Shingeki no Bahamut VIRGIN SOUL is back after a two week break, though it’s not as strong as it was before.
Getting to the downs first, the show has lost some of its polish. The very neat Shingeki no Bahamut which existed in the first cour is no more: there are instances of off model characters here and there (which is a similar problem being seen in Shoukoku no Altair after its break; is MAPPA having production issues?). Previously things were very good looking, but now it look like they’re falling appart. Three shows in one season with more coming next season is probably too much for MAPPA to handle.
Moving on, Favaro did follow Nina around and he did get to see her having fun with Charioce and flying off into the night sky as a dragon. But nothing of particular interest comes out of this because Favaro decides to keep this information to himself rather than share it with Rita or anyone else. The only thing we get is Favaro giving Nina some life lessons on how much she should think before making any decision.
One thing we see here is that when Nina reveals that she can turn into a dragon at will, it angers Azazel. Because of Nina being unable to transform, Azazel and his demon comrades suffered a lot. And now Nina can turn into a dragon when it’s too late to do anything. Mugaro also apologizes to Azazel for being unable to help him after seeing him depressed over the death of his comrades as he goes to the places where they died.
The show is (very) slowly moving forward. It’s still in the set up stage, which is going a little too slow. This episode has only one event to move the story forward: Kaiser going to Alessand to ask for his help to get into the royal ball taking place in a few days’ time. The rest of the episode is all about Nina being giddy over her relationship with Charioce.
The Onyx Soldiers’ commander tells Charioce that they spotted the red dragon flying around at night, which is dismissed by the king as a lie. No real progression here either.
There’s focus on Alessand, and we’re not sure why. They’re showing him and his anger over how Kaiser just up and went against the king on his own and left the Orlean Knights in bad shape. He probably represents the anger most of the Orlean Knights have regarding their state. They’ve fallen from glory and have been basically replaced by the Onyx Soldiers.
Alessand should have some more important role than just giving Kaiser a ticket to the ball, since he’s getting all this focus. But we’re not really sure what more he’ll be useful for later on. Can he play a role in making the Orlean Knights stand up against the Onyx Soldiers to regain their status or whatever? We’re not sure, and we’d rather not expect too much, either.
Nothing else of interest happened here. We didn’t get any updates on Jeanne D’Arc and Sofiel, no real focus on Charioce; they basically set up things for the infiltration of the palace to swipe Charioce’s bracelet. There were these people who were chasing El before he escaped with Azazel, who are presumably Charioce’s men, but we don’t get much information on them.
Because of being too slow, Shingeki no Bahamut VIRGIN SOUL is slowly losing our interest. The romance aspect was nice but now feels like it’s taking away from the focus on the plot, which is our biggest concern. Things were interesting when they went all out with the action, and with that excitement now missing, things have gotten slightly boring. We’re not getting our hopes up for the next episode. They might end up wasting most of it like with this one.
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