Apologies for the brevity of this post. The site migration has been a nightmare and set me way back, and weekends offer no downtime from an anime standpoint this season. Friday’s other show is Kabukibu! and that’s a season finale, so the crunch has to hit Shingeki no Bahamut I’m afraid.
In brief (this the brevity) – This was another strong episode, but not one of the series’ best so far. “Virgin Soul” has tended to be better in the smaller scale than the larger (rather unlike its predecessor for the most part, actually), and the A-part this week was all grand spectacle. The angels have arrived and they’re ready to kick ass, and El seems to have the ability to turn the tables dramatically in their favor. That it until Charioce deploys “The Device” – the death star thing he’s been developing beneath his island prison. This is all good stuff in an epic sense, but a bit emotionally detached for my part.
Much better is the stuff (mostly in the B-part) focused on our heroes busting out of prison. As is common with “Virgin Soul”, it has the ability to play off dead-serious and very comical effectively, and to be honest I could watch Rita, Nina and Jeanne running all day (it’s the facial expressions that do it). And of course, we’re treated to the reunion of one of anime’s greatest odd couples – and Favaro and Kaisar are still great together. Every conversation between them is pure win. Also loved the face that Rita put an unexploded bomb in Kaisar’s hand, because she was worried about him. “Next time I’d like one that isn’t going to explode.”
As we leave things, our quintet is reunited – without much ceremony I might add, especially given how long it’s been for Favaro and Nina – only to be trapped inside the death star. That can’t be good.
Oh, and I miss Azazel. Bring him back.