Rage of Bahamut: Genesis Review

rageStory:
Long ago a great and terrible dragon was sealed away with a key. One half was kept by the gods and the other half guarded by the demons. But when a young girl steals the gods’ half of the key, the world is thrown into chaos and the great and horrible dragon threatens to once more wreak destruction upon all.

Violence:
High. This title deserves its TV14 rating. In addition to battle injuries, like bullet wounds and sliced limbs, there are also zombies at one point. And they aren’t pretty lookin’.

Language:
Another high, for anime anyway. The b-word is the most common, although our MC uses sh-t a lot too. If you have a tender ear, avoid this title.

Nudity:
While not quite as high as I had feared considering our MC’s foul mouth, it’s still there. Revealing clothing, groping, innuendo, ect. There’s also that whole naked in glowing light stuff for the female lead. It’s always the female lead. Gettin’ real sick of this trope.

Theology/mythology:
Honestly, the Story portion should have warned you. We have “gods” and “demons” in this show. Although, interestingly enough, they are all seen as just super powerful beings, not really things to worship. At least, not how we see worship. So it’s less religion based and more super human/alien powers kinda thing. Oh yeah and the zombies… there is a girl who can call up the dead (aka zombies). Yeah, it’s a weird add in.
Soooo if this set up makes you uncomfortable, skip this show. Cause it has a lot going on to ignore, no joke.

Personal impression:
I have very mixed feelings about this show… On the one hand, it was beautifully rendered and rather unique in flavor compared to other titles. This said, there were more than a few times, especially at the beginning, where I did not exactly look forward to watching this. The biggest reason being the “hero” character, who is a 100% idiot/scumbag. Now I’m all for flawed heroes, but this guy has zero principals and tries to betray the female lead many times. Thankfully the show often tries to recover from this issue by causing him to be very unlucky, thus he often pays for his foolishness in a rather comical light. Even so, it can be frustrating at first until he starts to loosen up a bit and actually supports the heroine. Once that starts to kick in, the series takes off rather well, actually. While I wouldn’t say this was groundbreaking, I did find a few twists to be interesting. And I did very much appreciate how focused on her mother the heroine was. A nice change as parent figures are usually ignored in anime shows. And, ya know, getting your MC from loser to somewhat hero-ish standard is not and easy task, so that’s actually a decent accomplishment too.
Overall this show definitely courts the line between Young Adult and my Warning Zone, what with the combination of heavy violence, language and inappropriate scenes. That said, considering how many shows I watch, the fact that this didn’t really feel like many other shows was… refreshing. If you need a break from your typical anime set up, this might be a good one to try out. Just remember that the MC will grate on your nerves for a few rounds.

Personal rating: Young adult

Episodes: 12
Languages: Sub
Official rating: TV14
Genre: Action, adventure, fantasy
Company: FUNimation
Official streaming: Hulu

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About inrosegalaxy

Raised on everything from Moby Dick to the Star Wars X-Wing books from a young age, it came as no surprise to anyone who knew me that I’d become a literature graduate and avid writer. But my love of a good story wasn’t restricted to the written word in my early years. Star Trek, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and badly dubbed Godzilla flicks helped shape my love of science fiction on screen as well. I wrote my first story while in the second grade. It was a horrifying tale about murdering a fairy-eating dog via a slice of pizza (in my defense, my only exposure to pizza was in the cafeteria and I swear you could legitimately kill someone with those things). I was a special snowflake. Today I write science fiction, fairy tales, Gothic epistolaries, fantasy and anything else that pops into my bizarre and twisted mind. I write new articles for my blog every Tuesday and Thursday. And if you happen to fancy Japanese animation, I also run an anime review blog, RRAR, which updates every Monday.

One thought on “Rage of Bahamut: Genesis Review

  1. I still haven’t got around to this title but am interested in checking it out some day. A lot of mixed reviews out there about it. Thanks for sharing.

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