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Posted 7/10/17
I'm guessing at the show's further plot direction, but since he seems to be catching crooks and solving creeping intrigue issues it seemed to be something more like Arslan X ACCA (instead of Magi)
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Episode 2

The next uprising comes in the form of Mahmut's best friend Ibrahim from his days of training to become a Pasha. He is suspected of colluding with the Araba tribe to start an uprising in Hisar, and Mahmut has a hard time believing he would do such a thing. And once again, it is the Empire orchestrating all this to seize Hisar for themselves. Just when it looked like Zaganos was going to attack, luckily they didn't attack because with so many Araba soldiers lurking they hold off their attack. It turns out that Ibrahim was blackmailed in that hostages in the tent would be burned had he not cooperated. And then Mahmut infiltrates Hisar to let everybody know that the Empire is lying and that they won't be getting their own nation by them. Pretty much, it's more of the same from the first episode, but ending with a cliffhanger there with Mahmut being stabbed. Mahmut sure does have his work cut out.
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Episode 2

Solid episode, a lot happened this week.

We got background storytelling about Mahamut. Not to mention, the Empire is the one pulling the strings from behind while making Ibrahim look like a scapegoat.

It's interesting to note that Bahamut is willing to take such risks to save his friend. On the other hand, there's also Zaganos leading his troops and we learn more about his character's motivations. Well that cliffhanger got me interested. Also, some other characters were introduced such as Duchess Lerederick.

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Episode 3

Whoa boy, shit hit big time for Mahmut. While he accomplished what he set out to do in stopping a war, exonerating Ibrahim from any wrongdoing, making peace with the Araba, and sending those empire goods away, it came at a huge cost to him as he has been stripped of his Pasha title and relegated to being Halil's understudy for an indefinite period of time. This comes when war could possibly break out, but without the Pasha title he no longer has the right to know these kinds of matters that drives uncertainty into his head. What a tough break that was all to save a friend, and while that's noble, unfortunately that's a violation of being a Pasha.
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Episode 3

That was interesting drama...

I'm not surprised that Mahmut would be stripped of his Pasha title. He did act on his own with personal feelings while taking a huge risk. Tbh, someone as young as him has a lot to learn.

I'm more curious about Baltrhein Empire's next moves tbh in particular since they were aware of the spy network.
Also, I'm impressed by Shara's courage. It takes a lot for someone like her to risk her life to help the hostages.
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Episode 4

Mahmut's road back to the Pasha begins with a meeting with another fellow eagle handler in the Goz Kulak chief, Suleyman. He works under Zaganos, and has lived quite a tough life before Zaganos took him in. The village gets attacked, and Mahmut charges in, but the lady assassin uses his own weapon against him by making him food for the eagles. Thanks to Suleyman he got out of this mess to chase the enemy away, but nevertheless Mahmut has a lot to learn seeing that he's impulsive and relies only eagles to fight. That just goes to sure that he's definitely not fit to be a Pasha as he is right now, but he does have potential with a strong sense of justice, but he's using it all wrong.
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Posted 7/28/17
Suleyman is such a cool dude.

I'm glad this show took the time to explore his character and story.

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Another great episode. The feel of adventure is strengthening, especially after that spy network map Süleyman described.

Mahmut's mistakes really are painful to watch, though. To trust others, or not: Looking forward to his conclusions on that quandary.

Zaganos twisting his hair in this scene threw me. Habit? Signal among spies? Not exactly sure why it was included so prominently. It felt out of character.
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Any news on the reason for the delay in Episode 5? I looked, but couldn't find anything.
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Posted 8/1/17

Lyndai wrote:

Any news on the reason for the delay in Episode 5? I looked, but couldn't find anything.


MBS will be airing the World Championship in Athletics, which is the station that this show is on for the next two weeks. Since this event is happening in London that the events are going on during the late night time slot that anime airs in Japan, which is late afternoon in London. This, Rage of Bahamut, Welcome to the Ballroom, and Kakegurui are all MBS shows, so they will all be skipping the next two weeks.
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Bakaneer wrote:


Lyndai wrote:

Any news on the reason for the delay in Episode 5? I looked, but couldn't find anything.


MBS will be airing the World Championship in Athletics, which is the station that this show is on for the next two weeks. Since this event is happening in London that the events are going on during the late night time slot that anime airs in Japan, which is late afternoon in London. This, Rage of Bahamut, Welcome to the Ballroom, and Kakegurui are all MBS shows, so they will all be skipping the next two weeks.


Thanks so much! Good to know it's something like that and not something...worse.
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Episode 5

So the former Pasha Mahmut begins his journey in the Greek town of Phoinike where right off the bat a war is started. Those Greeks sure were misinformed about Mahmut's heroism as he's no longer a Pasha while he only stopped a full-scale war in Hisar rather than defeat the imperials. The Empire wants them to cede a section of the port to them, but those Greeks are all about pride and that got the best of them. Reinforcements were supposed to come, but for some reason they didn't and Mahmut wants to do something about that going there himself. And then comes Kiros whose father is a corrupt bastard who is willing to sell his soul to the Empire, and Kiros wants none of that. That was a solid way to introduce Kiros there as he's one of the MCs in this show, and he's going quite a strong sense of justice. Those two sure are getting along even though Kiros went to the extreme there threatening to let Mahmut fall if he didn't like how he answered his question.
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Didn't realise this was on Amazon.

So far so good. They are following the story from the manga series, complete with the the somewhat different tone to first few episodes, which have a bit of a generic shounen feel with special eagle powers and such, before doing a 90 degree turn and going into the "political" story. The key difference from shows like Arslan that MC is not a king or other "major character", but thather a mid-ranked guy, capable of influencing events, but not in control.

Animation and art style are nice, though it seems some scenes are a little lacking in detail. I really like how they make the characters look their age: young adults, as opposed to looking like children.

A bit disappointed with the OP music, doesn't seem to fit.
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Posted 8/25/17 , edited 8/25/17
Today, two episodes aired to make up for the two week layoff for the IAAF championships. While Rage of Bahamut will be done on the last Friday of September, this show needed it or else it would finish on Dec. 29, when all anime is supposed to take a break for the New Year.

Episode 6

And just like that, Phoenicia has fallen to the Balts. While the Greeks thought they could just take in the refugee miners and then shut the wall, the Balts had it all planned out and the Greeks fell for the trap. Normally, a ship would capsize by making it lighter, but here, assisted with a tailwind and a high tide that stopped the gate, and it was over pretty quickly as these peace-loving soldiers just are not used to fighting. Pretty clever strategy that was, and all Mahmut could do was watch while his eagle got covered in oil.

Episode 7

In the end, Phoenicia raised the white flag, but Constantinus is none too pleased about the decision, so Lederik tells him to take that misguided line of thought to the grave. With Phoenicia now part of the empire that Kiros is sent off to aide Mahmut in his peace mission. So they end up being picked up by Silvestro and taken to Venice where Mahmut wants some answers out of the Doge about why they didn't come. That was just a bitter pill to swallow, but at least the Phoenicians made the only sensible choice there as there was no way they were going to win against the Balts and at least the citizens are given a future. It will be interesting to see what the deal is, but I get the feeling that the empire's influence has reached Venice in some way.
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Really nice episodes back to back some great strategy in war tactics with soldiers willing to sacrifice their life's for a better life for their poor country back home in theory all from a promise.
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