Season 4 Episode 11

Two Queens

Aired Sunday 1:30 AM Mar 16, 2008 on Adult Swim

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

out of 10
18 votes
  • Fall of the Queen

    Well it has finally came down to that final battle we've been waiting for for a long while, I will say it doesn't disapoint. I really like that brutal air battle with Hagi vs. Amshel, I really wanted Hagi to give Amshel the pumling he deserives never did like that guy. Which results in probably one of the best death scenes in all of anime and television in general (well in my book), where Hagi pushes Amshel down the neddle of the Empire State building as a lighting rod so the lighting will strike and burn Amshel to a crisp.

    However the real kicker is with Saya and Diva, it was both a physical and psycholigical duel. But of course in the end of that duel we see of course Saya wins by both stabing Diva in a vital place but also by default, we discover that once she has the babies her bodies dries up and her biological clock runs out sooner. I'll admit that when that happened I felt both sad and empty, because there was a heavy tragic sensibility about it.

    I'll admit I never really hated the villianess Diva, just what she's done. I never really saw her as an entirely evil person but more like someone that is completely unhappy, which is a common thing with most complex villians. As we've seen in her past she never really had a family she's never known in fact has been robbed of love. She never had the desire to conquer the world, but something more simpiler, to have a family of her own and know love and happyness. She was able to get it in the end even if it was only for a brief time with the two queens she gave birth to. The final image we see where Diva has that dream of her in some outdoor yard lying down spending time with two of her small children with that look of happyness, but then it fades as Diva dies that made me tear up a bit. Just seeing the Saya break down and cry added more to the emotional weight.

    But of course now Saya and Hagi the survivors of the fight are down to making the fateful final decision for both their lives and the lives of the two queens.
  • Final clash between the two queens. Their battle is suprizingly brief and less violent than the battle between Amshel and Hagi. Diva and Saya stab each other, but only Diva dies. Nathan explains that Diva's blood became impotent when she became pregnant.

    I thought this ep was pretty good. I'd grade it out at an A minus; a 9 of 10. If memory serves, some of the dialogue between Diva and Saya was different in the original Japanese, so I was a little suprised at the English version. The fight scenes were pretty good. Hagi had to outsmart Amshel. Amshel, the poor git, seemed to think that it was going to be an easy fight. He was talking trash all the up until he was impaled. Ouch. Loved the brief opening with Van Argeno; sorry buddy, time to sweat it a bit. The ending was suprising the first time I saw it. Thought that Saya was a gonner...Oh, impotent blood...that explains it. Saya abandons all defense to land the killing blow; she expected to die by Diva's blood. Perhaps she thought she would be saving Hagi the burden. Saya is left with a connundrum. Diva, and perhaps more-so Amshel, were evil and distructive. They had to be fought, they had to be stopped. No problem there. But the babbies are innocent. Sould they be killed? One can argue that pragmatically killing the babbies would ensure that a similar problem would not occure in the distant future. However, can Saya really do it? She knows that there can be hope and love for the babie queens, they just need a loving family. What would Riku want?
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