Magic Knight Rayearth 3
September 7, 2004
Please, for God’s sake, if you don’t know how this series ends, don’t read this review, and don’t spoil yourself. It’s completely worth it to get the series for the ending alone. Just do it. Really.
The thing about no one being particularly evil didn’t really hit me until I got to the end of the series and reflected. The Magic Knights have to go up against a ton of resistance to achieve their goal, and even Princess Emeraude turns on them in the end. But really… she just wanted a way out, and Zagato wanted to protect her from this. The Magic Knights are put in one of the most difficult situations I had seen up to that point, and it always got to me a little. Zagato turns out not to be a bad guy, none of his minions are acting out of hate, and in the end… the Magic Knights were kind of lied to all along. Perhaps they WERE the evil ones when it comes down to it, since they were the ones that killed the beloved Pillar of Cephiro.
I think the ending and final battles move too quickly in the manga, and I think a slower pace would have increased the impact they carried. But overall I give the series a great deal of credit for its ending. As kiddy and girly as it comes off… it’s really quite amazing, one of my favorites essentially. I don’t like its repetition, I don’t like the giant robots, and I hate the shallow characters, but the story’s excellent. Completely and entirely worth it.