Review: Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis
Intro: With the new winter season that had come out, I was excited to see some long awaited sequels (Durarara Season 2) and recent sequels that are already being released(Tokyo Ghoul). With any season though, you have to set foot in new territorial ground, and for this I pick
Mistarcia, a magical world where humans,gods, and demons coexist in a single realm, thriving with civilization. Years ago, a Black-and-Silver winged Dragon named Bahamut wreaked havoc on the world, leaving it threatened to be destroyed. The humans,gods,and demons all joined forces to seal the destructive beast, creating a key that was split into 2 seals that can release the beast. Two thousand years later, the world is once again threatened when a mysterious person stole half of the seals of the key that foreshadows Bahamut's reawakening.
Characters and The Voices:
Favaro: He is a bounty hunter who knows no bounds, free spirited, and loves a good night at the local pub. His signature afro makes him unique the series and an enjoyable character. Voiced by Yoshino Hiroyuki who is also Debito from Arcana Famiglia, Allelujah from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Briefers from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Kaisar: He is an uptight man who lives with the knight's code, being noble and courageous as he is. Voiced by Go Inoue who is also Spain from Hetalia and Satoshi Tsuchida from Kuroko no Basket.
Amira: She is a child-like women who has a hefty appetite when it comes to food. Amira is also part demon and possesses powerful powers from being one.
The animation is done by MAPPA, an animation company that I am quite the fan. Some of their works are Zankyou no Terror, Kids on the Slope, Hajime no Ippo: Rising, and Garo: Honoo no Kokuin. Their animation and character design, as usual, are unique looking and fantastical. Value of this is comparable to Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works and the quality shows from it. Clean,fluid, and stunning.
The opening is metal, head banging, fast paced and intense, making it exciting to watch it if you like that kind of genre. But regardless, the opening is intense that sets up the show's adventure well.The rest of the soundtrack, as the anime is set is set in a fantasy world after all, has the usual epic choir to accompany the atmosphere, especially when there is a fight, just perfect. The music is conducted by Yoshihiro Ike who also has done music for Ergo Proxy, Kuroko no Basket and Tiger and Bunny. The music was handled well
Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis is a good highlight of the winter season. It's fun, intense, epic and adventurous for an anime that is based on a card game which is very pleasing. The show doesn't try to over complicates itself to be deep and goes along with the story's flow and executes itself well. Since it doesn't make itself complicate, there are no messy parts in the story. Along with the interesting character designs (Particularly how MAPPA decided to emphasize the lips on the characters to show more humanistic features to them) and cutting edge animation. Favaro is the only one who gets a good dynamic in the show, every one else just joins him on the ride, so nothing too interesting. The anime is great, but of course there are things they could've have done to make it more interesting just as much as it was fun and perhaps a better characterization for those other than Favaro. Regardless, I encourage anyone reading this to watch it.