Chaika – The Coffin Princess: Episode 5 – “The Pursuer and the Pursued”

Chaika – The Coffin Princess is set on the continent of Verbist. Five years prior to the beginning of the series, Arthur Gaz of the Gaz Empire has fallen, and his daughter Chaika has escaped and is on the run. In the first episode, a saboteur named Toru meets Chaika, who can use magic and goes around with a coffin on her back. Toru, along with his younger sister, Akari, travel with Chaika as she tries to gather the remains of her father, Arthur Gaz.

While they’re in a town, Akari discovers there’s a wanted poster being posted for her, Chaika, and Toru. They decide to leave.

Meanwhile, Gillette and his group receive information from one of their companions that the wanted poster is working and that they have received reports of sightings of the three in the town of Perimeral. However, this companion mentions that the characteristics being described weren’t quite the same. Gillette decides to head to Perimeral to investigate.

As Toru, Chaika, and Akari travel, they notice they are being followed. However, a girl wearing a cloak blocks the road, and Toru gets out to attack the girl. Toru manages to slash the cloak away and reveal that the girl looks just like Chaika except she’s dressed in red. Another member of the red Chaika’s group fires a Gundo, while the third member grabs the white Chaika. The red Chaika’s companions disappear with white Chaika, and Toru and Akari take red Chaika prisoner.

Both groups try to question the Chaika they’ve taken prisoner with mixed results. Akari manages to deliver a message to the other group about meeting at a location before dawn, and gets confirmation that the groups will meet. Meanwhile, Gillette and his group come upon the location where the two groups had fought and try to tail the two groups.

A previous episode had hinted that others had been captured because it was thought they were Chaika, only to turn out that they were fakes. When Akari sees the red Chaika’s neck, she notices a scar that matches one that the white Chaika has on her neck. Red Chaika keeps trying to claim that white Chaika is a fake; she also reveals that she wants to recover Arthur Gaz’s remains and kill everyone who killed her father and those who ran and didn’t protect him.

I’m very interested to see what the explanation ends up being for these two Chaikas, especially since they both have the same scar on their neck. Is one of them actually a fake, are both actually fakes, or could they somehow both be Chaika? I’m hoping that future episodes will give the audience an explanation.

It was also nice to see more of Gillette’s group. Not only did they get some more screen time, but the audience started getting to know some of these characters a little better. Up to this point, Gillette and his group have kind of flitted in and out of the story. I’m hoping that they’ll be making more appearances in the story in a more consistent manner. There seems to be potential for this group of characters that hasn’t manifested itself quite yet because of how infrequently they’ve appeared in the series so far.

Unfortunately, I’m a little disappointed that Fredrica only made a couple of token appearances early on in Episode Five before she seemed to vanish. Hopefully she’ll return to the storyline soon, because having someone traveling with them who wanted to kill Toru was an interesting element to add to the story.

Even with that complaint, I’m still interested in what’s going on in Chaika – The Coffin Princess. I think that the red Chaika and white Chaika add an interesting twist, and this could be an interesting development. I can’t wait to see how this development will progress the story.

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