The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11 – Quick Summary
In The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11, “The Goddess’ Trial,” Archbishop Jack Nelson pulled a fast one. He used the murder of his predecessor as a pretense to cancel the audit by the Crimson Knights, under Alexia’s leadership. That seemed overly convenient to Alexia. But she didn’t have time to think about it, because the Goddess’ Trial was about to begin. Cid, sitting comfortably in the stands, armed with snacks, settled into watch the games. Except that Rose had plans of her own. Will Cid be able to finish his snacks? Where’s Alpha? And why does Alexia have it in for Beta?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11
Cid had to argue himself into staying in the background. That explained so much! Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
I’ve often wondered why, if Cid really wants to be a background character, he keeps doing things to draw attention to himself. Remember when he kept getting up during his tournament match against Rose back in episode 7? That didn’t seem like the act of someone who wanted to be in the background.
Well, I think this episode just answered why he does that. I found it both enlightening and gratifying. Enlightening because it gave me a clear insight into Cid’s character. Gratifying because this show continues to give me great characterizations!
Cid was sitting in the stands and he was fuming. He wanted in on the action! The idea of sitting there in the stands, like a real background character, chaffed him. He kept trying to figure out a way to get into the action. Finally, he seemed to give up.
“Oh well,” he said (13:26). “Guess I’ll just accept my role as background character this time.”
Seeing how he struggled against his own wishes explained so much. And it was entertaining to watch, too.
Favorite Moment from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11
Beta might have hated Alexia; but she hated Nelson even more. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Oh, the Flashbacks
Am I the only one to have flashbacks to Excalibur from Soul Eater after watching this episode? Especially his way of speaking and his “singing?” I half expected a voice off-screen to suddenly yell “Fool!” at Alexia.
Speaking of Alexia, let me say something important about The Eminence in Shadow: it doesn’t show nudity without a good reason. Remember the previous episode? It could have become a panty-palooza. It would have distracted from the impact of those scenes. Restraint not only helped the drama along (it was particularly fun to see Alexia assert herself over Iris). It also provided a great space for our imaginations to run wild.
Setup: Purposeful Plotting
This episode took a different approach – for the same reason. That opening scene showed us how far Alexia thought she was willing to go, compared to how far she could actually go. Just look at that sneer she adopted when she tried to insult Cid’s manhood (05:37). She thought she had the rhetorical upper hand.
But Cid’s quick-witted reminder about sheaths interrupted her facade. You know what was cool about that? She bounced back. The woman knows what she wants – and in that moment, what she wanted was Cid.
Excalibur and all.
I think Alexia was still processing the idea of the “quest for the Garden of Chaos.” Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Do you know who else wants Cid? Besides all of Shadow Garden and Rose (and maybe Sherry, depending on how much she has guessed)? Beta, that’s who. Yes, I know Beta’s one of the women in Shadow Garden – please work with me here. Beta took a severe dislike to Alexia because she tried to insinuate herself into Cid’s life. Well, less “insinuate” and more like “crash into.”
Alexia, for her part, hated Beta’s beauty. Specifically, Alexia hated that Beta had a Significant Volume Advantage (SVA) when it came to bosoms. Now, it needs to be said that in this matter, Alexia is being far too hard on herself. We know she has confidence in her buttocks; she told us in the previous episode! She needs to extend that confidence to her whole self. But she hasn’t yet. So, she “accidentally” stomped on Beta’s foot several times.
I have rarely seen such a brazen attack. But that’s Alexia’s thing, isn’t it? Just ask Cid’s shoulder.
Delivery: The Enemy of My Enemy
During this scene, I didn’t think there was anything that would make Alexia and Beta be anything but antagonistic. But my favorite moment proved otherwise! The slimy Jack Nelson disparaged Cid/Shadow from the instant he showed up in the arena. You could just see that the man tried both Alexia’s and Beta’s patience. Finally, we got to the point Beta had not only had enough. She’d had enough to enlist the help of her enemy to put the guy in his place.
First, Alexia suggested that because Shadow had summoned Aurora, and since the trial tried to match the strength of the summoned to the warrior, that Shadow must be the real deal. I think that’s when Beta warmed up to Alexia — just a bit.
She showed how much after Nelson said that Shadow was clearly on the defensive and that it was only a matter of time before Aurora crushed him. Clearly angry, Beta said (19:41), “But not a single one of her spears has hit him.”
Then, with a sudden bright smile, she added, “Isn’t that right, Princess Alexia?”
“Yes, you’re right,” Alexia said, turning back to watch the match.
Alexia played along – because she had had enough of Nelson’s attitude. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
And that’s it! That’s my favorite moment. The two of them went from thinking hateful thoughts about the other (and Alexia trying to inflict real damage to Beta’s metatarsals) to uniting against an even more hateful foe. Look, I’ll admit it: Beta is my favorite among the Shadow Garden warriors (sorry, Alpha – but I doubt Alpha cares what I think!), and Alexia has really grown on me. Seeing their relationship develop, with all of its violence and political astuteness, is turning into yet another reason I’m watching this show.
It’s racking up quite the count!
What did you think of Cid’s battle against Aurora, the Witch of Calamity (and I’m not linking to her on purpose – talk about a spoiler!)? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11: Other Posts
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- Reddit: Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! | The Eminence in Shadow – Episode 11 discussion
- RABUJOI: The Eminence in Shadow – 11 – Good Conversation
- OTAKU SINH: Alexia Takes Massive Ls and a Beautiful New Villain Appears?! The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11 [Review]
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- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 1: The Hated Classmate
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 2: Shadow Garden is Born
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 3: Fencer Ordinaire
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 4: Sadism’s Rewards
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 5: I Am
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 6: Pretenders
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 7: A Fencing Tournament of Intrigue & Bloodshed
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 8: Dark Knight Academy Under Attack
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 9: The End of a Lie
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 10: The Sacred Land, City of Deception
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 11: The Goddess’ Trial
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 12: The Truth Within the Memories
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 13: A Bloody Showdown as an Offering to Annihilation
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14: Your Life, Your Wish
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 15: The Strongest Weakest Man
- The Eminence in Shadow Episode 16: Unseen Intentions