Meeting Date: 6/14/2020
Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows in a generally unmoderated format. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!
Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club! I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony Simpson
Anthony Simpson: Evening
Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’ll be returning to the Taisho era for another dose of steampunk action with Sakura Wars (2019) the Animation, episode 11: “Requiem for a half-demon.”
Anthony Simpson: Where to being with episode so much happened.
Samantha Ferreira: Right? I mean, it was just one big reveal after another, after another. Like, we got all of Leyla’s story, finally.
Anthony Simpson: In quick succession might I add
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed… this episode just didn’t let up.
Then there was Hakushu being the mysterious “M” – because Kaminsky is at least 100, apparently. There’s Kaminsky’s SUPER heel turn, Leyla ripping her control crystal out afterwards…
It just kept going
Anthony Simpson: As much I enjoyed all of these reveals this episode I had to say I think it should have been spread out over two episodes. They got everything in but it almost too fast for its own good
Samantha Ferreira: I’m not sure how they could’ve done that, personally. Like, this the sequence of events was a pretty consistent build throughout the episode
If they had a 13th episode to work with, it would’ve been ideal.
Anthony Simpson: I was about to say if they two more episodes then that could have been done.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… as it is, I did really like that they finally gave some sense of closure with Leyla. A shame she was killed off, though – I really liked her.
Anthony Simpson: I felt bad for Leyla dying. Like she wasn’t bad like Kaminsky is.
Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… she was just used, in the worst way possible.
And Kaminsky, holy shit – I disliked him before. I genuinely hate him, now.
His unmasking was just amazing in that light
Then there’s Hakushu, who was just great, as always.
Anthony Simpson: Yes she was.
Samantha Ferreira: That gives me a thought, also… I think it’s clear that Klara will be a permanent part of the Imperial Combat Revue going forward. I wonder how they’ll explain that in the next game.
Anthony Simpson: I’m not sure myself. They did kind of give it way right at the end of the episode when it showed six people on stage.
Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. It’s very much fitting, at least – the Imperial Combat Revue needed an equivalent to Iris or Reni in their ranks, and Klara fits that well.
On that note, I did see one shot in the preview that was interesting. Near the end, it showed Klara in the cockpit of a Spiricle fighter
Wondering if she’ll be piloting the Obu
Anthony Simpson: I did notice that there was some machine above Klara right at the end of the episode.
Samantha Ferreira: yeah. I’m thinking she’ll be in the Obu going forward, since they were so adamant about its power drain the previous episode
Any final thoughts this week?
Anthony Simpson: I’m curious to see how this show ends
Samantha Ferreira: Same… it’s been a heck of a ride from the beginning to the end. I can’t wait to see how it concludes.
Anyway, we’ll cross that bridge next week! ‘til next time, remember: Never have your evil supervillain heel turn in front of the one person that can single-handedly destroy a small city block.
Have a great night!
Anthony Simpson: Good night