Shuumatsu no Izetta’s first episode is like Baccano, if Baccano had lesbian princesses, gun-riding witches and was set in WW2.
Which, you know, is a good thing. Depending on who you ask.
I went into Shuumatsu no Izetta not expecting anything at all, mostly because of shallow reasons like how the studio has done nothing proper after Emma, A Victorian Romance – by which I mean that everything else they’ve done are dodgy OVAs and, well, Sensitive Pornograph.
The director, responsible for unforgettable classics such as Tribe Cool Crew and some Fairy Tail movies left a lot to be desired as well. Basically, I expected cliché fanservice. What I got was some bomb action scenes, a fantastic MC and a setting that even I, a history story hater, got sucked into.
You see, the episode starts out with a shoot-out in a train – which is in the top ten in the rule of cool book of how to start a dope series. This is probably why it reminded me of Baccano. Except that I don’t like Baccano.
After this, we meet our protagonist – a tomboy princess who’s fighting for her country and two of her supporting men. Unlike whatever Aldnoah.Zero and most anime ‘badass’ princesses try to do, Shuumatsu no Izetta actually makes our princess likeable, admirable, Black Lagoon Revy type cool, minus ten.
So this show is already doing many things good – those things being the characters, all of the characters we meet in this episode. The music that plays, the story, setting and the relationship between our tomboy princess and a witch who rides rifle guns instead of broomsticks.
Episode one has set the mood, and although the animation is a little bit sloppy if you really want to nitpick the first episode, it’s very well worth the watch, especially if you, like me, held prejudices against it for the production team working on it.
All in all, Lesbians vs. Nazis has won me over, and this season is looking pre-tty good so far.