Yeah, this mumbo jumbo with all the angels and demons has gotten really boring, really fast. Much as it’s been with PARASTYE, my initial enthusiasm for this series has cooled some now that certain “demerits” have proven they won’t be going away any time soon. What’s really sad is that the strong parts of the show - - the scrappy adventures of Favaro, Amira, Rita and Kaisar - - are getting lost in all this effluvium.
Initially, I was drawing positive comparisons between this show and ESCAFLOWNE. For my money, ESCAFLOWNE remains one of the best examples of “world building” because it was patient with it, and it was always presented through the main character’s point-of-view. Only one new piece of the world was revealed each episode, and we were learning about it the same time Hitomi was learning discovering it. Even when we met the enemy empire, it was always one bad guy at a time.
BAHAMUT was largely like that, at first, but it quickly got impatient - - much in the same fashion that MAGI did. Having four major characters would be enough to establish properly over this many episodes. Problem is, the show was in a rush to build its world, so we didn’t get one or two strong, defined villains, but a whole throng of thinly-established ones with poorly-conceived politics. The world should be this complex at Episode 16 or 18 maybe, not Episode 10.
And, more to the point, I couldn’t give two shits about Azazel or Puzuzu or whoever this guy is. He never got a good introduction to make me remember him.
I mean, put it this way - - Amira and Rita are obviously supposed to be mirrors, right? One’s a child in a grown-up’s body. The other’s a crone in a little girl’s body. Why haven’t they been played off eachother? That could make for an entire, interesting episode. But no, we’ve got to establish that lore, and thus, we have this too-early surprise about Amira being an empty vessel with fake memories, hitting before we’ve really care been made to care about those memories.
And don’t get me started on the fact that they’re trying to shoehorn the actual Joan of Arc into this. Way to kill the illusion. I’m feeling bad for the story team that has to make these ridiculous licensor demands work.