It’s like an anime’s version of Yoshi’s Island. But as expected, Favaro and Rita go on a rescue mission to save both Amira and Kaisar. To enlist Bacchus’s help, Favaro even gets rid of his special armlet. As a result, he’s no longer a bounty hunter. According to Bacchus, this makes him a simple outlaw, so you could say that our protagonist has made quite a sacrifice. After what we saw last week, however, this is just the right course of action for our hero. He can’t run away from his father’s legacy forever. This is Favaro’s chance to mature, and he’s seizing the opportunity to earn his own heart of gold. Nevertheless, you don’t expect two people — a former bounty hunter and a zombie necromancer — to have too much luck in a floating castle full of powerful demons, but that’s where those handy Orleans Knights come in. Y’see, everyone wants a piece of Amira, so somehow, the Orleans Knights have been lying in wait, ready to ambush Azazel in order to retrieve Amira for themselves. Still, how did they find out about Amira’s whereabouts so quickly? What sort of recon does that guy have? Is there perhaps a traitor amongst the demon ranks?
I’m sure Kaisar is a good guy overall, but his penchant for white-knighting Amira and pinning all the blame on Favaro is really goddamn annoying. Yeah, his flaw is that he’s a simple-minded fool. And sure, this is a common characterization for the knight-in-shining-armor archetype. There’s a reason why “white-knighting” is a thing, after all. Nevertheless, it really, really gets on my nerve when any character pathetically defends a female character to ends of the earth simply because she’s a pretty girl. And truly, that’s all it is. Kaisar knows nothing about Amira, and he’s only had one interaction with her. As a result, he simply defends her because she’s a pretty girl. That’s the lowest of the low, man. I can at least understand defending your wife at all costs, but just a pretty girl? See, the thing is, I don’t even mind the fact that he has a vendetta against Favaro. We know all about the bad blood between them, and while I still think his hate for our protagonist is misplaced, I’m sure these two former friends will settle their differences eventually. His motivations for defending Amira, however, are pathetic as they currently stand. He’s just a white knight.
Speaking of motivations, it’s quite evident that Rita is sticking around for the long haul. As a result, what are her motivations? What makes our zombie necromancer do everything that she can to save both Kaisar and Amira? I actually don’t care too much that she followed Kaisar in the first place. After all, simply following someone is easy enough. When that same someone gets kidnapped by Azazel, however — and Azazel just happens to be Lucifer’s second-in-command — you actually have to put in quite a bit of effort to keep “following” that someone. So why does Rita do it? What are her motivations? It would be nice to see future episodes delve into her character. After all, she’s spent the last two hundred years sitting one place, watching her zombie family feast on innocent travelers. As a result, you can’t just say, “Oh, she’s a good person who wants to save them!” On the flip side, people wonder about Favaro’s motivations too, but y’see, I do think he is a good guy. His father was a thief, but a thief with a golden heart. As such, Favaro had the right role model to look up to. And at the end of the day, Kaisar is still a former friend. Therefore, I don’t think it’s a stretch that Favaor would try and save him.
On a side note, I like the show too, but I think it’s silly when people argue that the anime outdoes Hollywood blockbusters, especially when it clearly imitates them to such a fine degree. And as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. When I watched the first episode, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching some anime version of Pirates of the Caribbean. That’s not to say that this is all the anime does. As expected, Shingeki no Bahamut does add its own flair to the blockbuster elements it has borrowed. All I’m saying is that if you enjoy this show, you should enjoy those same films you seem to want to denigrate as a way to sing your praises. But I know how it is. Anime appeals to anime fans, so it’s easier to have a higher opinion of Shingeki no Bahamut. But at the end of the day, there’s no reason to denigrate one medium when the show you like is literally in love with that same medium. In fact, if you enjoy the show this much, perhaps it’s worth taking a second look at those Hollywood blockbusters with an open mindset, and understand why MAPPA likes those films enough to imitate them. Doing it any other way just doesn’t make much sense to me.
Anyway, that was a pretty fun episode overall. The only thing that bothered me was, again, Kaisar’s simple-minded need to defend Amira at all costs. But besides that, we’ve survived five weeks and have gotten to watch five strong episodes. It’s probably safe to say Shingeki no Bahamut won’t be letting up any time soon.