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Score: 7.46/10

Synopsis

Second season of Radiant.

Much like the first season, Radiant throws all the shounen cliches you can possibly think of into yet another shit show. It’s more the aggravating because you think it will somehow get better, and you hope it does, goaded on by reviewers, but none of it ever materializes. Like renting an apartment that checks all the boxes, but it turns out the running water is actually a sewage drain in the back, the wifi is dialup, and covered parking is a tent made of rags. Any possible intrigue among the inquisitors boils back down to the same black and white obsession with genocide and baseless self-righteousness. They all turn out to be the same sadistic one dimensional psychopaths of zero redeeming quality, but Radiant turns it up to 11 by denying them any backstory and laying on the gratuitous violence and jeering laughter and pompous speeches. Instead of triumph over evil, it’s just sheer masochism with nothing but death and destruction at the end, even if the anime tries to paint it as a great victory. And no character in the show has an IQ above 50. Everyone is so easily manipulated, so easily deceived, and utterly devoid of intelligence. Even the ostensibly clever captain Dragoniv is easily duped like a child. The animation and sound is just as bad as the first season. The only good thing compared to the first season is the pacing is a bit faster and the detestable MC has significantly reduced screen time. His dialogue is still basically the same two lines though. 1: HA???? HA???? 2: I’m gonna beat up Radiant!!!!

Spoiler: There’s a girl in the show that has a mark behind her neck you can push like a button and command her to do whatever you want. It’s one of the worst plot devices ever imagined.

While the first season of the Radiant anime adaptation was fairly interesting it just doesn't hold a candle to the second season. The new story arc gives the characters much-needed emotional depth and develops the plot with some twists. The first season's first half was mostly filler episodes, although some of the anime original content fleshed out side characters better (and introduced anime-only characters). Arguably, this was necessary since the first two story arcs were not long enough for 21 episodes. The Caislean Merlin arc was more than enough for 21 episodes and, as such, the second season also followed the French manga series by Tony Valente much more closely. The biggest difference was that NHK Educational TV apparently asked studio Lerche to tone down the sexual jokes and crude humor. Otherwise, anything skipped or reordered was minor. If you enjoyed the first season then you'll definitely enjoy the second. Newcomers are advised to start from the first season since it does most of the worldbuilding.

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