Chaika – The Coffin Princess: Episode 7 – “The Valley of No Return”

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 had fallen, and his daughter Chaika 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.

At the beginning of Episode Seven, Guy approaches Chaika, Toru, and Akari and provides information on the next hero (who he is and where he might be found). Apparently, his existence was last verified four years ago in the town of Rademio. Toru gets into some words with Guy, going so far as to say he has the unpleasant feeling that he’s deceiving them. Guy says it’s desirable for him to feel untrusting and concerned.

When Chaika and the others go into town for magic fuel, they learn about a place called the Valley of No Return. While fog had always gathered there, since four years ago the fog no longer clears. In addition, it’s said that anyone who enters the valley never returns. Toru and the others believe this could be a lead to finding Simon Scania, the hero they’re looking for.

Meanwhile, we see that Gillette and his group are disobeying the orders they were given by the Council of the Six Nations and are continuing their pursuit of Chaika and the others. Gillette’s group finds Chaika’s group. However, just as the two groups begin fighting, Fredrica arrives. She transforms into a dragoon, shocking Gillette’s group. Fredrica takes Chaika and the others out of harm’s way in her dragoon form.

Fredrica takes them to the Valley of No Return, where Chaika uses a locator spell. Unfortunately, she gets an unclear result. Chaika starts climbing down a ravine to get the remains, and Toru and Akari go after her. The rocks of the ravine give way, and they all fall. Fredrica goes after them in her dragoon form and is able to catch all of them except for Toru.

Toru ends up in the fog, which causes him to see illusions that make his fantasies reality. The girls can see them, and they all feature Chaika; this angers Akari. The girls are in a barrier that protects them from the fog. At one point, Toru runs toward the barrier due to what he sees in an illusion, and the girls get him inside the barrier. Akari and Fredrica give him a thorough beating to knock some sense back into him.

They discover the Gundo that’s creating the fog, and Chaika destroys it with her magic. When the fog clears, it appears they’ve found what they’ve been seeking…

So this episode sees the return of the mysterious Guy, and the scene he appears in seems to add to his mystique. Is he truly someone who can be trusted or not? And how does he know everything that he appears to know?

I should have figured that Gillette and his group would disobey orders and continue on their mission to go after Chaika. If they were removed from the picture, it would take away too much of the tension that’s needed to keep the story going. But I imagine the Council of the Six Nations won’t be too pleased if they find out what’s going on. While Gillette and his team appear to be the primary antagonists of the series, I expect that at some point we’ll see red Chaika and her traveling companions making another appearance in the series in order to try to seize the remains that white Chaika has.

Right near the end, there’s a scene that seems to hint that Chaika might have developed feelings for Toru. We already knew Akari was interested in him, and now it appears that Chaika is, too. Can Fredrica be too far behind?

Overall, I thought this episode of Chaika – The Coffin Princess was rather enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in Episode Eight.

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