What They Say:
Angelise is the first princess of the Empire of Misurugi. She is the celebrated ruler of the Empire until one day she finds out the shocking truth that she is a “Norma” – an irregular being who cannot use “Mana”, and are treated as “things” rather than people. Having her name taken from her, Ange isolates herself on a remote island. There, she finds a group of Norma women who spend their days hunting dragons that have come to invade.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Cross Ange has spent the last couple of episodes working through the process of refocusing what’s going on after several episodes exploring the why and how the worlds work with what Embryo has done. We certainly get the clue that Embryo feels unstoppable with his abilities and the way nobody has been able to take him down, but we also got to work through some decent character material, including a reunion for Ange as Tusk came back into her life, which set her loins quite on fire for him. Which is actually a great thing to see since so many times these kinds of moments are undercut and shoved to the side instead of providing some amount of humanity about it all, the kind of need to connect after such dire times. Just the fact that characters in the series actually engage in sex continues to set it apart from most others and while it may be played fast and loose, and silly sometimes, it provides a more intense kind of motivation along the way.
Now that the reality of the danger they all face has come together, we see how a more confident and self-assured Ange is ready to work with everyone to deal with Embryo as the two worlds are ready to collide in a big way. We’ve even got those with Aura and the Norma working together, though most of that has occurred off screen and just given a token nod in the early dialogue about what’s going on. A lot of the early material here in the first half revolves around setting things into the right place between Ange and the other Norma that she was with for so long on the island base, and some of the quirky little interactions such as with their leader and with Hilde as well. It’s decent and sets the tone well while also hitting up a little bit of some of the panic running out there in the rest of the world with the growing threat that people are starting to realize. And there’s also some cute little moments between Tusk and Ange, as the two of them are still being cute in a relationship kind of way.
With all the setup, the second half goes into the action mode and we get a lot of great visual sequences here as the two sides go against each other with Embryo taking a really fun commanding position while Ange is deep in the thick of it all in the Vilkiss going up against Embryo’s side to get closer to him. Vilkiss has been creepy from the get go and maintains that well here as he knows his silky words are like taunts to her that she can’t resist. There’s some really fun things as this goes on in terms of style and design, but it also takes some odd twists as Ange has to deal with Sylvia, coming across her again after all this time, and is basically forcing her into growing up in a cruel way, but one that’s needed for someone in Sylvia’s position to truly understand. It’s over the top, made more so by the piano music, but it puts Sylvia into a position of really understanding that the world is changing in a significant way.
Cross Ange continues to be all over the map, but I can’t help but to find the show to simply be a lot of fun to watch. With some great visual design and action animation here, the second half has a lot of enjoyable moments to soak up and run with. The show does not skimp when it comes to these areas and that’s been half the draw. The first half works through the character material and aligns Ange with everyone for the larger goal of taking down Embryo, but it also has its amusingly off kilter sweet moments, notably between Ange and Tusk, which helps to reinforce the kind of relationship they have in a way that reminds viewers of the sexual component rather than the chaste and dreamy type we usually get. Silly fun all around.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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