Shingeki no Bahamut – Genesis episode 7: Lame Villain

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For a mighty demon raid, I must say this attack was rather pitiful. I understand Jeanne d’Arc is a human hero empowered by the power of the Angels, but still. How did they manage to survive this raid with so little destruction and casualties is beyond me. I understand humans are powerful and surprising, but I still find it hard to believe that a single human city could stand the onslaught of hell itself. I would have expected for the angels to come to the rescue to give them an edge, or even simply for the demons to be evenly matched and stalled long enough. So far, every demon we saw was terribly disappointing. We have such a huge villain complex going on in this show.

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Might it be the gigantic demons that shoot lasers, the small imp or Azazel himself, every demon we see seem to be so much weaker than a handful of valiant humans. Azazel is said to be the right hand of Satan…yet he was stalled and eventually defeated by just 2 bounty hunters? Favaro and Kaiser have some skills, that’s to be sure, but enough to stand toe to toe against one of the strongest demon out there? Give me a break. I understand Azazel was having fun toying with them and it was essentially what brought his demise, but we saw Azazel nearly instantly kill 4 dragon knights at once, how come he cannot kill one stupid little bounty hunter like Favaro? The demon might have enjoyed playing with their emotion, he might have tried to build their rage and need for vengeance, demons tend to love corrupting their prey and watching them suffer before they kill them. Despite this, Azazel still feel really weak to me. He was commanding Giant Demon who could shoot lasers capable of destroying the wall of the city, and the best he himself can do is move around snake-tentacles? Maybe we never saw his true power, maybe he never intended to fight seriously, but at the end of the day, the guy now seems really dead. With the holy beam frying him up, I must say I don’t expect him to make a come back here.

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The universe and epicness of Shingeki no Bahamut is awesome and I really enjoy the show, but in term of character psyche design, especially for the antagonists, there are a lot of flaws. If Azazel looked calculating and intelligent in previous episodes, this episode made him look stupid and shallow. The bad guy suddenly turned much weaker, he spent most of his time talking and arguing instead of actually fighting or doing his mission. Azazel should have easily been able to get past those two bounty hunter. He could teleport to them in an instead, yet somehow we are supposed to believe he couldn’t just ignore them, take Amira and leave? Such a villain complex, this is how “bad guys” are made in bad stories, I would rather not see Shingeki no Bahamut turn into one of those.

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At the end of the day, the episode was still pretty entertaining. I can let some of the lameness of the episode slide this time, but I must admit I am still pretty disappointed. Who will be the major villain now? What is left to fight? Satan and Bahamut himself? I’m curious what will show up as obstacles now that Azazel has been dealt with. Hopefully it will be less of a generic bad guy next time around.

ZeroGhj signing off

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