Alright, so I decided to switch my weekly review of the season to Granblue Fantasy. Mostly due to some issues with the plot of Love Tyrant and overall feeling like it would work better being a series review and not weekly. So, since this will be covering the first three episodes of Granblue Fantasy covering the plot will be a lot shorter than normal and focusing more on my thoughts for the episodes will take priority. It may return to its normal means come the next review. Either way, let’s get started.
Episode One Plot:
Girl falls out of the sky. Random obvious protagonist boy saves her. They run away from an evil empire. That is when an awesome and lovely female knight, Katalina, saves them. Then the boy dies, but he does not die, since the enemies attacked.
Then since he is healed they run off only to run into a massive amount of enemies, only this time the enemies have a HYDRA.
The girl, Lyria, summons a giant dragon and the episode ends.
Episode Two Plot:
The giant dragon kills the hydra.
Then the guy, Gran, collapses, we get some info on his past. He wakes up only to find out his soul merged with Lyria so he would not die in the previous episode. She happens to have a bizarre power, which allows her to summon the giant dragon.
Then there is a feast, they celebrate, with some rough goodbyes to be said, before they all leave on a journey, partially to find out more about Lyria, but also because the Empire wants to kill them.
Episode Three Plot:
Katalina is awesome and amazing.
Anyway, she ends up crashing their plane. So, they go into the nearest town, find out there is no available planes for an unknown amount of time, and then go to find a means to leave. Also two people from the empire show up and attack them, this makes their need to leave sooner rather than later.
They figured the guy that they been following the entire episode could be their new pilot, since he is good at flying and they go to look for him. Then an angry short general shows up wanting to destroy the island and tries to pick a fight with them as the episode ends.
Overall Thoughts for Episode One and Two:
I did not rewatch episode one prior to writing this, so it has been about two weeks since I saw it. Episode two and three were watched on the same day, but episode one and two were close enough in terms of plot, where they probably should be talked about together.
Both were the starting points, honestly episode two could have not really happened. It was mostly explaining about Lyria’s power and what happened. The entire episode could have been cut in half, but no. I did not really see any importance to Gran’s friend, mostly since it would be surprising if he returns. He only really serves as a reason for Gran to return home.
I can sort of see why these two episodes came out on the same day as a preview for the show. I do however hope this show does not repeat this formula. The action was about to really start at the end of episode one, but did not get a satisfying conclusion at the start of episode two. Episode three ended in a similar way right before a battle fully started, meaning four might get similar treatment.
The episodes were certainly enjoyable, although it did not give full insight on the world, it gave the basics of where they are, how the empire is certainly big enough where the people within it can easily rebel and no one really cares. The second episode was mostly character building as well, which can easily be useful later on given the size of the cast.
Overall Thoughts for Episode Three:
This episode was a lot more enjoyable, mostly due to Katalina. Seeing another village was rather nice. The fantasy elements really started to appear, between the magic that was used and the differences in people and races.
I did like the hints about the past too for nice world building. The underground passages being ruminates of war, the old goddess that no one worships. This information may seem irrelevant, but it would be nice to see if they have some at least minor importance later on. If not, it certainly build up location building of the world.
It was an enjoyable episode, despite some obvious directions it went in. I do wish it did not end in a similar fashion to the first episode. I do hope episode four has a bit more of a satisfying fight and it is not over and done within a matter of moments.
Overall Enjoyment For the First Three episodes: 85/100
Granblue Fantasy is streamed by both Crunchyroll and Daisuki for free in North America.
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