Anime: La Storia Della Arcana Famiglia – Episode 4 Summary + Review

“Why do we even have these powers?”

(Context is a lovely, lovely thing…)

Studio: J.C.Staff

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Reverse-Harem, Shoujo, Age: All ages

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Felicita and Liberta are on their way to deliver a scarf to one of Mama’s friends. Their following a crazy route that Nova laid out for them. Surely, a shortcut would help….

Warning! May Contain Spoilers!




After Libertia attempts to reach their destination through the rooftops, both he and Felicita fall through the roof of some shop. The owner isn’t pleased, and both of them stay for a couple of hours to set things straight and help out.

(Helping the local community; through retail)

Both Felicita and Liberta sell their hearts out, but the scarf seems to be forgotten, until Liberta spots the receiver as one of the customers!

(Liberta’s double-take is for how much the woman doesn’t follow the series’ colour scheme)

Glad that’s he’s killed two birds with one stone, Liberta and Felicita pack up for the day. The store owner is so pleased, he lets them have a gift of one item from the shop.

Liberta chooses a mask that reminds him of a hero from years ago. He’s eager to show this to Dante, who’s looked after him since he was young, but Dante isn’t in the mood and tells Liberta to “grow up”.

(“Answer me truthfully, Dante. Is this a Death Eater mask?”)

Liberta may be having trouble remembering things about the mask and his childhood, but Dante can sure remember.

Liberta used to belong to an orphanage which experimented on children. Because of his powers, Liberta was subjected to the most horrific experiments.

(Making boys wear dresses is the greatest crime…)

Dante, dressed up at the time in a mask and cloak, went to the orphanage and stopped the patrons.

(Dante was looking for directions to the Pirates-of-the-Carribean-themed party)

Liberta burned down the orphanage using “the power of words”. Dante takes pity on him and decides to take care of him from then on.

(“Yeah sure you can go with me, I need someone to play Elizabeth… and you’re in a dress.”)

To help Liberta deal with his past, Dante seals his memories and some of his powers so that Liberta can have a semi-normal life.

Liberta finds all of this out, including that Dante was the one who rescued him from the orphanage.

(Liberta bemoans the fashion disasters of yester-years)

He has vague but happy memories of his life before, and being told that he was abused makes him scared of what he doesn’t know. Nova finds Liberta and tells him that he should become stronger.

Overall, it felt like this episode would be whimsical and be about delivering a scarf, but it took a completely unrelated and sinister turn. I wasn’t expecting Liberta’s past to be revealed but it sure knocked off the dust this series had been gathering.

Liberta’s powers of words were interesting. He can wish for anything to happen, and command it with his voice. It gives him a lot more power than the other characters, and I’m hoping that he can get to grip with it, especially during the tournament.

Liberta’s angst about his past was quite understandable, I’m not sure why the other characters wouldn’t have more sympathy. Dante in particular was really harsh with him, especially since he knew that Liberta had been abused, and that he had locked Liberta’s memories away.

Felicita and Nova strangely stay in the background, and much of the episode is in flashbacks.

As a side note: this episode appears to come out of nowhere. It doesn’t even mention the ghost-child from the previous episode. Elmo has mysteriously disappeared, as has any mention of the tournament. This series follows very fragmented plot lines.

Rated – 2.5/5 Later half of the episode reveals depths to Liberta’s past and characteristics.

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