Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kemono no Souja Erin 50

I finally finished Kemono no Souja Erin and it is without doubt one of the most enjoyable anime series I seen for a long time. The last few episodes were the best of the entire series as each of the secondary character's stories is properly completed. There are no lose ends in this series.

As I noted in previous posts on this series, the story focuses on the life of the title character, Erin, at three turning points in her life at age 10, 14, and 18. The third part turns considerably darker as sinister people finally discover Erin's ability to control beast-lords. She loses her bond with Lilan, the beast-lord Erin befriended, when she is forced to subdue Lilan with a mute whistle, an act which was necessary but nevertheless goes against the core of Erin's beliefs. However, the final episode leaves no doubt that the bond was never completely lost, when Lilan saves Erin in a most remarkable manner.

Its hard to find anything wrong with the series. There are a pair of annoying sidekicks who provide the only comedic moments in the story. There are a few filler episodes but not as many as one might expect for such a long series.

The series is incredibly consistent. From the fantasy world to the beliefs of the character, everything is developed in such a way that your disbelief is never challenged.

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