Title: Granblue Fantasy season 2
Gran and his crew of skyfarers are continuing their journey aboard the Grandcypher in search of the lost island of the Astrals. But when the Erste Empire that has been pursuing them suddenly offers a truce, they decide this is one detour they can’t afford to miss. Even though everybody suspects there’s far more to this than what it seems.
Although I feel like this was weaker than the first season, I still enjoy the overall story. This season was more about digging into the various crew’s histories: Katalina and her training to become a knight, and what she abandoned to make this journey; Rackam and a childhood friend he no longer remembers, but who shaped his current life; and (surprisingly enough) even a bit of backstory for one other familiar face.
The based-on-a-game structure is far more evident here, as the Erste Empire and Gran have standoffs that just make no sense based on story logic so far (Noa’s arc in particular has me baffled that they basically let themselves be captured by ordinary soldiers instead of jumping off the balcony). That said, it still functions decently well as just a straight fantasy show, with the occasional nods to extra characters that make a bigger appearance outside the show.
My favorite piece of the story has to be Noa’s arc. Rackam is a middle-aged man who’s finally getting to live out his childhood dream—and when he meets the gentle engineer who inspired him, he learns there’s far more to even his own history than he ever guessed. Noa never spells out the details, but it’s clear that Rackam inspired him just as much as he encouraged Rackam, as the boy is the one person who never gave up on getting the Grandcypher back in the air, and who loves the ship just as much as its creator. (And it’s also sweet that Rackam, who has grown used to finding primal beasts, doesn’t reject Noa after learning he’s not human, but is willing to risk everything to save him.)
Overall, despite feeling more disjointed than the first season, I still liked this a lot. I rate this show Recommended.