Review: Tales of Zestiria the X, Episode 7: Each One’s Feelings

Screenshot taken from: Screenshot taken from: http://www.funimation.com/shows/tales-of-zestiria-the-x/videos/official/each-ones-feelings

Screenshot taken from: Screenshot taken from: http://www.funimation.com/shows/tales-of-zestiria-the-x/videos/official/each-ones-feelings

Review:

After two weeks (or is it technically three?) we finally rejoin Sorey and his friends as they stare down the barrel of a giant tornado. From within, they can see a dragon, which flees when Sorey stands his ground. Honestly, at this point, the story really begins to deviate from the plot of the game. Well, I guess that’s not totally fair. The characters are still moving towards the same results and locations, but the “how” of it is being completely redone. For example, in the game, Sorey vehemently opposes Mikleo putting himself in a position of danger in regards to the hellions, with Mikleo taking up a certain mantle (no spoilers) when Sorey is in dire need of help. In this episode, Mikleo goes off on his own to search for a way to help Sorey (in the game, it comes while the party explores an area together), and Sorey only worries for a brief moment before accepting what Mikleo is doing. Also different is the fact that the dinner between Sorey and the noble (whose name I’ve already forgotten) has a much more sinister twist in the game. I believe this is where the first attempt on Alisha’s life is actually made, which was already bumped up to an earlier episode.
Regardless of these changes, the story seems to be progressing in the same general direction: Mikleo should soon be capable of helping Sorey in his quest, and Sorey and Lailah should be meeting a new main character based on their location at the end of this episode and the not-so-subtle hint in the episode preview. One thing I hope I don’t see is the writers catering to the Sorey/Mikleo shippers. The game never gives any indication that there is anything besides friendship between the two, and that’s simply the way it is; but, of course, some people can’t accept the idea of two guys being friends (or, in this case, more like brothers). Perhaps I’m just on edge, but some of the dialogue in this episode seems like it’s trying to suggest a potentially deeper relationship (Lailah commenting, “You like Sorey that much, huh?” on top of the montage near the end of the episode). Hopefully, I’m just overreacting and this is nothing, because it is honestly a pet peeve of mine when people headcanon that characters are gay when they aren’t. Even worse is when the writers respond by making it official or semi-official, when it was never the case to begin with.

A Christian Perspective:

One thing that stands out in this episode is the fact that humans used to be able to see and speak with the Seraphim, but overtime they lost the ability due to unbelief. Similarly, humankind used to walk with God in the Garden of Eden (see: Genesis 1-3), but because of our own unbelief (see: Eve believing the serpent over God) we, too, lost the ability to directly interact with (and presumably see) God.
It’s interesting to see this parallel reflected in a story that likely has no Christian background, given the small number of Christians in Japan. It’s as though humans are subconsciously aware of how separated we are from spiritual things, and how our imperfect human nature will inevitably cause us to mess up any relationship we have with the spiritual when left to our own devices. Of course, the Seraphim are not infallible, so this isn’t a perfect comparison, but there are enough similarities there for me to draw this comparison.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d*mmit”
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Maltran shows cleavage
Alcohol/Drug Use: Sorey and another character drink what could be wine
Violence: A hellion attacks humans; Sorey drives his blade into a hellion
Blood/Gore: None

The Bottom Line

 

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Rob M.

Christian, anime fan, and gamer are a few words you could use to describe me. I've been a Christian since 2012 (and thought I was one prior to that), although I'm far from having the Christian walk down pat. At one point I started thinking about how I could use various things for Christ, and eventually put my thoughts to action, resulting in Cosplay for Christ (my attempt at a cosplay ministry) and Christian Anime Review (my review blog). As you can imagine, I enjoy playing games, watching anime, and going to anime conventions. I also like to build Gundam models, fiddle with the guitar (occasionally), and listen to music (mostly Christian rock and metal).

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