Chaika – The Coffin Princess – AVENGING BATTLE: Episode 3 – “The Harbor of Phantom Dreams Recollected”

Episode Three sees Chaika, Toru, and Akari going to see Clay Morgan, one of the heroes with Chaika’s father’s remains. Their arrival and asking for the remains causes Clay to experience PTSD, and he goes off running. After trying to ambush Toru, Clay is defeated by Toru and Akari. Clay agrees to give them the remains if they agree to never appear in front of him again. Of course, as we discover later, they have to go to him to get something they need. There’s a quick scene of this former hero cowering behind a couch and saying they can have whatever they need if they’ll just leave him alone. This was done to get something accomplished, and it felt like it was also done to be a little humorous. Some may argue that this scene makes light of what people who experience PTSD go through, but it needed to be done this way in order for the plot to continue the way it needed to.

The encounter with Clay is also important because he reveals the name of the hero who supposedly chopped off Chaika’s head during the attack on Emperor Gaz. Hearing this makes Chaika even more determined to try to find the island rumored to have her father’s treasure and hopefully find answers about who or what she really is. This desire makes Chaika much more willing to try to do things on her own, even without Toru and Akari’s knowledge or permission. I think this is going to serve as a turning point for Chaika’s character development, since previously she usually wouldn’t do anything without Toru or Akari around. Gaining a sense of independence may not be a great thing for her, though, since she’s still rather naïve about how the world works.

Guy makes another appearance, this time to Toru and Akari. Just like with Red Chaika’s group, he’s trying to lure Chaika and the others to the island. I don’t trust Guy at all, and I suspect that he’s somehow behind all the various Chaikas that are now running around.

We also get to briefly see the next hero, Setphan Hartgen, and it’s revealed that he has a retainer named Shin who shares a past with Toru and Akari. It also appears that Hartgen wants to capture all the remains for himself, and there’s a hint that there’s someone helping him in the shadows. I couldn’t really make out anything of this person in the shadows, but I’m wondering if it could be Guy or someone involved with Guy. With the way the episode ended, it looks like the island is going to be the main focus. But I suspect that we’ll reach Hartgen before the series ends.

According to what I’ve read, it appears that Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE is only going to have 10 episodes. If this is true, it means that we’re only a couple of episodes away from the halfway point. With the way the story is currently building, that seems to be the right number of episodes needed to tell this story. I won’t know for sure, though, until I make it through the entire series.

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