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So How is BLADE & SOUL #12 Not the Finale?

#12 -- Special Review. I mean... what could be next?

So… uh… is this show over, now?

Crunchyroll says there’s another episode after this, but I don’t know how there can be any story left to tell. Alka’s renounced revenge and reached resolution after forgiving Jin Varrel. The last few minutes of this episode comprise a feel-good montage set to ethereal music to make RETURN OF THE KING blush - - showing us the happy endings that each member of the cast go on to. Hell, the last shot literally shows Alka walking off into the sunset.

Unless this turns out to be an anthology, and the next arc introduces us to another protagonist in the BLADE & SOUL world, I don’t picture a way to continue this show which doesn’t involve Alka simply wandering into a hitherto-unseen conflict that wipes that smile right after her face.

And that’d feel like kind of a cheat, no? So I’ll just hope for that first option, and pat myself on the pack for rightly predicting that Alka’s quest could only sustain a half-season. For once, the crew apparently realized that, too...

Anyway, as for the episode itself, this was another case where my interest level starkly differs between the A side and the B side. Once Alka’s final duel gets going, it’s a hell of a light show that coherently ties up the series’ assorted thoughts on revenge and forgiveness. And I guess it finally adds some proper significance to the blue flowers, after all this time.

However, the meat of the A-side really hangs on a lamp shade on how Jin Varrel was never effectively introduced. Certainly, she’s held a real presence over all the affairs in the show, but you can only have so many pale women in black with long raven hair slithering before I start to get confused. Once again, when the show focuses on its morality pays, it works best - - and it flounders when it deals with any of its larger mythos. I'll be very to curious how this next episode handles that balance.

Watch “Soul” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Marshal Victoryon June 26, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

13 could follow the story pattern. So she dies for doing a good deed then. Duno tho since the character is featured in the mmo trailers alot .

zaldaron June 26, 2014 at 2:15 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: Hmmm...so you would say the theme here is not revenge is bad but do a good deed and get punished? Interesting. They could put her in various situations that tempt her to go back to what she was but show her refraining from doing so? Not sure.

Marshal Victoryon June 26, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

@zaldar: One can argue the main theme is revenge is bad m'kay. Or no good deed ever goes unpunished. But it has both aspects. Its gona make the average an above list but I am not as sold on the story as Tom an some others. Its watchable. Animation was mostly great. But it uses a lot of tropes seen in westerns an older shogun movies,but mostly westerns.

Seen 13 an um it may not even get a watch and learn for it.

Lowon June 27, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.

Im not entirely certain any of this season's animes ended... including this one. 12 might've been the end for season 1.

takashichea moderator is online on June 29, 2014 at 6:51 p.m.

I think it should have ended now that things are pretty tied up except for Yu Lan's role. Next episode sounds like an obligatory fan service episode judging from the preview.

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