Zettai Bouei Leviathan – 04

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Hey everyone, slight change in schedule here. Because it seemed like a lot of people were watching Zettai Bouei Leviathan with an interest in it, I’m going to alternate it in with Nyarlko. Fosh and I will still be Tag Teaming on Nyarlko every other week. But now we also get to talk about Leviathan! So what happened in Episode 4?

 Jormungand’s Family 

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Fairies hate grabby kids

This week’s episode focused on Jormungand, as Syrop spent an eventful day with her. Meeting her sisters, and all of her papas, Jormungand lives with a group of coal miners who have adopted her, as well as three younger triplet girls. And as we’ve seen from Jorm before, they’re all hardworking girls, doing the cooking, laundry, and deliveries while the men mine the coal. Ok, it’s a little overly traditional roles, but it works for the show, especially since we’ve had single girl Leviathan and ojou-sama Bahamut.

Jorm transform

This idyllic life is interrupted by a mine collapse, tho, and that brings all our girls into the action. We get to see Jormungand transform and in keeping with her namesake she doesn’t have wings like the other girls, just a tail, horns, and actually pretty cool armor. She makes progress at the overly conscientious mine collapse (which only did some tunnels, not large chambers), but runs out of steam before reaching her papas. Along come Bahamut and Leviathan to help, but before Bahamut can transform, they realize a coal mine isn’t the best place for fire. And Leviathan isn’t much help either, until the mine starts flooding. The real hero is Yurlungur, already called on to help through a magic portal summoned (on accident) by Leviathan. We also learn the real meaning of Yurlungur’s promise to help them all. By the way, am I the only person who cracks up every time KanaHana says “yururunguru”? I think that’s hilarious.

Getting into the characters

Don't need this thing Leviathan with her typical look

“Ohhhh, yeahhhh, that’s what that was…”

I’m starting to get a handle on the characters and the quirks they’ve given them that make them a little funnier. Jormungand can’t remember anyone’s name, forgetting who Bahamut was in episode 2, and now misintroducing Syrop as “Syrorin” and forgetting the dragon’s name is Yurlungur. But she’s otherwise hardworking and earnest, if a bit quick to go to her axe as the solution. Meanwhile, Leviathan lucks into a lot of stuff, and has that really deadpan style, only realizing after the fact that she did something right. The way they’re all being developed is something I find interesting in the show, and Syrop’s over the top forthrightness just adds more humor.

A nice hard bed

Fairies also hate hard beds.

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While not as outright funny as the third episode, we got a good bit of backstory on Jormungand, and we also see that this group of 4 is becoming more tight knit, quite the change from in episode one when Leviathan said “We’re not friends, I don’t even know you.” Maybe the biggest disappointment this episode was that they didn’t figure out a way to destroy the Dragon’s Key Tail Inn again. But it looks like we’re going to really start to get into the ‘Aquafall Defense’ part of the show now that we’ve introduced all the characters.

Whoever smelt it dealt it

Bahamut: “Whoever smelt it, dealt it.”  Leviathan: “What?!?!? No it totally wasn’t me!”

 

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13 Responses to “Zettai Bouei Leviathan – 04”

  1. skylion says:

    This is a cute little show. I, too, was disappoint in that they didn’t level the Inn on this venture. Perhaps they will double up in and upcoming ep?

    • Highway says:

      So far my favorite parts are Leviathan’s reactions to things, like faking being sorry for knocking them down the windpipe, or not knowing that summoning Yurlungur was a big deal, or the uvula.

      I’m hoping that the action will pick up a little, because while I don’t think they’ll become total badasses defeating huge amounts of Toripu, I think the times when they’re all together work the best.

    • Liza says:

      The poor barkeeper…I don’t think she could handle it twice in one episode.

      • BlackBriar says:

        I don’t think the customers could handle that again either. That’s the place most of the population go to get food and drinks. Leveling the Inn will be a serious blow to the town.

  2. Liza says:

    This anime shows that when you see a shiny object…throw it against the ground!

    I’m really hoping the girls get involved in the defense force soon. This stuff is cute and stuff but yeah…want something else to happen. XD I’m guessing Leviathan finds out her dad disappeared because of those aliens, something will happen to Bahamut’s dad and Jormungand’s papas will be affected(not sure on this one) and maybe that will spring the girls into action since protecting the universe doesn’t seem to motivate them at all.

    • Highway says:

      I’m not thinking there will be as much of a direct impact as that. I think some of it will be that the people Bahamut’s dad sent to see the problem will report back, and her father won’t be able to go do anything about it. We haven’t gotten a time frame on when Leviathan’s brother left, so I don’t know if it was to go fight the Toripu, or if he was attacked or something. But Jormungand’s definitely in, and I think that’ll pull Leviathan and Bahamut in.

      Something I mentioned before, and still don’t get: We keep being told that men can’t use magic, so how does Leviathan’s brother have a staff, and Bahamut’s dad have supposed fire powers? I hope we’ll get more explanation about that.

      • Liza says:

        Whoops. I just realized that it was Leviathan’s brother and not her dad that vanished. =_=

        But that is a good question. Maybe men can use basic magic and cannot transform to use stronger magic? According to the blub from the beginning of…this episode I think or the previous one, it said that men got stronger and women become weaker physically. That also brings up the question of Jormungand who obviously has a lot of strength but doesn’t seem to have much magical talent. Hopefully this will all be explained later.

        • Highway says:

          Well, it’s possible her strength is a magically augmented attribute, not an innate thing like her papas have. Magic doesn’t necessarily have to just be to cast spells. :)

  3. BlackBriar says:

    Zettai Bouei Leviathan is the show of the season where you just kick back and enjoy 20 minutes of fun and innocence from these cute characters. Compared to other shows that aren’t really story driven, I’m liking a lot better than Shining Hearts. Good thing it turned out that Jormungand was adopted because it was baffling trying to understand how all the miners were her dads.

    • Highway says:

      It’s way better than Shiny Bread, because stuff actually happens. And they don’t really allude to some super huge conspiracy plot. Just bad guys.

      I think I said last week in the FI post that I think it’s a lot like Busou Shinki was. Without all the “Mastah!” and squeaky voices, tho. Just a show that you enjoy watching because it’s relaxing and fun.

    • Liza says:

      Oh geez. This is way better than Shining Hearts, that is for sure. =_=. I’m still not sure how I even managed to finish that anime.

      I was quite proud of myself that I guessed that Jormungand was adopted along with the girls. Now that I’m thinking about it, it seems like none of the girls have a mother figure. That’s a bit strange.

      • Highway says:

        That’s not a role I see Syrop taking on, either…

        It is a bit strange, especially because it’s not like there’s a shortage of women around in the village. The one that’s most strange about to me is Bahamut. Leviathan gives the impression that she’s a bit older, living by herself, etc. And Jormungand is adopted by her papas. But Bahamut’s dad is the leader of the city, but not still married? That’s a bit odd.

  4. KLACMAN says:

    well at give background focus on female earth dragon sure 3 sisters & 5 daddies?

    wonder how many mommies female earth got?

    & oh for the bar house not smash give it keep up would been like anime’s spanish announance table

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