“So how about choosing someone out of your harem to give us romantic closur-” “LOLNO.”
|So Arcana Famiglia, the anime I was looking forward to the most over the summer, has finally ended. What do I think of all of this? …I don’t even know how they managed to screw up on of the greatest games I’ve ever played this badly. Though with that horrible adaption of Bread: The Animation, I really shouldn’t be surprised that these things can go really downhill fast. Anyways, my thoughts.|
…I only ever really noticed the statue outside and the one in Mondo’s room, but there are likenesses of Fel everywhere. Why. Anyways, this was an okay episode in terms of Nova and Liberta since they both finally got over their problems and such. As for the rest of the members… PFFT AHAHAHAHA character development? What’s that?
Liberta… hasn’t really changed as a character. The beginning of the anime, he was The Fool through and through with rushing into everything head on without thinking. He’s still like that. It’s only been toned down by an extremely small amount. Sure, he says things that are more mature now, but it looks more like it’s because he’s not just throwing insults at Nova all the time as opposed to any actual character growth. Also, he can use his Arcana power. Now, when it comes to his power, I find it INCREDIBLY overpowered in terms of what he can do. Yes, it makes sense with The Fool tarot card symbolizing unlimited possibilities, but as far as anyone knows, he could say just about anything and it could come true. Perhaps it’s a good thing that Liberta is an idiot when you think of it like that. Imagine if someone like Jolly had that power. Now as for him using Felicita as a role model… it made a lot more sense in the game since she actually did things. Yes, she used her Arcana powers without thinking twice, but she had no real reason to be afraid in the first place since she wasn’t all that aware of the consequences. Her one traumatic childhood experience with it was completely erased and nobody bothered to warn her. I don’t think her decision would have changed otherwise, but she had no reason to be afraid, so of course she used her power recklessly.
It wasn’t exactly the most successful wet t-shirt contest ever
Speaking of ineffectual, Nova revived his parents, but at the same time… didn’t. I’m okay with the result of his parents not waking up, but there’s just something missing here that the game had. It made his struggle to use his power seem like… less of a struggle, so where the result of his parents on the road to recovery felt really hard fought and a huge accomplishment in the game (the scene was way longer, Nova needed Mondo to boost his power beforehand, he almost collapsed/ needed Fel to physically keep him standing, the list goes on), here it just felt like he only needed to be emotionally stronger and that he could have done this at any time. …Maybe this is just me since I have something to compare it to.
“Don’t worry, guys. I’m sure standing completely still with my glowing neck powers will heal my comatose parents”
One last thing that irked me was the fact that they wasted our time announcing pointless things. Why bother mentioning that they’re throwing Fel a party for her recovering, and then not bother showing us anything? That scene had no purpose other than once again pointing out that everyone has unusually high affection for Fel for no adequately explored reason. They could have used that scene for a million other things and just had Nova and Liberta come up with doing something for Fel on their own.
Believe me, I don’t know how you lost either.
Dear lord, where do I even start with this episode? They coped out on the battle sequences for one thing. Here I was expecting, I dunno, actual fighting, but instead they left us with: “Oujo, I’m going to fight you now” -sudden scene change- “Well shit. I lost.” …Not only does this further lower Felicita’s credibility as someone capable (hell knows how she won, it doesn’t even look like she moved between battles), but they’ve been building up to this last tournament for the past 11 episodes. They could have left us with something more memorable. Not only that, but the fixing of Mondo’s problem was also offscreen. Sure, that’s how it was in the game (Mondo’s recovery, not the fighting), but I feel cheated somehow. Pretty much every reason why the story even happened is all resolved offscreen. The only things we saw resolved had nothing to do with the plot.
*Insert cheesy line about how he used the blunt end of the sword here*
…So Fel amazingly won the whole thing and we weren’t given any romantic conclusion. That was within my set of predictions. I figured where they’d go with the best ending where Fel becomes the family head and a complete badass, but I guess that would be too much for anime Fel to handle. Looking back, I don’t think we ever saw her do anything for the division she was assigned either. I still don’t understand how she won against Mondo. Nor do I understand how Liberta and Nova won their fights since they both sat there for a couple of moments staring at their swords halfway across the arena in the middle of them while their opponent stared off into space. LOL ANIME CONVENIENCE.
“How about now? Now do you feel like actually making a decision?” “Sure”
“REALLY?!” “Yeah! ….Wait, no. Nevermind.”
…What can I say? This was a complete and utter disappointment. They took out the depth of the characters/ any romance that would have appealed to the female audience, and they skipped out on SO MUCH of the humour/ action which would have appealed to the male audience. …That doesn’t exactly leave anyone wanting to watch this. I can’t even come up with a reason someone would want to watch this unless they played the game (in which case, they would be severely disappointed). Arcana Famiglia had so much potential, but it was undoubtably wasted.
My biggest issue with it was how drastically they changed Fel’s character. I’ve talked about this countless times, but I do believe that it was a huge issue. I can see them toning down her character in order to let the other characters shine through, but the other characters never really did anything either. Nova and Liberta had quite a bit of screen time, but looking back, their characters leave a lot to be desired unless there’s romance to distract from that. Even looking at the game, there’s not much there (which I would have never noticed if not for the anime). The animation was pretty bad for ‘quality’ as well. Anime like this is supposed to promote the game, but I can’t see why anyone would bother playing it after watching this.
What I did like though has extreme spoilers in it, so I’m warning you now, even though it’s already under the spoiler tag. …Read at your own risk. …If you even care enough at this point.
As for other things I liked, sure they botched 90% of the characters, but I thought they did a pretty great job with Mondo and Sumire. I vaguely remember mentioning this in a previous post, but in the game, Mondo appears at the beginning of the game to announce the tournament and then he disappears pretty much until he falls ill. Seeing random scenes with him and Sumire actually acting like a couple was nice. I’d say that Sumire had about the same amount of screen time as she did in the game and she had about the same amount of depth(which is to say, next to none), so nothing felt off there either.
Also on the plus side, this is the most fun I’ve had with screencaps for a while.
Now there is an extra episode coming out, but I have no idea what it would even cover. …Nor do I have much hope that it will be any good unless the story gets a complete remake. In better news though, the game is getting a sequel and since the fan disk was (apparently) really good, I have hopes that AF 2 will also be great. Now I WILL be putting out a game review (which I planned to do… 3 months ago) …eventually. Then you’ll see why I was so excited for this adaption, only to have my hopes shattered beyond repair into a million pieces and then had those pieces stepped on and thrown into a bottomless black abyss. …I may or may not be exaggerating there.
Thanks for sticking with me until now (…or thanks for just reading this one post, in which case, I can guarantee that you didn’t miss much)~! Until next time!