Dragon Girls, Sparkly Fairies, and Comedy
Because 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?
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?
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?
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.
There’s also Syrop’s bottomless stomach
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.