Reminder: I post more about fashion/outfits on this blog, but I am first and foremost an otaku. I love my anime shows and manga. Maybe I should change the format of the blog to magazine so people can choose what categories to read? I’m not sure since I really don’t post too much about anime/manga here, except when I’m really invested in a show.
I was planning on waiting until the end of the series to write up thoughts on Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul, but episode 18 got me all fired up again.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t think that I can forgive Nina for choosing a genocidal sadboy over Hot Goth Angel Dad.” – ANN
Exactly. I actually laughed, clapped, and scared the cats because I reacted so physically to that comment. It seems that reviewer and I are generally on the same page with how the show is going. I actually think I’m a bit harsher on Nina than she is though.
Episode 18 changed focus to the whole team, rotating scenes to get viewers caught up on what they are doing to plot against the genocidal sadboy. It was a good episode because it didn’t focus on the weaksauce lovebird duo. Two of the best characters in the series got some time on screen, and yes, my favorite – Azazel – was one of them. When I ranted that the cast aside from Charioce x Nina were the ones pulling the plot together – this episode proved my point. Kaisar went undercover (I freaking loved the drag queen makeup on him) in the hostess club to recruit his fellow Orleans Knights and bring those two doorstops into the plot. Meanwhile Bacchus, surprisingly, was gaining intel in the city while dressed as a joker (his dancing was also a laugh out loud highlight considering we’re used to seeing him lounging around drunk). Hamsa was also working by scouting the hand-puppet death star and although Rita’s input wasn’t explicitly stated one can always assume she’s on top of things. Rita mocked Azazel, Favaro, and Nina for doing nothing the whole day, which I don’t think is entirely true. Sure Nina was on a date with the King everyone is trying to defeat, but Favaro…. I’ll place bets he was busy doing something that none of the others were privy to.
Azazel took a much needed personal care day to reflect on his actions. Nina and Mugaro both apologized to him for not being able to help him more when he needed it the most – when his demon friends were killed by the Onyx Knights in episode 8. I think the show is trying to show his redemption more with this episode and how he’s actually changed. He’s understood that the death of his friends was ultimately his own fault. His ego got in the way and he assumed he had all the cards he needed to play when he wanted and then got his ass handed to him. That’s clearly been a bitter pill for him to swallow as shown in this episode where he visits the sites where his friends died. He’s also not letting his anger get the better of him. When Mugaro was singled out by some Orleans Knights and went chasing after him, Azazel swoops in and saves the kid. Granted, Mugaro really is blameless for the death of the demons, but his apology and Azazel’s reaction he has nothing to be sorry for shows how level headed the Hot Goth Angel Dad has become over the series. The fact that Azazel says, “you’re apologizing to me too?” shows he’s acknowledged Nina’s apology from earlier – even if he was totally tsundere about it – and knows the apologies won’t take away his own feelings of responsibility. Hell, even after Nina brazenly shows off her ability to turn into a dragon at-will Azazel still doesn’t yell at her. He’s shocked and upset but just asks, “Why now?” He then walks away with tears in his eyes and sure a good part of that might be anger towards her, but it’s also anger at himself. He’s still ultimately to blame for Dante and
Succubus’s Belphegor’s deaths. [I forgot lady demon’s name there and had to look it up.]
And here’s where I bitch about how stupid Nina is again. If she wasn’t so obliviously stupid I’d say she’s almost deliberately throwing salt on the wounds of all her friends trying to save the world while she’s gallivanting off with the King who’s responsible for it’s impending death! When she shows off her dragon ability I really wanted to see all the other characters bitch-slap her. Again, she’s clearly not turned into The Protagonist of the show and at this point I’m wondering if the show will even do anything to make her more active on that front at all. Do they really intend to use her dragon powers at the 11th hour to make her role in all this worthwhile? Will she continue her role as Side Character B who indirectly bumbles in and out of the plot in ways that mildly inch it along to the very end? Or will the show even give us Charioce’s reasons (with pained expression) also at the very end to make us all think: Oh he really was a Mr. Darcy type who sacrificed so much! BULLSHIT.
I’m glad at least the show gave us Favaro calling Nina out on her romance. His near fatherly advice to her thinking long and hard about what she should do next might be an indicator the show is aware of how stupid the romance is, but it could also be a red herring just to throw the viewers off. Also, a nod to Amira from Genesis shows the writers are capable of putting their thinking hats on with these characters, so why hasn’t Nina grown any more other than this stupid puppy love and being able to transform into a dragon? I’m so conflicted as to whether or not they really are playing around with the viewers or not. They’ve done such an amazing job with Kaisar, Azazel, Jeanne, Favaro, and hell even Bacchus and Hamsa! So why are the newbies (Nina and Charioce) being such late bloomers? At this point I honestly don’t give a rat’s ass what happens to either of them. I just want Azazel to be redeemed, Kaisar to have his dignity/prestige as an Orleans Knight restored, Rita to continue being amazingly awesome at helping everyone else (and maybe get a proper date with Kaisar), Jeanne and Mugaro to be able to have a normal family life, Hamsa and Bacchus to do whatever the hell it is they want to do (probably just drink and hang out again – maybe be able to visit heaven whenever they want) and fuck all with the rest of them.
Damnit this show riles me up! This was another mostly good episode that has mildly restored my faith – although not too much because I’m waiting to have the carpet pulled out from under me emotionally again.