Rage of Bahamut: Genesis Season 2
Shingeki no Bahamut was exactly what i wanted it to be. An epic battle fantasy anime with good characters and a unique universe that blended everything together. And DRAGONS, beautifully animated hardcore DAMN DRAGONS! Most shows with dragons in it makes their dragons look like shitty play-doh statues but this show did i right. All you need to do is see the first scene of the show and you’ll know what I’m talking about. If there are any gamers reading this, imagine the game Darksiders mixed with the opening cinematic trailer of Final Fantasy XIV and that is basically Shingeki no Bahamut in a nutshell, epic.
The world of Mistarcia has been tormented in the past by an apocalyptic threat, in the form of the colossal dragon Bahamut; however, after sealing its power and splitting the key in two, distributing it between the gods and demons, a long era of peace was then obtained. Of course, a fantasy story about an era of peace probably isn’t much fun to witness, and so our half-demon protagonist, Amira, steals the god’s portion of the key, placing the world on the brink of danger once more (to their anguish and our pleasure). Shortly after, she joins together with Favaro, an obnoxious bounty hunter, thinking that he was her ticket to Helheim, where her mother apparently resided. Based off of Cygames’s mobile card game, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis puts its source, as a foundation, to good use, and although it plays it relatively safe, it manages to sew together a sizable and thoroughly enjoyable fantasy story.
This series is clearly focused on delivering things on a large scale, rather than capitalizing on its smaller intricacies. We’re introduced to a familiar fantasy universe: mythical and historical references, fallen angels, colossal titans, dragons, doppelgangers, and others are all fair game. And while it’s almost a foolproof setting to deliver an epic fantasyexperience, this series rarely spends any time on exhibiting its world or developing its rich lore; its length is short, and instead, it coalesces these various elements to weave together an entertaining tale.
Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, at first glance, may seem like a mere attention magnet for Cygames’s card game that it’s capitalized upon, but it’d be worthwhile to give this series the benefit of the doubt; to call it an impressive effort would be undercutting it. What’s here is a highly entertaining fantasy experience, and whereas its plot, characters and setting may come off as standard fare, this is mitigated by the sheer spectacle of their amalgamation. I hope there will be a season 2 for this game-adapted anime. This series doesn’t aim to reinvent the wheel, but I’m not so sure that matters – because this is a damn good wheel. =)