Alternative title(s): Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul; 2 FAVAROOOOO 2 Furious
Mobile Game Adaptation by MAPPA
Streaming on (sigh) Anime Strike
Ten years after the world’s destruction at the hands of Bahamut was narrowly averted, the humans seem to be getting a bit big for their britches, hunting down gods and demons alike.
Iro’s verdict: FAVAROOOOOOOO
Er, I guess our favorite orange afro rogue wasn’t in this episode… but, well. Yknow. Genesis was one of my favorite shows in recent memory, and I’ve been looking forward to Virgin Soul for literal years now, so I’m glad to report that I enjoyed this a whole lot. It strikes a surprisingly solid balance between including members of the old cast and introducing a new main character, without either side feeling overbearing. On the other hand, it seems this season is going for a more serialized plot, which is where season 1 sort of stumbled. Bahamut was at its best with crazy swashbuckling action, and I hope this will recapture that while still having a main story I can get invested in. I guess we’ll see, but I’ve got high hopes.
Jel’s verdict: Comin’ In Hot
This episode totally met my high expectations and probably even exceeded them to a certain extent. The known quantities like the grand scale of the battles, cinematic presentation, and re-introduction of some of the previous cast are all there. It’s the new elements that I was really impressed with. My biggest concern was our new main character Nina, who seemed like a bit of a boy crazy airhead in the preview trailers. She is still a boy crazy airhead, but as soon as you realize how “unique” she is, to keep things spoiler free, I’m totally on board with her. I’m also finding the overall story to be interesting with the big threat of Bahamut supposedly gone and the humans letting it go to their head. It makes for a fresh context on a great setting, and I’m looking forward to see how that sets up our next big adventure.
Really my only complaint is the episode went by too fast, I would have loved to have a double length to start us off. It seems like that would have been appropriate for a series that looks and feels like a movie. But hey, if you leave your audience wanting more that means your show must be good, right?