolerable. Like, WTF?! Oh God. Can we move on already? Instead of looking at the positive side of the numerous lives he changed (Tommy and Taj to name a few), he had to focus on his one miserable failure. And it’s not really his fault either. So he wants to mope around forever like that? Oh yeah, thank goodness for Alma to come smacking some reality back into his mind. I guess that’s the only reason to bring her character back. While it looks like Seth might have gotten over it, but that ghost of a regret is hinted to linger on. That’s fine too. But don’t overdo it, okay? Don’t make it Seth’s weakness that when he is faced with another similar situation, this fear paralyzes him. Please don’t. I know Seth can do better. Don’t even start on him starting to slowly sympathize with Nemesis. It makes his life’s mission and setting of this series redundant for the sake of plot twist.

As for the other characters, not really much is known about them or fleshed out properly. Especially Melie and Doc. Melie feels like your token cute girl because every main character groupie needs to have a kawaii bishoujo, right? Right. Since she has another alter ego, it is never explained how she got this and it would be interesting to see the backstory to this side of hers in the next season. Yeah, I guess Boobrie really loves this sadistic version because you see hearts in his eyes whenever she is in this mode. Doc is like the whiner, complainer and pessimist of the group. He feels like a comic relief character because of his failed one-sided love to Melba and constantly being piled up with debts thanks to Seth. He claims he doesn’t want to help them but from what I can see, he still cares for them despite all he has said because he could just walk off and not entertain them anymore but keeps coming back. Yeah, maybe it’s fate. And those damn debts that tie their fate together.

Speaking of love interest, this series seems to lack every inch of it as it is marketed as some fantasy action adventure oriented. But if our guts and experience tells us, will it be Seth x Melie? Has cutie pie Melie already fallen for Seth from the start? She might be sticking around him because she is so impressed with him whatsoever but what if it is because she likes him? What if her alter ego was just a fake front to hide her love for him? Notice how she usually gets stressed up when Seth is in danger, causing her to be this BDSM queen? No? Must be me then? Since Seth too has another dark alter ego, I guess they’re a match, no?! Because I think Seth x Melie is more probably than Doc x Melba! My conspiracy theory is that Melba also likes Doc but puts a barrier in the form of her hand puppet father. She looks and sounds a bit dumb but I think she isn’t. Especially making poisonous coffee all the time. Think about it. How can her business survive when she makes such bad coffee? Oh sure, her father backs her up but I want to really believe her father is just a hand puppet.

Torque looks like the big bad guy but I doubt that he is so and he only looks mean and his goals might sound a bit tough but I am predicting that his sense of justice doesn’t stray too far as from Seth’s. After all, this guy doesn’t talk much unless when necessary. I’m thinking there will be another hidden bigger baddie to all this and that Seth and Torque will eventually cooperate with each other. Same case for Dragunov. He might be fighting against Seth now but in time I foresee they will be fighting on the same side of justice. We also assume Grimm is on Seth’s side but that is only their goals somewhat aligned. Remember, this guy who talks in third person may be more than meets the eye.

One of the biggest nonsense I find about the setting of this series is how sorcerers are treated badly by others. Yes, it is stated that they are cursed by Nemesis but the only ones with powers to take them down. Are they trying to teach us that the world itself is ungrateful no matter what you do? And that only those with strong sense of justice and goodness can arise from this? That’s so screw up if you asked me. People who have no qualms scorning them but yet cower behind sorcerers during Nemesis’ attack, they are the worst. Damn, it’s not like they are even trying to hide it! If I existed in this world, I would have gladly joined Bravery Quartet! (Why do I feel these characters are like those jiggly butt jokers of Fairy Tail and Rave?). It doesn’t make sense since Inquisition are also out to capture such sorcerers but doesn’t Thaumaturges have one? Piodon, anybody? Oh come on. Do you not see his costume is clearly from the Inquisition? Oddly, if Torque’s main ability is to nullify Fantasia, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if he just went around and do that to other sorcerers? Turning them back into normal human beings? No more sorcerer discrimination, hooray! Sometimes I think that Nemesis randomly rain down on human civilization to attack them is because to wipe them out for being assholes. People are the real dicks (which is somewhat true). Only if those sorcerers didn’t get in the way! Uh huh. Plot twist! Nemesis aren’t the bad guys! Isn’t that why Seth is starting to think that not all Nemesis are bad?

Action bits are rather okay. Not to say they are mediocre nor are they mind blowing but for an action series, I suppose it is suffice. With big explosions and effects, I guess they really exaggerated the effects of using Fantasia. It’s magic! After all, with Seth being just somewhat a beginner in using his Fantasia, we see him pull off a few variants of punches and the recent Skull Burst. Then we have Melie casting her Meteor Drops, barriers and traps. In time maybe they will learn more and add to their repertoire of skillsets. Does Dragunov shoot anything else except with his bow? Oddly, a series about hunting down Nemesis, there aren’t really a lot of them. Sure, you can count them with your fingers. And I don’t mean Hameline’s brothers as individual Nemesis but a collective one.

As for the art and animation, everything looks clean, bright and colourful, also the reason why I said it looked like a series aimed for younger audiences. Some really weird character designs because what’s with the main female characters having weird hairstyles? Like Alma’s big bushy broomstick hairstyle and Melie’s killer croissant drills? Some character designs look familiar like Torque I thought Fairy Tail’s Gajeel was moonlighting as the high commander of Inquisition. Before Doc turned into a baby, I thought he look like that character from Cartoon Network’s Codename Kids Next Door, Numbuh 2. Why does the Nemesis feel like they are rejected designs of Bleach’s Hollow? This series is animated by Lerche who did Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, Asobi Asobase, Mahou SHoujo Ikusei Keikaku, Kuzu No Honkai, Danganronpa and the reboot of Kino No Tabi.

Voice acting, they used a lot of popular seiyuus like Aoi Yuuki as Melie, Takehito Koyasu as Grimm, Romi Paku as Alma, Koji Yusa as Dragunov, Kappei Yamaguchi as Majesty, Nao Touyama as Melba and Sho Hayami as the narrator. Saori Hayami and Ayane Sakura also lend their voices as members of Thaumaturges but sorry I didn’t catch their characters’ names here. The other casts are Yumiri Hanamori as Seth (Hayasaka in Kaguya-sama Wa Kokurasetai), Shintarou Oohata as Doc (Morgan in Beast Saga), Kenta Miyake as Torque (Klaus in Hayate No Gotoku), Hiroyoki Yoshino as Yaga (Favaro in Shingeki No Bahamut), Ryohei Kimura as Piodon (Tsubasa in Kyoukai No Rinne), Yumi Uchiyama as Hameline (Maki in Toji No Miko) and Katasuki Murase as Konrad (Three in Hamatora) and Tetsu Inada as Don (Gamagoori in Kill La Kill).

The opening theme is Utopia by 04 Limited Sazabys. I didn’t like this because it is like punk hard rock and the constant bass drubbing feels like you need to be high are on drugs while doing head banging if listening to this song. Really. Hence I prefer much the ending theme which is as the same name of this series and sung by Polkadot Stingray. It has this funky feel to it and the electric guitar accompaniment isn’t too shabby either. Though, the singer’s voice might sound a bit flat but it is still way better than mine!

Overall, even if this doesn’t seem like the next big anime that will stand alongside the other aforementioned big anime titles, Radiant is still Radiant and stands by itself as a decent fantasy action adventure genre. Story, characters and action all feel pretty much cliché and standard like any other stories about a young character setting out on a journey to defeat the main evil and bring ultimate peace to the land and in the midst discovers more about himself and changes for the better. It is still too early to call and judge it and even maybe a second season won’t be enough if it is to strive for higher greatness and garner followers and fans from all around the globe like One Piece. Even with its flaws and shortcomings, this series still did what it takes to shine through. There is still a radiant of hope after all. Because (to borrow a quote from A.P.J. Abdul Kalam) if the series (and Seth) wants to shine like the sun, they must first burn like the sun. Keeping shining forward!

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