DVD Review: Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle – The Complete Series

Girls, Mecha, Magical Fights and monsters; it’s all here within MVM Entertainment’s DVD release of Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle – The Complete Series; but what did we thing of this series, and in turn it’s DVD release? Well let’s find out!

Synopsis:

From the charred pieces of the corrupt Arcadia Empire, a new kingdom arose. To protect itself from future foes, the Kingdom of Atismata established the Royal Knight Academy to train warriors in the art of fighting with Drag-Rides, ancient mechanical dragons.

The Academy has a catch though: it’s strictly a no-male school, and when the former prince of the ruined Empire, Lux, stumbles into the baths, he lands himself in a compromising situation with Lisesharte, the new kingdom’s princess. Understandably upset, and challenges him to a Drag-Ride duel, launching their lives into an explosive chain reaction that will expose the dark secrets of both royal families. Whether Lux is fighting off monsters, corruption, or his female classmates, things are sure to take flight into the unpredictable skies.

Our View:

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle is a series that has a strong varied cast of characters, an interesting concept and good animation throughout; but ultimately it is pulled down by its lack of over-arching-storyline and episode presentation that is confusing and as disappointing as the story that it is trying to tell.  The story is one of two kingdoms, remnants of the old Kingdom of Arcadia and the new Kingdom of Atismata, doing battle with one another to take control of the land; but alas this story is overshadowed by small titbits’ of ecchi fanservice and a whole lot of harem that is left unanswered and unsatisfied.

Unanswered and unsatisfied pretty much sums up my experience with this series which is a real shame as it started with so much vigour and depth. It entices you with a strong story but then throws an inconclusive harem in your face until the final spontaneous battle with remnants of the old kingdom. Personally I’m still trying to unravel whether or not I missed a crucial plot in the story; but it seems to me that the creators of the series just opted to throw everything into the mix without considering the actual progression of the story; and it shows – especially at the ending with some elements being left unresolved and a cliff-hanger in place.

Let’s provide some context; Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle centres around Lux Arcadia, a young man who was once the prince of the Arcadia Empire until it was brought to ruins five years prior due to a Coup d’état, and his adventures within the all female Royal Knight Academy in the New Kingdom of Atismata. It’s a story which begins with Lux becoming familiar with Lisesharte “Lishe” Atismata, the princess of Atismata, and the mark burned into her stomach – a story which entices the viewer into wanting to know more about the kingdoms and their back stories. Unfortunately after a quick battle with some Atismata deserters the story shifts to individual stories that focus on the other female characters on campus; such as discussions about dates and relationships. It’s your typical type of harem – except this time mecha units, known as Drag-Rides, and school duels with them are thrown in to the mix.

These harem elements continue throughout the remainder of the series until the final few episodes; a selection of episodes which rekindle the story that was left open in the early episodes of the series. A story which sees the new kingdom of Atismata under siege from remnants of the old kingdom – and they will do anything to reclaim their kingdom. It’s an intense few episodes and brings back that ‘expectation’ that was left from the opening episodes; with each of the characters in their Drag-Rides taking on other enemies in their Drag-Rides. It’s clash after clash and its good fun to watch; it’s just a shame that the rest of the series wasn’t this way.

Extras:

The only supplementary features included with this DVD release of Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle are textless opening and closing songs for the series itself; all of which are separated across the three DVD discs.

Instead of combining all of the textless songs into a single playback option, as with most other anime releases, the original disc authors (in this case Madman Entertainment) have opted to place the textless songs on the disc that they relate to. I didn’t notice much difference myself; but each disc features at least one ending song. The first DVD disc meanwhile has both the ending and opening song in textless form.

Basically if you were hoping for a selection of supplementary content, or even some trailers for other anime titles, then unfortunately you won’t find it here. Instead we have a rather simplistic, but aesthetically pleasing, menu and presentation; which is of course another disappointment – but by now it is to be expected.

Specs:

Media:  DVD 9 x3
Region: 2
Running Time: 1:38:44 (Disc 1, 2 & 3)
Video: MPEG-2
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps (Japanese)
Subtitles: English (Yellow)
Resolution: 720 x 480 (480p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Frame Rate: 25 fps

Overall:

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle is a series that draws you in and leaves you wanting more but more importantly it’s a series that could (or can) be potentially be watched within four episodes and you’d still be able to understand the overall plot of the story. In this case the story revolves around Lux, and in most cases Lishe, who work together to protect the Kingdom of Atismata by strengthening their bond through the art of Drag-Rides and defeating enemies that attack the kingdom.

As the series moves forward we begin to learn more about the supporting cast of characters and their own troubles; such as Phi and her connection with the enemy, Krulcifer and her connection with the temples and Celistia who supposedly hates men . Unfortunately these new relationships do nothing to add to the overall story and instead overshadow it by constructing a harem; a harem which sees the numerous female characters bicker over Lux with no ending in sight. It’s another incomplete harem story with a semi-complete overall story and while it’s fun to watch the events take place when all is said done and it was a rather mediocre experience that could have been a lot better.

In regards to this DVD release then everything is pretty much as expected with a simplistic menu presentation, but at least it looks better than MVM’s recent release of Girls Beyond the Wasteland, with readable subtitles throughout. It’s worth mentioning that the series is presented in Japanese audio only with the English subtitles ‘forced on’ and un-removable – a trait which is soon becoming the norm in Japanese only releases. Picture and sound quality also remains constant throughout but sound effects, such as explosions and clashing of swords, do feel terrible – this isn’t an issue with the DVD but with the production of the series itself and is unavoidable (budget audio production perhaps?).

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle is relatively fun show with a strong cast of characters but is plagued with a disappointing ending and a story that doesn’t fully manifest. If you enjoyed Infinite Stratos then you’ll most likely enjoy what Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle has to offer; as its pretty much the same situation and scenarios but set in a different timeline and with a different story. Good or Bad? It’s up to you; but I didn’t hate it nor did I love.

Score: review-stars-3

Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle – The Complete Series is available on DVD and Blu-ray from the 21st August 2017 within the UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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