Armed Librarians 21 & 22: The End of the Start of the End?
Ouch…That’s gotta hurt. D:
Miken: Thanks to Crunchyroll, I’m now watching this and a number of other series as simulcasts with 110% more legality~ Though I should’ve started off watching this on Crunchyroll in the first place despite week-long waits. Anyways, we delve deeper into just how Noloty died and why the hell is everyone spontaneously wanting to kill the Armed Librarians. As expected of this series [for those who haven't given up on it prematurely], it’s still very good and it really hasn’t gone waywards in terms of delivering a very interesting story with enjoyable characters.
Saving the world is for people who are between 12 and 22, so obviously Enrique is just here to kick ass and chew bubble gum.
In episode 21, we lost Ireia, which brings the character death tally up to…I’ve already lost count. Her death pretty much emphasizes just how the Cerulean Death disease has affected normal people and negated their ability to think with reason. Still, her passing had the least amount of personal impact on me. I just didn’t have time to really get to connect to her character, unlike Noloty and Volken, and all the cues were right there [ie: the flashback] so it wasn’t a surprise either. Still, I liked her enough for being the badass grandmother figure that she is and still felt somewhat sad to see her go.
Other than that, I can’t recall much else happening in episode 21 other than more setup with Noloty and Arkit. The kid’s got a good reason for hating Armed Librarians, but seeing him take his anger out on Noloty of all people was a pain. I mean, out of all the Armed Librarians out there, she has got to be the nicest one and the one least deserving of what she got from both Arkit and the devious Armed Librarian who ended up killing her. I just wanted to go in and shake Arkit till he realized that Noloty’s trying to watch out for him and that his one-track mind schtick with killing Armed Librarians doesn’t freaking apply to Noloty.
As for episode 22, it’s definitely one of my favorites in the series — though a good portion of it would probably be credited to my Enlike x Noloty shipping tendencies. For one, we learn of just how exactly Noloty was killed. I hope someone goes to find the guy who killed her and gives him a Shion-style torture session. Anyways, back to the shipping…We get lines like the priceless ones pictured above as well as the mere fact that Enrique went all that way to ensure that Noloty’s last wish was heard by Arkit. It really is baaaaaw-worthy if not also very saddening, knowing that Noloty is dead and Enrique’s own life is not guaranteed in this series at all.
She Lives!! Yay~
Ahahahaha…Speaking of Enrique, he was absolutely awesome this episode. Kachua has obviously been reading too many sappy adventure books. Not only is Enrique not here to simply save the world, he tells the geezer that the one thing he doesn’t know is not love, courage or anything of the like, but simply how to look up at the sky. Then, ZAP~ So very awesome indeed.
The episode ends with the short-lived war ending and Hamy somewhat disappointed that she didn’t die in a spectacular fashion. Everyone’s pretty happy that they aren’t being shot at anymore, but they also notice that despite Enrique having stopped the Cerulean death by letting Arkit read Noloty’s book, he’s nowhere to be found. Cut to him on top of a train with Olivia Litlet sitting behind him, and now you get a very confused by still very interested viewer.
[Screenshots from episode 22 only, sorry~]
Miken’s Episode 21 Enjoyment Level: 7.8/10
Miken’s Episode 22 Enjoyment Level: 9.1/10
Well, that was a somewhat satisfying ending to this arc. From the preview, it seems like next episode will feature a much younger Hamyuts and the strange girl we’ve seen in the OP and in one of Olivia’s Vend Ruga related memories/visions. Perhaps this’ll shed some light on Hamy’s fixation on getting herself killed and also explain the past as well as how the Library is connected to the Church too.
Miken’s Anticipation Level for Episode 23: 9/10