First Impressions – Zettai Bouei Leviathan

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Dragon Girls, Sparkly Fairies, and Comedy

 

spring13-highwBecause I’ll seemingly watch anything, sometimes I end up watching stuff that seems really outside of my ‘usual’ sphere of things. One of those things is this show about three young dragon girls: Zettai Bouei Leviathan. It’s been three episodes, so even though it’s a little late, let’s have some impressions of this series!

Who is this show for?

Their scales are pretty cute

Dragon Girls in their underwear (L-R Jormungand, Leviathan, Syrop, and Bahamut in mud)…

This is a tough question to answer. Zettai Bouei Leviathan is the story of three dragon girls: Leviathan, Jormungand, and Bahamut. Sporting abilities to match their namesakes, these three girls who don’t know each other are brought together by circumstances to… well they’re not really doing much yet. The ads for the show talked about a defense force for their planet of Aquafall, in order to repel some invaders from space. And there is something like that being put together. By a fairy. A sparkly fairy who can eat forever. Voiced by HanaKana. Named Syrop. Based on all that, you’d think “Well, sure, this is for kids.” But it airs at 11:30 PM in Japan. And there are quite a few jokes that maybe kids wouldn’t get and also some fanservice as Jormungand and Leviathan frequently are reduced to being in their ‘scales’, which is the equivalent of being in their underwear. So it’s not for kids, is it?

Mixed bag of Production?

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Terrible looking dragon and bugs, but that’s not the whole story

The production of the show is really not that great. The animation is simple, the CG is pretty rudimentary and obviously CG. The backgrounds are adequate. Produced by Gonzo, this show is not going to blow anyone away with its technical prowess. It’s got some good seiyuu, tho, with Kitamura Eri, Taketatsu Ayana, and Hayami Saori joining Hanazawa Kana as the four main characters. And they do an adequate job, but they don’t have a whole heck of a lot to work with, as the dialog’s pretty simple. But their timing is really good, as I talk about below. I really like the OP and ED songs for the show, tho, with the OP Hajimari no Resolution (by Yuki Kanno) featuring a driving rock sound and the ED Truly (by PASSPO☆) being a poppy rock song with a catchy tune and drums that I think sound great.

 So why would you watch this show?

The head wings are cute too

There’s acceptable action, too

For me, simply put, it’s funny. It’s not a comedy laugh riot, and you can see a lot of the laughs coming, but when they get there, you laugh. You laugh at Syrup’s jarring honesty trolling, you laugh at Jormungand’s impulsive terrible decision making, you laugh at the Key Tail Inn getting destroyed AGAIN by Leviathan. You laugh at Bahamut’s tsuntsun-loli-ojou-sama style. The show pulls it off. It’s certainly not a comedic tour-de-force, like YuruYuri or Nyarlko, but the simply crafted jokes work, again and again. I’m pretty much constantly laughing out loud throughout every episode. And that’s something that’s definitely worth the time.

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There’s also Syrop’s bottomless stomach

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With such a typical anime description as Zettai Bouei Leviathan had, I didn’t know what to expect. But the cast pulls off the timing of the jokes very well, and it makes me smile and laugh from start to finish. It’s definitely not going to be a show for everyone. I think it’d be really easy for folks to call it childish, boring, or just too simple. But I’m enjoying it, and I’d recommend folks give it a try. I won’t feel bad if it’s not your cup of Barley Tea, but you might find that you like the amusement.

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56 Responses to “First Impressions – Zettai Bouei Leviathan”

  1. _akagami says:

    Not amazing by any stretch, but I’d probably call it a base hit. With, as you mentioned, such a generic description I really had nothing to go on besides the excellent cast. I’ve been enjoying it for what it seems so far, some light-hearted nonsensical fun.

    • akagami says:

      My fingers have a mind of their own, I can’t seem to properly spell my name. My fingers don’t always obey my mind.

      • Muir says:

        XD how do you get underscore!? That requires both shift and – to be pressed!! ahhaah

        or are you on mobile?

      • BlackBriar says:

        I have off days like that as well when I’m commenting. When you see the big mistake you made, you’re wishing there would be a chance to erase it. And knowing that it’s there permenantly fills you with even more dread.

    • Highway says:

      A “base hit” is a perfect description. It’s successful at what it does, and it seems like it’s not trying to be more than it is. And really, there’s a lot worse to be than a show that when you turn it on, you can be pretty sure you’re going to get 20 minutes of chuckles.

  2. Muir says:

    The first episode was the cutest thing ever *^*

    Where is Skylion for this loli-dragon anime!?!

    Leviathan’s seiyuu cast is outrageous XD HanaKana, Eri Kitamura, Hayami Saori and Ayana omg
    Male version of fabulous-seiyuu group anime would be Ketsugigeta-kun (Ishida Akira (Katsura in Gintama), FukuJun, Kakihara Tetsuya (Natsu in Fairy Tail), Nakamura Yuuichi (Gray in Fairy Tail, Greed in FMA).

    To be technical, Leviathan is basically a sea serpent/monster, Jormungandr is a snake, and Bahamut. Bahamut has always confused me. I’ve looked up Bahamut out of interested numerous times before. Historically, all you’ll get is a GIANT FISH in Arabian mythology ಠ_ಠ And if you search for “Bahamut Dragon” you’ll only find stuff about Bahamut from games like Final Fantasy and crap.
    ^^^
    Through further investigation (recently caught my curiosity again because of this anime) I’ve found out that the dragon version of Bahamut is only from the game “Dungeons & Dragons”. WHICH I FIND EXTREMELY LAMEEEEE, since it’s not something from real mythology or folklore ;A; Anywho though, since this old game is really popular, I guess people mistook it to actually be some ancient dragon-deity with an actual history, and it got spread like that. Bahamut is a fish oAo

    • Highway says:

      Yeah, the seiyuu cast really pulled in the talent. Like I mentioned, they don’t really do a lot, but I’m trying to figure out if, for instance, Hayami Saori’s deadpan is playing the character or not really being interested. Because it’s so consistent, I think it’s playing the character (plus, she’s had other deadpan characters before like Ikaros). And HanaKana is definitely seeming to have fun with the show.

      • Muir says:

        HanaKana’s best role this season has yet to be released =v= she says “Shit!” BEST ROLE THIS YEAR

        • BlackBriar says:

          Wow! That does deserve some recognition. But are you sure it wouldn’t be just the subs translating her speech that way?

    • skylion says:

      I’m right here. Yeah, it’s a base hit. It’s fun. A bit to vanilla syrop for a fantasy world, but them’s the basics, I guess.

      Dungeons and Dragons is not lame. Bite your tongue.

    • akagami says:

      While I never played D&D, I like the settings, read lots of D&D novels (Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance) and really enjoyed them.

      Personally if it’s not Greek or Roman mythology, I really have no interest in them. Especially not Arabic or Chinese. Those are near the bottom of my interest-level.

      And Final Fantasy is awesome ^ ^

      • skylion says:

        Interesting, I’ve always had a very general interest in myth; and I see differing cultures as just different departments; no one is more special than the rest. I even love DC Comics and Marvel Comics “mythology”

        If you like D&D novels, you should check out Ebberon, that is one hella cool setting. Ravenloft was always my favorite, however.

        ::blush:: When it comes to FF, I am such a grognard. Since Six, I’ve only enjoyed Nine.

        • akagami says:

          Hm, I’ve only read Storm Dragon, which was in the Eberron setting and was decent. The second and third in the series I heard were disappointing so I never read them.

          I’ve played 6 and up, I tried going back to 1-5 but the old school graphics were hard to digest. I think I enjoyed the DQ remakes more.

          Actually missed 8, which I heard was decent, so I’ve started to play it, after I recently got my hands on the game.

          • BlackBriar says:

            I heard they’re remastering Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 for PS3 and PS Vita this year. I’m so looking forward to that!

      • BlackBriar says:

        And Final Fantasy is awesome

        I can attest to that. I’ve played Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XII. I’ve even taken shots at the first and second Kingdom Hearts along with Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep. You gotta love Square Enix games.

        • skylion says:

          I became a Tales of…. and an Atlus junkie, but got to busy to play games any more.

          • akagami says:

            I want to play Tales of Symphonia, but I don’t have gamecube. Sort of want to try Abyss since I enjoyed the anime. Have Tales of Graces f in my backlog… and only still on Disgaea 2 (have 3 and 4 sitting here). So many games, no time to play =(

            And why was Xenoblade and Last Story Wii exclusives!?! Booo… my last Nintendo console was n64.

            • skylion says:

              Symphonia, Abyss and Vesperia are my favorites, with Vesperia winning for so many reasons, but chief of which is Patty Fleur. Pirate? Check? LOLi? Check. Voiced by Chiwa Saito? Oh, yesssssss. Insane Roulette Powers? In the bank!

            • akagami says:

              Oh, and Vesperia! I don’t have a xbox either and the PS3 version is JPN only *cries*

              I watched the Vesperia movie without any knowledge and I have to say that it is my most favorite game related movie ever. It was done really well, and can stand alone on its own merits.

            • skylion says:

              Yeah, I had a Ps3 (stolen along with the 360 and other stuff when my home was burglarized last year)….I’m still quite bitter, but a good buddy of mine loved getting export games.

              I need to see the movie.

  3. Liza says:

    I really have no idea where this show is going to go. From what is going on right now it seems like a moe watch-these-dragon-girls-do-things sort of thing.

    The comedy is also cute but will it take a more serious route later on? There seems to be little hints of that here and there but at the same time it doesn’t look like it.

    Pretty much just watching it for now because of the cuteness(and my love for dragons)

    • Highway says:

      It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a show has gone from “moe slice of life” to “serious bzness” halfway through, but I’m heartened by the fact that the things I think are funny aren’t in set up jokes or amazingly farfetched situations. It’s more like it’s just funny to see them do stuff. Like Leviathan saving Syrop by poking the water out of her stomach, or finding another way to destroy the Key Tail, or Syrop backstroking on Bahamut’s bed.

  4. BlackBriar says:

    Hmm… As a whole, this anime falls in the middle entertainment wise. It’s not dull but it’s not complex either. A simple turn off your brain show with eye candy featuring three cute female characters. The first two episodes were designed to better introduce the girls but the third was filled with a lot of humor, more than I expected. I couldn’t believe that dragon went out of its way to accomodate the girls while they were in his stomach.

    As for their names, it’s surely related to their respective elements: Jormungand = earth, Leviathan = water, Bahamut = fire. The last one’s name brings up the thoughts of dragons from the Final Fantasy games. Syrop’s character is ironic. A little fairy being able to eat huge portions of food.

    • Highway says:

      I think what sold it was that surprised look by Yurlunger when they were talking about eating his giblets, and the hasty attempt to find other food. I also thought that his crush on Leviathan was really cute and funny.

      To me, this show’s somewhat above the entertainment level of a Busou Shinki. So far it hasn’t had anything that turns me off, and just does a great job with the silliness. I think the first thing in the show that I really laughed at was the Toripu conking over Bahamut, then bouncing off Jormungand, then knocking Leviathan over not just once, but twice. Insolent bug! It’s like it aimed for their heads.

    • Muir says:

      oAo I didn’t recognize you cause you changed your avatar. Is that a vampire as well? (probably is)

      As I stated in my comment above, Bahamut is a fish! TROLOLOL And I won’t accept Bahamut as a dragon anymore, since it’s not from traditional folklore o3o boo.

      • Highway says:

        I think it’s less that they’re all supposed to be dragons, and more that they’re all mythical things that are gigantic.

        As for the “who is this show for” question, one thing I wasn’t sure of, but found out, in episode three they’re making more jokes about ‘nodochinko’… “It’s so big…”

      • BlackBriar says:

        Yeah, I recently changed my avatar and you’re right about the character being a vampire. You’d be rich if you made a bet on that. LOL. His name is Ion Fortuna from Trinity Blood.

        • Highway says:

          At the risk of a skylion “he said with a pedantic look” comment, you’d only get rich if you could find some idiot that would bet you that BlackBriar *wouldn’t* have a vampire avatar…

          • skylion says:

            • BlackBriar says:

              I see someone is speechless. Hehehehe…

            • skylion says:

              he said with a pedantic look

          • BlackBriar says:

            It would be out of character and a shock after so long if it was different, right? I’m just staying true to my title. :)

  5. Muir says:

    By the way, I just realized I had made the exact same gif XD Except mine had been cut & cropped since I posted needed to post it on tumblr haha

  6. KLACMAN says:

    well seen 3eps of this so far

    blue – give have missing brother still learn water power to keep practice,

    red – give father wanting issues & bit rich girl.

    yellow – big axe who want beef bowl & big strength (give later get a focus ep parts).

    kana hana syrup fairy – oh my goodness she is endless eater.

    overall 3eps of it still hang around a bit who know every once a ep the bar tavern keep getting pwn’d

  7. skylion says:

    Oh, I hope someone can do a reverse engineer gif on Syrop’s eating.

    <a href="“>Inspired by potato chips…

  8. Sumairii says:

    On the target audience note, Dog Days was reputed to be family-friendly. We all know how that turned out…

    • skylion says:

      My kid called Dog Days, the Happy Picnic Friends Nerf League.

      • Sumairii says:

        I guess there are worse things to show your kid… like The Simpsons.

        • skylion says:

          Oh, indeed. But then I grew up as a kid watching Benny Hill and going with my Mom to see The Blues Brothers and Smokey and the Bandit in the theaters. Our family is kinda like “the magic flicker boxes are there to entertain, take it with a grain of salt”

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