Anime Spotlight: Chaika -The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE

Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE is the second season of the Chaika –The Coffin Princess- anime series. The series is produced by Bones and is directed by Soichi Masui. It aired on Japanese television from October 8-December 10, 2014. As of this writing, Sentai Filmworks holds the North American distribution license for Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE.

The first series followed a girl on the run named Chaika, who claims to be the daughter of Arthur Gaz, the deposed leader of the Gaz Empire. She’s trying to gather her father’s remains in order to give him a proper burial. However, her father’s remains are a very powerful source of magic fuel so being able to gather them is no easy task. Chaika is joined by two saboteurs named Toru and Akari, as well as by a dragoon named Frederica. It’s revealed during the first series that there are a lot of girls running around who claim to be Chaika and are trying to gather Emperor Gaz’s remains. However, the Chaika we know strongly insists that she’s the real one.

Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE is set one month after the events that took place at the end of the first series. Vivi, a member of the Gillette Squad, had undergone a partial transformation into a Chaika; however, she doesn’t acknowledge this fact. Chaika, Toru, Akari, and Frederica continue their journey, and end up fighting against Claudia, one of the eight heroes that fought against Emperor Gaz. After a couple of tough battles, they defeat her and she hands over what she has of Gaz’s remains. Claudia also tells them about Gaz’s treasure that’s purportedly hiding on an island, as well as provides information on the other heroes.

Their travels then take Chaika and her companions to Clay Morgan, another one of the eight heroes. Unfortunately, when they arrive and ask Clay for Gaz’s remains, it causes him to experience PTSD. They’re ultimately able to defeat him, and Clay reveals the name of the hero who supposedly chopped off Chaika’s head during the attack on Gaz.

Chaika becomes consumed with trying to figure out the truth about who she is, and she decides to go off on her own to the island to try to find her father’s treasure. The other characters converge there, too, and it’s revealed that this island is the home of the Gaz Empire Institute of Magic. Also, Chaika is informed that Gaz didn’t really have a daughter. Gaz’s treasure is found on the island, but it’s not what anyone expected.

The remaining episodes of the series see everyone converging into the Principality of Hartgen, where the hero who beheaded Chaika and Gaz resides. These final episodes contain strange happenings, unexpected reunions, and the truth about everything that had driven the series is revealed.

Since there was no recap to open Episode One, it was a little more difficult getting back into the story than I thought it would be. However, by the end of the episode, I had pieced a lot of things together and was starting to get back into the story. The series also seemed to be off to a decent start. Episode Two built nicely off the story that was established in Episode One.

At the end of Episode Four, there were just as many new questions being asked as the questions that were being answered. At the time, I hoped that the series would answer those new questions and tie up all the loose ends satisfactorily. After seeing the entirety of Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE, I can say with certainty that it did.

I was able to predict some of the events and revelations that were made over the course of this series. However, there were also twists that I hadn’t anticipated, so that helped to make the series an enjoyable viewing experience.

Now that I’ve seen both Chaika –The Coffin Princess- and Chaika –The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE, I can say that I enjoyed the journey that it took me on as a viewer. From Chaika’s introduction and the setup of the series, there were always questions for the viewer to ponder and make the viewer anticipate learning the answers to the questions. I really came to care about many of these characters over the course of both of series, and in some respects, I’m a little sad to see that their adventures are over.

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