Remember when the sixth episode was all about a city run by dolls?
Remember when the seventh episode was all about perfume being addictive?
Now, it’s music that is addictive.
And remember all those other times Hugh and Dalian got themselves tied up or imprisoned…
…while people died hopelessly before them?
Yeah, I remember. Is this show even trying? Has this show ever tried?
This should have been obvious from the start with the anime’s phoned-in visuals and generic soundtrack. This episode, however, takes laziness to another level. At the nineteenth minute mark, the anime pretty much gave up on, well, animating. No, seriously, a cartoon stopped being a cartoon. I may as well have opened a picture book. Nodame Cantabile treated us to nothing but static shots of the orchestra, but Dantalian no Shoka doesn’t stop just there. Oh no, our bibliomaniac and biblioprincess are too hardcore for that. Their show couldn’t even be bothered to animate the duo’s escape from the collapsing music hall.
As if the episode wasn’t shitty enough, the last couple of minutes consisted of Hugh and Dalian engaging in grade school level dialogue.
Hugh: “What’s happening?”
The place is shaking. I dunno, maybe you should run.
Dalian: “This is Baldini’s violin sonata.”
Whoa, really? I thought Christabel might’ve been playing “Friday.”
Dalian: “This is the other piece, the destructive Phantom Score that leaves an audience wallowing in despair.”
Hugh: “The audience members all survived.”
Y’see, they had a list of every single audience member in attendance.
Dalian: “They must have heard the message we heard.”
Hugh: “Before Christabel played ‘Twilight,’ she played a message.”
Good follow-up, Watson.
Hugh: “A warning telling us to escape.”
Hugh: “That’s why everybody got out in time.”
Dalian: “However, the warning only reached those who could hear her.”
We’re at critical levels of stupidity here.
Hugh: “That’s right; Kendrick and his men were in a soundproof room. Why did Christabel perform ‘Twilight?’ Kendrick ordered her to perform ‘Utopia.'”
Brilliant work, Watson. Just brilliant.
Dalian’s a heartless liar
Remember when Fiona of the seventh episode was fatally injured the first time, but Hugh and Dalian saved her life through the use of magical, Phantom Book powers?
Remember when the duo allowed Armand to burn to death at the end of the eighth episode because they were secure in the fact that they could revive him?
So when Dallaglio got shot, everything’s cool, right? Dalian and Hugh will just revive him… right? Nope:
Christabel: “What happened to Dallaglio?”
Dalian: “That man is about to die.”
Dalian: “It means he’s going to break down.”
Christabel: “Dallaglio broke? Who will fix him?”
Dalian: “Nobody can fix him. Once a life has been broken, it can never be restored.”
That’s a lie — a contemptible lie! Some of you are gonna be like, “Gainax is just trolling you!” Or, y’know, the anime just sucks.
Your moment of zen
Dalian: “She is so amazing that I almost choked on my bun.”
I wish you had, Dalian, I really wish you had….