And lo, the flow of premieres has turned into a flood. That means I’m behind the 8-ball as usual, and that means Shingeki no Bahamut is going to get a little bit of the short shrift – as usual. It’s as if a conspiracy of fate is trying to keep me from covering this series as expansively as I should, because it’s really good – and I will give it its due, starting next week. But with over half of my first tier new series premiering within 24 hours of each other and everything still backed up from A/X, this week is again going to be a short post.
This week’s episode was a sharp contrast to last week’s action extravaganza, which is fine as “Virgin Soul” is quite adept at both phases of the game. Mostly we’re focused on Nina and Jeanne, and while I think the series is better when the spotlight is shared more evenly – I love Nina but non-stop she can be a bit much, and Jeanne is a bit… boring – it works well enough. The trip to Nina’s home village is a good one, though it is mostly Jeanne gazing warmly on Nina and all of her heartwarming connections. I especially liked Granny, and especially the moment when she offered Nina a sip of her tea. That was great physical comedy.
Not all that much actually happened, though we did find out that Nina’s father had died heroically in the Bahamut affair and that her transformation syndrome may be a response to that. Most interesting is that Charioce apparently reminds her of her father (that’s what pushes Nina’s buttons). Granny is going to take she and Jeanne to the Land of the Gods on her back (she’s one majestic dragon). I would also note that Azazel turns up in both the OP and ED, so I think rumors of his disappearance from the premise may be greatly exaggerated – I hope so, because I find his personality is missed. The ED, by the way, is highly amusing – a “Cinderella” theme.