“This spry lad’s going wherever they do!”
The more I recall this episode, the more I wanted to throw Charles into the volcano. Man, he was ANNOYING in this episode. However, this is a Raoul centric episode, so I must refrain from ranting about Charles.
I think what I liked best about the Adventurers’ stories is that it’s not told in different instances like how August Episode 1 and August Episode 2 were not on the same timeline. Other than Lydie Episode 1, Raoul Episode 2 takes place right after Charles Episode 1. I do like that a lot. The plot for each episode transitions well into the next perspective chapter.
If there’s something to like in this episode, it’s the fact that Raoul does try too hard to be the oldest and I find it hilarious. He’s clearly comic relief and it’s unfortunate that he has to be stuck with a bunch of kids. I do like what he has to learn is to take it easy once it a while because kids are a lot more reliable than he expects.
Another thing to like is the fact that since there are five characters, the three-man team actually rotates around in some segments, with Raoul being the center. Some areas, he’d be with Lydie and Ana-Maria. Another, he’d be with Charles and Lydie. I think the way the party rotates makes this chapter so unique. It’s also quite long too, so the amount of time spent with all five character seems precious and valuable.
Alright, to be honest, I really dislike the ageist, adult disrespect jokes that Raoul is the butt of. I don’t really know why Tales writers like putting ageist jokes—that’s probably why a lot of characters in the series have crazy ages that don’t match their appearances just for the sake of being young to avoid ageist jokes. I’d understand if the “old man” character is a creep, but Raoul isn’t really a creep. He’s suspicious, but he’s not into kids.
Raoul’s fighting style is still the same, but easier to handle. I think out of the spear users in the game, he’s the easiest to handle for me. I just love doing the twirling move. It makes him look as if he’s lassoing.
That ending though. Raoul is definitely suspicious. His Emblem is yellow rather than the usual green. Where is allegiance stands is unknown. We don’t even know where he’s from. He clearly screams suspicious all around and this episode confirms it with the way he sent a letter to someone behind their backs. Just who is he? Why can’t Luminaria come back? I need to know!
If Luminaria ever comes back, they should come back with an option to throw Charles into a volcano. It’s what he deserves.