“Socialists must explain to the masses that they have no other road of salvation except the revolutionary overthrow of “their” governments, and that advantage must be taken of these governments’ embarrassments in the present war precisely for this purpose.” Lenin, Socialism and War (1915)
Warning: This post contains spoilers
I liked two things about Tytania: music and directing. Music was among top five of 2008 due to wonderful string pieces (others were Macross Frontier, Kuroshitsuji, Xam’d, and Kaiba). I have not heard music by Hiroshi Takagi before, but the music in Tytania is quite good. I expressed my admiration for the director elsewhere, but, unfortunately, some unrealistic scenes reduced my overall enjoyment.
The plot is a different matter… It is important to mention that anime took some liberties in adapting Yoshiki Tanaka‘s incomplete novel. For example, too much emphasis was given to Lira in anime among other things. I enjoyed some political intrigues, but the anime lacked impact.
Some things that are different in the novel:
- The novel focused on Tytania and Jouslain, Hyulick was just a supporting character up to vol 3.
- The silly “Lira rescue” arc didn’t exist in the novel because Lira (and De Boar) was captured when assisting Hyulick escape from Emmental (around episode 4) and died then. That said the anime pretty much ruined De Boar character to make the silly Hyulick-Lira romance more plausible. Hyulick did kill Alses as revenge for Lira though.
- The silly Estar and Chronos prison arc did not exist. And also the episode when Hyulick was emo in Casabianca. I think all the events post Alses death up are anime original up to the Radomorz v. Bal’ami scandal (this one is in the novel).
- Much less Lydia in the novel. I think in the novel, Ajman didn’t even pay attention to her, much less having that creepy obsession to her.
- Episode 5 did not exist. Tyrandia issue went straight to Syracuse battle, without Jouslain attempting peaceful solution.
- On the minor side, Radomorz was not much of an idiot asshole as he was portrayed in the anime
What was Tytania really about? Jouslain pointed out the importance of change and choice in the last episode. In episode three, Huric mentioned, “When Tytania is gone, another will replace it. There are many people who live good lives under Tytania.” Huric is reluctant to oppose Tytania, but changes his view to blind hope after a personal tragedy: “To see a universe without Tytania.”
Hope and change are strong words that ignite minds of people, but may lead to grave circumstances. In the end, everyone has a choice of being a passive observer or pro-active agent, shaping the future, but we have to be careful about what we wish for. Overall, the plot is incomplete and warrants at least another season.
No space operas this Spring season, but some anime are promising: New Anime Spring 2009: Naked Men with Toxic Assets