Just finished off Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul, and I have one important question: WHAT WAS THE FUCKING POINT OF ALL THAT?!? You know, screw this.
DON'T READ THIS FUCKING POST IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS, I'M NOT GOING TO HIDE OR CENSOR HOW BULLSHIT THIS IS!
The premise of the series is that, a couple years after the ending of the previous series (Rage of Bahamut GENESIS), the human government finds out that all the efforts of the previous series (Of all the Gods, Demons, and Humans uniting together so that they don't die) to seal Bahamut away for good was futile as Bahamut is far stronger and is going to escape. They find this information out through scacred away texts that they found hidden away in the castle, and were only found due to the human king's palace pretty much being destroyed. In the same texts, they found out that there are also ancient WMDs that are laying around that could match the might and possibly defeat Bahamut forever. However, the remainder of this information is sealed away in Heaven and Hell. And, they do confirm the fact that Bahamut will return. Are you with me so far?
SO, in order to prevent the apocalypse from happening, the last remaining heir of the human monarchy who was just placed on the throne with his cabinet staffed all with experiences people that are aware of the fact that they are working on the clock to prevent the destruction of everything in existence, they all universally decide that the smartest thing to do is...attack Heaven and Hell, kill their leaders and most of their populace, ensalve the survivors, dance on their graves, and proclaim that “Humanity is #1!” (And, possibly raid the library for more information on these WMDs and ways to kill Bahamut,...if they have any free time during all of that,...if they can be asked). OH and proceed to sit on their asses for the next five years, rebuilding everything off of slave labor that's intentionally cruel just so that they can be cruel, watch gladiator battles, imprison all who oppose them, and NEVER feel the need to make anyone outside of their small circle aware of the fact that the monster who almost destroyed the world is coming back and they are taking measures to prevent it.
But, wait, it gets better. During the final months before Bahamut is released, a half-dragon girl (Nina, the protagonist of this story) comes to the capital to earn money that she can send home (Like the filthy immigrant she is), and gets involved with the city's dissidents who all correctly come to the conclusion that the king is a cruel asshole who needs to be overthrown. And, the reason they get her involved is because she can turn into a powerful dragon, but only when she let's her bishie fantasies get out of control. Oh, and she catches the “heart” of the king while he's running around the city disguised as a merchant. Anyways, she get's involved in a couple of these, first with a demon revolt that fails and results in her getting imprisoned (Along with all of the characters in the previous series, who were also imprisoned at some point, finally getting the chance to catch-up about their past decade of adventures), and the second time as a bystander to the humans aggressively telling the Gods to “Fuck off” by firing the Schwerer Gustav that they unearthed. Yes, there is some political drama that takes place during all this, but it all becomes pointless in the grand scheme of things. The first half of the series actually does sort-of justify the humans kicking the Gods and Demons to the curb, the former because of their entitlement that humans are suppose to serve and worship them and the latter because of them being the cause of the mess in the first series. And, it can be discussed all day about whether or not the humans were actually justified in attacking the capitals of the other two races, and/or needing to kill their leaders. But, all the discussion is meaningless because the entire reason why the humans attacked their capitals was because they wanted more information on how to kill Bahamut with those WMDs, and they never figured that (Perhaps) ASKING the Gods and Demons for that information would result in anything when everyone suffered heavy losses the previous time that thing was released.
Continuing on with the summary of the series, people die, alliances are formed, one thing leads to another, and the Gods and Demons team up to storm the human capital and overthrow the king (Along with humans that finally realize the fact that the king is an asshole, but think that the Gods are somehow better despite also being assholes). And, all the while that's taking place, the king finally unleashes Bahamut so that he can kill it. He leads it to the capital just as his troops stationed there to protect the city are about to fall, everyone realizes that the destroyer is back, the Gods and Demons drop everything so that they don't die, and the king fires the Schwerer Gustav (With Nina and the power of love). They seemingly kill it (Before it fades away several weeks later, revealing that ALL of this shit was pointless), and everything is okay, and everyone lives happily every after. No punishments or closure for any of the shit that happened over the past five years, “No one's ever really gone” despite the framing that some of the characters are gone, and nothing was learned or gained.
As for the animation, the 2D art was rather appealing unless they showed the characters from a distance, and all the 3D animation and models that they used looked out of place. And, the audio was nice.
Overall, I'm just so damn disappointed with the entire thing. I remember liking the previous series a lot, but this was just downright infuriating to watch as the only reason all this shit happened is because the king was an idiot who wants to keep the entire thing to himself for God knows why. And, even after knowing that Nina and her friends were the source of the troubles in the capital, he never wants to reveal to them WHY he's been such a cruel, unlikable, bastard, despite any of the help they could provide. Hell, I would have even found his actions somewhat justifiable if he DID warn Heaven and Hell about Bahamuts return and they just blew it off. Just a simple throw-away line about how, “I warned you about this, and you didn't listen,” and I wouldn't be nearly are upset with the series as I am. It's just terrible writing and pointless drama stretched out across 24 episodes. There's no reason to watch Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul. The only reason it exists is to anger anyone who thinks about it.