Alright! More Chaika! Hooray! Chaika returns! And with that I welcome the very much anticipated second season, Hitsugi No Chaika: Avenging Battle. It was a surprise that I took quite a liking for the first season therefore I couldn’t be happier to continue the fantasy action series and perhaps a closure to it. So without ado and dragging on, let’s see if our Chaika can continue to gather the remaining parts of Gaz and give father a decent funeral since there are other parties with similar interests and on their tail. I’m still hoping to see which hero is the one having his balls! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Or maybe as usual, there is something more sinister lurking beneath it all. Watch this, you must!

Episode 1
Five years ago at the height of the war when Emperor Gaz was still alive, he ordered Viktor Izhmash, the assistant director of the Institute of Magic to produce tools necessary to achieve his goals in total secrecy. Gaz knew he has not much longer to live. Soon the heroes killed Gaz and brought an end to the war. But even after his death, his influence still remains vast. The council is still in discussion that he may be the one behind the floating fortress incident. Meanwhile Chaika faces off with Lady Claudia who is an ex-soldier and one of the heroes, for a part of the Emperor. She is having a tough time going against her. You know what’s funny? I thought Chaika’s incantation lines were longer… Tooru and Akari dispatched Claudia’s underlings (but not without a fight) and ultimate Chaika loses. But since this is not a fight to the death, Claudia calls it a draw since both sides have got a win and loss. Try again tomorrow? Back in her estate, Claudia now runs a big grapevine and winery. All the ex-soldiers who find themselves unemployed during the war are employed by her. Since she is busy, Claudia suggests to limit tomorrow’s battle. If either one of them can land a victory on her during that time limit, they win. Chaika asks about her father’s last moments since Claudia was one of the heroes. Unfortunately she was tending to her wounded comrades and the Emperor was beheaded by their captain who was also believed to have beheaded his daughter. Well, with so many Chaikas claiming they are the real one… Claudia advises Chaika about her good offence but lacking defence. And this… Her incantations were too long! See! What did I tell you?!

That night, Tooru is thinking of a way to best Claudia but Akari clearly seems to be more interested in sleeping with him with an excuse to be close to protect him. Fredrica suggests victory will be easy if they just make a contract with her and the dragoon will just blast everything away. But Chaika intends to keep the promise for a fair fight. Chaika practises to reduce her incantation lines. She explains about everything has a meaning and that magic depends on many factors like temperature, terrain, humidity, etc. That’s why the right words are important. Heck, she even got a little notebook for all the words! Ironically even referring to them doesn’t help. Let’s say pulling an all-nighter didn’t help. Meanwhile Leo reports to Konrad about what happened to Gillette during that incident and the surprising fact that Vivi turned into Chaika. They researched her background to see if she is related to Gaz but her past remains obscure. Seeing that Chaikas and the gathering of Gaz’s parts remains a threat, Nikolai is made as the team’s new captain and to carry on their mission. Vivi is in the midst of depression when Guy appears before her. He says she only partially transformed into Chaika because she was interrupted. Although Vivi asserts she is not the daughter of that taboo emperor, Guy says being a halfie is enough for her to carry out her role to gather all of the parts. She’ll find out why when she completes it. Next morning before Chaika and the siblings head into battle, Tooru mentions that if they lose, they’ll just steal the parts since they know where she stores it. Chaika appreciates the sentiment but wants to fight as a wizard. The battle begins and they go on the offense but Chaika may be about to get owned.

Episode 2
Thanks to Tooru’s swiftness, Chaika is saved in time. But Claudia continues to dominate the land and there are traps all over. Our heroes can do nothing but hide. Even that, Claudia blasts her way to smoke them out. Meanwhile, Bohdan defeats a hero and gets a part. Although her objective to gather them for revenge remains her top priority, she still can’t get Tooru out of her head. Guy appears before them to tell the location of the next hero. However he also mentions about an island off the coast which might interest them. Back to Chaika, Tooru becomes the bait and receives some painful trap spell as Chaika goes around trying to circumvent Claudia. If she would stop worrying, she would have got the job done faster. But it is not Chaika that sealed Claudia’s loss. Fredrica pops up before Claudia’s feet and got distracted about this cat. That was enough time for Chaika for her long ass chanting to blow her away before she could react. Claudia admits defeat and points that it was Chaika’s wish to protect Tooru that gave her the strength to defeat her. This makes Chaika blush. Elsewhere, Karen gives Vivi an observation diary from Gillette regarding his observations on Chaika. In this library too are materials seized from Gaz’s castle and she found a report from the squad that killed Gaz. It is believed to contain his fortune.

Chaika is having a nice grape feast. When Tooru mentions Claudia is different from other heroes they met, she mentions many of them lost their way after the war. She didn’t want to go through that and found a new purpose. Although she was given a part as proof as a hero, it didn’t belong to her. She heard rumours Gaz’s daughter(s) was going around gathering parts and if she met one and liked her, she’ll give it to her. She is glad that Chaika is the one. But when she mentions about Gaz’s fortune, Chaika genuinely doesn’t know. Claudia recalls that a wizard from the castle gave a map containing whereabouts of Gaz’s fortune on a secret island in exchange for his life. However the captain killed him shortly. Allied forces searched for it and never found anything. They even raided his library but nothing. The search was then called off. As goodwill and prevent them for running around on wild goose chases, Claudia gives them the names and probable location of the other heroes. While stopping on their journey, Chaika wakes up from a bad dream of being beheaded. She questions herself if she is real or fake because if that dream was real, she would be dead. Tooru calms her down and assures they will stay loyal to their employer. When they reach the cabin of another hero, Glen Donkervoort, he tells them the red Chaika already took his part. Realizing the implication of this and not wanting Bohdan to get ahead of them, they make haste. The only remaining heroes are Viscount Alan Tramontana, Lord Stephan Hartgen and Clay Morgan. But Chaika now is more interested about her father’s island and wants to learn more of who she is.

Episode 3
Tooru and Chaika… Both sleeping at the wheel?! Who is driving?! Thankfully no accident. They reach the sea and they are awed by it since they haven’t seen one this up close before. Another funny incident: Akari helps Chaika to splash water on Tooru because she wants to see her brother all wet! On to serious business, they see a line of people outside Clay’s mansion. Seems entertainers who can entertain him are paid well. So they infiltrate as street performers. Care to be more specific? This is what happens when you let Akari speak. She claims Tooru can sit naked in a tub of boiling water impersonating a cockatrice while eating pasta through his nose! Wow! This I got to see! Although it’s a blatant lie, Akari really wants him to strip and do that because she really wants to see! She’s got him at knifepoint! Heck, even Chaika wants to see! Because she is disguised as a ‘ghost’ (to hide her Gundo), Clay finds them as funny comedians. However Tooru doesn’t want his money and wants Gaz’s part. This makes him suspicious but when Chaika shows herself, he starts becoming traumatized. He was sure he saw her head rolled on the floor. Believing she is a ghost to come haunt him, he flees for his life. The siblings go after him and it seems he must have run all over town because it’s like almost everyone had spotted him passing through. While they’re at that, Chaika tries to find somebody to bring her to the island but nobody is willing to because all ships that went to that area sank. When Tooru finds Clay, they fight. Despite Clay being a chubby guy, he still can move and swing that metal spear like a pro. He proclaims how scary it was fighting Gaz. Despite being impaled and cut up, that guy was smiling like as though he was looking down on them. He tried to forget this trauma by being entertained but now they brought this back up. Once he is subdued, he agrees to let them have it as long as they never come back.

Tooru picks up the parts hidden below the well. Hmm… His pair of ears… I don’t know, it just feels so unexciting… Guy then appears before them to tell them an island off the coast. Tooru remains suspicious but Guy lets him wonder if he was that same guy (pun intended) they talked to. Meanwhile Shin who works under Hartgen reports the white Chaika will be coming here. Hmm… He got twin daughters, Irina and Arina. Twin Chaikas? And this shocking-but-not-so-shocking revelation: Gillette is alive and working under him! Once Tooru learns Chaika is soliciting help to get to the island, he lectures her about trying to go off alone by herself. Especially if their information on Gaz’s fortune is so vague. Chaika thinks he doesn’t understand her feelings and threatens she will do that herself. Tooru takes that as being fired and leaves. Oh dear. Now only Fredrica remains. Chaika makes a plea to fly her there. As the siblings bum around, leave it to Akari to talk to him with her twisted ways to respect Chaika’s wish as theirs since she is their employer. Like an island where he keeps all his lewd things and about inept Chaika being raped by others or her head saying farewell to her body after being decapitated by red Chaika. Tooru gets the point and will go back and talk to Chaika. However he sees her leaving on Fredrica. He tries to get a boat to follow her but nobody is willing. Noticing a cargo ship belonging to Clay, he threatens that guy for it or he will scatter Gaz’s remains around his mansion. Take it! Bohdan and co see them and sneak onboard. When the ship is in the mist, both sides confront each other. But their ship is sunk by the giant Kraken. Chaika uses her Gundo to locate the island’s whereabouts. Once she manages to do so, several dragoons attack Fredrica and cut her wings. Free fall!

Episode 4
Chaika and Fredrica are fine but separated. Same case for Tooru and Bohdan’s side. However Chaika and Bohdan got arrested by demi-human soldiers and are being brought to an underground lab where they are being imprisoned. Tooru sneaks into the facility while Akari coincidentally bump into Fredrica as they slay several Fayla creatures. Izhmash ponders the meaning of the experiments ever since Gaz’s death. But there is an unconscious girl in a chamber he believes only Gaz knows how to activate. When Cyril reports the capture of the intruders but called off the search due to poor vision and footing that would endanger his men, he gets chided for not carrying out his orders. Seems Izhmash despises demi-humans and even thinks of using them as experiments to get rid of them. Chaika is treated well by Ursula but the latter doesn’t know much or can’t say. Tooru manages to free Chaika as she apologizes for her selfishness. As they run and hide from the guards, it brings them to an underground cave. There are lots of dead Fayla creatures. They hear a voice telling them they are all duplicates. This Kraken reveals this facility is used to research production of mass Fayla via forging magic. Failures are tossed here. He was captured and experimented on to mass produced Krakens. He knows Chaika because there was one here before. It hints to Layla. As Kraken’s life is ending, he will answer all Chaika wants. She doesn’t hesitate to ask who she is. One to set destiny in motion, carries a coffin around, body as a tool for that purpose, key to unlock destiny. Well, we already know all that. Ursula and Cyril see Chaika’s escaped cage and know they’ll be punished if Izhmash finds out about this. Meanwhile Nikolai and his team talk to some drunken old guy about seeing floating castles. That was when he was just a boy. 80 or 90 years ago? But floating fortresses haven’t been invented then. They wonder what Gaz was trying to leave behind.

Kraken continues his explanation how Fayla and magic co-existed. But when humans appeared and desired magic, they used manmade implements of magic to control them. Mankind’s development in magic developed rapidly under the wizard named Gaz. Therefore Chaikas are tools to fulfil his ambitions. Their life and death, joy and sorrow are part of the gears that comprise them and cannot be denied. When destiny is set in motion, humans, Fayla and all other living things will be hurled into chaos and destruction. Chaikas hold the key to that future. Cyril and his men attack Tooru. But since there are too many of them, it is best to give up. When Cyril learns she is Chaika and reports to Izhmash, he is astound that there are 2 Chaikas here and wants them brought before him. He introduces himself and is surprised that the girl in the chamber awakens and reacts to them. He notes she was still in development when the previous Chaika was here. Bohdan is not amused for this treatment. I mean, she’s the Emperor’s daughter, right? Izhmash laughs and lets them in on a secret. Gaz had no daughter! After the war, there were many orphaned children. Girls of similar age were secretly gathered and magic was used to alter their memories. All girls receive identical memories of being Gaz’s daughter. When they woke up, they took up coffins and set out to look for his remains. Proof of that is the scar on their neck. Words of Layla and Kraken begin to echo in Chaika’s head. She falls into shock that her memories are fake. Izhmash is going to remove their brains and analyze them. After all, other Chaikas will gather the remaining parts and bring them here.

Episode 5
Izhmash is going to punish Ursula and Cyril for letting this happen. The Chaikas are taken to the dissection room but they aren’t going to sit still and be cut up. They fight back against those weak demi-humans and free themselves. Although Bohdan doesn’t quite like it, she temporarily cooperates with Chaika to get out. Because the girl in the chamber, Niva Lada looks pitiful, Chaika frees her and takes her along. Akari and Fredrica burst into the underground lab. They see David and Selma in the cell but aren’t interested in freeing them. Since they find the weapon of Chaika and others, maybe David’s idea of repaying the favour twice in the future sounds handy so they drop their weapons to let them escape themselves. Next, Akari and Fredrica see Ursula and Cyril tied up. They offer to be their guide. The Chaikas are surrounded by demi-humans. Thanks to Tooru coming into the picture, they get to escape. Once Izhmash realizes Niva is gone, he makes it top priority to find her at all cost. The Chaikas don’t matter anymore. Release all Fayla and demi-humans and kill all those who interfere. He will be heading to the observation tower to control all the Fayla himself. After all, after extracting elements from all Fayla and completing Niva is what Gaz entrusted him with. All the separated parties reunite in the forest as they hack and slash wave after wave of Fayla. I can’t believe Akari can even quip how Tooru has tainted another young girl’s purity after seeing Niva for the first time. Better take your baseless frustrations by killing more Fayla. On higher ground, Cyril explains the tower that controls everything on the island since all experimented subjects have some magic receptacle in their brain. Cyril and Ursula are the last of their demi-human kind on this island and were brought her to contribute cells for mass produced models.

Chaika wants to shoot down the tower with her Gundo. But her first shot didn’t have any effect. Better hurry because the rest may not be able to keep up with the increasing number of Fayla. Niva then switches to some functional mode and transforms into one badass Gundo accessory for Chaika. This is Niva’s true form. With Chaika’s permission, she fires a powerful blast that brings down the tower. Immediately all the Fayla become motionless. Dying Izhmash realizes Chaika was the key in activating Niva and them coming to this island was all part of Gaz’s plan. Cyril and Ursula plan to stay on this island seeing Fayla is no longer a threat. David wants to settle a score with Tooru but the latter has him think about Guy sending them here. Could it be that it is someone’s plan to have them kill each other? I guess that is enough fighting for today. Both side part ways. Meanwhile the council learns that Hartgen is holding a martial arts tournament. The prize is a part of Gaz and the participants are coerced to kill each other. They fear the strongest fighters will assemble and thus a military expansion. They will send a request to be cancelled but Fyodor doesn’t want to be too hasty since their true intentions aren’t confirmed. If the prize is a part of Gaz, it may have some connection with the Chaika issue. He suggests using Kliemann Organization to investigate. Back on shore, Chaika is very confused about her memories. Truth or fake, she doesn’t know anymore. Tooru says to take her time to think about it. Niva believes she will gather the remains, the reason Chaikas existed. She has been waiting for her.

Episode 6
Hartgen’s retainer pleads to his lord to withdraw the tournament as the council is on to them. However he won’t because what he does with this is his business. Guy confronts Chaika’s group. He will not dispel her uncertainty of who she really is. If that is what she wants to believe, so be it. He is here to tell them about Hartgen but they already know about it. From the way they say things, Guy must have already told Bohdan. Nikolai and his team are examining the devastation on the secret island. They are met with Cyril and Ursula who explain about the Chaikas and the Gundo accessory that Niva became. They realize that with this Gundo, Gaz’s remains can be used as a powerful energy source. Their next mission is to head to Hartgen’s principality to investigate. When Bohdan’s group enter the principality, they are immediately attacked. The tournament has begun. They easily take their competitors out and qualify for the next round. Meanwhile we see other competitors fighting among themselves outside the match which might amount to disqualification. However Gillette didn’t even give them a chance and kills them both! Merciless! Chaika’s group is near the principality and a small tavern owner earnestly tells them about this tournament which is just a mask to kill each other. He advises not to go near it till it is over. Nikolai delegates his duties to his men. He and Vivi will participate in the tournament, Zita and Matthaus will seek an audience with Hartgen while Leo will find out the other participants. Before Zita and Matthaus could speak their mind, Hartgen already shoots them down that he will not cancel the tournament or return the remains. I guess he must have got this question for the umpteenth time. He invites them to participate. Chaika’s group easily passes through the next round and Fredrica is not amused that she didn’t get to have some fun since the enemies were taken out too quick before she could have her share of action. Don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of action for you later. Guy confronts Gillette and the latter has no recollections prior to this. Seems Guy saved him then because he saw the hatred in his heart and liked it. Guy mind controlled the soldiers to glomp over and protect him during the blast. As night falls, Tooru, Akari and Chaika plan to sneak in to steal the part and thus they won’t have to be in this tournament. As Chaika returns to the barracks, she is shocked to see Niva leaving voluntarily with Guy. Guy says Chaika’s mission was to bring Niva here and her role is over.

Episode 7
Tooru and Akari sneak into the waterways of the castle to get in. However Shin is expecting them. They know they cannot beat this guy and retreat. They soon learn from Chaika about Niva’s case. Tooru believes this means Guy knew Niva is a weapon. Coming to this, the only way left is to participate through the tournament since Hartgen won’t be giving the part up easily. Fredrica thought her method of forming a contract with her and then beat up everyone would be simpler but Tooru thinks they don’t know how powerful the enemy or the terrain so it is dangerous for her to go berserk. What a downer. Guy brings Niva before Hartgen. Sounds like he is working for him. Seems like Hartgen wants war to start again and despite he is the hero who decapitated Gaz, he felt he made a mistake because he should not have ended the war. War is what gave purpose to their lives. All the participants gather the next day to hear the rules of the next round. They must take the arm bands of their competitors as proof to qualify for the next. Hartgen then makes his speech about transforming this boring and peaceful world into one that warriors like them can live. In short, he wants war. It seems the purple Chaika twins aren’t the only Chaikas but there is a black one too! They talk about how this tournament is just an elaborate plan of bringing Chaikas to her. With some of them in the tournament, she is curious to know which among them is the strongest.

As the battle rages on, Tooru-Chaika team chance upon team Nikolai-Vivi. They exchange information. Tooru and Chaika aren’t working for Hartgen as the duo believe. Vivi doesn’t like Guy because he called her a Chaika. They suspect Guy might be working for Hartgen because he had numerous chances to take Niva but only acted when they arrived here. But Tooru and Chaika are shocked to learn there are other Chaikas under Hartgen. It could be his goal of gathering parts like them. Karen reports about the secret island and lab to the council. Some are bent to take action on Hartgen now while others are cautious not to start a war again. Fyodor suggests for Kliemann Organization to come back with their report before taking action. Of course those who want to see action taken secretly begin theirs behind the backs. Later Karen and Konrad show Fyodor the blueprints of floating castles believed to be 100 years ago and even before they were believed to magically advanced. When report from Kliemann Organization returns, Zita and Matthaus have been imprisoned for their request. The red and white Chaikas have been spotted participating in the tournament as well as a black Chaika spotted with Hartgen. They realize Hartgen must have wished for war. Bohdan and David are seen locked up in a cell and their opponent will be within it. They have been charged of violating the rules because they detected Selma was trying to locate the location of the remains. Tooru-Chaika and Akari-Fredrica make headway progress. From the current situation, Tooru deduces with Chaikas inside the castle, this isn’t about stealing remains from heroes anymore since they are also out to gather the parts. If they try to steal from them, then they might try to steal theirs. Making it tougher is they have Shin on their side. Chaika resolves to stick by him till the end. They have to finish this.

Episode 8
Getting to the next phase of the tournament, Nikolai and Vivi are stopped and thrown into the cell. The guards know they are from Kliemann Organization. Shortly, Tooru and Chaika too because they know they were snooping around castle grounds last night. As they trudge on, they talk about Niva being Gaz’s fortune. If he left a powerful Gundo behind, this means he wanted to bring war even after his death. Maybe that Gundo was needed to be given to someone who wanted to start a war like Hartgen. In that case, his goal has been realized. Chaika wonders if Tooru wants war too if that is the case. Leo sneaks in to bust Matthaus and Zita out. Before they leave, Hartgen’s retainer in the next cell realizes who they are and begins telling the dark truth. Hartgen’s goal is to succeed Gaz and become the next king. Like as though Gaz possessed him after he killed him. After the war, he was a complete different person and researched on how to raise army, to start a war, etc. It only spurred him further when black Chaika arrived. In exchange for bringing change to his monotonous life, she wants Gaz’s parts to be gathered. She proposed this tournament and gather strong men to this castle. At first nobody believed Hartgen will take her seriously but he did. Those who opposed him were disposed off. Matthaus wants Zita and Leo to return to their meeting point while he stays behind to find Vivi and Nikolai. Akari and Fredrica sneak around in the castle and inside a room they are confronted with… Coloured Chaikas! OMG! I thought they were Power Rangers Chaika version or something. Although they make their escape, they are faced with Shin. Fredrica is easily ‘killed off’ (again?) while Akari gets owned.

At the end of the tunnel, Tooru and Chaika are surprised to see 3 Chaikas! Likewise, Nikolai and Vivi couldn’t believe before their eyes is Gillette! Is it him? Not a ghost? Unfortunately, they are put to face each other. With Gillette having no memories, he ferociously attacks. Nikolai has to do all the defending and attacking since Vivi is reduced to a love stricken girl reminiscing her ex-boyfriend. No matter how much screaming she does, Gillette won’t remember. Or would he? Before Gillette could kill Nikolai, Vivi takes up a sword and cuts off his hand! That was enough to bring back his memories. The Chaikas are disappointed and let them leave. Now it is time for white and red Chaika to fight. Bohdan rejects Chaika’s suggestion to work together and gather the parts. Although Bohdan and David attack furiously, Tooru and Chaika have better coordination and win. Seeing David is badly injured, Bohdan makes the surprise call of admitting defeat. She has something else important to protect too. With Hartgen coming in to watch, now he lets them face Shin. The saboteurs face off but Shin is clearly better skilled than Tooru whom he claims is not cut out to be a saboteur since he acts on his emotions. He is easily defeated and useless Chaika becomes a damsel in distress by becoming their hostage. Shin throws down the ultimatum: Give all the parts he has if he wants to see Chaika again. Hartgen and black Chaika are happy things are going as planned.

Episode 9
David ponders their next move but it seems Bohdan has given up. She has lost. She will hand over her remains. However when they return to their barracks, Selma is injured as Hartgen’s guards have taken the part from her. Tooru and Akari bring Fredrica back to their carriage. She is still weak from the poisoning and needs time to recuperate. Oh sh*t! Another Aliens reference because the cat just burst out from her mouth!!! Tooru takes the coffin containing the parts. Chaika is brought before Hartgen and she recalls faint memories of him decapitating her. It felt so real. I’m sure everyone is shocked and happy Gillette is back. So he reports back to Konrad about Hartgen’s plot to start another war and that mysterious Guy who seems to know a lot about Chaikas. Gillette then speaks to Fyodor and the latter informs that some of the council members are acting on their own by deploying a floating fortress to the principality. This will lead to a domino effect of nations joining the war. They must stop this before it manifests. He will do what he can to stop it but since they can’t make it in time by the time of firs contact, it is a job for Kliemann Organization. Gillette uses his credentials to get back into the castle (I guess nobody realized he got his memories back). Tooru and Akari return to the throne room with the coffin. Against Chaika’s wish, Tooru is going to give it to Hartgen for her release. But Chaika is not released yet. Black Chaika makes her appearance and is going to show Chaika the true form that she failed to become. Hartgen is happy that all the parts are here but is baffled what black Chaika is going to do with them. She is going to eat them! She will bring her real father back. Holy cow! Now I realized her lower half is bulging like an octopus! The way she ‘eats’ the parts from her lower half feels like watching a very sick porn… That moaning-cum-screaming… Guy clones get absorbed into black Chaika while narrating about men wanting to have magic but doesn’t possess any organs to do so. It is theorized that if men had parts like Fayla and continuously take magic fuel from all living things, he can master all magic forms without limit and develop new magical arts.

Once the sick porn climaxes, a body explodes out from black Chaika! This young Guy claims he is Gaz. He has returned to take control of the world. To acquire a new body, he died and reborn again. Hartgen begs to fight along his side but Gaz kills him. He was just testing out his magic? Good riddance. And the Chaika twins laugh and giggle their fake father got killed… As Chaika pleads for the truth, Gaz thanks all of them for doing their job splendidly. Chaika is just a generic name for the magic devised to bring him back. Shock! Then he devised a magic to bring his scattered remains back together. At this point, Gaz grows into an adult looking a lot like Jesus Christ… Black Chaika is happy to have brought back father unlike the rest who worked to gather the parts. She is the queen bee and the rest worker bees. Gaz adds that Chaika look a lot like that particular girl who contributed memories for Chaika. He kept her for fun but no longer remembers her name. As Chaika falls into shock, Gillette asks about him going through the trouble of heroes slaying him when he could just die and resurrect in his own castle. It is to plant the fear of death within, because rich, intense emotion and memories are ideal for magic. Further explaining like feelings of anger, revenge, pain, envy, loathe, fear, etc give about to strong magic. But what is the most effective way to create so many people of that nature at once? A war. Long ago, he even created devices to absorb those feelings (those floating castles). He will bring war to those who desire it because it is in their blood to wish for war. He demonstrates by easily destroying the council’s floating fortress using Niva! Behold its superb firepower! I don’t think he exerted any effort at all. Gaz now calls forth his new flying castle. Woah! It is in space and looking so futuristic!

Episode 10
Gaz also fires on other nations and has a fleet of floating devices in space that will gather all human emotions seamlessly for his new magic creation. Black Chaika tells Shin to go serve Gaz. Chaika is dead shock reflecting Layla’s true words. Tooru cannot be more frustrated. He quits being a saboteur and severs his sibling link with Akari (must be the most horrific thing ever) and makes a pact with Fredrica (looks like she’s okay now). Fredrica bites him and part of the contract needs him to eat her flesh or else he will die. Once the pact is form, Tooru is going to kick Gaz’s ass. Chaika wants to come along but Tooru leaves her at a remote place. Trying to be a hero? Gillette reports this to Konrad who in return inform this crisis to Fyodor. However he will not engage or send any army to attack because he knows this is what Gaz wants. Akari, Bohdan’s team, Vivi, Leo and Nikolai fight off black Chaika, the twins and the coloured clones. The clones feel like immortals since no matter how much damage taken, they resurrect. Not until Bohdan kills black Chaika (who is still ranting how she is the one reviving father to death) then all the other Chaikas drop dead. Fredrica cannot penetrate the flying castle. Not even Chaika’s Gundo assistance. Seeing Tooru has made it this far, he is impressed and leaves Shin to handle him. Gaz opens a pathway to let them in. Tooru and Shin get their rematch. Tooru lets his shoulders get pierced so that he could stab Shin in the guts. That’s the end of it. Tooru makes his way into the throne room and Gaz is impressed with him. He thinks Tooru should work for him since it is him who helped the most carrying his body parts here. But Chaika is only on his mind. Screw you!

Tooru attacks and Fredrica gets killed off again. Gaz is amazed by his intent to kill and such emotions work best for him. Tooru cannot get near him and gets pierced throughout his body. But that doesn’t stop him from telling off that Jesus knockoff that if this is all he has got after 500 years, go reborn again! Gaz uses Niva and is going to blast Tooru into the sky. As the walls open, Chaika spots them and uses a barrier to protect and fling them out of there. Gaz aims at Chaika but it seems Niva is fond of her and cannot kill her. Instead, Niva goes to Chaika and becomes her accessory to shoot back at Gaz! WTF. The blast is so freaking powerful that not even bloody confident Gaz could block it with his barrier. His flying castle is ruined and all the space devices stop working. I guess the price to pay is one heck of a mother pain for Chaika. When Tooru returns to motionless Chaika, he can’t help hold her in his arms and cry. Please don’t leave me alone. Is that all he’s got to say after leaving her alone to be a hero? In the aftermath, Gillette reports of Gaz’s self destruction, the death of all his Chaika daughters and Niva in their custody. Kliemann Organization is praised and Konrad is promoted. Now that the war is over, Gillette has traded his sword for the pen, which is ironically harder to wield. Bohdan is now living with Akari who is writing a tale of some intense love between the saboteur siblings. This encyclopaedia thick novel is only the epilogue… Tooru and Chaika take a walk and admire a tree blooming with white flowers.

OVA
The first part might have happened a long time ago and in the early days because Gillette and his men are still running around chasing Tooru and Chaika with full force under their mission to stop the taboo emperor’s daughter. Gillette and his men are intensely chasing Tooru and Chaika through the streets. They take refuge in a theatre and it seems currently a play is in progress. Because Gillette’s team are also here, they need to hide and what better idea for Tooru to hide Chaika in her own coffin! What about him? He must have picked the wrong place since he is hiding in the girls’ changing room! Vivi and Zita happen to come here to check too but the madam thought they were part of the dancing troupe and tells them to get ready. Tooru manages to escape… By cross-dressing as a female dancer! Such a gay voice! Meanwhile, the prop crew carries the coffin since the scene that requires a coffin is near. Yeah… When Akari and Fredrica arrive, they see Tooru in this getup and Akari is not pleased that he decided to let loose on his inner desire. The big issue now is whether to call him big brother or big sister! Oh, Akari! Gillette’s squad is trying to get the play cancelled but are unsuccessful so they are on a lookout. Chaika’s coffin is about to be opened as part of the play when Tooru, Akari and Fredrica impersonating as dancers barge into the scene and change the script into some resurrection of a goddess. All hail Chaimannen! Chaika is made to play along too. The stage actors don’t understand what is going on but also play along. Gillette spots them and goes onto stage with his men to arrest them. However Tooru’s quick improvisation has everyone think Gillette and co are part of the act. During the commotion, Zita and Chaika start firing and cause the entire building on flames. Half of the building is gone! They escape via Fredrica in dragoon form. Everyone is amazed at this play and gives a standing ovation. Nobody believes Gillette is trying to help evacuate them from the fire. Bravo! Encore! Must be good special effect,s huh? Chaika feels bad for destroying an ancient theatre. Tooru couldn’t care less.

The second part if you like Chaika fanservice, well this part has got it covered. We start off with a little Akari fanservice as she is bathing naked in the rivers. Matthaus spots her clothes but got whacked unconscious. Tooru and co need to get the remains that is believed to be resting in this temple. Fredrica is not interested and bails on them. Matthaus reports to his team and confirms of Chaika’s presence but can’t remember what he saw before he got knocked out. At the temple gates, both sides clash. It gets messier when Bohdan steps in but clumsy Chaika steps on a floor plate that causes the entire ground to cave in. Tooru is alone with Bohdan underground. Why is Bohdan so lots of angst? Maybe Tooru is only thinking about the other Chaika. Speaking of her, she is clinging onto a vine as with Gillette. He wants to help her out first but she refuses. Tooru tussles with him for Chaika (her arm must be hurting) but eventually drop her down into the mud. Akari and Chaika then head toward the temple while Tooru deals with Gillette. He makes Leo and Nikolai force to pull the vine Gillette is holding on. Then he kicks them in. One bad deed deserves another because as Tooru mocks them, Vivi flying kicks him down. Mud chase! Chaika discards her muddy dress to avoid being followed by Vivi’s team (Chaika fanservice!). They swim via the waterways to reach the inner temple. Matthaus is looking around and gets lured by Akari’s clothes. Deja vu again because he got clobbered by her. Bohdan follows Chaika to the temple but it seems Vivi and Zita beat them to it and got the remains. Another fight ensues. Deja vu again as Chaika steps on another plate and caves the ground. Luckily Tooru is there to save her. Fredrica wants to join them because she realizes they are fighting (regretting it now?). Chaika then fires into the temple. Everyone else needs to hold on for their lives because at the bottom of this hole are sharp spikes! Yikes! Frustrated Bohdan vows to get even with Chaika next time. Tooru and co inspect the box but only the remains of a baby cockatrice. They realize the reason for it being this temple worship and live alongside it. Chaika feels bad for burning down the temple. Tooru couldn’t care less. Deja vu? Yeah. No wonder Chaika is said to be dangerous and her presence could spark a war. Destroying buildings like that…

Chaika – Tools Of War; Men – Fools For War!
Hey, wait a minute… Something feels odd… It feels kinda short… Holy cow! I just realized it had only 10 episodes for the TV series! What the?! And I thought it may mean that there wasn’t enough plot to sustain the season. Maybe they cut the fillers and get to the climax that’s why you don’t need the typical dozen of episodes that you see every season for a typical anime season. Anyway, this second season overall still doesn’t disappoint but I have mixed feelings if I should say it would be better than the first. At least, still as good as the first nevertheless. It is that kind of ending that makes me hold back on whether this was an overall good series. I know they don’t want to waste time and just show snippets of things and just for the sake of tying things up a little but it feels rushed that when the end credits came up, it felt like the rug was pulled from underneath my feet. Really.

And then I was like, that was really all to it? Oh come on. At least show us a bit more. Because for example Bohdan although is living with them, nothing of the likes say that David and Selma are also staying with them. Logically they should but we don’t see them around anywhere. The last time I saw them was fighting the Chaika clones and that’s it. For Bohdan who has refused to cooperate with Chaika for the entire series and to live somewhat together in the end just feels odd. Perhaps there are no more reasons to kill each other. They know the truth to their existence and everything so what else is there to live for? And it was rather odd for the Chaikas to be casting away their typical dresses in exchange for another design. A signal that the war and mission is over? Well, at least Bohdan’s dress feels normal but I thought Chaika felt like she just came out from some mental hospital… That white gown… Really! Personally I felt they should have just continued wearing their trademark dress since I’m so used to looking at them in it and Chaika definitely looks prettier in it. Yes, she is! :)

Speaking of Chaikas, I wonder if Chaika and Bohdan are the only Chaikas left in the world. Not forgetting Vivi who is a halfie too. That brings me to the case of my own personal expectation to see other coloured Chaikas in this season. It felt like a downer. With only new Chaikas appearing in the final arc and half of the series, I thought I wasn’t going to see any more coloured Chaikas. And then suddenly they popped up! It felt like a disappointment because they are relegated to dialogue-less foot soldiers and their coloured nature felt like those palette swapped ninjas from Mortal Kombat. I don’t know how I got my expectations and hopes for other coloured Chaikas to meet and then slug it out in some Chaika battle royale contest but so far we only get red and white’s rematch and the final free-for-all which isn’t amounting to anything major. Even black Chaika and the Chaika twins feel weak because we don’t hear much of their background and are just deranged Chaikas after all.

On a trivial note, it is still amusing and funny to hear the Chaika speak especially in her broken way, though it feels much less that way in this season like as though she took up some speech class in between the seasons. But I feel her favourite ‘hitei’ is not used much in this season. Even if it was, I thought it was Bohdan who surprisingly made that call during that incident at the secret lab island. I thought it was going to be her spamming that line. Then when Chaika had her turn spamming this when Tooru was about to give the gathered parts to Hartgen. It made me remember she lacked saying this favourite line for this season. Also, I kinda noticed you don’t see Chaika carrying around her coffin as often as she did last season as she is seen carrying her Gundo more frequently. I suppose with the parts occupying a big chunk of space in the coffin, it only makes sense for her to carry her Gundo around. Plus, it saves time for assembling them especially having lots of enemies who are quick to attack.

The characters in the series felt okay and decent. Each have their own part to play but because there are quite a number of characters, something tells me that most of them aren’t properly developed and thinking back, I think it was kinda rushed. Like for Gillette’s men, they were running around to try and piece together the information without their captain. Their reunion with him felt forced although I already had a hunch from last season that this guy won’t be dead so it wasn’t a surprise fact. Ironically Kliemann Organization and Chaika’s group do not cooperate with each other directly and you can see that they act independently of each other although their goal is the same. Bohdan’s groups also make sporadic appearances from time to time and certain showdowns were inevitable but it wasn’t anything major especially David and Selma who felt like extras tagging around. As for the other heroes, it felt like their role was to meet and forget. Because once our heroes get a part from them, you’ll never hear them ever again. Flashbacks are irrelevant. What happens to them in the aftermath is sure unimportant because some are dead, some have gone mad and some trying to live a normal life. What about Cyril and Ursula? They do play their role when necessary but just like others, what happens to them in the aftermath isn’t important.

The antagonists for this season also feel rushed. With Gaz only materializing in the end of the penultimate episode, he makes it look like he might be some powerful badass villain that will bring chaos to the world once more. Heck, his new look after Guy makes him look tamer instead of his old madman look that we saw him in flashbacks. Ironically his ultimate accessory became his undoing and got him killed. How unimpressive. I suppose I can safely assume that with Chaika blowing him out of the sky, there is no chance of anyone gathering his parts in the future because they’re blown to bits. Unless… Niva’s role also feels limited. For a Gundo accessory spending her entire life in some experiment chamber and a few days making friends with friendly Chaika, it was all it takes for her to defect back to her for whatever reasons. Does she have feelings? I don’t know, she said she has personality as what Chaika quoted her. Because it is mind boggling too that Niva left Chaika and followed Guy to Gaz despite she voluntarily did it but it is still odd to think that after thinking that Niva might have been a new addition to Chaika’s group, off she goes to Gaz’s side and remained there till he wanted to finish off Chaika. Just strange. And to think that Gaz planned all this elaborate scheme for his revival and waited for years for everything to be in order only to have it cut short for a few hours. Yeah. You could say he didn’t even get off the ground and was grounded before anything could happen.

So now that Chaika’s goal is no longer relevant, what will happen to Tooru and Akari as her employer? It was never made clear what happened to make them live together but I supposed Chaika could have continued to hire them as her bodyguard. Who knows some drunk guy would want to rape her or something ;p. Hey, she’s cute, no? Because of that, although I don’t remember much about the romance between them but I certainly remember they kissed last season and that meant that they are just more than employer-employee relationship. Therefore this season it seems that has been forgotten because they’re acting like their usual employer-employee thingy and if you don’t remember last season’s kiss, you won’t remember the romance at all. Maybe it is just me but I can’t help think about it. Even that last moment when Chaika seemingly sacrificed herself to kill Gaz and Tooru weeping for her didn’t help reinforce the romance relationship. Not even that final tree watching incident. Maybe Tooru’s excuse of hanging around Chaika was because he loves her and gave that sticking-with-you-till-the-end-because-you’re-my-employer is just an excuse. Maybe… At first Bohdan seem like she continues to harbour feelings for Tooru. You can see her blushing reactions each time David teases her but as it goes, she starts to believe that her comrades are more important to the point that she is giving up her quest for revenge. So is she still into Tooru? Because otherwise why stay with them in the end? Likewise, Vivi for Gillette. I believe the former still has feelings for him but after the shock of seeing him alive and the hand cutting incident, it’s not an appropriate time to call for romance. Let time do the healing first.

Believe it or not, I still feel Fredrica is subtly the joker character of the series. Just like in last season, she goes where she wants although she mainly follows Chaika’s group but basically she does what she wants and is in a world of her own. She bums around, waiting desperately to get into some action but never really reached that satisfaction because it usually ends before she could make her glorious kill. Doesn’t that make her funny even if it isn’t supposed to? Even funnier how she is killed off a few times this season and it hints that this is some sort of a running joke despite we know dragoons are immortals and will regenerate if you don’t strike the core. So do you not believe the Fredrica is the joker girl of the series? Whatever happened to her wish of wanting to fight Tooru to the death? Got bored of waiting? The other amusing character is Akari who is still very much a brother complex saboteur. She can tell with a straight serious face her fetish and love for him like as though it isn’t a crime. Even in the midst of serious chaos she can still do this. Without flinching a bit. It’s like her face is stuck in serious mode because you won’t ever see her turning into that fawning, drooling face that girls make when they fantasize indecent things about their guy. In the end, siblings or not, she’ll still follow him. That is how deep her love for him is. So deep that it makes hell look like a playground.

Action is still the best element of this series and again this season doesn’t disappoint. You get to see lots of fights and other cool stuffs the saboteurs pull so it is not a dull moment. Even if you’re not amused by the revelation of things especially about the backgrounds of who Chaikas are which is just lukewarm (I was hoping one would come up and say “I am your mother” or something. Sheesh. Disappointing), at least stay for the action. Still top class and at times funny too because for example, Chaika’s long ass incantation of her Gundo activation which feels like she is pulling out words from thin air. Of course after taking up Claudia’s advice (in which I don’t see how), she manages to shorten it and it saves time. I suppose it is crucial when you are talking about life and death and that could make the difference.

Iori Nomizu once again sings the opening song for this season like how she did for the last. Shikkoku Wo Nuritsubuse is also another rock piece which is pretty much suitable for the pace and action genre of this series. The ending theme is also by Coffin Princess, Watashi Wa Omae No Naka Ni Iru. Unlike last season, it doesn’t have that ominous-like feel and is just a straight rock piece. Personally, I think I prefer the ending theme than the opener. As the casts of last season are retained, new ones joining the line-up this season include Masako Katsuki as Claudia (Tsunade in Naruto), Hideaki Tezuka as Gaz (Kurahashi in Zankyou No Terror), Sachie Hirai as Niva (Manatsu in Mujaki No Rakuen), Jin Yamanoi as Hartgen (Claudio in Ristorante Paradiso), Sakura Tange as black Chaika (Sakura in Cardcaptor Sakura), Yu Shimamura as Irina (Annie in Shingeki No Kyojin), Yui Ariga as Arina (Kurumi in R-15), Kazuyuki Okitsu as Cyril (Shion in Futari Wa Milky Homes), Nao Touyama as Ursula (Chitoge in Nisekoi) and Masayuki Omoro as Izhmash (Lord Asano in Inu Yasha).

It is sad to see the Chaika series come to an end like this. Despite the twists and revelations that make you feel like as though more are lurking beneath it and threaten to overturn everything we believe in, but turn out to be just average, I still think that this show is still worth the watch with a nice mix of fantasy, action, comedy and colourful (and some quirky) characters. Fans of the first season should watch it to feel complete and those who have not, then start doing so because watch this, you must. And sadly (and fortunately too), there isn’t a hero who was having Gaz’s balls because I believe it could have been the most powerful magical part ever. It could have been a whole new ball game altogether…

 

Hitsugi No Chaika

January 4, 2015

Mmm… Cute girl. Cute girl in gothic dress. Cute girl in gothic dress carrying a huge coffin around. I guess that is enough to turn off anyone trying to approach her. Harbinger of death maybe. I suppose when your guns are too big to fit into your standard size suitcases, the coffin is the best mode to transport them around. Hah. And so Hitsugi No Chaika isn’t about a goth loli as an assassin going around killing people, she’s trying to find the scattered remains of her late father who was an emperor of a fallen kingdom. Yeah. That still sounds gruesome enough. Travelling with a pair of assassin siblings she hired, join them in their adventure as they go from one town trying to fulfil this personal mission of hers. And carrying that damn big coffin around…

Episode 1
A being is telling Chaika Trabant about the taboo emperor, Arthur Gaz. His daughter is the successor to his empire and subsequently the one who will decide its fate. Chaika is a mere tool whose sole purpose is to set that fate in motion. Jobless Tooru Acura is searching for edibles in the jungle when he stumbles upon lost Chaika. Suddenly a unicorn is in sight and they make a run for it. They jump off a cliff into a river but this only provides little relief as Tooru knows the unicorn will catch up in no time. When Tooru mentions he is a useless person, Chaika believes they are the same. She opens her coffin that contains lots of Gundo and he thinks she is a wizard. She can kill the unicorn if he provides her enough time. He enters into his Iron Blood transformation to fight the unicorn. Chaika want to hurry with that preparation because the fight is going underwater now. Once the unicorn emerges, Chaika fires her gun and the unicorn splits into half! Chaika is amazed at Tooru for being strong. He admits he is because he was a saboteur. In town as Chaika buys him lots of food as part of the deal, suddenly Tooru’s sister, Akari comes in and tries to kill him with the hammer! She is complaining about his uselessness! Well, Chaika had to pay for the food and the damages and the store owner even chiding Tooru for being the most useless sh*t ever because he was supposed to come back with food while Akari was waiting. And how dare he come back eating by himself. Chaika wants to hire the siblings for a job.

Alberic Gillette sees Robert Abarth in his mansion and hopes to give him the article he acquired during the battle for the Imperial Capital of Gaz Empire. Because he cannot answer more due to its confidential nature, Abarth has them leave empty handed even though Gillette argued that this is for the peace for the entire continent of Verbist. Speaking of hand, there is that hand article sitting nicely in his vault… Gillette returns to his team and reports something odd about the mansion. There were lack of guards and since he was one of the 8 heroes and coming from a military background, he didn’t seem proficient in martial arts at all. They also discuss that Chaika may be in town and targeting Abarth. Worse, she has a partner now. The job Chaika wants to siblings to do is attack Abarth’s mansion because there is something she wants to seize. Akari wonders if they can trust her wizard skills. I don’t know what Chaika was doing or testing with her gun but she blew up the bread and the entire room is filled with flour and yeast. That night they infiltrate the mansion and I guess it’s going to be tough trying to get her coffin in. I don’t know. Is it easier to bring her inside with Chaika hiding INSIDE the coffin? Heavy… She uses her gun to detect the item she is looking for. Tooru heads into the room but Abarth is waiting for him. He knows he would come and believes he is upset about his dismissal earlier on and works for the Kliemann Organization. Tooru is surprised Abarth is a wizard as he uses his telekinesis power to throw all the swords at him. When Chaika enters the building, he is stunned in shock because she is supposed to be dead.

Episode 2
Abarth was sure he killed her then. So is she a ghost? No matter, he won’t hand anybody his treasure. Tooru takes the ladies to run and hide. The plan is for the ladies to find Abarth’s Gundo and destroy it while Tooru fights and distracts him. Chaika detects the Gundo in the mansion’s centre. Nothing like Akari smashing things around just to find it. And there it is, behind the mirror. It is protected with some magic barrier. Nothing like Chaika’s magic gun can fix it. But wait. Don’t smash that hand in the jar. It’s the all important thing Chaika is looking for. Tooru escapes from Abarth’s fixation of throwing things at him. Abarth mocks his saboteur skill as being useless in this world and is now just a petty thief. Abarth suddenly loses his magic source. That is when Tooru traps him and hangs him up on the ceiling. The ladies return to Tooru and they escape. Abarth desperately wants that jar so he tries to buy it back. Name your price. Tooru won’t have Chaika listen further and leave. Once they are at a safe distance, the siblings want an explanation but Chaika pays them for a job well done. Severing ties? Suddenly Gillette and his company confront them. He tells them not to further involve themselves with Chaika if they are just merely hired. They will not press charges or pursue them so just leave quietly now. After that long stare, Akari releases her smoke bomb for their escape. Tooru has a plan. He wants them to split up and Chaika to hand him the jar. He promises he will not hand it over because the job is not over. Tooru is chased by Gillette’s men through the small nooks and alleys. He faces off with Nikolai Avtotor but eventually Tooru’s combat skills are superior. Nothing like a little help from the jar to knock him out. Thank goodness it is hard enough.

Tooru is surrounded by Gillette’s men. Again Gillette tries to tell him to give up and that they are pursuing Chaika with requests from many countries and in the name of justice. You think Tooru cares for that crap? That still doesn’t give him the right to judge her. Gillette explains very classified information. That hand he is holding belongs to Emperor Arthur Gaz of the Gaz Empire. During his 500 year reign, he exposed Verbist to many dangers. He was defeated in a war 5 years ago but his daughter escaped. Chaika is his daughter. They don’t know what Chaika is doing and there are many Gaz supporters trying to use her to rebuild the empire. Although Gaz has died, his remains still possess magic that could even be used as an enormous weapon of unfathomable power. He is after all the strongest wizard ever. They believe Chaika is going to bring calamity to this peaceful world again. War will erupt once more once she obtains all the emperor’s remains. Tooru is okay with war. I mean, a peaceful world means a saboteur is out of a job. So yeah. Why not let her bring back the war? Akari jumps in to distract them as Chaika shoots a blinding light for them to escape. The trio prepare to leave town as they have been seen by all parties. Chaika mentions her intention is to gather all remains so as to give her father a decent burial. That is all to it. Tooru agrees to help her achieve that since it will give him something better to do in this boring life. First, they start by crossing the mountains.

Episode 3
Entering the next town, it seems Chaika’s coffin is getting some unwanted stares… Wrap it up! Then Chaika gets infatuated in checking out the town. As they are eating in a restaurant, seems Chaika has no idea or clue about their next search. So they ask the restaurant waitress. She explains nobody knows where this town’s ruler lives or even her face. The only thing they know is that she is a female cavalier who signed a contract with a dragoon. I suppose Chaika’s coffin even though under wraps, innkeepers won’t allow them to stay even for a night. Gillette’s men are in town. Vivi Holopainen and Zita Brusasco just missed Chaika and co. It should be easy to find them. Big coffin sticking out like a thumb. Unless a few people are carrying something that big too… Tooru spots Gillette’s vehicle and curses this guy is in town. While hiding in an alley, a kid appears before them. Tooru attacks him without warning but his knife doesn’t connect. He is Guy and Chaika’s informant. He denies he is a devotee to Gaz and is merely helping Chaika retrieve the parts. All he does is provide her information. He tells them where to get abandoned vehicles to escape this town and also Dominica Scoda, one of the 8 heroes who have one of the parts. She is the ruler of this town and lives in the forest half a day’s drive from here. They make way to the river bank and restore the abandoned vehicle. I don’t know how driving into the river is considered a perfect test drive for Chaika. That night as they camp out, I don’t even know why Chaika is using her gun to cook the chicken when they can just use the pot and fire. Yeah. It exploded. Akari seems to be sarcastic when Tooru comes up with a plan to try and negotiate with Dominica because her dragoons are the problematic ones. It is rumoured those dragoons sleep at night, which means the best time to talk to her is right now. Better get a move on.

Gillette’s men report that there have been no leads on Chaika despite sightings of them in town. Gillette also laments the lack of info on Chaika considering the documents HQ sent them. They discuss all the Chaikas they have captured lacked credibility with some committing suicide to avoid questioning. And those they have captured were all fakes. Zita feels they have been mistaken about Chaika. Though they have been trying to capture her under the agency’s orders, it feels ridiculous that a disaster will happen if the emperor’s remains are gathered. What kind of organization can actually use that kind of power? But something more fundamental bothers them. Does the emperor have a daughter in the first place? Tooru and co make their move as he talks to Chaika. He is amazed that she is able to survive this long. How did she escape from Gaz Empire? Actually she doesn’t remember. More like a memory gap. She only remembers before the war and after it has ended. Only clear memories up to a year ago. When she realized it, the war was over, her father dead and she was alone. They are suddenly chased by a pack of double headed monster dogs that emit electricity. I don’t know what Tooru is thinking as he jumps down to face them all just to let the ladies go on. See? He gets electric shock and is about to be dog meat if not for this armoured babe appearing and ordering those dogs to get lost.

Episode 4
The dogs really scram when Dominica orders them to. She invites them to her mansion and Tooru thinks it is troublesome since she has seen their faces, a sneak attack is impossible. Chaika’s concern? It’s good to have a place to stay for the night! Yeah… Like as though she forgot about her mission to gather her father’s parts. But Akari is the one that came up with the biggest lying story. She tells Dominica that they are siblings in a forbidden love and ran away as their family won’t approve it. Chaika really believes that story so Tooru had to correct her they are not even blood related and just grew up together. The trio notice the mansion is filled with paintings and statues about herself. Is she a narcissist? Yeah, even a magic projector of her in the yard. Chaika finds a cat and doesn’t feel scared in this creepy place. Tooru discusses how to deal with Dominica. He’ll ask nicely or else they’ll resort to force. Chaika feels bad if they fight her because she is a good person. Tooru reminds her that Dominica is the enemy and that his objective is to fulfil her wish. How good she is and the circumstances don’t matter. As their employer it is her job to decide. She is still in a dilemma so Akari further talks to her that Tooru wasn’t making things difficult for her but only thinking of fulfilling her objective as their master. Next morning during breakfast, after Tooru confirms straight that she is one of the 8 heroes and has a part from Gaz, she will not hand it over to him and if he really wants them, then fight her. She has been itching to fight someone. I don’t know why Akari is planking and lamenting about Tooru’s decision. Because what he said about having someone precious gave her the wrong idea he likes flat chest! Worse, Chaika misinterprets it’s some sort of love confession. These girls need to listen…

That night before the fight starts, Dominica informs them the parts are in the magic projector. She is confident she will not be defeated and even tells them her weakness is in the forehead and strike deep so she cannot regenerate. While the fight rages on, a short flashback as Tooru telling the girls that this Dominica is fake. Because she is not surprised that Chaika is still alive just like how Abarth was in shock. When Tooru starts destroying the statues and everything that looks like Dominica, she starts panicking and wants him to stop. He starts mocking her as a creature who can’t forget her master after the war and is living surrounded by her images. After Chaika shoots her with her magic, she turns into her true dragoon form. The effect from Akari’s poison takes effect as Tooru strikes her forehead. She turns back into Dominica’s shape. She reveals Dominica died after the war due to an illness. Since the war ended, the dragoon sought by everyone is no longer needed. She was left alone. Not wanting to forget her master, she put images of her everywhere. Because she too loved to fight till the end, she wanted to fulfil that wish of hers. Tooru won’t kill her as it wasn’t part of the deal and takes the parts of the eyes. Creepy? Dominica then transforms into another loli form. She now calls herself Fredrica and her new goal for living is to kill him. This means she will be travelling with them from now on. Oh, she can also transform into a cat, which means she heard their plan from A to Z all along. Tooru, better watch your ass now. But Chaika is happy. The more the merrier!

Episode 5
Chaika was really going to go with some shady guys whom she believes have information. If not for Tooru beating the crap out of them, she could have been sold off or something. Oh, Fredrica is itching to fight or kill somebody. In that dragoon form?! Akari returns with information that the nearby town of Perimeral has wanted posters of them. They look so ugly… Gillette’s team are stopping by in a forest. He is practising his sword swings to cast away his doubts while Vivi is still hesitating to confess to him even though her comrades root for her. Leonardo “Leo” Stora returns with information that their target has been sighted in the town of Perimeral but something about their characteristics are a little off. Tooru and co travel through the ruins and a hooded person stands before them. She demands they leave their belongings but Tooru is not in the mood to be robbed. Since she is not open to negotiations, I guess it’s time to fight. During the fight, when her hood comes off, Tooru is surprised to see her resembling Chaika. In fact, she looks exactly like her. Only dressed in red. She has her own comrades, David and Selma Kenworth ambushing them. Chaika is taken hostage and so is the red one. Since Gillette’s team is coming into the scene, they have to flee without any exchange. Gillette examines the battle aftermath and it is suggested that they split into teams. Leo and Matthaus Callaway will stay behind to look for their target as they believe they could still be nearby while the rest return to Perimeral to look for more information.

Tooru and Akari try to interrogate red Chaika (who has the same scar marks as our white Chaika) but since she is giving them the silent treatment and that calling her Chaika would be confusing, Akari suggests identifying her as Sticky. Since they are spamming this weird name, she can’t take it anymore and reveals she is Chaika Bohdan. But that’s all you’ll hear from her. What now? Torture time… But that means eating delicious meat right before her eyes. Yup. Torture alright for an empty stomach. Growling like crazy. Can’t resist the temptation? She also has the same intentions of collecting the emperor’s remains but she has a little more. She wants revenge. To kill all those who killed her father and those who didn’t protect him. Also, she has no memories for a certain period. She thinks the other Chaika is fake and herself the real deal but Tooru believes that is what all fakes say. Meanwhile David and Selma examine Chaika and since they don’t see any parts with her, they think she is of not much use. They not both Chaikas have very opposite personalities despite looking the same. They know at least 3 other Chaikas and all are looking for the emperor’s remains. David goes out to check on the battlefield and sees a note to meet by the waterfall by dawn. Leo and Matthaus are spying on him. Akari returns to Tooru and relays the note has been taken. Since Chaika’s butterfly accessory was left there, it is a sign that they agree to meet.

Episode 6
The exchange takes place but before that, Tooru warns if David tries to pull any funny stuff, Bohdan has a bomb attached to her in which he will not hesitate to pull and blow everything up. Selma who is in sniping position must now be very cautious. Halfway through, they are attacked by monster birds. They know someone is controlling them (Matthaus) since they don’t usually come in flocks. Tooru pulls the ‘bomb’ which is actually smoke screen to cover for their escape. The exchange is off for now. Tooru returns to the ruins. There is Fredrica bumming around bored. Where the hell was she? She just missed the killings. And to think she thought Chaika got a new hairstyle. Fredrica offers to use her magic to remove rubbles pinning down their vehicle provided if Tooru fights her later. But isn’t turning into her dragoon form and pushing away the rubbles just brute force? Leo and Matthaus realize they have failed since they couldn’t trace the properly covered tracks. Leo theorizes that all Chaikas may be real as the emperor may have several wives and named all daughters the same to ensure an heir. This only proves how little they know about Chaikas. Meanwhile in some conference between nations arguing about farmer’s quarrel and bandits, Konrad Steinmetz the head of Kliemann Organization tries to bring up the Chaika issue but was shot down of chasing something mythical and might as well put his power to solve these petty issues. Because of that, he informs Gillette and his team to set out immediately on their new mission. Frustrating, isn’t it?

Bohdan learns that Tooru is a saboteur and tries to hire him by paying more. However he says his pride as a saboteur means he won’t betray the employer who hired him. Bohdan can give him the battlefield he longs for but he’ll think about it. Fredrica comes teasing him to which Chaika he is going to choose. Akari returns and says she has met David in town and they have set another exchange meeting. Before Bohdan is handed back, she wants Tooru to switch masters. He’s not changing his mind. Does he not like her or something? He puts it this way. She is strong physically and mentally unlike Chaika who is too trusting and defenceless. He can’t leave her alone and wants to work for one who needs him more. Doesn’t Bohdan need him too? Both Chaikas return to their original masters. Selma is ready to snipe but notices something odd about Akari. She has cat ears and tail? Fredrica in disguise definitely. The real Akari attacks her but she manages to escape in time. As they leave, Bohdan and David stand in their way again. Does Bohdan take a liking for Tooru? They offer to join them to search for remains. But what will happen to Chaika? Bohdan’s reply is that there is no need for multiple Chaikas. I guess that’s it. Tooru will be their enemy. The fight begins as Chaika uses her magic light to blind them. But they got away eventually. Continuing their journey, Tooru believes they need to address this issue quick. Not only they have got people on their tail to prevent them from gathering the parts, there are others who are trying to steal the parts from them.

Episode 7
This has got to be a classic scene. Tooru putting Chaika to sleep when Akari puts her knife at his neck. She is spouting about his most active libido in the continent and won’t allow him to disregard his sister and violate Chaika because a defenceless sleeping girl is like a raw meat before a wild beast. I don’t even… Anyway Guy is here to tell them of another hero, Simon Scania. His existence was last verified 4 years ago in the town of Rademio. Tooru has this feeling they are being deceived but Guy welcomes that. So they prod around town and find out about this Valley of Death whereby those who enter never return. Meanwhile Steinmetz also relays the information of Simon to Gillette. They feel something odd about the heroes like although they obtained victory over Gaz but they have been cursed thereafter. It’s like they have lost their best judgment. While leaving town, Tooru and co come into contact with Gillette’s team. They are surprised to hear Chaika just wants to gather parts for the funeral. Since nothing is resolved, a fight is inevitable. In the midst of it, Fredrica pops up and wants to join. Because there will be some killing, right? Unfortunately Tooru wants her to help them escape since they are outnumbered. What about the killing? Well, she doesn’t want others to kill him, right? Right. This sucks. She takes them and flies away while Gillette and co are left dumbfounded that a dragoon is on their side. At the Valley of Death, Chaika detects lots of magic and can’t pinpoint the part’s location. Tooru needs Fredrica’s flight help to scan over the area but she sulks and won’t help since he didn’t keep his promise to fight. Till Chaika starts climbing down herself and fall off, did Fredrica change and dive down.

Then this mind boggling scene. Tooru and Chaika close to each other. They are acting like lovers?! What’s going on?! Actually Tooru got caught in the mist which is some sort of illusion. The real Chaika and other ladies are watching living out his pathetic desires in this safe magic barrier. Another classic scene. Tooru fights his enemies and notes the last part is with Gillette. Suddenly here he comes on his steed and Chaika goes to marry him! Because what better way than to get it, right? The wedding and funeral will be on the same day! Tooru is left heartbroken and chasing after them. He enters the magic barrier and snaps out. Cue for Akari to slap him. Cue for Fredrica to join in and punch him. Woke up from your dream? Once he learns what is happening, Chaika mentions they can still move through the fog provided she shoots clear a path. They keep running till they see a magic contraption. Chaika fires to destroy it an immediately the mist disappears. There is this vagabond complaining how useless this magic machine is. He denies he is Simon but Fredrica could identify it is him although he changed a lot. He starts ranting about how he was betrayed by his best friend Marco during the war because he sold them out to the enemy and that his wife ran away with him. Tooru deduces he abandoned the army and came to live in this valley alone and the magic was his way of showing people illusions of friends betraying them like how it happened to him. Chaika asks him for the parts and he doesn’t hesitate to give that most useless thing away. He doesn’t need it anyway. Well, well. The entire right leg. As they leave, Tooru has this uneasy feeling it was too easy. Besides, it just feels tragic. A hero of the war getting financially compensated and a part of Gaz but not a happy ending. Chaika likes the illusion of them together but Tooru brushes that off of ever happening and only happened in his fantasy because Akari and Fredrica were out of the question. What the heck does he mean by that? Akari not too pleased. Chaika becomes upset and that dude is slow on the uptake till she throws food at his face.

Episode 8
Since Gillette is so concerned about Chaika this, Chaika that, Steinmetz suggests he take a break from it and reminds him their priority is still the welfare of the people. Chaika and co reach a border patrol. They claim this land belongs to Neo Gaz Empire (in the midst of rebuilding anyway) and they need to pay toll. Why, that’s news. They are introduced to General Mart, Minister Lavr and Frol the head of the Imperial Guard. Heck, they even introduced Princess Chaika. Behold! Blonde Chaika AKA Julia. In addition to almost giving herself away, Chaika gladly pays the toll but I guess the guys got greedy when they see her silver coin. On grounds that their carriage is suspicious, they check it and Akari lies through her teeth that they are travelling performers. The guys are not convinced and will have them perform. So this is their castle? So rundown… The trio put up cheap performances (because nobody seems impressed) until the big one which has Fredrica turn from a cat into a dragoon! Impressive! That night as they celebrate, Tooru notices several men bringing in stolen gold and silverware as ‘military funds’. He realizes they are just a band of thieves and knows it’ll be trouble if they stay longer. Chaika talks to Julia and the latter seems like a nice lady. Julia promises to tell her some poem tomorrow since she has ‘business’ to attend to. I guess that business is to go rob somebody’s house. Julia confirms Chaika is really a genuine idiot but knows the saboteurs must be dealt with quickly. As Julia and Lavr break into a house, Julia realizes too late it is a trap and gets captured.

Meanwhile Tooru wants to leave this place right now and doesn’t want to get any more involved with these people. Chaika disagrees since she promises. Also, only Chaika can drive and since she won’t, they’ll be staying put. Mart and the rest surround them and offer them to join their ranks. Tooru refuses. They think they can beat the siblings? It only took a second for the duo to round the bandits up. Suddenly Frol remembers Chaika’s familiar face. She is the real Chaika from the wanted poster! Mart explains that their goal to restore Gaz Empire was true but it seemed so far out of reach and they became discouraged by the day. Although, they haven’t given up yet. Lavr returns with bad news. Chaika wants to rescue Julia but Tooru tries to be a pessimist. It’s like he doesn’t want to do it, no thanks, I’m leaving. Too bad Chaika is his employer so when she says she’s doing it, you’re doing it too! They easily break Julia out from prison and everyone is sincerely grateful. Before they leave the next morning, Julia keeps her promise to tell Chaika the poem. Mart returns the silver coin to them. Tooru asks about the emperor’s personality. Honestly they don’t know. They have never even seen his face. They also heard he did some shady human experiments to advance magic technology but even so, they only heard about this after the war. In the end, they knew nothing about him. As for what they are going to do now, it’s time to take long overdue action and do what they’ve been putting off so long. Lastly, the conference between the nations is in uproar. The emissary they sent to Duke Gavarni’s domain to request the return of the floating fortress Soara, was found murdered and his body returned in horrific condition.

Episode 9
Since today is the festival to celebrate the end of the war, many shops are closed so Chaika and co can’t get replenishment of magic fuel for their vehicle. The shopkeeper was nice enough to recommend some shops but don’t keep your hopes up as they might be closed. Tooru learns that Chaika can use her memories as magic fuel substitution. I guess this explains a lot. And I suppose it’s a duh question to ask how many memories she used up or when was the last time she used it. Yeah. She can’t remember. Gillette and Vivi are also having a time out at the town together. They stop a thief stealing from a noble who in return wasn’t that grateful. The thief continues to scorn nobles for living such a lavish way and people like Gillette wouldn’t even understand. Justice won’t fill a man’s stomach. Know what he’s saying? The rest of Gillette’s team are talking about Gillette’s sincerity and how he saved them from certain predicaments, the reason why they follow him. They also notice Gillette note acting like himself lately ever since chasing Chaika. Steinmetz’s secretary, Karen Bombardier comes in seeking Gillette and everyone. There is an urgent order to return. Tooru asks several peddlers if they have any magic fuel. Sorry kid. You’re out of luck. This brings back memories of his younger days in his hidden Acura village where he and Akari undergo strict training by their brother mentor, Shin to become saboteurs.

Finally they hit an open store that sells magic fuel. This old guy doesn’t have good memories of this festival because the war killed his entire family. While he helps fill the containers with magic fuel, Tooru tells Chaika part of his past. There was a peddler named Hasumin Orlo who used to come to the village. It was like a reward to buy something after their hard training. You can say she is his first love (although he clearly denies it) because he always wanted to show off his newly mastered techniques. However Hasumin never praised him and only looked on with a sad expression. One day, bandits attacked her troupe and everyone got killed. Tooru remembers clearly seeing her last breathe. Although later the adults slaughtered the bandits, Tooru still couldn’t let it go. He always had this regret he failed to help her. He can never forget it. Chaika believes he is thinking the wrong way. Because he saved her from that unicorn. The memory might be painful but it is valuable. Because having memories is a happy thing. I guess she’s right. Considering Chaika’s case. As the old man finishes, Tooru asks if there is a place they can get large amounts of magic fuel. He thinks the neighbouring territory that belongs to Gavarni. It is also believed this domain has Gaz’s remains too. As there are lots of mines in the area, his friends might have bought the remains from some hero with the mining profit. Tooru asks Chaika if she can choose which memories to use for fuel. I suppose she could. He thinks it’s best to save the good memories. Gillette’s team prepares to sneak into the Soara when it anchors at its set interval.

Episode 10
As Tooru and Chaika enter the next town, they can’t help see everyone staring at them. Chaika’s coffin? Nope. Then he realized. There are no women in this town! Trying to get fossil fuel from a store, it seems they only can sell in very minimal amount despite this town has the largest fossil fuel mines as everything goes to the duke. The shopkeeper whispers to them that Gavarni has been abducting girls by force. They never came back. Although some has fled, they believed to have been hunt down and killed. So it is best for a girl like Chaika to leave this place at once. But why hasn’t anybody go to the duke’s mansion? Because it’s a flying fortress! Of course our gang needs to infiltrate it to uncover the mystery. Fredrica doesn’t want to fly them since Tooru has broken his promise so many times to fight her. However Akari gives Fredrica too much needed motivation. She can kill him but don’t leave too many large wounds because she wants him stuffed! After they survey Soara by night, the next day as the guards come down to take more girls, Akari purposely joins in. Vivi and Zita have also snuck on board to do their investigation. They send periodic reports of what they have observed. The duke has not shown himself in person and it seems this place is run by a wizard named Grad Lancia. There is a young boy with royalty looks with him. Other than that, there is no one else but guards patrolling and the girls are taken to waiting rooms before being split into smaller groups. Meanwhile the allied nations are demanding to send a punitive army to take down Gavarni. Steinmetz tries to reason with them to wait as his team is there to gather information but those bastards aren’t going to be patient and wants to launch a pre-emptive strike now! Worse, the king gives orders for it and to subjugate the duke. Steinmetz relays the bad news to Gillette and to tell his team to get out of there because the allied nations are going to use the floating fortress of Stratus. Attack will be by morning.

That night, Fredrica sneaks in the rest to meet up with Akari. They see a large giant pillar believed to be a giant Gundo because such enormous amount of power is needed to move this flying fortress. Suddenly guards attack them. Fredrica gets stabbed and thrown off the bridge! I know she won’t die from that but it was that easy to get her out of the picture? The siblings split up and go separate ways but Akari gets captured. She is brought to Grad and introduced to Ricardo Gavarni, the duke’s youngest son. He hints he is a psycho sadist as his hobby is cutting up people. Akari wants to see his father but that won’t be possible because Ricardo has cut up his entire family! Ricardo also hints that besides him and Grad, there is another third person sharing their common goals. Grad suggests putting Akari’s skills to good use by capturing her friends. Of course she refuses so Grad infuses some magic that will make her obedient but yet retain her personality. Tooru and Chaika stumble into this hooded girl, Layla who wants their help to get out of this place. Oh no. Chaika wants to help. She can’t be serious. Grad and Ricardo know the allied nations are moving and their dreams will soon become reality. Oh, you might have guessed it too. Layla is their third accomplice. When guards attack Tooru, he engages them while Layla tries to persuade Chaika to come with her so as not to bother him. Chaika has a bad feeling about leaving him so she forces her into the elevator. Goodbye. Realized too late it’s a trap. Worse for Tooru, he has to fight Akari.

Episode 11
As the siblings fight, Tooru thinks Akari has defected to the duke’s side but is sad she betrayed Chaika. Vivi and Zita are thinking how to get off Soara when they hear some fighting nearby. Tooru could have fallen to his death if not for Zita saving him. Zita suggests they trade information. Although Vivi is much against it, their priority now is to return alive to their team. In exchange of telling Tooru about the punitive attack, they want him to tell them a way out. Hey, since he got in, he must have a way out, right? Well, he has. But everyone is separated and they’ll have to wait till everyone is united first. On their way up, they see a bloodied wall. Upon removing it, they see hideous corpses of women hanging upside down! Sick! One of them barely alive mentions Ricardo did this. It is believed for magic fuel but corpses are more than sufficient. As the magic source are accumulated memories of living beings, the denser the memories, the better its quality. Girls are taken because they are prone to intense pain, agony and fear. However, using this much corpses isn’t necessary to fly Soara. Tooru and the girls continue to run from Akari’s offensive. Zita thinks some sort of magic drug makes her hypnotized under someone’s will like those guards. There must be something more that these corpses are used to power. Layla brings Chaika into her room and learns her name and mission. Then she mocks there is all to it. Then she explains Soara is on its way to attack the capital Cadwell to start another war. This is what Ricardo and Grad want and she is supporting from the shadows. I guess they got bored of peace. I mean, Ricardo could cut up anybody he wants in a war, right? Chaika denies everything she said as lies but Layla know how she feels. Because when she takes off her hood, she looks like Chaika! Another Chaika! Except this is a blue one.

Chaika calls her a fake. Guess what? Every Chaika says she is the real deal. Layla explains she was once like her but one day awakened to discover the horrifying truth. That opening scene of being a tool and setting fate in motion. They are all tools to gather the emperor’s remains and everyone that travels with them are tools as well for this cause. She adds there are many types of Chaikas with different personalities and skills. Once she learnt about the truth, she stopped being a Chaika. Fredrica comes though the air ventilation and heard it all. She wants Layla to hand over the remains when suddenly a creepy spider monster kills her! NOT AGAIN!!! This time it might be serious because it got her brain, a dragoon’s real weakness. Layla continues that she will use the remains as magic fuel until it finishes. This is her revenge on the ones who orchestrated all this. Gillette and Leo meet the advancing punitive army. He speaks to the commander of this army, Theobald Setra to delay the attack. Setra doesn’t give a damn about the lives of a couple of spies and that this is an order from the king. Gillette has no say in it. Plus, they are just subjugating a duke and not a war between nations. Gillette is desperate to delay the attack by any means. He cannot believe these guys want to fight so badly rather than delaying for a few seconds. So he points his sword at Setra and won’t move an inch. Tooru and co get this brilliant idea to crawl through the air ventilation. Yeah. Why didn’t they think of that? Nobody guards these places, right? Well, we’ll soon find out. Because that creepy spider monster lurks! That’s why! RUN!!! Since the stairs are blocked with magic barriers, I guess the only way is to climb from outside. You crazy?! Don’t worry. Tooru has some training in climbing walls. So while the ladies handle Akari’s attack, Tooru becomes Spider-man! Watch him wing from ledge to ledge!

Episode 12
The commander of Stratus, Bernard Chizeta will not let any trivialities stop his attack. Today is the day he waited for. This means he is ignoring Gillette’s request and ransom. He commands Stratus to fire. Although it hits Soara, its magic barrier barely scratches it. In this distraction, Vivi and Zita subdue Akari and use magic to snap her out of her spell. Chaika won’t be a damsel in distress. She is going to get out. But seriously, she might have trouble getting into the air ventilation and if you think about it, how the heck is she going to get her coffin in there?! Tooru fights off the spider monster. How many stabs does it take for this thing to die? As Akari and the girls make their way to the top, they see Fredrica’s dead body. Suddenly something bursts out of her stomach! Holy sh*t! Mini Fredrica???!!! WTF?! Like Aliens?! I didn’t know this was some sort of horror cutie comedy?! I don’t know about her molting structure that gives her dual personality, but heck, she’s back and freaking kawaii in this chibi form!!! Bernard is starting to panic when Soara fires back and Stratus takes massive damage. The next magic beam from Soara goes off tangent and destroys the land army. Holy cow! The entire army wiped out! Gillette got caught in the line?! Say it isn’t so!!!! With Soara taking some hit, it seems they can’t use magic attacks when they reach Cadwell. Layla has an idea. Why not use Soara as a projectile and ram into the capital like suicide bombing? Ricardo loves that idea and approves of it. Bernard won’t go down alone and will bring Soara down with him and orders his men to ram Stratus into Soara. Chaika escapes and should have done this a long time ago. She blasts the doors open with her Gundo and then stumble into an engine room and see an entire left leg as the magic source powering Soara. Chaika’s presence is given away when Stratus rams into Soara. Ricardo introduces himself and is excited to cut up Chaika. Fredrica brings the ladies to the room where Chaika was held but only find themselves facing those spider monsters. This time Fredrica transforms into a dragoon to initiate some payback. Now she can really go for the kill.

Tooru arrives in the nick of time before Chaika is operated open on her own coffin. He fights Ricardo who is surprisingly as agile and swift. Ricardo thinks he has defeated Tooru when he stabs his arm when Tooru turns around and stabs his guts! So easy?! So is Ricardo impressed with the colour of his own guts? Looks like it. All you have to do was just die, right? Akari knocks out Grad and sends every mind controlled person in this fortress to go unconscious. The fortresses crash into the sea. After Tooru retrieves the left leg, Layla shoots her crossbow into him as he falls into the rising water. She is about to kill Chaika too but she gets stunned when she sees Guy behind. This allows Chaika to chant her magic and fire back. Then she dives down into the water to kiss Tooru. I want to believe it is to give him some air but at the same I think she really wants to do that too because she could have just summoned that magic bubble of hers and surround them with air. Besides if you think about it, how can one short kiss revive him? He didn’t like her saving him because it’s like the roles of the tool is reversed. Chaika disagrees he is not a tool. They could have a second round of kissing but the other girls meet up and they escape Soara who has now sunk to the bottom. Ricardo and Layla are somewhat tired-cum-satisfied and remain together till they meet their watery grave. When Vivi and Zita return to the rest, they are extremely shocked to hear about Gillette. No way!!! Don’t tell me he is freaking dead?! Don’t you dare! The shock was too much for Vivi that she starts screaming and transforms into Chaika?! WTF?! Vivi is another Chaika?! Chaika reveals about what Layla said about being tools and programmed to retrieve parts. She wants to resume her mission to collect her father’s remains and Tooru as well as Akari will follow her and don’t care if she’s fake or not, manipulated or not. They have chosen her as their master. Fredrica wants Tooru to form a contract to be a dragoon cavalier. Since he is going to be reckless, he won’t be treating every wound if they have a contract. She’s serious but he’ll think about it. They make haste and continue their journey thinking Gillette’s team will be hot on their heels.

Will The Real Chaika Please Stand Up?
Seriously. It can’t end like that! Even Chaika agrees! Yup. And so at the end of the episode, we get an announcement from her (she even sounds this excited like I am) that there is going to be a second season and thus ‘saving’ this season from my scathing criticism if they were just going to end it here without anything more. Ah yes. You could tell that I am quite fascinated and interested in this series and will be looking forward to the next season. At first I didn’t put too much hope on this series and thought this was going to be a mere run of the mill fantasy setting. But surprisingly every turn of events from the pacing of the story and the action bits kept me interested. It is very rare for such animes to actually keep me glued to the screen that I lost track of time. True. Before I knew it, the series was over and I was like, it is over so fast? Seriously. And I thought Shingeki No Kyojin, the last anime that made me felt so, it would be another long time before another series would have this effect on me (Kill La Kill was great too but I wasn’t this crazy and wanting so much and more).

With different types of Chaikas running around, each with different personalities but their goal somewhat remains the same. It is intriguing to see how many more there are and their true purpose. I have a feeling that gathering Gaz’s remains could just be a façade for something more sinister. After all like it is hinted, how much do we know about Chaika? This thought screws with our minds and makes us think twice about Chaika’s goal and question what we have seen, their actions are they seemingly genuine or not. For all you know the memories implanted with them are also manipulated. And every Chaika claims they are the real one. Yeah. Like who would admit they are fake? So will the real Chaika please stand up? For all you know, all could be real. All could be fake. Or even half truths and half lies. Now with Vivi revealing to be a Chaika, things are not going to be as straight forward as before. It will only get more complicated, I figure. With different Chaikas given different colour codes, I am hoping there would be the ultimate colour Chaika: A rainbow Chaika! That would be classic. Also just a little thought, with Gaz’s remains scattered throughout, it makes me wonder what the remaining parts are. Because I have this cheeky thought of wondering who is having his balls. HAHAHA!!!

Chaika is an amusing girl. It makes her funny. Firstly, her thick eyebrows make remind me of Groucho Marx. Just that she doesn’t smoke a cigar :). Sometimes those eyebrows too make her seem like she came out from a Sesame Street production… The second obvious thing you’ll notice is the way she speaks. Somewhat broken. I know it is good to keep your sentences short but most of the time it is like there is a full stop after 2 or 3 words. In some ways, it makes her sounds like a retard (in a funny sense). But that’s what also makes her cute. If her words were translated into English, I guess her speech could be equivalent to Master Yoda. Her naïve and gullible but kind personality is also amusing to watch. I mean, using her Gundo to light up a little fire? Well, she’s in for a blast. Literally. As such, it makes her cute. It makes her funny. It makes her amusing. Oh. Did I repeat myself? Speaking of phrases, I think her favourite word is “Hitei!” (something that denotes disagreement or no). At least in the last arc because she seems to be spamming this a lot especially with Layla revealing the big revelation and Chaika was like hitei this hitei that. Another thing that bugs me is the amount of money she carries. I wonder where she got that amount because it seems she can pay for just about anything. From the royal treasury? Maybe before daddy died, he gave each Chaika some allowances to go about. Uh huh. Coffin coffers, if I should put-cum-pun it. Such a rich girl I don’t mind her paying for meals, expenses and the likes ;p. And her coffin, something tells me there is some sort of space dimension rift inside because she can keep a lot of things inside! It’s like Doraemon’s magic pocket. No doubt the coffin is much bigger than her, I wonder how she will fit all the parts in addition to the Gundo equipment that she stores inside.

Akari is also another amusing character especially there are lots of hints that indicate she is somewhat obsessed about Tooru (their verbal spats and her exaggerated accusations are the biggest clues). She loves accusing him of being a predator on girls, doesn’t she? She has a potential to turn yandere if I should say. Dead or alive, she really ‘wants’ him. So if she is not putting her saboteur skills to good use, she is more likely to be seen in this ‘lively interaction’ with Tooru. Tooru himself in a way is also cool. Cool with his skills as a sharp saboteur and cool and ‘indifferent’ in deflecting Akari’s serious fake accusations about him. It’s like he has heard it so many times that it doesn’t surprise him. The only thing that I can think off why he decided to stick with Chaika through thick and thin isn’t just about his code as a saboteur to be loyal to his master, but also he likes her. Uh huh. Didn’t think so, did you? That kiss just seals it. Because we know from Chaika’s easy-to-read body language that she likes him but what about him? I’m sure he does. Because even if he claims this peaceful world is so boring, literally he could have just found anything else to do other than being Chaika’s employee. So how is the adventure currently? Well, he didn’t say he was loving it but at least it keeps him from bumming around and letting girls pay for him. That I thought was going to be the running joke of the series but eventually after the initial episodes, it died out.

Fredrica feels like a fickle member of the group. I guess that is why she is aptly taking a form of a cat if she is not in her goth loli appearance or her true dragoon form. Because for other times when she isn’t really needed, she is not around and wandering somewhere. Not to say that the saboteurs need her assistance as they are self-sufficient for most of time except when it comes to flight. But she appears as and when she pleases and feels like she is just tagging and bumming around, bidding her time so she can get that chance to fight Tooru. Did they ever say the fight must be to the death? Can they just spar? Or can they ‘fight’ using other methods? Say, rock-scissors-paper best out of 5 rounds?

As this is not the end yet, there are lots more characters that aren’t properly fleshed out yet and we have not seen the last of them. For one, it is not really sure if Gillette has perished or not despite Leo was the only survivor of the stray blast and collecting his sword back. I mean, there was no body, right? And if you tell me it disintegrated, how come the other dead soldiers’ body didn’t? So I am sure (keeping fingers crossed) that such a handsome and sincere guy like him would be still alive and somewhere (otherwise Vivi would be a sad girl and could turn her into a bad girl). Then there is Guy who feels like his cameo appearances in popping up here and there watching over Chaika feels like he is just trolling. We don’t know what he is but he gives just enough information to push Chaika forward. For all you know he may be Gaz himself! Gasp! Of course there is Bohdan’s group and from the last battle, my guess they will definitely cross paths again along with the other Chaika groups. There are some unfinished businesses to settle.

The action part is also quite good. At least it keeps me well entertained especially with Tooru and Akari as skilled saboteurs, they employ their learned skills and resources to the max resulting in them pulling off fast reflexes and certain acrobatic stunts that have been perfected throughout their years of harsh training. Be warned, sometimes the scenes may get a little bloody and gory. I wouldn’t say Chaika is a dead weight. There are times when she fights too but it is only when she uses her Gundo and it takes some time to setup her gun and chant her magic spells. Speaking of those magic lines, sometimes it feels like gibberish. As though they just pull it out from thin air or say the first nonsense word that comes to mind.

The artwork and drawing feels decent. Since this is a fantasy setting, I suppose the designs of the character dresses like Chaika’s gothic outfit (personally I like hers the best), the automobiles and the different dangerous beasts are rather okay. Talking about the beasts, that creepy monster spider just reminded me of something. I thought that kind of design reminded me of those frightening BETA monsters from Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. Creepy indeed. And thus some scenes can get gory and graphic like that Alien reference or that hidden wall of bloodied female corpses. Prepare your heart for such scenes. Personally I also feel that all the towns somewhat have this same look and feel to it. I’m sure it is because the towns are still recuperating from the aftermath of the biggest baddest war so it is no surprise that many parts have this gloomy and poverty-like ambience while there is a vast piece of wilderness and undeveloped lands. The buildings also have this old European feel to it. They have no distinctive feature that tells them apart. Therefore I can’ tell if they venture into another town if they do not mention it or logically if I am not paying attention and following the story.

Hearing Chaika’s voice for the first time, I thought it was Kana Hanazawa behind her since she sound awfully close in that retard mode. But something feels off. Sounds like Kana Hanazawa but not. Could it be Aki Toyosaki? Nah. Turns out to be Chaika Chika Anzai whose only voice acting role that I heard was Suzu Shutou from Akuma No Riddle. Originally I didn’t recognize Chiwa Saito’s voice. She wasn’t her usual when she was as Dominica. Then when she turned into Fredrica, it all becomes too familiar. Especially when that dragoon is craving to go berserk and do some killing. Reminds me of that crazy psycho teacher, Becky in Nourin. Other casts include Junji Majima as Tooru (Ryuuji in Toradora), Yuko Hara as Akari (Hitomi in Happiness Charge PreCure), Yoshimasa Hosoya as Gillette (Shichika in Katanagatari), Iori Nomizu as Vivi (Nymph in Sora No Otoshimono), Yui Makino as Layla (Sakura in Tsubasa Chronicle), Megumi Ogata as Ricardo (Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Saeko Zougou as Bohdan (Chacha in Maken-Ki!).

Hearing the very rock-like opening theme, Darkena for the first time somewhat brings back familiar memories. No, I have not heard this song anywhere before but rather the singing style somewhat feels familiar. Then it hit me. Realizing it was Iori Nomizu’s voice behind the vocals, this brings back memories of how she sang the opening for Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka. I don’t really want to say bad about her singing but personally I thought her voice wasn’t the suitable type to sing. It’s a bit out of tune. Maybe that is her singing trademark. At least better than mine. Kairaku Genri is the ending theme sung by Coffin Princess (which is basically the voice of the 3 main Chaikas in this series). Despite it is more of a rock outfit, I can’t help feel there an ominous feel and sometimes it sounds like a hymn.

So peace is not a good thing to some? I can see why because it puts a lot of people out of a job. It doesn’t keep the economy running. It makes a lot of bored people with nothing else better to do. What else can people like Tooru and Akari do? What other industry can they go to? Even the case of Fredrica whose original dragoon form is much sought after has diminished in its value. Some things are only worth it and valuable when they fight. So yeah. War is good. Hah. With it comes pain, misery and all the suffering. I guess some people like that. Being sadists on a worldwide scale. It’s their only way to show their superiority and assert their authority over others, I figure.

Overall, this anime has a good mix of comedy, action, great prospects for character development and storytelling. People who are not into this fantasy setting or this kind of genre should also give this anime a try. Like every other anime out there, it is not perfect and not with its short comings but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this anime. At least this series made me less fearful when I see coffins. Especially if a goth loli girl carries it. Hmm… Could be the next trendy fashion to replace bulky suitcases. Coffins and coffin carriers aren’t necessarily the harbinger of something ominous. For they might be loaded with cash and if you are lucky to be employed for your services, you’ll be set for life. Unless the job never ends…