The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14 – Quick Summary
In The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14, “Your Life, Your Wish,” Olivier had plunged her sword through Cid. Jack Nelson looked triumphant. Aurora looked stricken. Cid looked… exultant? What’s that about? How can he look so happy when the point of Olivier’s sword is protruding from his chest? And why has he been keeping his right eye shut all this time?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14
Cid is surprisingly forthcoming with public service announcements! Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
This show keeps the antics of an overpowered hero (anti-hero? hero-parallel?) interesting. They gave us a villain in Jack Nelson whose primary goal is to look like a buffoon. And I must say – the dude mailed it. Every time he tried to escalate the conflict, his plans flopped, and his every-increasing horror was hilarious.
Another way the show keeps Cid interesting is through humor. My favorite quote for the episode is an example of that. Olivier had just stabbed Cid from behind, yet he was fine. Fine enough, in fact, to rip out Olivier’s throat with his teeth.
Reminded me a bit of an episode of The Walking Dead, back when I liked it.
When Nelson expressed his disbelief, Cid took a moment to deliver a public service announcement.
“As long as you protect the vitals,” he said cordially (03:01), “the human body is surprisingly sturdy.”
I appreciated him taking time out of his busy schedule to remind us of that important fact!
Favorite Moment from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14
Alpha basked in a moment of contentment. Her efforts had given all of them a place to live and belong. It’s no wonder she felt good about it. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Setup: Full Spectrum Emotions
I like a show that can go from “I am the All-Range Atomic” (06:17) to “Thank you for the precious memory” (09:06) to Zeta looking at penguins (15:40) and make them all feel right. That tells me the writer has a solid handle on tone and pacing.
The great thing about mixing humorous and poignant moments is that they enhance each other. Character-based humor, like Beta mercilessly teasing Alexia, makes later moments more compelling. Remember when Alexia floated the idea of working with Beta and Rose? When they all agreed to work together, when they clasped hands, that moment felt real to me. Maybe the humor invited me to think more kindly of the characters; maybe they felt more real because of that humor. Whatever the reason, the show presents a wide range of emotions in resonant contexts, and I love it.
The show can portray dynamic moments of combat with ease. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
That kind of resonance is the reason I chose this moment as my favorite. In the Shadow Garden base of operations, things appeared typically hectic. One of them was worried about Delta, but another said not to – Delta would come home when it got cold out. Epsilon began playing a slow piano piece, which provided the background for the scene. Beta sat, deeply in thought about a sentence she was trying to write. Two other members of Shadow Garden played chess in the background.
Delivery: An Expertly Set Stage
Alpha happened to walk by (16:04). Glancing in, she stopped, then turned to take in the scene. She smiled. She remembered back to a time shortly after Cid had cured her. He had apparently also explained wood-framed housing to her, because they had built a house that looked a lot like a typical Japanese home. Inside were the younger versions of Beta, Zeta, Gamma, and a few others.
Alpha was quietly pleased – she had finished building their early base. She told Cid that with this home, she could start training the core members of Shadow Garden properly. Cid wasn’t convinced that was necessary, but she assured him it was. They planned to take on the Cult of Diablos, after all.
Alpha put this home together – physically and emotionally. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
“Yeah, I guess that’s how the story would work,” Cid said (16:46). He still thought this was all a game. But for Alpha, it was another important step in the journey she had decided to take. It marked another milestone on her trek from diseased outcast with no control over her destiny to one of the prime movers in that world.
It was her contented smile that wrapped up the scene (17:15).
I guess I should add that it’s not just humor and emotionally strong moments that make a series memorable. A show has to have characters I care about. Seeing Alpha smile, reveling in the moment of reflection over her shared achievement, I realized I like her and the other core members. I want them to succeed; I like seeing them have the power to direct their own journeys.
That’s an impressive accomplishment! It’s something I hope I can reproduce in my books.
What did you think of Aurora’s parting words to Cid? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! | The Eminence in Shadow – Episode 14 discussion
- RABUJOI: The Eminence in Shadow – 14 – The Start of a Legend
- Otaku Sinh: It’s Called “Love.” The Eminence in Shadow Episode 14 [Review]
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- 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