Shingeki no Bahamut is another show I’m not quite ready to commit to after three episodes. It’s definitely interesting to look at, and has a certain measure of wit and creativity in the writing. But I’m not especially invested in the story, and I find the characters of only middling interest. I certainly have no problem with the fact that it doesn’t take said plot too seriously, but that makes it hard for me to take it seriously either.
This week’s tale focuses on a loli necromancer named Rita, who’s played by Sawashiro Miyuki – which is sort of interesting in that Amira’s seiyuu Shimizu Risa seems to be channeling Sawashiro-san. Rita is the latest bounty Favaro is after, trying to raise money for his quest with Amira – while it’s not immediately spelled out that she’s the target, it’s pretty obvious from the beginning. She’s controlling a town full of zombies, but apparently for a good cause – she’s just lonely after her whole town was wiped out 200 years earlier.
This isn’t a bad subplot, but the most interesting part is Kaisar’s involvement. He comes under Rita’s spell and believes he’s fighting off trolls (Favaro and Amira) to defend the villagers (zombies). It’s Favaro who saves him in fact (their relationship just gets more complicated) and Kaisar offs a score of zombies but passes on the chance to end Rita after she’s bitten by one herself (her “mother”), and he picks up a new sidekick in the process. The question of just what Rita is if not a zombie herself is certainly begged here – she’s been “alive” for 200 years and is apparently immune to the bite of a zombie, but at least in Kaisar’s mind she’s not undead in the same way they are.
So now we have two pairs – Favaro with a demon who seems to be part-angel and has absorbed the God Key, and Kaisar with a necromancer who may or may not be an undead creature herself. Sooner or later these two parties seemingly have to team up formally, though the larger point of all this God Key stuff is still pretty muddled, and frankly it strikes me as less interesting than Kaisar and Favaro settling the long-standing business between them. I’m not sure if that’s interesting enough to keep me on-board, but if nothing else the series has managed to conjure up good atmospherics every week so far and there’s no reason to expect that to change.