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The Eminence in Shadow Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

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In The Eminence in Shadow Episode 6, “Pretenders,” someone started going around the capital murdering people in the name of Shadow Garden. Princess Iris wanted to get to the bottom of the murders. So much so that she even allowed Alexia to get involved. While on patrol, Alexia ran into a fake member of Shadow Garden. And he wasn’t alone. What does this fake Shadow Garden want? Can Alexia defend herself as more enemy reinforcements arrive? And what will Cid do about someone trying to steal his organization’s name?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Eminence in Shadow Episode 6

Alexia was not a fan of being stabbed from behind. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

I like Alexia. I’m still pondering her intent when she damn near sliced off Cid’s arm in the previous episode, so I guess you could say my affection for her is problematic. That aside, I admire her courage and her demeanor.

She also has a way with words. We saw that when she calmly introduced to her kidnapper in episode 4. We saw it again in this episode.

She had engaged a member of Fake Shadow Garden (FSG). Her solid fencing style helped her disarm him. Trouble one, some of his buddies showed up. She turned to face them.

The disarmed dude grabbed his sword and stabbed her in the back of her arm.

“You would do this to a delicate maiden?” she asked (14:25). Then she punched him in the face. Hard, too.

I know there are downsides, but I really like her approach to life.

Best in Show Moment for The Eminence in Shadow Episode 6

I think Nu is going to make a fine addition to the cast. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

I like splashy character introductions. We got a good one in this episode. In fact, it’s my favorite moment in the episode. 

Cid had just rescued Alexia from FSG. He so thoroughly crushed the first guy that the other two tried to escape. I’ll give them credit. They moved fast!

But that didn’t deter Cid. He pursued. The two stopped on a rooftop a far distance away. I’m not sure if they thought they’d gotten far enough away or if they had seen Nu. But they had stopped.

One of them exploded into a bloody mess. Cid had caught up to them. He was seriously pissed, too, because these were the guys trying to ruin Shadow Garden’s reputation. But he paused when Nu praised his pursuit and asked him to let her handle the rest. She promised to get information out of them.

Cid did not appreciate FSG trying to ruin his game. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Saying only (16:13), “Don’t mess it up,” he turned and walked calmly away.

Pretty cool, right? But that’s not my favorite part. My favorite part was when the FSG guy attacked Nu.

She shattered his sword. Then she said (16:27), “I am not as forgiving as Lord Shadow.”

Considering Lord Shadow just left that guy’s friend a blood heap, I’m thinking this last guy is in for a rough evening.

What did you think of Iris deciding that both the Cult of Diabolos and Shadow Garden were enemies of the kingdom? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “The Eminence in Shadow Episode 6 Review – Best In Show

  1. What Alexia was “thinking” was, quite simply, Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    I am reserving outright judgment on Iris, but I’m thinking she has an ego-centric problem. She was easily surpassed by Alpha and told to stay out of their way, and she has a problem with that. She is aware of the Cult, but starts off her Crimson Knights with the people that she already trusts, and I’m fairly certain the clip we saw of the cultists had someone in red among them, so she’s already been betrayed, which may come as a shock to her because, hey, *her* trusted comrades are supposed to be trustworthy.

    Cid was a bit interesting in his attitude. He didn’t seem to be upset about Alexia killing anyone, or even possibly becoming a serial killer, just that someone was framing Shadow Garden. He himself does not seem to mind anyone being killed even as he’s wrapped up in his delusion of this all being a game. It’s a bit twisted to realize that if he thinks he’s playing a game and is ok with killing people in the process of it, then… he’s ok with killing people for a game. Um… what?!

    1. You’re probably right about Alexia. Still, unleashing that level of power without knowing Cid’s actually capable of… seems more than a little dangerous!

      You’re also likely right about Iris. I’ll give the show credit for putting that level of craftsmanship into her character. She’s reacting in ways that stand up to analysis. That’s cool.

      Cid’s attitude is hard for me to get my head around. At first, I thought he was just exercising his imagination. When he talked about the game, I thought he meant Alpha and the others were playing along with him. But his internal dialogue about Alexia made me question that — or question my assessment of Cid’s character.

      He doesn’t go around murdering people. The only time I’ve seen him kill was in self-defense, though I’m note sure if there were civilian casualties when he went nuclear.

      But there’s something going on that I haven’t understood yet. Since I have confidence in the writers, it’s fun to think about what’s going on!

  2. This has become my second favorite new anime of the season behind Raven Consort. At the beginning I wasn’t sure that I wanted another isekai, but it really worked out. I have the feeling there is going to be some really radical twist in the plot at the end. Maybe this fantasy/adventure world is his reward in the afterlife for trying to be a good person.

      1. I’m starting to get that same feeling. There are times during an episode where I wonder why Cid tries so hard to misinterpret what everyone’s saying — or they him. I would love to make a guess about where it’s heading, but I really don’t know. And in the case of this show, I’m beginning to understand that’s part of its appeal.

    1. A reward? That’s a cool idea. It certainly feels like things revolve around him to a greater extent than I’d expect from a show that’s as well-constructed as this one. Somethings’s up, I think! I just don’t know what.

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