Rage of Bahamut (Shingeki no Bahamut)

Rage of Bahamut (Shingeki no Bahamut) 2014

Okay, here’s a challenge for me – can I review a series in four paragraphs only? Let’s see.

Demons, Angels, Gods and Humans clash (and sometimes work together) in this supernatural fantasy, one that’s based on a card battling game from Cygames. You can expect a lot of modern, flashy animation (which is not a bad thing) and a memorable cast of characters too, along with a well-paced story. At the end, I was definitely left curious about the follow-up series, so I went away from Rage of Bahamut invested in the characters for sure.

Since I missed this show at the time of release, I did a bit of reading and apparently some folks were down on Naoyuki Onda’s character designs but for me that was a highlight – here they seem ‘off the wall’ for a fantasy setting, especially Favaro’s afro. The rest of the visuals are great, the settings and the creatures all memorable for me, evocative of what they represented with what felt like welcome modern touches – I’m thinking of the angels especially here.

I suspect at times folks might question a few character choices that suggest inconsistency but for me I was more thrown by a certain reveal that explained a sharp twist in one character. She started off kinda mysterious before transforming into tediously immature… but that was only a few times and it definitely makes sense considering the storyline.

In terms of audience, Rage of Bahamut is not so light-hearted as another Cygames/MAPPA collaboration (Granblue Fantasy). The tone here is at times closer to ‘Lupin’ only with more bounty-hunting, blood and demons too. If you’ve played the game you’d probably enjoy what seems like a proper fleshing out of the characters and if you like the genre, give this a look if it’s still streaming somewhere.

*I’m not counting this note as a paragraph – but since my discs for this series are not playing nice, I’ve had to source the images from online.

7 thoughts on “Rage of Bahamut (Shingeki no Bahamut)

  1. I really enjoyed this one. It got me itching to write a fantasy novel… I might need to rewatch to get my head back in the game once the self-isolation ends.

    Favaro was interesting. I started out hating him, but he really grew on me as the series progressed.

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    • You should do it one day! I know you’ve got a few projects on the go at the moment, though – and yeah, everything is harder lately when it comes to writing, huh?

      He grew on me too – I remember being on the fence about him for the first few episodes, definitely.

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    • It’s fairly short and I think it’s on Hulu at the moment – maybe it used to be Crunchyroll.

      Sometimes I desperately find myself craving an app that collates the catalogues of all streaming services to make it easier to find and then bookmark where which show or film is actually located. I guess Google kinda does that, in a far less convenient way 🙂

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      • Gotcha. That’s good to know about that series. I haven’t watched a lot of anime since reviewing Hikaru no Go to complete my “long anime series” challenge. I haven’t even watched anything since last night when I saw a Senegalese movie I’m going to write a review for.

        That sounds like a great idea! Why isn’t there an app like that?

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