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.
Episode 12 sees the battle between the two flying fortresses. At one point in the battle, Soara’s magic attacks fire out of alignment, and a character that we’ve gotten to know a bit over the course of these 12 episodes appears to have gotten caught in the crossfire.
Inside Soara, Vivi and Zita battle with Akari. However, at one point when the fortress is shot at, Akari falls, and the spell on her is broken. Akari teams with the other two ladies to try to find the others. They find Fredrica’s body, and it looks like she’s dead. However, a smaller version of Fredrica suddenly pops out of it. It turns out that Fredrica molted.
Toru searches for Chaika, while Chaika is trying to find her father’s remains. She comes upon the control room, where she finds Ricardo and Layla (aka the Blue Chaika). Chaika is discovered, and when it looks like she’s in trouble, something unexpected happens at the same time that Toru finds Chaika and saves her.
After Chaika and Toru get Gaz’s remains, they are found by Layla. She attacks Toru, and it looks like it might be the end for him…
This was the final episode of Chaika – The Coffin Princess for this season. However, the series will be returning with more episodes in Fall 2014. This episode ends up wrapping up this particular storyline, and it sets the stage for where the series should pick up again when it returns in a few months.
At this point, it appears that a character we’ve known for most of the series has died. However, I don’t entirely rule out the possibility that this person somehow managed to live and is in hiding somewhere.
Without giving too much away, I will mention that at one point in Episode 12, there’s a tender moment between Chaika and Toru. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last when it’s interrupted by one of the other characters. But it was awesome to see Chaika admit through her actions to Toru that she has feelings for him.
At the end of the episode, Chaika tells the others about learning from Layla about the fact that she was simply created. Toru concludes that Chaika is doing that she’s been programmed to do, and then he asks her what she plans to do. Chaika resolves to continue gathering the remains, since that’s all she knows how to do. When she asks if the others will come with her, they all agree. There’s also a surprise when Fredrica encourages Toru to make a contract with her in order to become a dragoon cavalier. She says she’s serious about it, and Toru says he’ll think about it. So we have the potential to see a change in Toru’s character when the next anime series gets going in Fall 2014, and I’m interested to see whether he’ll take Fredrica up on this or not.
Overall, I have to say that I enjoyed watching Chaika – The Coffin Princess. I found the story to be interesting, and I came to care about many of the main characters. I’m glad to know now that the series will be returning in Fall 2014, and I’m looking forward to continuing to follow Chaika’s adventures in a few months.
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