Shingeki no Bahamut VIRGIN SOUL‘s latest episode puts the plan to swipe the bracelet in action, though the problems of the previous episode still remain.
The plan is for Nina and Alessand to access the palace through the front door while Favaro enters through the backdoor. Nina will transform, amidst all the chaos Favaro will get the bracelet, and they will make their escape.
Things don’t go according to plan as Nina goes and asks Charioce to a dance. The dance scene itself looks pretty average, and we’re not comparing this to a certain ballroom anime when saying this. It’s extremely lacking in many ways.
Following the dance, Charioce and Nina have some alone time where the king tells Nina that she should stay away from him and that they will never see each other again. It’s as obvious as it gets that Charioce is just pushing Nina away, though his reasons for doing this aren’t clear.
It could be he knows his fate for using the bracelet and that weapon is that he won’t be able to see anything, let alone her, and doesn’t want Nina with such a person. Or he may feel guilty for whatever he’s done, but still can’t back down and believes Nina shouldn’t be with such a terrible man. It could also be that Charioce doesn’t want Nina to get involved with his affairs anymore, though that wouldn’t make much sense since he obviously knows which group Nina is affiliated with.
When Favaro comes for his part of the mission, Nina stands in his way, preventing him from shooting Charioce for the bracelet. The two end up having to run away but soon get caught by the Onyx Soldiers, at which point the episode ends. Nina will have to go dragon if she wants to save Favaro and Kaiser along with herself.
Meanwhile, Gabriel is in depression over Sofiel ditching her. Sofiel and Jeanne are searching through town for El, and end up running into Azazel who’s walking towards the slums with El.
It is nice to see Favaro acting like an adult here. He cares for Nina and gave her some advice last week, tried to tell her how bad Charioce is, and this time around he gets mad at Charioce for making Nina sad.
The problem which started to appear last episode regarding the romance aspect came up again here. Last week we didn’t have enough focus on the show’s story, so the romance felt like it was getting all the attention. But this week, even though we have the characters making their move towards getting the bracelet, the focus was still on the romance.
We don’t mind Charioce and Nina’s relationship, but romance isn’t exactly what made Shingeki no Bahamut exciting. When comparing this season to its prequel, the reasons for this problem become clear. Apart from having a teenage girl as the protagonist, VIRGIN SOUL got a little too ambitious and decided to stuff a lot of things into its two cours. Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis lasted only one season so the focus stayed on the plot regarding Bahamut and the romance became secondary. It was steadily paced. With this sequel, there are more episodes so things tend to drag at times, and with an adolescent protagonist, the romance pushes back the actual story.
There are a lot of potentially interesting things in this post-Bahamut world, but we would only get those things if they took some time off from the lovey-dovey parts and got serious instead. Shingeki no Bahamut was all about the action and adventure, not about a girl’s first love; the only action we got in these past few episodes was Favaro punching Charioce (one punch only)!
The episode is a step forward from last week’s, since they actually progressed the plot, but overall, things aren’t as good as they should have been due to all that time spent on the romantic front. We hope to see some action next week as Nina and the two others are surrounded by the Onyx Soldiers. Give us some action already!
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