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If you’ve been watching the new season of Rage of Bahamut you probably have questions about what happened between the two seasons. Luckily, there are answers in the form of an anime you probably missed.
[Note: This article contains spoilers for Rage of Bahamut: GENESIS and Rage of Bahamut: GENESIS – Short story.]
Rage of Bahamut: GENESIS follows three people: Roguish bounty hunter Favaro, noble knight Kaisar, and the half-demon, half-angel girl Amira. But it’s more than just an adventure focused on the three of them—rather they are just the ones caught in the middle of a much greater conflict. The greater story is about the the various forces of heaven, hell, and humanity as they battle and plot to either stop or bring to fruition the resurrection of Bahamut—a chaotic dragon with the power to destroy the world.
The anime ends in a bittersweet fashion with Amira merged with Bahamut and the creature subsequently banished from the face of the world. The other two are left with crippling injuries: Kaisar missing a hand and Favaro a leg. Yet in the epilogue set six months later we see the pair—now with steampunk/magical prosthetics—continuing to live on despite the loss of the woman they both loved. Kaisar is restored to his knighthood and Favaro prepares to depart the captitol and return to his carefree life of bounty hunting.
However, at the last moment, Kaisar deserts his knightly duty, electing to travel with Favaro as well—deciding to follow his friend in the hopes of repaying him for everything he sacrificed over the course of their adventure with Amira.
Cut to ten years later, at the start of the second season, Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul. Things are more than a little different. Kaisar is, once again, a knight, and Favaro is nowhere to be seen. Of course this raises the obvious question: what happened between the first and second seasons?
What you may not know is that this question has been—at least partially—answered in the ONA anime Rage of Bahamut: GENESIS – Short story. As of this writing, two episodes of Short story have been released for free on the Cygames YouTube channel (though without English subtitles).
The first episode continues directly on from the epilogue of GENESIS’ final episode. As the pair leaves the capitol, they stop over at their hometown to visit their respective father’s graves. It is there that they run into Favaro’s mother. From her we get a different perspective on the pair’s fathers.
We also see that despite his happy-go-lucky attitude, Favaro is bothered by his father’s “live life boldly” lifestyle. Favaro’s loss of his own leg (and the loss of Amira) has made him question his own mortality.
Favaro and Kaisar are thus forced to consider how they each want to live their lives from now on. Favaro elects to continue his wandering journeys—to learn more about the world and grow as a person. But that is not how Kaisar wishes to live. He decides to return to his duty as a knight—to pay off his debt to Favaro some other time—which leads into the second Short story.
The second episode follows Kaisar as he practices with—and then has a heart-to-heart with—the now mortal Jeanne d’Arc. From this episode we learn why Kaisar chose to return to being a knight. While a part of him longed for the free life that Favaro embraced, Kaisar recognised it for what it was—a life of self-indulgence. He decided instead to be like the man he once hated but came to idolize after his travels with Favaro and Amira: his father, the noble knight.
The other half of the episode is focused on Jeanne—her loss of purpose after the events of the first season. Jeanne went from noble saint to disillusioned demon over the course of the story. In the end, she was purified and brought back to the light—but only through the death of her heavenly benefactor and true love, the Archangel Michael. But even if she was no longer a demon, she was clearly no longer a saint either.
From a young age, Jeanne was chosen to be a saint. But with this identity lost to her, she is simply a woman—decent with the sword but with no divine path to guide her life. And while she was calculatingly tainted and corrupted into being a demon by an outside force, she still carries the guilt for those actions.
Thus she is faced with the want—the need—to attone, but the certain knowledge that such redemption is unobtainable. All she can hope to do is push on as she is now in the hope of adding some good to the world.
It is an excellent development in her character arc, but it does leave one lingering question. Why is she not still working with Kaisar as a knight when Virgin Soul begins? Perhaps this will be revealed in a yet unreleased Short story. Or perhaps we’ll just need to keep watching Virgin Soul to find out.
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul can be seen with English subtitles on Amazon Anime Strike.