Earth becomes hell for demons.
The first installment of Shingeki no Bahamut was quite the surprise for me. It was off radar with me and I suppose with many within the anime community, since I haven’t really gotten wind of it in the blogging circles. The same goes for Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul where bloggers seem to be awfully quiet abut. I’m not sure why, perhaps the marketing of the show is not strong enough for it to really launch.
Demons were quite the scare in the first season. The series focused on the rise of the demon Amira, which was portrayed as a young girl, obviously. With the second season we get a turn around on the plot, where demons are enslaved by humans. This is quite the daring approach since it’s pretty unusual for a series to completely turn around its plot.
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul starts out with Nina, a busty sixteen year old(oh Japan, you), who is uncontrollably strong, just like with the teenage girl Bahamut from the previous season. She walks from day to day life into a world where demons are second rank citizens. She sees the world from another perspective and from this moment on, an adventure starts to unravel.
There are already a lot of familiar character that pass by such as Hamsa the goose, which I have to discover what his real purpose is. The drunk bounty hunter who treads along different villages like a nomad. For those who’ve seen the first season, it will be nostalgic to see them back.
Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul takes a darker tone than the previous season, in the respect that the characters keep their humorous selves, but the main theme is darker. The previous installment was more about the quest to save Amira and her fight between the demons. That was pretty straightforward and didn’t leave much to the imagination and in all honesty was a tad thinly executed.
The second season on the other hand takes a more serious approach with the depiction of slavery and abuse. Demons are nothing more than nuisances and playthings for humans, and as with many series, entertainment for the elite. A little like Akame ga Kill with the explicit depiction of the elite toying around with peasants.
I can appreciate the direction Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul is going, but keep placing my questing marks with how well the studio will be able to convey the story and theme to the audience, since they’ve shown with the previous installment, keeping the focus of the viewer can be quite the challenge.