Screenshot taken from: http://www.crunchyroll.com/izetta-the-last-witch/episode-1-beginning-of-the-war-720953
Izetta the Last Witch is set in an alternate Earth where World War II has broken out. Much like in our own world, the enemy is the Germans (Germania in this world) and…. that’s about it. Everything else is basically unique to the world of Izetta. The story follows Princess Fine (there should be an accent on that e, but I have no clue how to make that in OpenOffice, so….), the princess of the small country Elystadt. Fine is on her way to negotiate terms with another country for protection against Germania, but of course her enemies are onto her, which leads to a chase and fight scene throughout (and on top of) a train. During this time, Fine discovers an odd coffin with a girl inside. As the episode progresses, we find that Fine and this girl share a connection from the past.
This is a first episode done right. There is enough information given so that we can understand the state of the world, but not so much that it feels like a giant info dump. At the same time, the episode maintains a good pace on the action with gun fights, political intrigue, and the like. Although some more parallels between the real World War II and this alternate reality would have been nice, the show doesn’t seem to suffer for it and, in fact, one wouldn’t even know that it was meant to be WWII in another world if one didn’t read it on Wikipedia.
Anyone who is particularly sensitive about blood or nudity may want to proceed cautiously. There is a good bit of blood in some scenes as men are killed, and there is a shower scene with Fine. While the nudity isn’t sexual, it also doesn’t leave much to the imagination, though the detail is no greater than that of a Barbie Doll. If these things are not issues for you, then I would recommend giving Izetta’s inaugural episode a chance. You just might find a favorite for the season.
A Christian Perspective:
Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
So I’m probably stretching this application a bit, but I’m going to try to make this work none-the-less. In the beginning of this episode (and at other points throughout), we see that Fine had met and saved Izetta when the two were children. As a result, when Izetta wakes up, she immediately recognizes Fine and comes to her aid. Because Fine did not neglect to show kindness to Izetta, she was able to get out of an otherwise hopeless situation. True, she didn’t show “hospitality” to Izetta, in the sense that she didn’t invite Izetta into her home, but she did show concern.
Don’t get me wrong, the crux of Christian service and care should not be to gain something from somebody else. We should do to others what we would have done to us (Luke 6:31), and we should service in humility because that is how Christ lived; but the added bonus to being kind to others is that it sometimes comes back to us in unexpected ways.
Language: 1 “d*mn”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Princess Fine is shown naked in the shower/bathroom, then briefly in her room before changing; an opera singer wears a cleavage-revealing dress; Izetta’s dress flies up and shows part of her butt; the ending credits have the princess and Izetta in white dresses—the princess is lying in a somewhat provocative position while Izetta’s dress shows cleavage
Violence: Princess Fine’s guards have a shoot-out with some German soldiers; one of the Princess’ guards is shot; German forces bomb military compounds while ground forces fire back; the Princess’ second guard is shot twice; the Princess is shot
Blood/Gore: There is a slight amount of blood from the guard’s gunshot wound; the second guard bleeds and leaves trails of blood on the wall; Fine’s arm bleeds; a flashback shows Fine’s side bleeding
Other: Izetta uses magic to float, to blow up a plane, and to fly on a gun
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