Zettai Bouei Leviathan (Absolute Defense Leviathan, officially called Leviathan: The Last Defense in English) is a fantasy-based anime featuring three dragon girls and their fairy companion.
The story is set in Aquafall, a fantasy world abound with water and greenery, and populated by dragons and fairies. Meteorites suddenly bring forth evil creatures that threaten all living things on the planet. The fairy Syrup assembles the Aquafall Defense Force, with three girls of the dragon clans as recruits. The story follows Syrup and the dragon girls Leviatan, Bahamut, and Jörmungandr as they work together to battle enemies and grow up.
It is an anime based on the mobile game released the same month directed by Strike Witches' assistant director, Kenichi Yatani that began airing on April 6th, 2013 as a part of the Spring 2013 Anime season.
This anime provides examples of:
- An Axe to Grind: Jörmungandr's Weapon of Choice.
- Bare Your Midriff: Jörmungandr and her sisters. Also the girls in their dragon form.
- Beach Episode: Episode 5.
- Berserk Button: Messing with the girls' food.
- Big Eater: Syrup is apparently never full despite being two feet tall.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Jörmungandr, Leviatan and Bahamut respectively. Also Jörmungandr's little sisters.
- Bokukko: Bahamut.
- Call to Adventure: Subverted at first; the girls did not believe the threat was that big and didn't want to work for Syrup.
- Conspicuous CG: The Fire Drake.
- Crush Blush: Yurlungur for Leviatan.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Jörmungandr.
- The Ditz: Jörmungandr is rather dumb, even compared to the other girls. In one episode she tries to rescue Bahamut from sinking in a swamp by throwing her axe at her! Fortunately she missed.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Episode 3, has the girls venture inside Yurlungur's stomach and finding out if Jörmungandr's axe that he swallowed made him sick.
- Gender-Restricted Ability: It's stated both by characters in the show itself as well as in the intro to episode 4 that only women have the ability to use magic and are Squishy Wizard with Wings. For some reason, though, Bahamut's father is described as a mage and possesses powers and Jörmungandr has immense strength and no wings.
- Hot Springs Episode: Downplayed in episode 10, because the spring is dried up.
- Magical Girl: The clothes of the protagonist trio and their Fairy Companion are obviously inspired by this.
- Making a Splash: Leviatan's power.
- Our Dragons Are Different: There are two types of dragons: Little Bit Beastly types like the protagonists and European dragons like Yurlungur and the Dire Drake.
- Playing with Fire: Bahamut's power.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Leviatan's Weapon of Choice
- Running Gag: The girls unintentionally being the reason the tavern is destroyed Once an Episode in the first three episodes. Also, starting with episode 4, Syrop/Syrup gets called Syrorin by Jörmungandr, prompting her to angrily correct the person.
- Sequel Hook: At the end of the show the girls set out for traveling the world in order to fight evil. A sequel never got released though.
- Simple Staff: Bahamut's Weapon of Choice.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The Crunchyroll subs use "Jormungand", and "Syrop" for the names of those characters. While "Syrop" can also be "Syrup", it really should be "Jörmungandr".
- Theme Naming
- Trademark Favorite Food: Barley tea for Leviatan, Pudding for Bahamut and Beef bowls for Jörmungandr.