The first episode of Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul has aired and just like its prequel, it looks to be an exciting adventure.
This season takes place ten years after Bahamut was put down by our afro man Favaro. Humans are now the master race, and they carry out attacks on the angels and their sanctuaries. Humans are arrogant beings here and they have the technology to put down any and every opposition. The new king is Charioce XVII who is the reason the nation has flourished in these past ten years (what happened to Charioces XIV through to XVI in these ten years is unknown). He is also the one responsible for the attacks on the gods and the enslavement of the demons. The once feared demons are now slaves or serve as entertainment for the far superior human beings, while the gods can do nothing to protect their sanctuaries against the ones who are supposed to be praising them.
The main character is Nina, a bright, super genki girl who is in the capital city to make some cash so that she and her mother can live in peace after their village was destroyed by Bahamut and remained a wreckage even after Charioce XVII took over. She is most certainly not on the same level of “fun” as the afro hero was, but she’s pretty good in her own way.
We still have Kaiser who is now working for this new king and is ranked pretty highly. He is given the task of trying to capture the “Rag Demon,” a demon who roams around as the hero of his captured brothers and frees them from the oppressive humans. This Rag Demon is most likely none other than Azazel, the prequel’s most oft-seen demon, who is possibly working with another demon named Moguro.
The episode shows how Nina winds up getting involved in this issue despite not being aware of it before. She hangs around with the alcohol loving god, Bacchus and his talking duck, much like how Favaro used to. It’s like they’re trying to push forward Nina as a replacement for Favaro; but she can’t possibly take the place of that guy. Also, Favaro still lives and it’s not like he won’t be a part of this story; he shows up in the promotional visuals too, so he’s going to be here sooner or later.
Nina has some serious muscle power as she’s always helping out with the physically demanding stuff, even though she claims to be a bounty hunter. There is one thing which may feel off about her at first: she tends to start heating up whenever she comes close to a handsome hunk. This may seem strange, but it turns out to be a very important point about her. In this episode she comes into contact with three good-looking men: the guy working on the mural, Kaiser, and Azazel. She manages to control herself in front of two of them except for Azazel since there was no escaping that time. And what happens when she is unable to control herself? She turns into a big red dragon (which surprisingly isn’t a CGI one).
While Nina was chasing Azazel, she got her whip tangled in a shop’s sign and while trying to retrieve it, she ended up whacking Kaiser in the head. This prompts the other soldiers to start chasing her as a suspected ally of the Rag Demon. Azazel mistakes the soldiers attacking her as the soldiers attacking Moguro and he goes to save his comrade but ends up rescuing Nina. The girl ends up being unable to control her sexual desires and she turns into a dragon and starts laying waste to the attacking soldiers. No one expected this outcome–probably not even Nina herself–which is why Kaiser had no other option but to retreat. And after Nina regains consciousness, she finds the zombie loli, Rita, in front of her.
Just like the prequel, this season’s debut also has some excitement and some cool sakuga moments. There was some heavy CGI use here, though at times it didn’t stand out that much. Dragon Nina wasn’t CGI which was commendable, and the scene of her destroying everything was probably best piece of animation in this episode. Apart from that, all scenes having Azazel wrecking some havoc were pretty neat.
This first episode has offered plenty of visual stimulation. Here are the best moments:
The episode’s big mystery is Nina since she turned into a fire-breathing dragon. Azazel rebelling against the cruel humans is probably just the start of a possible full-on rebellion. And we also have the gods whose wrath the humans have earned already. There’s also this animosity some soldiers, Kaiser possibly being one of them, hold towards the seventeenth Charioce.
There are a lot of things going on here and we’re pretty intrigued by all of it. This was a fine episode and we’re looking forward to more excitement, both in story and animation.
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