Reviewby Rebecca Silverman, Feb 3rd 2013
Ixion Saga DT
Episodes 7-12 Streaming
As Kon continues his journey, he visits a magic hot spring (accidentally with ED), becomes homesick, is mistaken for a god, and gears up for a final showdown with Erec and his crew. Could this be the end for our hero and the series?
Ixion Saga DT is that show where you simultaneously never know what's coming while somehow knowing exactly what's coming. A mix of prods at tired fantasy conventions, anime references, and penis jokes, the show has its moments when it is less amusing, but overall it remains a hilarious run of lowbrow gags featuring a hero no one would call heroic.
Nominally, the story is progressing with these next six episodes. Erecpyle Dukakis, or ED as the Viagra commercials would say, is headed for the Tamatsukure hot springs in an attempt to repair his tortured anatomy. Naturally Kon and his gang just happen to be stopping there as well to enjoy the alma-infused waters. Kon and ED have a naked run-in at the springs, and while Kon doesn't seem to notice ED's deficiencies in the manly department, Erec seems amusingly impressed by Kon's equipment. We don't know officially if the springs work their magic on Erec (Marian makes an off-hand comment in episode ten that sheds some light on the subject), but Kon gains the amazing powers of a lightbulb, which leads to the weakest episode in this set, the one where he is mistaken for a god. There are still some laughs here, but the plot is just not as humorous as the more over-the-top episodes.
Following Kon's brief stint as a divine being, he develops a whopping case of the homesicks, leading his other party members to try and woo him out of his depression. Marian takes the cake here, and let's just say that MacDonald's may not be too happy with portions of this episode. For viewers, however, Marian's efforts to help Kon are very funny and perhaps confirm some of our suspicions about fast food.
One of the major draws of this second set of episodes is the fact that Erec and his officers play a larger role. Episode nine is almost entirely about Erec and the Incognito unit as they argue over who is really his right-hand man. This allows us to get to know the characters more than previously, something that becomes important in episode eleven's showdown, and it also starts us questioning whether these guys are ED's underlings or his harem. Mitsuki Saiga as KT and Kenichi Suzumura as Gustave get the spotlight here as their characters describe the reasons why they are Erec's favorite; the two share an equally entertaining partnership in episode twelve as they spy on Sanglain and Marian, an episode that largely belongs to Gustave. Episode nine also sets the stage for the major battle with Kon and company, as it lets us in on what everyone's weaknesses are. Not-so-clever traps are laid for the group, complete with Loony Toons-styled arrows leading the way. Gustave again steals the scene here in the climax of Kon's attacks with a well-placed ridiculous line.
Other than these new plot developments, Ixion Saga DT remains the same. There are a few less ball jokes this time, but the juvenile humor remains intact and funny if that's your bag. Pet continues to make new sounds every episode (nine is the high point; although he only speaks once, it's a good one), Kon is much less heroic than the “villain” of the show, and no fantasy trope is left untouched. This is not a show with something to say, and that works for it. Sometimes you just need a laugh, and Ixion Saga DT delivers them.
The ending of this round of episodes calls to mind the preview after the “Toys in the Attic” episode of Cowboy Bebop. Whether it is as much a spoof as that was remains to be seen, as does whether the show can keep the laughs coming for another twelve episodes. The increased roles of Gustave, Variation, KT, and Leon bodes well, as it gives the writers more to work with, as does the fact that Alma, the mysterious woman who summoned Kon in the first place, seems to be taking a more active part in the story. In any event, it will be worth sticking around to see what happens next, because Ixion Saga DT is a fun bit of fluff to bring you a laugh or two every week, and really, that's all it needs to be.
Overall (sub) : B
Story : B
Animation : B
Art : B
Music : B-
+ Still funny, increased roles for Erec's gang and Erec himself. Pet's new noises are always fun to listen for. Nice Daily Lives of High School Boys reference.
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