It took 19 eps but she’s finally made her debut.
Here’s my review.
While we’ve seen her in previous eps only for a few moments, this week we finally get to meet the idol of the show, Sylvia Lyyneheym. So before we jump into this ep maybe we should talk about Sylvia a bit as she’s still pretty mysterious until now. I believe it was mentioned before but in case you’ve forgotten, Sylvia is student council president of Queenvail Girls’ Academy, an all girls school as the name would imply. She’s also the number 1 ranked student there. Much like Julis, Sylvia is a Strega, meaning she’s got special abilities one of which we see in this week’s ep. My first impressions of this girl are quite positive, I mean she’s an idol after all so she’s gorgeous, but I really like her voice too. Haruka Chisuga provides the voice talents for Sylvia so I guess it’s to be expected that she’d have a really nice voice. All in all I really liked seeing her for more than a few moments, and now that we’ve met her I really hope she’ll return in future eps.
So looking at this ep it’s really just another lead up to the Phoenix Festa final battle. Not to say it’s a filler as there is still interesting things going on, these build up eps I guess you could call them, offer a chance to really hype up the viewers for something great along with setting the stage for a really grand performance. I’m really excited to see how the final battle will go, Julis and Ayato vs. AR-D and RM-C, both sides want nothing more than to win but only one side will come out victorious. Even though I’m pretty sure Ayato and Julis will win, it will still be a hard fought battle I’m sure one that hopefully will take up the majority of ep 20.
Looking back to where we left off last week, Ayato was still hunting around for Flora when he stumbled upon Sylvia, who helped him escape his pursuers. For the longest time Sylvia doesn’t come out and reveal who she is, rather she continues to play the role of a normal girl until she shows off her ability, a searching ability, to help locate Flora. I liked the visuals during this part, the blue-green waves that rippled through the air as she sung, it was pretty cool. Thanking her for all her help, Ayato now knows the location of where Flora is being held, all that’s left is to charge in and rescue her. After exchanging numbers so Ayato can properly thank Sylvia for her help at a later date, the idol is on her way to deal with other idol related things. All in a days work for her.
The second half of the ep is back with Kirin and Saya as they move into rescue Flora. As the final battle is almost here, Julis and Ayato are told to sit this one out to focus on their fight and not worry about the Flora rescue operation. Kirin and Saya are two very capable girls who can look after themselves quite well, plus Yabuki is there too so it’ll all be fine. Of course the rescue operation isn’t a piece of cake and the trio are met with resistance once they arrive at the location, but just as things are looking dire in jumps Lester McPhail to save the day! Lester was featured in the first season and this is his first time making an appearance in season 2. Leaving him to hold down the fort, Kirin and Saya run off deeper into the building to find rescue their friend.
We close things off with Ayato and Julis readying for battle. Going up against the undefeated AR-D and RM-C is quite the daunting task, but it’s made even more challenging by the fact Ayato still isn’t using the Ser-Vesta, his extremely powerful Lux. Until Kirin and Saya rescue Flora and get her back to safety, Ayato will have to somehow made do with his less powerful Lux during the fight against the bots. Can he and Julis hold their ground and defeat this powerhouse duo? Find out next week!
All in all I really enjoyed this ep. Not only did it set the stage for one hell of a fight next week, but we finally were introduced to Sylvia Lyyneheym. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Asterisk War may still be another generic magic high school anime, but it knows how to put she story and characters first instead of relying of cheap fan service tactics.
Alright then that’s all for me, be sure to let me know your thoughts on this ep in the comments below!
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Bonus Pics of Sylvia!
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