First Look on Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

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Spoilers may unintentionally be written.

Attack on Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis) is a surprise this season. Not really expecting anything from a mobile game adaptation, not to mention, a card game, not the physical one (oftentimes video game adaptations suck ass, like Yu-gi-oh!), it somehow delivers its first episodes gracefully.

Synopsis from the Internet:

Mistarcia is a magical world where humans, gods, and demons mingle together. In the past, the black-and-silver winged Bahamut has 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, so that they would never be united and Bahamut never released. Now, two thousand years later, the world is in an era of peace—until the day a human woman steals the gods’ half of the key.

The story follows the adventures of three characters. Amira, a demon chick who stole the half of the God’s key (I know it said above a human woman… Free spoilers!), must embark north with the “help” of the perm-haired bounty hunter Favaro, who always cross paths with his apparent arch-rival Kaisar, also a bounty hunter that came from a lineage of Knights. What would their fate have to do with the war between the gods and the demons and the threat possessed by the raging Bahamut, the destroyer of the world, is yet to be seen. And what does Amira intend to do with the God’s Key?

Let’s talk about the art. Character design is great and with a style reminiscent of those film-grade drawing style. Because of this, it certainly has the vibe of film animations (which, I insist, is a very welcomed feeling against a plethora of standard anime!) It has superb animation; fluid and consistent. It also has good utility of foreground effects and lighting, which is sported in good amount throughout the current episodes.

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Now, the opening and ending songs. Every anime ought to have one. It is a very crucial part of the overall quality of the show, and I admit I sometimes skip over it. But good, very fitting, thematic, catchy OP/ED? They become part of the 23-minute episode. It becomes part of the soul. You just couldn’t skip it, if not, a glimpse of it. Bahamut’s OP rocks. It still sticks to me. I like alternative post-rock. You can’t blame me.

How about the ED song? I do like the art sequence there though. But the ED itself isn’t out of ordinary. I was skipping it most of the time. Where’s the speech about becoming part of the soul…

The soundtrack is, well, good. Nothing outstanding in particular, but it fits with the theme and genre. Not bad, I guess.

I may have one problem with one technical sector of the show, the sound FX.
It doesn’t have enough amplification and impact on some areas (like falling rocks). I don’t know if it is in part of Funimation (they were known for shitty eccentric re-encodes), but in the end, it is just a minor problem, and the good aspect of the show have already compensated for it.

The first two episodes took a great job of introducing the universe and characters, especially of Amira. I really like how they showed the possibilities of how Amira’s outfit can become (I thought I’m talking about a better point?). I haven’t personally played the game, or even knew about it, but I guess lore from the game appears here. And they did a good representation of the cards here, by the way (if I’m not wrong).

But I’m sad that they were not keeping the long hair Amira sports earlier (Twin-tails doesn’t hurt, though). Really.

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However, now in episode 3, things may have started to get stale – at least that’s what I feel. The quality is still consistent – but the problem may lie in the pacing.

Nothing happened that really advanced the plot in this episode. Granted that it is not episodic in nature, it should have done something to keep expectations and interest for the next episode.

We do have some goodies though. Rita enters the scene.

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Amira and Perm-hair still goes on the journey. They met up with the guy that screams Favaro. Let’s call him Favarro!!(screams). Favarro!!(screams) gets himself the Loli. (laugh)

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Anyway, that’s all I can say for this episode. This was supposed to be a first look, alright?

 

WRAP-UP:

With all the points above (I hope there are), it is worthy checking it out. Don’t get me wrong; it may have problems but so do other great anime. It’s not bad nor it is a masterpiece, but it is still better than your average anime.

Will be looking forward for the next episodes.

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Unlimited Blade Works Ep. 2

This is a LATE LOOK/REVIEW.

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I was quite sad that the show returned to the usual 23-minute format (no more 47± minutes episodes )-:), but as long as the episode has the right pace and consistent quality, I’m okay with it. I mean, we can’t really do anything with their scheduling, right?

I really like the fate/ series. It has this… Unique storytelling. A unique setting with unique characters, it was a unique fantasy with dark subtleties. You won’t find anything like it. And its universe is quite rich. It took a timeline and generations to show the journey in this epic story. I won’t dive deeper unto it, because it would defeat the purpose of watching the show and knowing it for yourself, you know?

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As the usual, the studio ufotable did an excellent job with the art quality. The backgrounds are awesomely detailed. Even minor details are perfected. Hair movement without a doubt received the blessing from the heaven. Characters look great in this episode. Rin (pictured above) looked great. I’ve got used to her new look now.
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Saber also looks great. She is portrayed here better than Fate/Zero in my opinion. If you’ve played the game (which is great), you’d find her bust to be faithful to the original source material. No, I didn’t noticed her chest first.
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What I really do like is Shirou’s improved character design. He looks better and is more aligned to his character in my opinion, compared to the 2006 Deen attempt.
And as usual, the animation is top notch. Especially with this scene:

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DAT ASS. Seriously, ufotable, that is a fine job for fan service. I don’t usually like fan service especially on a series with a meat and story like this, but it raised my spirits up. I liked it. Good job.
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I like how they emphasized this scene, showing the pendant again. If you’re interested, this is a very important plot device.
This episode, following the source material faithfully, would feature the appearance of a recurring important character, Kotomine Kirei. Now, if you’ve watched Fate/Zero already, you will know this character and his likely role and motivation in this chapter. If you didn’t, the better. If you’re planning to watch the prequel, do it after finishing this sequel. Trust me, it will make more sense and you’ll appreciate the story more.

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The scene’s lighting, if I remember from the visual novel, is quite different. It was much more brighter. But I’m fine with subtle changes; after all this is an adaptation. And I liked the change. It adds more to the dark atmosphere. It fits the aura that Kirei brings when he enters the spotlight. It is important to note that subtle notions in the character conversations here are important. The dialogue here is important to remember. You can be patient in the infodump here; infodumps are the necessary evil to be immersed in and understand this epic story.
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That face though. I actually like how they portrayed Rin here. It emphasizes her character more.
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But what makes this episode great (aside from Rin) is the cliffhanger at the end of the episode. God I hate love cliffhangers! Damn you ufotable for delaying berserker I can’t wait for the fight scene Ilya appears along with Berserker.

WRAP-UP:

Overall, absolutely great episode. Even though it doesn’t feature a battle unlike the first prior two episodes, the great animation, attention to details and conversation already makes up for it. Expect Ilya and Berserker next episode in action. Next episode will be great, and must not be missed.

Late look on episodes 0 and 1 coming up.

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