New Anime Brew: Chaika the Coffin Princess: Avenging Battle (Season 2)
Previous Season Review: New Anime Brew: Hitsugi no Chaika (Chaika – The Coffin Princess)
- Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle
- Chaika the Coffin Princess Season 2
- Chaika Season 2
Date Released: October 08, 2014
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Age Range: 13+
Runtime: 10 episodes, 23 minutes 41 seconds
Original creator: Ichiro Sakaki
– Other works from Ichiro Sakaki:
- CODE-E (T.V. Series)
- Mission-E (T.V. Series)
- Magician’s Academy (T.V. Series & Manga)
- Outbreak Company (T.V. Series & Manga & Light Novel)
- Polyphonica (Series)
- Scrapped Princess (T.V. Series & Manga)
- Strait Jacket (OAV)
Director: Soichi Masui
– Other works from Soichi Masui:
- Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzū (T.V. Series)
- Scrapped Princess (T.V. Series)
- Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (T.V. Series, but as an episode director)
Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
– Other Sound Directings from Masafumi Mima:
- Ai Yori Aoshi (T.V. Series)
- Allison & Lillia (T.V. Series)
- Animal Crossing (Movie)
- Arjuna (ERR)
- Cardcaptor Sakura (Series)
- Chobits (Series)
- Dai-Guard (T.V. Series)
- Fullmetal Alchemist (Series)
- I Dream of Mimi (Ooo, sexy~)
- Paprika (Movie)
- Pokémon (Series)
- Santa Company (Movie) as Supervision which now explains that sound effect
- Ushio & Tora (OAV)
Music: Seikou Nagaoka
– Other musical works from Seikou Nagaoka:
- New Dream Hunter Rem: Massacre in the Phantasmic Labyrinth (OAV) Hmm
- Petite Princess Yucie (T.V. Series)
- Strike Witches (Series)
- Tenchi Muyo (Early series with specials and Universe)
- Flying Dog
- Fujimi Shobo
- Hitsugi No Chaika Partners
- Kadokawa Corporation
- Kadokawa Shoten
Other Media Chronology:
– Light Novel: Written by Ichirō Sakaki. Illustrated by Namaniku ATK . Published by Fujimi Shobo. Imprint: Fujimi Fantasia BunkoRun. 2010 – Ongoing 9 volumes
–Manga: Written by: Shinta Sakayama. Published by: Kadokawa Shoten. Magazine: Shōnen Ace. 2011–Ongoing 3 volumes
A.) Hitsugi no Chaikaka. Written by: Kanikama. Published by: Kadokawa Shoten. Magazine: 4-Koma Nano Ace (former), Shōnen Ace (current). 2011 – Ongoing
B.) Gakuen Chaika!. Magazine: Niconico Age Premium. 2014 – Ongoing
Licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
-Season 1 catch-up:
(White) Chaika Trabant, Toru, Akari, and Frederica are on a quest to find all of the corpse pieces to the former Emperor Gaz. Along their journey they combat and compete with the Gillett Corps and (Red) Chaika Bogdan’s trio to obtain these limbs. The people who own these limbs are the Eight Heroes. Why do they own pieces of a dead man? Because these eight warriors are the ones who penetrated the Emperor’s castle and killed the Emperor Gaz.
What other value do these rotten parcels have? They each have incredible amounts of magic potential. One body part has enough potential to power a major country or destroy nations. Ahh, Shocking Truth!!! While collecting the body parts, White Chaika and the Gillett Corps get caught up with Ricardo and Count Gard’s flying island incident masterminded by Layla (Blue Chaika).
Layla found out about the “truth” behind the many Chaikas and abandoned the name in order to rule the world through her own conquest. White Chaika’s friends and the Gillette Corps foil the now deceased Layla, losing Captain Gillette in the process. This causes Vivi to cry out in pain for the loss of her lover which makes her transform into a Chaika.
This change is obvious when her hair turns from pink to white (This also explains the random 4 from the review of season 1 because there were 4 Chaikas spotted). The current situation is as follows: White Chaika has 4 body parts, Red Chaika has 1 body part, and the Gillette Corps has a group crisis with the loss of their captain and uncertainty concerning Chaika Vivi.
Chaika, Toru, Akari, and Frederica are almost at the end of their quest to aid Chaika in helping her collect the rest of her father‘s (Emperor Gaz’s) remains. Along this quest our heroes stand strong as certain truths are revealed and as many of their situations grow grimmer by the challenges at hand.
Note: The main three will only have their voice actors listed since the first review defined them quite well and I will try to focus on the major characters to go over.
Name: Chaika Trabant
VA: Chika Anzai
- Both Chaika ED (Ending) themes
- Riddle Story of Devil (T.V. Series) ED theme
- Sound! Euphonium (T.V. Series) ED theme
- Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzū (T.V. Series) Nagisa Mikogami
- Attack on Titan (T.V. Series) Mina Caroline
- Danbōru Senki Wars (T.V. Series) Sakuya Hosono
- Riddle Story of Devil (T.V. Series) Suzu Shutō
- Sound! Euphonium (T.V. Series) Reina Kōsaka
Name: Toru Acura
VA: Junji Majima
- Aria the Scarlet Ammo (T.V. Series) Kinji Tōyama
- Assassination Classroom (T.V. Series) Ryūnosuke Chiba
- Is This a Zombie? (Series) Ayumu Aikawa
- Kodomo no Jikan (Series) Daisuke Aoki
- Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! (T.V. Series) Shuntarō Sako
- Log Horizon 2 (T.V. Series) Roreil Dawn
- Love Stage!! (T.V. Series) Tenma Hidaka
- Magimoji Rurumo (T.V. Series) Sempai
- MÄR (T.V. Series) Mercury
- Nana to Kaoru (OAV) Kaoru Sugimura
- Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu (Series) Shute Sutherland
- Scrapped Princess (T.V. Series) Forsyth
- Toradora! (Series) Ryūji Takasu
Name: Akari Acura
VA: Yuko Hara
- Mysterious Joker (T.V. Series) Ginko Kurosaki
- Tribe Cool Crew (T.V. Series) Mizuki Mashiro
Personality: Youthful and energetic
Role: Main Character, The heavy hitter, surprise attacker, & convenient transport
Arsenal: Turns into a Dragoon, hyper rejuvenation, transformations, and extendable claws.
VA: Chiwa Saito
- Aria: The Natural (T.V. Series) OP & ED Themes
- Kemeko Deluxe! (T.V. Series) OP & ED Themes
- Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle (T.V. Series) OP & ED Themes
- Aria – The Natural (Series) Aika S. Granzchesta
- Best Student Council (T.V. Series) Kaori Izumi
- C³ (T.V. Series) Sovereignty
- DearS (T.V. Series) Neneko Izumi
- Desert Punk (T.V. Series) Kosuna
- Disgaea (T.V. Series) Jennifer
- Dog & Scissors (T.V. Series) Sara Moribe
- Don’t Tell Mother Maria (Special) Mami Yamaguchi
- Fairy Musketeers (T.V. Series) Cane
- Girls Bravo (T.V. Series) Kirie Kojima
- Kemeko Deluxe! (T.V. Series) Kemeko
- Kyousogiga (Series) Doctor Shōko & Yakushimaru
- Log Horizon (T.V. Series) Nureha
- Mitsudomoe (Series) Miku Sugisaki
- Momo: The Girl God of Death (T.V. Seres) Mai Makihara
- No-Rin (Series) Natsumi Bekki a.k.a. Beckey
- Pani Poni Dash! (T.V. Series) Rebecca Miyamoto a.k.a. Beckey
- Yoshinaga-san’chi no Gargoyle (T.V. Series) Futaba Yoshinaga
Name: Vivi Holopainen
Personality: Tsundere (or bossy and emotionally shy) and in a shocking personal crisis
Role: Rival, to catch that god damn Chaika before she takes another body part.
Arsenal: Throwing needles
VA: Iori Nomizu
- Date A Live (Series) OP
- Ebiten: Ebisugawa Public High School’s Tenmonbu (T.V. Series) OP
- Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (T.V. Series) OP
- Morita-san wa Mukuchi (T.V. Series) OP
- Omamori Himari (T.V. Series) ED
- Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they? (T.V. Series) OP
- Cat Planet Cuties (Series) Antonia
- Date A Live (Series) Yoshino
- Ebiten: Ebisugawa Public High School’s Tenmonbu (T.V. Series) Elizabeth Margaret
- Heaven’s Lost Property (Series) Nymph
- Is This a Zombie? (Series) Haruna
- Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (T.V. Series) Rico Flamel
- Lagrange – The Flower of Rin-ne (Series) Shōko Igarashi
- Omamori Himari (T.V. Series) Rinko Kuzaki
- Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they? (T.V. Series) Kuro Usagi
- R-15 (T.V. Series) Botan Beni
Name: Chaika Bogdan
Personality: Borish, Talks like Chaika, Tsundere, and Bossy (A direct opposite of Chaika Trabant’s personality).
Role: A rival sword woman who wants to retrieve the corpse parts and destroy them for her own angst against her father.
Arsenal: Snake blade and coffin
VA: Saeko Zōgō
- Dai – Shogun – Great Revolution (T.V. Series) ED
- Maken-Ki! Battling Venus (T.V. Series) ED
- Triage X (T.V. Series) OP
- Giant Killing (T.V. Series) Yoshio Fukazawa
- Isuca (T.V. Series) Nadeshiko Sōma
- Kūsen Madōshi Kōhosei no Kyōkan (T.V. Series) Flonne Flamel
- Maken-Ki! Battling Venus (T.V. Series) Chacha Akaza
- Problem children are coming from another world, aren’t they? (T.V. Series) Caroro Gandack
- R-15 (T.V. Series) Shimon Tegakari
Name: Niva Lada
Age: Nothing but a number
Personality: She sort of like Chaika’s little sister
Role: Go watch the show
Arsenal: If you watch the show you can know
VA: Sachie Hirai
- Love Stage!! (OAV) Girl Kōhai
- Paradise of Innocence (OAV) Manatsu
Emotions are well flourished, the action has impact, and the scenery really brings out this world. The animation is top notch and is a good representation of 2014 animation.
Animation Rating: 4/5 (B)
From the opening song to the BGM the music is ready to set the viewer for an action packed journey. The opening song ‘Shikkoku o Nuritsubuse’ or ‘Paint Out the Jet Black’ sung by Iori Nomizu (she also voices Vivi Holopainen in the show and sang the previous opening Darakena). She still performs in a nasal tone as mentioned before. The song grows in pace as it synchs with the visuals. This performance portends to the viewer that the show is going to grow in action. The ending ‘Watashi wa Omae no Naka ni Iru’ or ‘I Am Inside of You’ is sung by coffin princess. This ending does its job well as it tells the viewer how Chaika feels about the situations at hand while show casing some eye catching scenery with some catchy techno/pop.
Sound Rating: 3.75/5(B)
Overall Production Rating = 3.875/5 (B)
Pros, Cons, and Other Thoughts:
- Situations are well treated
- It knows how to take itself as it completes its arc
- Turns grim in a natural progression
- No fillers that expand on the characters
- Thinking of cons
- Sentai Filmworks hasn’t noted yet when this will get a home release yet; however the first volume of manga is dated to come out 06-23-2015 from Yen Press
I enjoyed the second season of Chaika just as I did the first. There isn’t any filler, but I wouldn’t know where to put those kinds of episodes in this season without taking away from the story, tonality, and situations. The story continues on from the end of season one (Chaika and friends, shocking truth, body parts, shocking truth, rivals, GASPS… shocking truth; bad guys go violent and go boogah-boogah (more gasps) to stop Chaika) it starts out pretty warm hearted environment with Claudia Dodge training Chaika for combat in her grape vineyard. After the gang leaves the grape vineyard, we see how each successive task afterward becomes grimmer such as Chaika getting a firm confirmation about what she truly is and what Emperor Gaz’s true intent will be. To kind of clue in what sort of situations will come I’ll say their sort of Ra’s Al Ghul in nature.
If you’re looking for a fantasy series similar to Berserk, this isn’t what you want. If you’re looking for a series that is similar to the Louie the Rune Solder, but taken a bit more serious, this is what you’re looking for.
Okay now to go over a few items I missed last time. The majority of the characters are named in reference to models. I hate vehicles so that’s why I didn’t catch this. Chaika’s catch phrase is ‘Shocking Truth’ which isn’t over used and demonstrates how naïve Chaika really is. Come to think of it she has come through a long route of maturing in this second season. In the first season Chaika was overly naïve, clumsy, and accident prone; however, in season two she does have her joyful moments, but she isn’t the cause of her trouble and is able to think on her own feet. Chaika may fall, but she can try to stand up. She wasn’t helpless mind you in season one but I do appreciate the continuity of the character growth.
Since the word coffin is in the title, the nearer the ending gets the more morbid the season becomes. The story is complete at the end with no questions left unanswered. The season is enjoyable but slightly depressing depending on how one would look at the resolution of the season.
Now it’s time to compare endings between these seasons. With the first one it was sparking because Toru and Chaika saved the day while admitting their love for each other; however, for season two we know everyone is now at peace and the world is now restful, but it lost the energy from the first season. So from that… I would say that season one’s ending is more interesting, but after seeing what everyone has been through it’s satisfying to know that our heroes can rest.
*Pro’s, Con’s, and Other Thoughts Rating: 3.75/5 (B)
-Was there meaningful action in the episodes?
Yes, every episode was needed to portray this story.
-Did the actions and situations occur at a tempo natural to the genre?
In order to deliver its story in an action series with a grim theme every key was hit to keep up the suspense and grab the attention of the reviewer. … That’s a yes.
-Did the resolution of each situation affect the flow of the episodes?
Yes, each situation did matter for the next conflict. It develops an effective atmosphere after each cause is concluded. With this being said the show doesn’t rest after one problem is solved. The steady flow of events keeps the story going, providing information when needed. Even if you were to watch this half awake you can enjoy the series.
Pace Overall Rating: 3.6/5 (B)
- Plot: 4/5 (B) Enjoyed.
- Performance: 3.5/5 (B) Good as before.
- Pace: 3.6/5 (B) Action fast.
- Characters: 3.6/5 (B) How we like them.
- Production Quality: 3.875/5 (B) Animation: Exquisite. Sound: Captivating.
- Pro’s, Con’s, and other thoughts: 3.75/5 (B) Just like snickers this series satisfies.
- Overall total: 3.72/5 (B) Highly recommended series.
Note: Due to my own belief defining anime as pop art, no show will ever receive a 0, 1, or 5 (a Z, F, or A in my book). The reason being is that anything can be far greater or worse than before. That’s just human triumph and error.
What was needed?
- A stated hard disc release from Sentai Filmworks
- A run on Toonami
- A video game (I’m not sure if there is one already)
- Me to review the ODA
The show grows more morbid throughout the series, but if you can handle Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood then you’re good to go.
The gore is at a blood squirting level but is modest, with no guts or broken bones showing.
- Louie the Rune Solder
- Full Metal Alchemist
- Puppet Princess
- Momo Kyun Sword (Only by premise)
- Heaven’s Lost Property (Only by characters)
- A Certain Magical Index (A worse example)
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