Izetta: The Last Witch 02 (The fighter plane, the witch, and the princess.)

Izetta: The Last Witch 02
Shumatsu no Izetta episode 02
Izetta, Die Letzte Hexe 02

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis

Izetta: The Last Witch 02Using an anti-tank rifle as a flying device, Izetta takes Princess Finé away. However, they are intercepted by a squadron of Germania fighter planes. Izetta is forced to use her blood magic to cause ice shards from the mountain to attack and destroy some of the planes. In the end, all of the planes but the squad leaders are destroyed, so Finé fires the rifle, causing the fighter to stall and glide away from them on the other side of the mountain. Izetta takes the now unconscious Princess Finé to the location of the fortress that Finé had mentioned. However, Izetta’s magic reserves are gone, so she has to go by foot.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02On the way there, they run into the surviving, retreating soldier of that fortress. The troops take in the princess and Izetta, treating their wounds. Izetta frets about Finé, thinking about the time they met. Finé is out for some time, but eventually regains consciousness. The troops march to an old, abandoned, ruined palace. Princess Fine has recovered enough to be able to sit in a chair. She takes a briefing from the officer in charge, Major Obermeyer. Izetta’s powers have recovered as she is summoned to see Princess Finé and the Major. Finé attempts to release Izetta from any further obligation to Eylstadt, but since Izetta feels a debt to Finé, she tells the princess she’ll protect her country.

Elsewhere, Major Belkman is with his aid and Germanian troops investigating the crash of the transport plane. Belkman believes their specimen may have been a real witch and says they need to find her.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

Thoughts and Review

Whew. I finally got to watch Izetta: The Last Witch 02, made more difficult by my increasingly busy schedule. Fortunately, it is an interesting, entertaining episode, setting the table for two sets of quests.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

German WWII Fighter Planes vs a Witch on an Anti-tank Rifle

Visually, I found the notion of a squad of German fighter planes chasing two girls riding on top of a large, anti-tank rifle to be humorous on one level. There’s a certain absurdity to this. Thankfully, the German fighter pilots (I’m using German instead of Germanian) reacted in what I felt was an understandable way. They are freaked out by this, more so when they start getting destroyed.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

As for Izetta, I was surprised that she used blood magic in the fight. My only exposure to this concept was while playing the now defunct game Marvel Avengers Alliance. The character Nico Minoru used it. I guess that in lore, witches use blood magic, but I’m not versed in that line of lore. So seeing a magic user using magic in a way I’ve never seen before is quite interesting.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

I expect the squad leader, who appears to have survived the encounter, to be interviewed by Major Belkman.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

Princess Finé

I continue to like the character of Princess Finé. She could easily become a clichéd character and thus uninteresting. I say this because we have Izetta with her massive concern for the princess. We have the army talking about how much Princess Finé means to them and the people of Eylstadt. So yeah, we get this clichéd picture being told to us of a princess the people love.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

However, when I saw how Princess Finé acted, it became understandable that such a person would be appreciate by her people. Even while being carried on a stretcher, Finé was shown to have poise and grace. Then at the ruined palace, she essentially holds court. She gets a briefing from her military commander. She understands the military situation, clearly having studied things a great deal.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

Then there’s her friendship with Izetta. I think it is pretty clear that when Izetta and Finé were kids, some locals freaked out about a witch and Finé saved Izetta’s life. Finé considers Izetta a friend. Izetta worships Finé, which is understandable since Finé risked her life to save Izetta’s. That’s why I can totally understand Izetta’s desire to enter the fight and defend Finé’s country from the German invaders.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Since I’m so pressed for time, I’d better wrap this sucker up. Before I go, I have to say that I got a kick out of the German Air Force joking about the Army’s failing to have conquered Eylstadt via the blitzkrieg. If you’ve been in military service, you know how inter-service rivalries are. 😉

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

Izetta left her massive rifle behind, which I didn’t expect. I half expected it to show up on its own since all of the promotional art shows Izetta riding the thing like a broom.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

Finally, it looks like the series is becoming a quest. Major Belkman is on a quest to capture Izetta. Princess Finé is on a quest to get herself and her troops home before they are cut off by enemy forces. Somehow, I feel that before all is said and done, Belkman will get Izetta and Finé will be forced to send people in to rescue her. It also seems obvious that Izetta will be the Weisse Hexe — the White Witch.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

In the end, Izetta: The Last Witch 02 ended up being an enjoyable episode with more emphasis on character development without neglecting the action and drama.

Izetta: The Last Witch 02

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9 Responses to “Izetta: The Last Witch 02 (The fighter plane, the witch, and the princess.)”

  1. Lan Hoang says:

    The art is superb

  2. Cube says:

    Probably my favorite of the season so far. I loved the Princess’ “I won’t let you be the only one to dye your hands with blood”

  3. evgenidb says:

    “Then there’s her friendship with Izetta. I think it is pretty clear that when Izetta and Finé were kids, some locals freaked out about a witch and Finé saved Izetta’s life. Finé considers Izetta a friend. Izetta worships Finé, which is understandable since Finé risked her life to save Izetta’s. That’s why I can totally understand Izetta’s desire to enter the fight and defend Finé’s country from the German invaders.”

    I suspect that Izetta lost control of her powers, maybe a big boom happened with someone getting hurt and that’s why/how villagers found out and turned against her*. There a couple clues that point in that direction:
    – the promise not to use magic anymore;
    – the flashbacks where Fine is hurt and protects Izetta look like the witch is just coming to her senses/waking up;
    – Izetta needing protection in the first place: otherwise why she didn’t just run or fly away?
    – the really apologetic Izetta and hurt Fine. Izetta really blames herself for what happened then and the repeat on the plane**.

    Anyway, we’ll learn in an episode or two what happened then. I doubt it’ll take longer than this.

    “It also seems obvious that Izetta will be the Weisse Hexe — the White Witch.”

    I disagree. Probably that White Witch is her grandmother. It could be Izetta’s mother or another (dead) predecessor we don’t know about yet, but I doubt it. Currently the grandma seems as the safest bet.

    Izetta probably would become to be known as the new White Witch.

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    * The big boom is the most cliched and cheapest way to show Izetta losing control and that’s why I think that’s what happened. But of course this is just wild guessing. What I’m totally sure is that there would be a lot of green light just like in the plane in episode 1.

    ** When Izetta wakes up, she sees Fine hurt and standing in a similar “protect” pose as all those year ago. Naturally she thinks that Fine is protecting her and got hurt again.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I suspect that Izetta lost control of her powers

      That may well be the case. It makes sense, considering Izetta is young and her powers are likely unstable.

      Izetta probably would become to be known as the new White Witch.

      That’s what I meant by, “It also seems obvious that Izetta will be the Weisse Hexe — the White Witch.”

      • evgenidb says:

        Izetta probably would become to be known as the new White Witch.

        That’s what I meant by, “It also seems obvious that Izetta will be the Weisse Hexe — the White Witch.”

        Oh, sorry. I thought you meant the original White Witch from that legend and picture.

        P.S. By the way, what’s the quote tag you’re using? What should I write to use it?

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          P.S. By the way, what’s the quote tag you’re using? What should I write to use it?

          <blockquote>Text you want to quote goes here.</blockquote>

          • evgenidb says:

            P.S. By the way, what’s the quote tag you’re using? What should I write to use it?

            <blockquote>Text you want to quote goes here.</blockquote>

            Thanks.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            You’re welcome. I used to have it in the comment remarks, but it kept getting blown away.

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