Finally, we’re going to leave Anatae. Part of Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis‘s charm is seeing and learning about this fantasy world that the angels and demons are so desperately fighting over. Sure, I liked last week’s episode, but being stuck in Anatae hasn’t really been much fun. Thankfully, our heroes have a new quest. Actually, it’s not really new, but they do have a new direction: help Amira find her mother not in Helhelm but Prusidia instead. Unfortunately, they had a hard enough time just trying to get to Helheim. On the other hand, neither Favaro nor Rita had heard of Prudisia until now, so how are our heroes going to pull this off? In fact, I’m rather disappointed to see that we’re just four weeks away from the show’s finale. It seems like there’s so much still to see and learn about this world. The scope of the story feels so large, and yet, we only get a single cour to hear this story. In fact, can Amira really find and reunite with her mother in just four episodes? Or will things end on a cliffhanger as a potential sequel looms on the horizon? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Well, there isn’t any particular subject that I want to discuss in great depth this week, so I’ll just blog this episode with a bunch of small notes and observations.
— So just seeing a very simplified representation of Bahamut is enough to make Amira scream and pass out. There are still so many questions to answer.
— What does Gabriel do? I suppose humans aren’t suppose to comprehend what the gods do with their spare time, but seeing Gabriel pop in out of nowhere just to butt into a conversation, I can’t help but wonder what Gabriel has been doing this entire time. Also, the angel seems deadset against letting the humans win the day. If there’s a traitor on the demon’s side, I wonder if the gods will have an antagonist of their own to contend with.
— It’s always funny to me when fictional kings are deeply offended if someone turns down a generous reward. I guess I just don’t see what there is to be mad about. Oh, you don’t want bountiful land? Okay, no sweat off my back. Nevertheless, we’ve come to somehow expect this sort of behavior whenever we read or see a story about any member of a royal family or even just the aristocracy.
— In Amira’s memories, a demon told her to go to Helhelm. He isn’t a demon that we recognize, though. I wonder if he is perhaps her real father (I never once bought into the idea that Lavalley was her father). In any case, he must be the “mastermind” that the angels speak of?
— Kaisar can be so silly at times. He doesn’t think Lavalley can be a demon because the man once said inspiring words to him! Basically, if you’re good, you can’t be a demon. So what does he make of Amira, then?
— Was it really necessary to gather all these people in the courtyard just to have them watch Favaro and Kaisar be knighted?
— So what about Rita? Does she get anything? I don’t like her character, but I mean, she did help… in her own ways.
— A weapon that can even slay a god, huh? That’s a lot of trust to put on any person. Plus, where does that leave the Maltet now that Jeanne has a fancy new sword?
— I’ve been saying all along that this king is an asshole, and it looks like my suspicions have just been confirmed. It’s just hilarious when I think back to all those people trying to defend the king’s actions. Yes, a man totally deserved to die just because he was ambushed and thus lost a very important artifact. Uh-huh.
— Coy Amira who looks away from Lavalley just makes me want to roll my eyes. Bring the old Amira back, man.
— We briefly see that Azazel had survived the previous battle, but Beelzebub shows up anyway to finish the demon off. This is anime, however, so you can never be too sure if anyone is actually dead, especially if they’re a demon. But there are so many characters with so many ulterior motives. All that we learn is that Beelzebub intends to betray Lucifer, but nothing more.
— Is this Snow White now? But not surprisingly enough, King Charioce has now fallen under evil influences — as if he wasn’t deplorable enough — and he’ll likely betray Jeanne in a later episode. Maybe even try to burn her at the stake.
— “The war gods have been wiped out?” Who are the war gods?
— And elsewhere, we finally meet Lucifer… and he is one shiny mofo.
— As expected, Amira is half angel and half demon. Not only that, her growth has been sped up, and this explains why she’s so childlike. We thus have a bit of a reversal. She’s not a young girl who has an old soul. Rather, she’s a grown woman who has a young soul. So hands off, pedos.
— But how come only Lavalley knows this — and he thus recognizes Amira — and no one else? Surely, this is important information that other important people should know. Like Jeanne, for instance.
— We also have to worry whether or not we can really trust this guy. My inclination is to say that he isn’t lying, but you never know. Again, it’s a bit odd that he knows so much, and yet, no one else seems to know anything.
— Kinda looks like the Death Star. But apparently, the pendants in both Amira and Lavalley’s possessions can help them pinpoint the location of the girl’s mother. Is she in Helheim? No. Rather, she’s in, uh, Prudisia, the Valley of Demons.
— But we still have plenty of questions. Who’s her father? And if she’s really the daughter of an angel and a demon, then what’s her connection to Bahamut? And c’mon, can our heroes really leave Kaisar and Rita behind?