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Shingeki no Bahamut

It's been three episodes since Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis' debut! Anyone watched it yet? I was really excited for it. As you all know, Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis is based on the Shingeki no Bahamut game, which I play~ I am more used to called it Rage of Bahamut though, as I play in a guild of entirely English-speaking foreigners! In fact, I didn't know that Cygames is a Japanese company until the announcement of the anime. Well, let's leave the game for next time. Today I'll be talking about the anime!

Shingeki no Bahamut is an action and fantasy anime about Mistarcia, a magical world where humans, gods, and demons coexist. I wouldn't say they coexist in harmony though, as they all keep to their own realms. In the past, the Bahamut threatened to destroy the land, but humans, gods, and demons overcame their differences to fight together and seal its power. The key to that seal was split in two, one half given to the gods and the other to demons. Two thousand years later, a woman steals the gods' half of the key.

We get introduced to the Bahamut immediately with a throwback. Then the next scene cuts to a high speed chase between Favaro and Kaisar, who are our main characters. Loud and confident, Favaro is the one who is on a journey with Amira, the woman who stole the god's key. Although her thievery has been revealed to him, it seems he does not know or care very much exactly what he is getting into... As for Kaisar, since he is chasing down Favaro to restore his honour as a disgraced knight, he'll definitely end up taking part in whatever mess Favaro gets into.

Ah, it seems a special in-game card was released featuring Favaro and Kaisar!

Since it's based on the game, there are some in-game characters that can be found in the anime! The most obvious is Jeanne D'Arc. She is a human, yet she leads the knights under the gods' blessing. Anime frequently make gods selfish beings who use humans to do their dirty work. In this case it seems so too, for Jeanne D'Arc seems to be retrieving god's key for them.

There is also Michael of the gods, who has appeared sporadically (although more frequently compared to the other angels). He appears to be a pretty powerful celestial being and uses a sword, which he used to restore a small part of heaven when it started falling apart. I daresay we will see the other angels soon as according to MAL, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphaella will be appearing as well!

A small glimpse of heaven
Meanwhile, in the realm of the demons, we have the fallen angel Azazel and Cerberus! For now, it looks like Cerburus is working under Azazel, although she is far more spirited than a normal employee would be... They seem to be planning something, but what? With the god's key stolen, the balance between the gods and demons is crumbling. Will they use this to their favour and seize control? I think it's highly likely!

For the white-haired anime boy fan
If you're curious as to how the character's game cards look like try Googling "Rage of Bahamut (character's name)"! I daresay you'll be pretty wowed by the art~

Cerberus looks like an ojou-sama here
Initially, I was really disappointed. The first battle scene (and a few subsequent ones) featuring Bahamut was too dark! I could hardly see anything. I couldn't tell which were the good guys and which were the bad. Suddenly there were spells thrown about. A giant seemed to emerge from the sky, but I couldn't tell if it was the personification of a spell or not. After that, it was the introduction of Favaro and Kaisar. I really dislike Favaro's character design. Even now, I wish it was Kaisar instead of Favaro being the hero, only because I get pretty annoyed with Favaro's ridiculously goofy hair every time he appears on screen.

Now, they have been dropping nuggets of information and the latest episode even gave Kaisar a travelling companion of his own, Rita! I'm interested in how she will affect the story so far. They're trying to flesh out the characters, even while adding more. Honestly, the cryptic dialogue and haphazard scenes are hardly helpful. They make me confused instead of curious!

For now, I'll leave you with the opening theme, which is pretty unique since it is 'heavier'-sounding than typical anime themes!

Written by Nana

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