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Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul—On the Heels of Greatness

Whenever I think of great anime adaptations of mobile games, the first that comes to mind is 2014’s Rage of Bahamut: Genesis. Its world, characters, and story are remarkably entertaining and compelling. Despite my love for the series, though, I was originally unable to watch its 2017 sequel—or rather, I was unwilling to put up with the double paywall of Amazon’s now-defunct Anime Strike. But circumstances have changed, and now I’m here to lay down my thoughts on Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul. Premise Virgin Soul takes place ten years after the events of Genesis, and stars a girl named Nina Drango. Hailing from a remote dragon village, her half-dragon lineage confers upon her superhuman strength—but also the side effect...

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Mobile Games Are Temporary, But Their Anime Are Forever

In 2017, one of the biggest jokes about the sleeper hit anime Kemono Friends was that it was based on a defunct mobile game. The show exceeded all expectations and should have been the perfect gateway to attract potential players, but that was out of the question. Even after a successor game launched in 2018, there was the sense that the mobile game felt ephemeral, whereas the anime version had a sense of permanence. The more I’ve thought about this contrast, the more I’ve come to realize that it’s a common theme among mobile games and their adaptations.  The Limits of Mobile Games Mobile games (especially ones with prominent gacha systems) have been a juggernaut for many years now. Type-Moon,...

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