Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis – 01

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Shingeki no Bahamut’s first episode was a breathless and unrelenting assault on the senses…in a good way! From a beam- and explosion-packed prologue to a highly-caffeinated chase through a Renaissance-era town, this show doesn’t let up for more than a few moments before it springs back into action.

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Mind you, I’m still processing everything that happened, but basically, Favaro Leone is a maverick bounty hunter who does what he wants when he wants it, and somehow because of him the wealthy Kaisar Lidfort has also become a bounty hunter. Favaro tracks down his target, Garth, then celebrates at the bar, where he boasts of heading to Helheim soon. A mysterious but beautiful woman overhears this.

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She asks him to lead her to Helheim, and he agrees, in exchange for a kiss. Before that kiss can happen, Garth’s brother Ghos shows up, summoning an even bigger beast than his brother to batle Favaro. The pink-haired lady steps in and transforms into a monstrously-powerful demon woman who takes care of the summon as Favaro kills Ghos, another bounty for his godlike patron Bacchus.

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The woman reverts to her human form and give Favaro the kiss he desires, and he passes out, entering a dream world of crumbling earth and ferocious Bahamuts. When he wakes up the next morning he has a demon tail, which is an unusual, frightening thing even in this world—and there’s no doubt the woman is responsible.

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It’s one hell of a loud, boisterous, and elaborate opening salvo for Shingeki no Bahamut. It’s great to hear the always-hilarious Yoshino Hiroyuki (Bossun, Sket Dance; Meow, Space Dandy) voicing a lead role, and the brash swashbuckling rogue Favaro is a perfect role for him. The setting is lush in detail; the action frenetic, and the pace is fantastically brisk. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on, but I like it.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis – 01”

  1. okay! This is why, more than anything, I would probably drop Vanadis! (and not bother with Chaika) Tip top animation, fun, interesting, sexy and a character of color (which yes, can go very very badly) but MAN! that was a treat!

  2. Initially, I was really disappointed. The first battle scene (and a few subsequent ones) featuring Bahamut was too dark! I could hardly see anything. I couldn’t tell which were the good guys and which were the bad. Suddenly there were spells thrown about. A giant seemed to emerge from the sky, but I couldn’t tell if it was the personification of a spell or not. After that, it was the introduction of Favaro and Kaisar. I really dislike Favaro’s character design. Even now, I wish it was Kaisar instead of Favaro being the hero, only because I get pretty annoyed with Favaro’s ridiculously goofy hair every time he appears on screen

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