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Rage of Bahamut: Genesis episode 1 – Digital trading ginger afros

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Bahamut - Genesis - 01 [480p].mkv_snapshot_14.14_[2014.10.06_15.01.09]What do you get if you crossed Samurai Champloo, Pirates of the Caribbean and any generic fantasy story you wish to name? You would get Johnny Depp breakdancing on the back of a dragon. You might also get Rage of Bahamut, the new anime by Mappa based off a digital collectable card game. You can have fun doing what I did and assume every character introduced is a card in the game and imagine every character yelling Yu-Gi-Oh style as they appear on screen. Or you could just watch the anime normally and enjoy it that way too, which is a perfectly acceptable alternative because Bahamut is off to a pretty good start.

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Bahamut - Genesis - 01 [480p].mkv_snapshot_04.16_[2014.10.06_14.58.30]Rage of Bahamut does pretty much everything right. The animation is great with plenty of moving parts and CG animation that doesn’t look out of place and actually adds to proceedings (protip other animation studios: Until you figure out how to do character animation in CG, just stick to what Bahamut does and leave the CG to giant dragons and armoured knights). Mappa really delivered on that front. Visually it’s a treat with varied character designs that are instantly recognisable. This seems like such an odd thing to praise but with so many anime suffering from sameface syndrome, having ginger afro face off against poncy knight with a pompadour is a really nice change of style. Its music is a little overly bombastic, but it definitely adds to proceedings and I prefer music getting overexcited rather than too low-key to being practically non-existent.

Each character has clear distinct personalities. Our ginger afro lead is a quick-witted, sharp-tongued good-for-nothing who is the type destined to be executed medievil style when he boasts too much and ends up trying to steal the Queen’s skimpy underwear. His buddy/enemy is an upper-class knight down on his luck but much too gentlemanly to ever stoop to the levels of ginger afro. Their exchanges are funny while giving each of them character. There’s a touch of Mugen and Jin from Samurai Champloo to them, although that may just be the afro vs well-groomed blueish hair. Again it seems like an odd thing to praise ‘having an actual personality’ but if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’re fully aware of how much I talk about Yuji Everylead the Bland and his numerous appearances every season.

[HorribleSubs] Shingeki no Bahamut - Genesis - 01 [480p].mkv_snapshot_15.57_[2014.10.06_15.01.59]The writing is excellent, managing to keep the tone perfect by balancing the humour with the hints of something more serious. The action was entertaining with a giant water wheel rolling down through the streets, which was fun when Pirates of the Caribbean did it and is still fun here. I even liked that the random female characters in the background were kinda ugly as ginger afro drank with them. Any nitpicks I have are so minor (the big action scene at the beginning was a lot of flash that told us nothing, the demon girl suffers from Fantasy Lady Power Armour in that it sure was tit-tastic) that they barely amount to anything. This was a very solid intro to an adaptation of a digital trading card game.

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  1. BigFire
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    The only hint that this is a card game adaptation is the summoning done in both Prologue (where both Gods and Demon summoned their champions to defeat Dragon Bahamut), the summons done by Favora’s bounty, and the fact that his bounty hunter bracer transmog the bounty into easily carried cards to be trade in for cash. I suppose you’re supposed to be able to capture the summoned into cards as well, but all of the summons are utterly destroyed.

    I like the fact that Favora’s superior is a drunk god name Bacchus.

    Oh, this is supposed to be prequel to the game itself.

  2. Nagisa33
    Posted October 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    You had to post that picture of his big juicy orange lips. Hahahaha!

    Yeah, you pretty much summed up my main thoughts on this series. It’s hitting the ground and running! The instantly likable and noticeable characters are a real winner. The CGI is a welcome enhancement and the animation was silky smooth. Also, that horse chase and fight scene was gold. When they jumped off the bridge I thought, “Woah, this is the bridge from Twilight Princess!” then I thought, “If this were real then there would be hamburger meat all over the roofs.”

    Also, the whole card capture concept seems similar to pokeballs. So far it seems that bounty hunters either have to seriously maim or kill their targets before turning them into cards. If someone gets turned into a card do they stay hurt, can they be healed, or are they already dead? I’m curious if these questions will be answered or if they’ll keep the card game aspect to a minimum.

  3. Pusswookie
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    They need more ugly girls in anime.

    • PapaGreg
      Posted October 7, 2014 at 1:22 am | Permalink

      I honestly don’t see how the were ugly hell they are at worst plain looking

      • kittyraider
        Posted October 7, 2014 at 2:36 am | Permalink

        Even that was rare in anime nowadays

  4. Black Dalek
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 3:11 am | Permalink

    a show with ginger afro guy with a hat, riding a horse with trumpets as bgm, his Last name is Leone, is a bounty hunter and caught his targets in an ancient form of carbonite?… ok!

  5. Aethelwulf
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    The thing I adored the most (out of the many, many amazing things in this episode) was the character details — the casual little movements, body language, and facial expressions that gave the characters *personality*. Somebody really put love into this project.

    By this was the best first episode I’ve seen in a long time. If the rest of the series is even half this good, I’m going to have to start drafting cosplay patterns.

  6. Hanasra
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    With you and E-Minor praising this show, maybe I should give it a go despite scantily dressed girls is not my cup of tea.

  7. anonanimuwatcher
    Posted October 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    “This was a very solid intro to an adaptation of a digital trading card game.”
    Hehe. Well you seem surprisingly positive about it. I will wait for a few episodes and see if the quality keeps up. Big no to the retarded cerberus design though.

  8. Sebz
    Posted October 14, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Hiroyuki Yoshino’s work on this anime is making me like this show more and more. Makes ginger afro (his character) all the more in contrast to everything else.

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