Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle

Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle

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The year is 1604. On the continent of Verbist, an age of war is ending with the demise of the northern nation: the Gaz Empire. Deemed “the root of all evil”, the empire finally fell after the militant forces, wizards, saboteurs, mercenaries and dragon cavalries. And to the winners go the spoils – including the scattered remains of Emperor Gaz, which supposedly contain magical powers. Enter Chaika Trabant – wizard and daughter of the deceased emperor – who is on a mission to hunt down the remains of her father and give him a proper burial.

Toru Acura is a 20 year old saboteur forced into early retirement due to peace in Verbist. Struggling with the post-war unemployment, he has a chance encounter with Chaika, a young girl who speaks strangely and carries a coffin on her back. With hopes of finding some meaning to his life again, Toru joins Chaika on her mammoth quest. Accompanied by Toru’s adopted sister Akari, the three of them travel together to gather the remains of Emperor Gaz.

IMG_1399.PNGAvenging Battle continues the story started in the show’s first season, with White Chaika continuing her mission to find the remains of Emperor Gaz alongside Toru, Akari and the dragon Frederika.

After my first review, noting that Chaika took quite a while to get going, and took it upon itself to withhold as many mysteries as possible, I was pleased to see that this season had much more action and was more plot-driven than the first series. Quite quickly, the viewer receives a lot of answers and there are plenty of intense battles – so there’s always something for the brain and eyes to latch onto.

IMG_1397.PNGAnswers fly throughout the episodes, bringing many of the mysteries to light and tackling head-on questions left unanswered in the first run. Everything isn’t jammed in at the end it feels satisfying. New questions are raised and answered each episode and plot lines are always at work, helping to drive the story forward. Action-wise there’s a lot more going on, with focuses on multi-episode conflicts, something the original season had a lot less of. Thankfully, even with this focus on a more action-oriented story, there’s still a nice consistency of good animation.

IMG_1403.PNGThe main cast gets a lot to do, save Fredrika who is sidelined yet again for a vast majority of the story, with Chaika growing and coming to grips with the truth surrounding her origins. Even Gillette’s little band of heroes gets quite a bit to do this season, feeling far more integral to the main storyline. All this praise aside I have to note that the ultimate reveals concerning the central mysteries of the show all feel a bit weak. It doesn’t help that at least one plot line introduced in the second season’s opening episode is dropped entirely. The show doesn’t bother to re-address the mystery or acknowledge it by the time we reach the final scenes.

IMG_1400.PNGWhen the final scenes eventually reveal themselves, the finale seems disappointingly short. As mentioned before there’s much left unsaid after the Emperor finally is put to rest, but none of that really seems to matters. We get a brief look at the aftermath of the battle at Hartgen, and then one final scene addressing the main characters. Chaika gets her wish and this ending means a chance for new beginnings for those that have only known war.

Over the last two seasons, Chaika has been quite a whirlwind, but none of the surprises really felt fresh and it failed to grab me the way a series should (as opposed to Akame ga Kill). Despite my lack of enthusiasm (which sadly was always there in some measure), the show was fun to watch with some lovely action scenes and Chaika was a refreshing lead character.

IMG_1404.PNGI would have liked to have seen a longer epilogue and a more relaxed pacing for the final part of this story, but due to the constant revelations, the pacing never really felt particularly sluggish.

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