Hitsugi no Chaika is the first simulcast anime series that I’ve watched that got two seasons and actually ended in the same year as well. I’m a bit sad that it ended, but at least we received an absolute ending and not the famous “read the manga” ending which is the case for the majority of anime endings nowadays.
I really enjoyed the overall story which follows one of the Emperor Gaz’s daughters called Chaika on her journey to gather all of her father’s remains. Each Chaika has a different reason for collecting her father’s remains, the Chaika we follow is gathering them in order to provide her father a proper burial and she receives some help from Akari and Tooru who get hired as her bodyguards and helpers.
The story is entertaining, action packed and has some humor. However, that changes with the second season. In the second season, it becomes bland and it became a chore to watch, because it seemed really rushed, especially the ending. It made little to no sense. This made the overall anime less enjoyable.
I have no gripes with the animation. The characters look good, the scenery is beautiful and the action is great – especially the magical circles that start forming while the magician is screaming (yes, screaming) the incantation which sounds like random Latin words, but oddly ends with English titled attack name – though, it does sound cool even though it’s kind of out of place.
The opening songs of both seasons are great to listen to and they’ve made it to my anime soundtrack. However, the ambient music doesn’t stand out at all which was rather disappointing, since the majority of fantasy anime I’ve watched had great atmospheric music.
Characters are your standard anime archetypes, Akari being a unrelated kuudere sister, Tooru being a bland male leader and Chaika being the shy, yet determined one.
I have a gripe with Frederica’s character, because she started as a strong Dragoon-Cat-Loli obsessed with fighting Tooru and ended up as a Dragoon-Cat-Loli that everyone can defeat and ddoesn’tcare about fighting Tooru anymore. This change in character and her power is ridiculous, considering that she’s supposed to be a freakin’ magical dragon.
I really enjoyed the first season, because it felt as if I’m embarking on an epic adventure along with the main characters and I would definitely recommend checking it out. However, I cannot say the same for the second season.
The second season was really hard to watch, especially everything after they came to the castle (middle of the season). It felt really rushed and it could be just me, but I’m pretty sure that bunch of important information got skipped in order to make it last only 10 episodes.
Hitsugi no Chaika is worth checking out, but the same cannot be said for the second season; Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle. I’m regretting watching the second season, don’t make the same mistake as I did.