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Recently, at the behest of a miss Caitlyn Glass after seeing a Q/A panel of hers at Yamacon 2019, I decided to check out Radiant, a shounen action series originally created by French author Tony Valente. Maybe it was just because she did such a good job selling it as a series, but I still went in as cautiously as usual.
As of the writing of this post, I am only sixteen episodes into the series and based on what has been shown so far, it seems like there are a lot of problems just based in the writing. For starters, Alma, the mentor of the main character Seth, decides to send out her son with basically no magically training whatsoever. The kid cannot even use a singular spell. The only thing he can do is just gather Fantasia, the purest form of magical energy, and hit people with it. There is also the problem of why the main character has the ability to use magical power without another object, which has just conveniently not been explained yet. However, there is something much more important to take away from the series, even in just its opening episode.
Radiant’s story is about Seth, a sorcerer in training, who sets out on a journey to defeat Nemesis, creatures who have the power to curse people, turning them into sorcerers and giving them the ability to use magic. Still, there is more to the story than just that. Underlying Seth’s journey is a struggle against a society that hates sorcerers simply because of their associations with magic and the Nemesis.
Nowhere has this been more apparent so far than in the first couple of episodes, where, after accidentally letting a bunch of cows run around because of his magic, Seth is insulted and booed at by the people of Pompo Hills where he lives. Alma eventually comes to bail him out, but not until the townspeople tell her to leave and never come back. Later on, a nemesis appears and everyone is evacuated by a mysterious group of sorcerers known as the Bravely Quartet. However, it turns out that the group is actually just using the attack as a way to rob the town’s bank. Seth, being the only other sorcerer around, is forced to take on the nemesis and try and stop it. He almost succeeds, but the creature proves too powerful. Just before it attempts to counterattack Seth, Alma shows up again to save him.
What becomes immediately apparent as the episode ends is that, despite literally risking their lives to save them, the townspeople are still hesitant to trust sorcerers. Their ignorance and hatred of sorcerers is so fundamentally ingrained into them that trust becomes almost impossible. This part of the show, despite it being the least explored so far, is what makes it really interesting. The reason Seth even takes his journey in the first place is that he wants people to not have to fear sorcerers, and thusly wants to take out the nemesis. This by itself raises a lot of questions about how society would function after the nemesis are gone and sorcerers begin to disappear, but more importantly if you take anything away from Radiant as a series, it should be that those who are different are not necessarily bad.
Be back soon,