I’m not entirely sure what I think of the opening just yet. After watching it three times, I still can’t bring myself to like it. In fact, I’d probably rank it as my least favourite opening out of the What a Beautiful series.
It looks like both Elysia and Lily will be sharing the roles the protagonists – perhaps the world will be seen differently through their eyes, and they’ll come to different conclusions. From what we know about Elysia, she seems to be searching for a lover which she has parted with. Lily seems to be looking for who she truly is, having woken up with no memories. Where will each of their journeys take them to, and what sort of the characters will they meet on the way? Meeting the same characters could be something of note – how one character acts around let’s say, Lily, could act completely different around Elysia, giving different information out. And the pair could see the world in totally different ways. Elysia seems to be a glum sort of characters, and may have a negative and overall pessimistic view on society. Lily is a young girl, so who knows what the hell she might think? If she’s after waking up with no memories, she might be viewing the world she’s living in/has lived in as something completely new to her, essentially being as new to this world as the player is.
I’m curious about A’s role, too. Why has she come into contact with Lily? What is their relationship? What does he hope to achieve by taking her, a girl with no memories, on his travels? His uniform reminds me of a conductor, or an officer. He also looks like a rather stoic, sombre kind of guy. Going by that, maybe he works in some sort of trade, and has connections with people?
More than anyone who is piquing my curiousity at the moment, I definitely want to know more about this Rose Witch. She seems to be shrouded in mystery, and is the very last character to be seen in the opening, amidst a flurry of rose petals. Her seiyuu is also unknown at this point. And of course, her signature quote is… nothing at all. Just quoted ellipses. It makes me wonder if she’ll even have a seiyuu. Perhaps she’s mute?
I wonder who the antagonists will be here. At first I thought it was Mao (with that shiteating grin, I couldn’t help it), but now I’m thinking that it might be Lord Alva Edison. He looks eerily calm, with a stare that almost daringly challenges whoever is looking at his character portrait to figure out who he truly is. One would almost certainly think that he’s related to A in some way – the dark skin, white hair, and red eyes – they have more than a passing resemblance to each other, although Alva’s skin is darker, and A’s eyes have swirls in them. But physical traits aside, they each give off a different sort of aura. A’s is of someone who may be silent, but takes his duty very seriously. Alva’s is of someone who plays around, and never takes things seriously. Ideal antagonist material, right there.