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Episode 23

Pino leads the charge against Espada, and as expected out of an army in desperation they were taken down with Pino beheaded by Mahmut, while Lilly lets herself get taken down. And with that, the Imperials get out of Chielo as Frentzen doesn't like their chances after what just happened. While the Imperials are gone, things are not well as Carbajal has been losing trust. So he is executed, but his final words unite the citizens as his actions led to a lot of problems. That was quite an emotional scene there with Cassandra determined to carry out Carbajal's vision, but the war is still on. Anyway, that was really rushed just like with the whole war, and with one episode left, it's all about preparing for the next war since as long as Louis runs the Empire, the wars will just go on as his vision is to build up military might.
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Episode 24 (Finale)

While the Anti-Imperial Alliance won the battle, the war is just beginning. The Turks begin to expand their empire by claiming Cielo under Turkish law, and unlike with the Empire, Mahmut intends to make the Turkish empire a benevolent one and as such, he wants to ensure that the citizens are happy, something that's motivated by his philosophy of hating war, but not the Empire because it means hating the citizens. And on that note, Mahmut puts his plan into motion starting with Cielo, while Vasco is denied again with his secret weapon. Pretty much, the show ends just as I was expecting, transitioning into the next stage of the war as that's all that could be done. With that, this show is over and while it was flawed, there was still plenty to enjoy about it seeing that the manga is well-received.

Final Thoughts

This show ended up being a mixed bag as while the source material is great, this anime adaptation, not so much. Some parts of it are well-adapted such as the Mahmut Bey and Civil War arcs, as well as the leadup into the war against the Empire, but others were just handled quite poorly like the first few episodes and the part that came after the fighting starts, and the last few episodes were especially poorly adapted as it rushes things all while introducing too many characters too quickly to keep track of. In any case, there are plenty of things to like about this show with a strong MC, great animation, and solid drama to go along with a strong story concept. But in the end, it gets dragged down by its faults with the biggest ones being the rushed pace, the poor handling of a large cast as there were too many characters introduced to keep track of while a number of characters that are supposed to be relevant are seemingly forgotten, and the amount of complexity that made for a show that was hard to understand without dissecting it.

Grade: C+ (7/10)
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This anime adaptation is incomplete but it definitely got its points across with the war politics, drama, and storytelling. I didn't like that they rushed the story at places so I think it's worth investing into the manga for those who are curious.

Definitely expecting another season in the futue. I recall this show has an event next year so maybe they will annouonce something there. I think the first half of the show is much better than the second half. After awhile, it felt harder to get invested into some of the characters, especially from the Imperial Army side.

7/10 too. To me, I think this show was still well made but could of been better. At least it wasn't a 1 cour or that would of been a disaster.
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