Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle (Episode 4) – The Messenger from Black
The Prince of Darkness arrives at the floating kingdom, home of the Queen of White. He is to deliver a message from the King of Black, although Adel suggests that he be the envoy to protect the heir to the throne.
When they arrive at the floating kingdom, they are met with hostility from the Commander of the Knights, however, Adel manages to convince him that he should grant them their audience with the queen. He eventually concedes and takes them to her. Her advisor is against the idea of a truce so that they can defeat Bahl together, but Adel suggests that the King of Black is ready to abdicate and allow another to take the throne. He also tells her that the will of the people would be for a full truce.
Meanwhile, back in the black kingdom, Lady Groza is summoned to the palace to help deal with something urgent. Something that may be affecting the King of Black.
What did you think?
I take back everything I said about Shachibato, this series is the king of boring. In the past, I’ve mentioned the pace of this series and how things are flying past with little to no development. Well, someone has put the brakes on and now we’re crawling through the dullest episode I think I’ve seen in a while. They even felt the need to add these absurd scenes with Lady Groza’s guards who were pretending to row the flying ship, in their room, with ladles.
On top of that, I was sitting there waiting for the Queen of White to meet with the Prince of Darkness because I knew there was going to be a love at first sight face from the Prince of Darkness… And if you check out the image above, there it is. The only thing of note in this episode was that it revealed that Bahl was not affiliated with the Black. I don’t recall it making that clear at any point prior or if it did it was a brief fleeting moment that wasn’t given any time to make an impression, much like the rest of this series.
What have you learnt?
There are so many elements that go into making a story work and you have to consider every one of them. A story doesn’t just fall out of someone’s head. It is worked on repeatedly. For this instant, let’s talk about pacing. So far, this story has been a whirlwind of stuff happening and things just falling into place. There’s been no development of the characters beyond it telling us who some of them are and maybe their name if we’re lucky. For it to not be clear that Bahl was not a part of the Black, is pretty unforgivable, especially as the messengers going to the Queen of White to form an alliance is obviously a pretty big part of this story. I’ve been really disappointed with this series so far and it seems to be getting worse.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – The Land Protected by Light
- Episode 2 – The World’s Egoism
- Episode 3 – The Grief-Stricken Queen of Light
- Episode 4 – The Messenger from Black
- Episode 5 – United Front
- Episode 6 – The Gray-Green Demoness
- Episode 7 – Picking Wild Greens
- Episode 8 – A Promise
- Episode 9 – The Queen of Light and the Prince of Darkness
- Episode 10 – The Gentle Song of Darkness
- Episode 11 – The Distant Sky
- Episode 12 – The Sin of the Beginning
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