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Hitsugi no Chaika Avenging Battle 11 January 2015

2014, 10 episodes: AniDB. Sequel to last spring's Hitsugi no Chaika.

The daughter of the evil mage-emperor is still collecting his remains in order to give him a proper funeral.

That's how things start, but they rapidly get more complex: there's the question of the Emperor's Fortune, the meeting of several Chaikas, and the martial arts tournament that seems to be a prelude to, or an excuse for, a return to the warfare that wracked the continent before the mage-emperor was killed. Plenty of fighting and adventure, still well-shot with clearly laid-out action scenes that make it easy to keep track of what's happening.

Lots of questions are answered: where the Chaikas came from, why they're doing what they're doing, and whom the suspiciously helpful informant Guy is really working for. Unfortunately most of those answers are crammed into the last two episodes, which go by altogether too quickly; the coda in particular is very rushed. I wonder whether this was planned to be another twelve-episode series, but the budget wouldn't stretch to it.

One could pick up the story at this point, but it's very much of a piece with the earlier series - same director, too, which is encouraging. It does diverge from the light novel plots, which purists consider a bad thing.

An OVA series is planned for next year, but the story could reasonably be considered concluded at this point. Recommended, even with the rushed ending.

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Hitsugi no Chaika

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