Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis – 12 [END]

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While we were watching him, he was watching us….

Wow, that was quite a ride. I know I leaned heavy on just how screwed everyone was last episode, but now we get to see the good guys turn things around and go from it’s all over to one great fighting chance!

 

Whew, that sure was intense. Any finale where a giant glowing duck controls the fate of the world is a good one. My only gripe is that now there’s no more Shingeki no Bahamut to watch!

 

Rage of Bahamut!

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Rage of Beelzebub…Baka….

skylion// It was pretty desperate when we last left everyone. Kaiser had fought Favaro to the death, the Gods themselves looked helpless, we felt betrayed by Lavalley, and  Amira had been completely tricked and was now irrevocably the God Key, all to wake up the world destroying beast Bahamut. How do they even begin to turn this around. Well, it all starts with our namesake creature. Beelzebub ain’t no ones master! Bahamut does what it wants! But even that doesn’t make things go clean. Bahamut means business and business is booming!

But while world destruction looks imminent we do have a few more plot points to follow up on. It looks like our Martinet and Lavalley were one and the same; and all under the nom du guerre of one Gilles de Rais (Jeanne’s nemesis follows her even here). I have to say, I was quite surprised by his motivation, he just wanted to watch the whole world do down. Omnicidal maniacs are just so precocious!

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Rita gets the best epic mount

But what makes him even worse, is that he is dead set on seeing Favaro and Kaiser square off one more time. With Favaro being not so dead, and more frisky than he should be, his and Kaiser’s fight is a hard one to follow; these two who should have been friends all along. And that, in the end, is the thing that start the turnaround.  Oh, Kaiser…Oh, Favaro, you scheming bastards. Everyone, it seems, with all the world burning going around, forgets the bounty system is still in place, and the Gilles has one firmly on his head. So three cheers bounty bracelet! Not that the reward is looking spendable any time soon.

You know, from the moment Jeanne spoke of the hero to Favaro, we knew it would be him. He would be the dragon slayer that fate wanted him to be. But goodness, such a price. I was not prepared for that. It was bittersweet from the first moment to the last, and I still don’t quite know how to feel. Sympathy for both Fava and Amira for sure. But I would rather see them happy and whole. Destiny can play you a debit to offset the credit…

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That was a bit weaksauce of him wasn’t it?

Cools// There’s always so much hype before the final boss encounter. Ideally, I want the end villain to be as horrible and powerful as possible. I want them to be an absolute beast. I want it to takes every ounce of the hero’s powers to defeat – and even then it should just be won by the skin of their teeth. Anything less and I’ll be disappointed. Shingeki no Bahamut set expectations really high by describing Bahamut as this all-powerful, nigh-invincible force of destruction. It could have crashed and burned, but Bahamut lived up to those high expectations and even exceeded them.

I loved how almost inconceivably powerful Bahamut was. Even legions of angels and demons could do little but form barriers to stop fire from destroying everything. Bahamut is truly a formidable end boss for the heroes to face off against, making the finale all the more exciting. You just don’t know who’s going to die and when because they’re fighting something so big that it could probably crush every bone in your body just by blinking. The exciting bullet-hell flight on a glowing duck was just the journey to get there! Slaying it was another matter entirely, and it took all they had.

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This mission is a pain in my ass!

I expected Favaro to die since he was the hero in the legend, but it turned out Amira would be the one to disappear. It was a nice surprise for me to see them switch things up. I’m actually pretty pleased they didn’t pull a “everyone lives happily ever after!” ending, because sometimes you have to keep it real. If a hella wise old dragon tells you Amira can’t be separated from Bahamut, he’s not kidding. She’s stuck there, and no amount of friendship power or tears will magically alter the truth. It was so sweet that her farewell talk with Favaro was no different from a normal conversation, complete with silly faces, yelling, and bickering. The only difference being the kiss…which is kind of creepy since she’s mentally like 6 years old???? Whatever, I’ll overlook it and say it was a spur of the moment kind of thing.

I’m just happy things ended the way they began: with Kaisar and Favaro chasing after each other and screaming. There’s nothing more I could ask for. From start to finish, this show has been about thrills and adventure. I can only hope we one day get another season that just has a series of silly chases between Kaisar and Favaro, with Rita showing up midway to hit them with her disembodied limbs. I’m gonna miss these guys…

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Bungee Snoogans…

And so the world didn’t end. Both Angels, Gods, and Demons co-operated to keep the beast in place, just so the Hero could deliver the final blow. A very well met conclusion, with forces that were opposed all along working together for the greater good. A proper Epic Fantasy from the word go. It’s been a great pleasure to cover the show. Thanks to Kyo for starting off with me, and to both OC and Fosh for rotating in on the coverage. Thanks to everyone for the support and comments.

header-spring14-oc Above all, Shingeki no Bahamut was fun. It had zombie dragons controlled by little girls, demon Joan d’Arc, extremely handsome demons who look like they’re permanently wearing lipstick, inter-dimensional travels to speak with dragons, and tons of other magical beings and situations for a variety of entertainment. I actually didn’t pay much attention to the whole God Key thing…I was just in it to see Favaro goofily run about and end up saving the world in a crazy final battle. It was one of my favourites this season and I’m sad it’s over…but I’ll always have Favaro’s Kotetsu Kaburagi goatee burned into my mind from now until the end of time.

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40 Responses to “Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis – 12 [END]”

  1. Kyokai says:

    I’ll always have Favaro’s Kotetsu Kaburagi goatee burned into my mind from now until the end of time.

    You and me both Cools. I literally sprayed water when he about-turned to face the camera. Doesn’t really suit him but oh well.

    Overall, this was an amazing entertainer that came of out of zero expectation from a mobile game… A MOBILE GAME!!! There should be more anime like this. We all need some adventure in our lives after all.

    • Di Gi Kazune says:

      And where is your last…. 8 episodes? 😛

    • Overcooled says:

      Yeah, the Kotetsu look doesn’t suit him at all…

      I’m so curious about the mobile game now. I wonder what parts of the story they made up and what’s actually in the game.

      • BlackBriar says:

        Yeah, the Kotetsu look doesn’t suit him at all…

        Not to mention the goatee’s color is darker than his hair. If an add-on is necessary, make sure it’s done right.

        • Irenesharda says:

          Sorry, to burst your bubble, but that coloring is normal for someone who is fair-haired and especially a redhead. It’s quite normal to find a natural redhead with more browish facial hair. Also, I think that Favaro’s father had similar coloring as well.

          • BlackBriar says:

            Really? I always believed the color of facial hair should match the hair on the head. Even the eye brows are the same shade.

            • Irenesharda says:

              It is more common to see the opposite (brown hair, red beards), but the other way can happen as well. It all has to do with the levels of pigmentation in the hair, which can be different depending on what part of the body it is (usually not drastically). Here‘s a simple article on it, if that helps.

            • skylion says:

              My hair is mostly brown. Well, the grey is coming…no use saying it isn’t. But my beard is brown, red, white and grey.

  2. Kai says:

    I laughed out loud when Beelzebub died in such a sudden and anticlimatic way.

    A pretty fun ride overall, I admit. I’m pleasantly surprised a mobile card trading game can be adapted to such a degree.

    • Alexandre says:

      I was expecting Bahamut to kill him precisely in that fashion. Totally predictable as the perfect ending to the usual idiotic villain that thinks he can control a force infinitely more powerful than himself (which always turns against him sooner or later – but I agree with you, it was a funny death for him). I also loved that Favaro kills Amira. No cop-out or ex-machina to save the damsel in the end. That’s another good thing about this show: it remained consistent to itself to the end, no sudden twists out of nowhere to help the heroes. Even Kaiser’s insistence on saving Amira in the end (hate that kind of thing: f**k the world, as long as I save the lady/keep my promise) is consistent with his character. Really great fun to watch, and the best thing of all: it actually was a one-cour series that had a real ending, no loose ends left to tie up!!!

    • skylion says:

      Apropos!

      • Irenesharda says:

        You know what’s really apropos? Old king-y wanted to burn Jeanne alive at the stake, and it ended up that HE was the one that ended up burning in wood and flames. 😀

        • skylion says:

          Yeah, thanks for bringing that up. One of the things I typically leave out of my posts (in this case, my part) hoping a commenter brings it up…

          • Alexandre says:

            Yeah, I just loved the scene of the giant picture of his mother, in a final act of disapproval, burying him to be burned alive within the castle.
            But… poor Giles de Rais. Lovecraft also uses him as a sort of fiend in human form, and neither him nor the Marquis de Sade were so bad as that. They should try Countess Elizabeth Bathory, for a change. 😀

            • skylion says:

              I actually thought, historically, Gilles was as bad as that…didn’t he eat kids?

        • BlackBriar says:

          Karma at its finest. He was such a pushover.

          • Alexandre says:

            Yes, you’re right. My bad, I got him confused with another historical character who dabbed in the occult but never committed any crimes (whose name for the life of me I can’t now remember). He actually murdered dozens of children after sodomizing them (waaay worse than eating them, I think – at least if he ate them, they would be dead by then). So, yeah, a fitting human disguise for the psycho Martinet. That just upped the positive points of this series for me. 🙂

  3. Foshizzel says:

    Aaaahhh yes! Next to Yuuki Yuuna I have to say Bahamut was a great surprise hit anime that gave us an epic story filled with some of the best characters ever <3

    Season two maybe? YES PLEASEEEEE! Also DAT OPENING I need the single cause it was AWESSOMEEEEE just like Log Horizon's DATABASE WOW WOW WOW~

    10/10

    • BlackBriar says:

      Also DAT OPENING I need the single cause it was AWESSOMEEEEE just like Log Horizon’s DATABASE WOW WOW WOW~

      I understand your pain. I’m searching all over the net for the full version to no avail. It’s called “EXiSTENCE” by SiM if you’re wondering what the title is.

    • Overcooled says:

      Yeaaaahhh I’d totally be down for another season!

    • JPNIgor says:

      Yesss, please! So awesome!

      And the opening, too. Hope it doesn’t end up in the land of forgotten awesome songs like Kyousougiga’s ending.

    • skylion says:

      I would love a second season, but not a continuation of this story. They have a great big world to play in…and it just got saved…

  4. BlackBriar says:

    Beelzebub got his just deserts pretty damn quick. If no one else could control Bahamut, there’s no reason for him to be an exception. His arrogance cost him dearly in the end. With Kaisar sporting a mechanical hand and Favaro, a mechanical leg, no one can say they survived the event unscathed. A sigh of relief that this Jeanne d’Arc evaded historical accuracy.

    Gilles de Rais… Really? They even added him… If anyone recalls, that was the name of Fate/Zero’s Caster who was so obsessed with Jeanne d’Arc he mistook Saber for her.

    I have to say, I was quite surprised by his motivation, he just wanted to watch the whole world do down.

    Here’s a quote that will sum up people like him:

    “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
    – Alfred Pennyworth (The Dark Knight)

    A fun series from start to finish with an awesome OP to compliment. It did so well it’s hard to believe the story originated from a mobile game. Usually such adaptations are doomed to failure and mediocrity but Shingeki no Bahamut managed to break that curse. The characters were the best part and so they will be missed. The bumming thing is, now that it’s over, we won’t be getting anymore great “FAVARO!!!” shouts from Kaisar. You’d swear that’s how the guy announces his presence.

    The end showed a screenshot that reads “I’ll be back!!” Someone please tell me that’s what I think it means.

    • Overcooled says:

      It’s a nice touch that Kaisar and Favaro came out from all this chaos with at least some sort of permanent injury. With all those metal limbs, together, they could be a Fullmetal Alchemist!

      I’m really pleased with how this turned out too. I think everyone’s still shocked a mobile game adaptation did this well.

      SEASON 2 WHEN?

    • Irenesharda says:

      You know, looking at Gilles de Rais, I was looking back over parts of some episodes and when you really look at everything Lavalley and Martinet did throughout the series and then look at it in hindsight, you actually realize that Gilles was quite a good, and–dare I say it–subtle, villain. There is no indication that he’s manipulating anyone and we had no idea to two completely different characters were actually one and the same until the last couple of episodes. I mean when you realize things like the fact that Lavalley was only around Jeanne and saved her life several times because he needed her to take down the archangels as she was the only one who was close to them and the only one they would entrust a god-killing sword to. As Lavalley he also brought the army to attack Azazel’s flying fortress which caused the guy to fail and then as Martinet, he blocks him from seeing Lucifer goading him on his failure, and thus manipulates him into attacking the royal city. This allows him to weaken the kingdom, send Amira on her way to the key, and manipulate the king in order to take down Jeanne who has just been exhausted in the battle with the demons.

      There were these really small clues all along but we were so distracted by everything else that we never really put everything together. Like the fact that Lavalley was always away at strange times, that he always got his info from unknown sources, and that the only person who could take down the other captain would have been someone he trusted, as the Orleans knights are pretty well trained at recognizing demons and demonic sources. Also, Martinet catches Rita in his sorcery hideout, but then you never stop to wonder why a guy who we presumed was a demon and hung around with the demons would have have time to set up shop for what looked like a pretty long amount of time, with no one finding out?

      It all really fits together rather well now that we have all the pieces, but I didn’t really see most of it coming until the last 3 or 4 episodes, and I have to admire a show that could really surprise me like that.

      • Alexandre says:

        Yeah, Martinet was an interesting villain (he even looks a bit like the Joker, but I’m sure that’s only me) and as most of the series, his character was really well-planned. I liked the moment when Favaro tries to trick him into thinking he had changed sides and he stabs him saying he knew Favaro would do that because that’s just the way he is.
        I agree with you on the small clues scattered along the series about Lavalley. It’s like watching Sixth Sense for the second time and noticing the myriad small clues that really show from the get go that Bruce Willis is already dead before the movie starts. It’s a pity that Shiamalan’s carrer just went downhill after Unbreakable (I like The Village, but it’s a weak movie at best). And I can’t help but say it: After Earth is running for my Worst Movie of All Time Ever.

      • BlackBriar says:

        Your analysis brought an alarming number of details to light. Damn, I must say that’s a lot of micro-managing. It’s mostly the villains who are this thourough. What did a real good job throwing suspicion off him was that they made him appear as though he honestly cared about Amira and he wasn’t dead set on killing her in the earlier episodes as opposed the other Orlean Knights.

        • Irenesharda says:

          That’s what I thought was really fascinating in how deceptive and what a good actor Gilles was. Lavalley and Martinet were so completely opposite in character and nature until the end that you never once suspected that they were one and the same.

          And in the end it’s kind of interesting that his final “true” form actually looks like a mix between the two.

  5. Irenesharda says:

    Wow, I’m so mad. I didn’t even know this episode was going to air and thought it was taking a break off for New Years, but alas, I finally saw the finale today. And what did I think about it?

    I suspected before, but this episode completely sealed it. This series was the AOTY for me. There was so much adventure, epicness, comedy, action, and even a touch of romance that this series just excels at all levels.

    I love the character development between Kaiser and Favaro and how they started and how they’ve grown since. I love that Favaro is actually more knowledgeable and mature since this adventure and that he and Kaisar are back to best friends again.

    Man is Bahamut powerful, pure power and destruction that could never be controlled.

    Beelzebub obviously didn’t think all this through, even though I guess Martinet/Lavalley/Gilles de Rais did trick him. And this show actually taught me some history, since I had never heard of de Rais before and thus I had to look him up. Now that I know his history, he kind of does fit Lavalley’s role perfectly. I knew that the bounty and bracelet would work against him, but I didn’t think that Kaisar would lose and arm over it!

    And that fight! That fight between Kaiser and Favaro was one of the best choreographed animated sword fights I’ve ever seen! (And I must admit, both Favaro and especially Kaiser, looked pretty hot this episode with their hair messed up. 😉 ) Favaro is of course the prophesied holy knight that will destroy Bahamut. However, I loved the how conflicted Favaro was when he first tried to stab the key seal, knowing that as Amira is the key, by stabbing the key, he is effectively stabbing her as well. However despite all of that, he knew he had to do it, for her as well as for the world. And that farewell between them was excellently done.

    And of course, they end as they began but with everyone having grown much from the experience. Kaiser is a knight now and a captain (or was it lieutenant? the subs were confusing), however, his friend is more important that his duty and he’s perfectly okay with ditching a coronation to horse race with Favaro. Favaro has returned to being a bounty hunter, but it was the best profession for him. Jeanne has been humbled by her experience and has given herself a new haircut. The stupid, evil king got what was coming to him, and the world is getting rebuilt, though minus a few million people that got horribly annihilated by Bahamut. 😛

    The ending of this episode was so fantastic and epic and I loved every bit of this story. Great from beginning to end, I have to give both this episode and this series, my rarely given: 10/10!

    There is a possibility that there will be a sequel, and I’ll be ready and waiting. 🙂

    • Overcooled says:

      Bahamut was a wonderful surprise for everyone. It really made this season special.

      MAPPA has really been killing it lately, and Bahamut looked absolutely wonderful. Even the CGI (which usually flops in anime) was great. That swordfight really was intense, as I was just waiting to see what sneaky plan Favaro had up his sleeve.

      Hmmm now that you mention how we saw where everyone ended up…I wonder what Rita is doing now?

      • BlackBriar says:

        If I had to guess, Rita is still hanging around Kaisar. She seems attached to him. Especially since he was the first live contact she’s had in decades she’s actually accepted.

        • Irenesharda says:

          Considering Kaisar took Lavalley’s old job as a captain in the Orleans knights, maybe he got Rita her own apothecary shop. Considering her talent with mixing things and being the daughter of a doctor, she would probably be good at it. 🙂

    • skylion says:

      Another take on Joan of Arc!

  6. BlackBriar says:

    This is out of nowhere but, does anyone else think Amira looks more classy, mature and refined in her demon form than human form? Especially when she’s fighting.

    • Alexandre says:

      Definitely. She looked and acted way more adult and powerful (and, of course, sexier, yay for fanservice!).

    • Irenesharda says:

      I think so, and honestly she acted more mature in the beginning. And actually that’s why I think she’s actually more ageless but without a lot of experience, rather than just being a 5 year old in an adult body. In fact, we have to remember that it was Gilles/Lavalley that told us that in the first place and that actually he was lying. When Amira was created she was created fully formed as a sort of demonic version of Nicole. So, she probably ages like all the other supernatural beings in that she actually doesn’t age and is more ageless. However she has no experience and that’s why she fluctuates between being a kid and being mature. There are things she does that are quite childlike, and there are other times when she does or acts in a way that no child would think of.

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