Both of these episodes were good to watch I have to say. First Elien is like Motoyama from episode 15 and 16. Both had a chnage of heart, but in the end they still had to fight. This time Elien had control of her thoughts though so that fight had more drama to it. I really liked this character, she had strong passions which blinded her from the truth. Then when the truth shines right in her face she quickly realizes what she did. It was a great redemption part for her and still seeing her fight was pretty sad to watch. Now she does get her memory erased like Gotou. This time it works a little better because of the development she had from this so it's sad to see that she doesn't remember the past events. Gen even had a hard time fighting her as he starts to tremble when he defeated her. Overall her character was very strong in this arc and I looked liked it better to see her continue being a Zodiart just because of her connection with Gen.
Everyone else did good as well. Gen was being himself like always as he always tries to help. It's always fun to watch him dig around for info. Yuuki wasn't as annoying as usual as she stayed calmer than usual. That is mostly because her scenes were more serious. The new character Yuuta had a nice introduction, he just seemed to be a random character, but I had a feeling that he would be important soon. That will be for the next episode, but I was hoping we would see some good traits from him before he goes evil. Ryusei did little as well. What he had though was worth it because seeing him have trust in Gen is appealing. It shows that he has changed from fighting solo all the time. He is opening up and even trusting others who want to help. Leo even had a shocking part where he just goes crazy and attacks. It was very different than what we have seen from him before. So character interactions were good as it helped the drama build up to a really good scene.
The action was little, but as I said before a lot of the scenes helped to act as build up for the final fight. I really want to talk about it since the rain is always a nice touch (One of the most memorable fights from Kabuto was the rain fight.) and seeing Gen and Elien stand off like that was awesome. This also adds on to Gen once more since he had to know to defeat Aquarius for a while. It's like he knew he could have to fight her and when he did he knew he had to finish it. Elien didn't hesitate at all either as she gave it her all. the first fight with Meteor was good since we haven't seen Meteor in his normal form that much anymore. The final fight stole the show no doubt and it was great to see that freeze moment when Gen gave the final blow.
I mean the use of the Planet switches are very low right now.
This was a great episode thanks to the great character Elien and the dramatic fight. I give it an A for these reasons and I hope we can get other episodes like this. Since the two arc way is being used for the Horoscopes right now so I want at least the new members be memorable.
Next Time: Now that's Taurus!