The Faraway Paladin: Lord of the Rust Mountains Was Pretty Good

Key points for The Faraway Paladin: Lord of the Rust Mountains review:

  • Season 2 of The Faraway Paladin delves into a more nuanced plot compared to its predecessor, with intricate details and unexpected twists, deviating from initial superficial similarities to The Hobbit.
  • The antagonist, Valacirca, stands out as a captivating character with self-awareness, adding depth to the narrative. The season’s MVP, the god of (un)death, Stagnate, undergoes notable character development.
  • The season maintains a consistent animation quality from Season 1, with notable praise for the well-designed environment. While the opening/ending themes don’t stand out, the overall enjoyment and plot score an 8/10.

Ok, I’ll admit that I was a little too pessimistic about this season at first. The 2nd-half really ended up saving this season for me. The Faraway Paladin: Lord of the Rust Mountains ended up becoming one of the more overlooked anime for me this season. Yes, I enjoyed the 2nd half that much. I know that the last episode is yet to air at the time of writing but, that will not affect just how unexpectedly good the 2nd half of this season was.

So welcome back to another one of my reviews. The year is coming to a close and I’d like to quickly finish up my reviews before preparing for the behemoth, “The Top 10 Animes of the Year” article next week. Today we are talking about The Faraway Paladin: Lord of the Rust Mountains. Let’s get started.

Plot

So right off the bat, this season’s plot has a little more nuance than Season 1. Yes, Season 1 had incredible execution that is hard to match, but in terms of pure plot quality, Season 2 wins out by a little bit. Earlier, it felt like the plot for this season was a little too similar to The Hobbit but that ended up being a superficial similarity as the details are very different. There was a LOT of world-building in this season. The world-building of this show was good as is but this season added a lot more to it.

The last few episodes have been one twist after another. They did a great job in setting up the fight between Will’s party and Valacirca, the dragon. Everyone said Will and his party would die but of course, we knew that won’t happen. And someone very unexpected decides to help Will when he is almost defeated. I won’t spoil who helped him but that was a pretty interesting moment.

characters

Honestly, Valacirca is such an interesting character. I love how self-aware he is and his interactions with Will. He is pure evil but, it is hard to hate him. A great antagonist. That said, the MVP of this season has to be the god of the (un)death, Stagnate. Or should that be “Goddess” instead? Well, that aside, her character development in this season has been great. I wish Will got more character work but then again, he has gotten plenty of it in the past so I am not sure if he needs more right now. Either way, this season did a great job on characters, in general.

Animations and Soundtracks

The environment design in this season was pretty damn good. The animations maintain a similar quality from Season 1, which is fair enough. Nothing much to talk about here. The opening/ending themes don’t really stand out to me. That’s about it.

Summing Up

Here are my final scores for The Faraway Paladin: Lord of the Rust Mountains

  • Plot – 8/10
  • Characters – 8/10
  • Animations – 7/10
  • Soundtracks – 7/10
  • Enjoyment – 8/10
  • Overall – 8/10

That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!

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