Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Anime Review: Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

I have possibly found one of the greatest anime of the 2014 Fall: Rage of Bahamut: Genesis.

I don't know anything about the background of this anime, I actually think it was a game at first, but I'm not certain. All I know is from episode one I was hooked.

This is kind of a typical Swords n' Sorcery fantasy type world but the animation, the characters and the swift and exciting plot all make it a very interesting show.

Mistarcia is our magical land, a place filled with demons and gods, magic and beasts and the humans who try to live in between all the crazy. Our main protagonist is Favaro - a Rogue type of character whom, after four episodes, we have just learned a little bit more of his background.

His father was some kind of Robin-hood/bandit king who was charasmatic and ended up betrayed at the hands of one of his own men and a demon and died tragically (and with great amounts of blood, one assumes.)

Favaro is actually really interesting. He's kind of an anti-hero; he's selfish, not serious (mostly) he does what he wants, he spends all his earnings on alcohol and fun times and he's very fast on his feet, and quick in the mind.

He is currently a bounty hunter of the demon beasts that plague human-kind and is on the run from childhood friend turned enemy, Kaisar.

Kaisar is the opposite of Favaro - he came from a rich, noble family of knights that were betrayed by the same demon who killed Favaro's father, both boys having ended up losing both fathers.

Kaisar is then forced into being a bounty hunter to just get by and he blames all his misfortunes on Favaro, thus creating a hilarious I WILL CHASE YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH kind of dynamic between the two.

While Favaro is very smart and quick on his feet, Kaisar is...well, kind of a naive big dumb lug who is very compassionate and tender hearted but seriously, not the sharpest knife in the box.

Our third main character is the mysterious Amira, who appeared quite literally out of thin air.

I, actually, really like her character. She is a magical being, whether or not a Demon or God we don't know. She has a demon-esque form that is insanely powerful but white magic doesn't touch her (in fact, she said it just 'tickled')

She eats like she has a bottomless pit of a stomach and has roped Favaro into being her guide to a place called Helhiem. Actually a drunk Favaro was boasting about having been there (he hasn't) and she overheard him and put him into a magical contract complete with tail. I do like it when she smacks Favaro for being an idiot.

And of course, what would our love triangle be without Kaisar falling head over heels in love with her? Though, to date, so far Favaro doesn't seem to have any romantic inclinations towards her, being for the second episode he was doing his damndest to kill her to get rid of his tail.

There isn't much more to say about the series. It's tight plot, amazing graphics, zombies, demons, fish-people galore and wonderful comedic moments make it well worth watching. So go watch it.

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