[Review] Arcana Famiglia episode 2

After getting some info on a huge tournament involving everyone with Arcana powers in the last episode, I thought we’d jump right into it. Turns out, we don’t really see any action in this episode, not unless you count the bit of action they do jumping to grab a kitten.

I’m Nova. I gotta look cool and serious even when I’m saving a fluffy white kitten.

Yeah, a kitten. That’s the focus of this episode, first capturing a lost kitten, and then trying to find its owner. It’s exactly as slice-of-life as it sounds, and even the comedy in this episode felt like one out of a slice of life anime, which was a direction I never expected Arcana Famiglia to take. It’s really simple stuff, like Liberta holding onto Felicita’s hand for too long, Nova and Liberta crashing into each other when they leap for the kitten, and Luca getting left up in a tree with no way to get down. The first episode made me think that this would be a much more serious anime, so this episode was a really big surprise. It’s not exactly what I wanted to watch, but it did help us understand Felicita and Nova better.

Also, this episode showcased some really great background art. I loved the Victorian-style dress on the lost kitten’s owner, and Felicita’s dress was cute. I hope there are more female characters in the story so I can see more of these styles. 😀

Am I the only one who’s really creeped out by Debito? For some reason, he reminds me of a big, scary wolf, and the fact that he calls Felicita “Bambina” doesn’t help the fact that he always looks at her like his prey. (Bambina… Bambi… deer… wolves eat deer… ) I hope Felicita doesn’t end up with him, though it doesn’t seem like she has romantic interest in anyone right now, not even Liberta.

No hidden meanings at all, nope.

There was still some information-cramming that happened in the beginning of the episode, but hopefully we’re done with that now, even if next to no one bothered to remember who has which Arcana power and who’s in charge of which division. I don’t care much about these little bits of information, since it doesn’t seem like they’ll be a huge part of the plot, but I want to know more about Liberta. Why does he have such difficulty managing his Arcana powers? Is he’s undisciplined? Is he inexperienced? Or are his powers extremely powerful, but hard to control? There’s been a huge focus on him, so I’d like to get the basics answered.

Hopefully, the big tournament will next week and we’ll see some action.

Episode rating: 5 / 10 (average)


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