I’ll admit that I came into this season with moderately high, perhaps unfair, expectations for Nanatsu no Taizai. With the large-scale promotion and hype surrounding the anime series prior to its premiere, it wasn’t hard for me to foresee it as the first good medieval-fantasy series in a long, long while.
If Aldnoah.Zero was a dog and I was an aspiring dog-owner who actually cared about pedigree, then this union would be a theoretical match made in heaven. Director Ei Aoki, newly founded studio TROYCA started by director Ei Aoki, series creator Gen Urobuchi, and music from Yuki Kajiura and Kalafina? Aldnoah.Zero might as well be Fate/Zero’s bastard son who has come to compete with studio Ufotable’s upcoming production of Fate/stay night for the title of true successor (and with a foreknowledge of Fate/stay night’s narrative and the presentation of this premiere episode, I might just be inclined to side with the bastard here).