Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis Ep. 5: Strange bedfellows

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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.

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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.

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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.

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13 thoughts on “Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis Ep. 5: Strange bedfellows”

  1. And this is only S-N-Bahamut GENESIS, so I’m assuming this is going to have 2 seasons, and Bahamut is going to awaken or whatever. Although if you want to compare this to any movies, for some reason this show reminds of princess bride: “My name is Inogi Kaisar, you killed my father, prepare to die”

  2. Oh and I thought Rita was following them because she was lonely? I mean she’s got no where to go and I don’t think any one is going to take in a Zombie-necromancer-person. . .complete with detachable limbs. It works for me given some though, I mean what else would she do if she didn’t follow them? Might as well just go on an adventure.

    1. Like I said in the post above, going into a demon’s stronghold requires a better motivation than just “I’m lonely.”

      1. heh, well I’m TRYING here! that’s the only thing I could think up that and she has no where else to go, nothing else to do. Although I feel that any motivation they’d give her would make it worse. . . it would make this anime be too “anime.” Anyway, I’m kinda thinking that the bounty hunter Boss really is “God” since he keeps saying it. . .but that’s probably a red herring (hopefully)

        1. Simple: She likes Kaisar, and doesn’t want to see him tortured to death by demons.

          Rita’d been stagnant for centuries, and Kaisar shows up, shakes her out of her funk, so why not hang around him for a while?

  3. I never really get why most anime fans feel allergic to mention movies to begin with. Anime isn’t exactly what I’d call an enclosed medium, plus the are plenty of anime that are in of themselves, movies. Although I do know one or two anime fans who are fed up with “Hollywood’s bullshit”, so…

    It’s probably safe to say Shingeki no Bahamut won’t be letting up any time soon

    You jinxed it. Nooooooooo!

    1. If anyone is fed up with Hollywood’s bullshit, they need to watch “The Blacklist”(first season) and maybe even “Gone Girl” that’s some good stuff right there.

    2. Yup. Now the next one will be the “beach episode” where we’ll get to see all the girls half naked and Favaro & Kaisar duking it out in speedos.

  4. Kaisar sees the world in a white and black perspective even when everything is telling him otherwise he can’t accept it, he is pure justice and Favaro is pure evil, he is kinda shallow.
    – This little girl can’t be a cruel necromancer, she has a caring family like I used to have, besides just look how small she is.
    – A cute young lady following that treacherous of Favaro, she must’ve been forced by him, there is no way she is doing it by herself, is my duty to save her as a former knight.
    He can’t comprehend that there could be more than meets the eye.

  5. I actually like Kaiser, unlike Shizuku from Code Geas. The cumulative effect of so far of each inconclusive confrontation is that his animosity to Robin Hood has built a little more. By this episode Kaiser’s animosity had risen to the point that he has already let himself be blinded by chivalrous rage, willing to forget about survival for a chance at revenge. The necromancer literally had to knock some sense into Kaiser, but thankfully, he isn’t so far gone that it’s not impossible for girls to knock some sense into him. He might be an idiot, but he can be reasoned with, and that makes him redeemable.

    I have no problem with liking simpletons, as long as they are not the main character. Thankfully, Naruto/Goku is not the main character this time. On the other hand I already expect Jean of Arc to be an unlikeable simpleton worse than Saber, just from the glimpses we’ve seen of her giving orders to knights which portray her as a 2-dimensional knight of justice.

    I did think this episode was a little weaker because less time was spent on justifying their motivations than in earlier ones, which made it less convincing.

  6. On Rita’s motivation for the rescue, I think more loneliness she doesn’t have anything to lose besides Kaisar by not doing it. After all, her family is along with anyone she known is long dead, and she has already faced death by diving into the dark magic (and payed for it), so death itself is meaningless to her. Kaisar is the only person Rita has any attachment and affection for now for the first time in 2 centuries especially since he spared her life despite what she had become. It proves he one of the extreme few who can accept her as she which is pretty impressive for what suppose to be a straight laced-guy. So for someone in her situation it’s a relationship precious enough that it’s worth braving any risks, and not mention she owns him a debt on a personal level. It only fitting that she returns that much at least.

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