Before becoming a vampire, Kojou starred in Kuroko no Basuke.
|The resemblance is kind of uncanny. …I think I’ve hit a block in my Rune Factory 4 enthusiasm (Rune Parana is currently kicking my ass and I don’t feel like spending time levelling up… not that anyone knows what I’m talking about), so I guess it’s about time I start blogging this.|
Thankfully, more of the plot was revealed right at the beginning of the episode. So it’s not Kojou himself that they’re worried about so much as some complicated situation with vampire politics and humanity being caught up in the middle. That’s understandable, considering the amount of damage that went on in the fights the last episode and this explains why humanity isn’t waging an all out war over the supernatural things despite them being that dangerous. There’s a delicate balance going on. Maybe it’s because time has passed since the first episode, or maybe it’s because I was satisfied with this explanation, but I’m not so impatient for the explanation as to how the city is run now. I’d still like to know more about how things work in the city. Maybe attack mages keep the vampires and whatnot in line? And speaking of, what exactly are attack mages? The name is fairly straightforward, but they seem to be human. …And just who and what have familiars? Yes, I still have plenty of questions about all of this.
Okay, fine. I guess I’ll ship this since the plot seems to be so insistent on it.
Actually, there were vast improvements over the first episode. Yukina was so much more tolerable, and she seems to be staying that way. It just seems ridiculous that she’d get angry over accidentally flashing her (tastefully plaid) pantsu when she’s the one wearing the ridiculously short skirt and standing on tall things, but Yukina’s definitely mellowed out since our first introduction of her. Of course, it wouldn’t be anime if she wasn’t part of Kojou’s worst enemy of an organization (and the added bonus of everyone telling him not to associate with her), but she’s been nothing but polite since she and Kojou talked. They even seem like partners now, since Yukina’s last thoughts when she was about to die were if Kojou would miss her. Hopefully the two end up fighting whatever the antagonistic force this series has together, since Yukina’s skills still seem really impressive (my fears that Yukina would need Kojou to do everything for her seem like they will go unrealized), and Kojou seems rather competent himself.
Kojou was fleshed out a bit too, where he explained his reasons behind trying to live a normal life. It’s nice that he’s self-concious enough to know that he can’t change the world by himself. Maybe giving up completely on things like that isn’t the best course of action either, but it seems kind of refreshing in a way. Kojou obviously has a sense of what’s right and wrong, but he’s not going to force his sense of justice on others just because he has the power to. Plus this way, he’s avoiding causing any potential wars with the other Primogenitors. Or at least, he’s not doing that yet. Who knows what he’ll be doing in an episode or so, since something seems to be going on at the end of the episode. I assume this is his special vampire powers taking over?
Until the next episode comes out, I’m also going to assume that the fight at the end of the episode was the beginnings of the overarching plot. The west European church is hunting vampires when they aren’t supposed to be. Which is kind of funny, since it always seems to be a European church that’s out hunting the vampires (Hellsing, Vassalord, Trinity Blood (kind of, but not really)… though those those are the only ones I can think of, so maybe this doesn’t happen as often as I think it does). Anyways, the important point here is that this seems like it will be the tipping point for the delicate balance of power going on, and this should kickstart the plot. If Kojou is somewhat of a secret now, I have doubts that he still will be if he attacks/defeats the church, and even if they aren’t completely certain that he’s the Primogenitor, they will know that Kojou is super powerful.
This was definitely better than the first episode. Things were explained, the characters were looked at more… Yes, this was an overall improvement. The plot is combining ideas interestingly, and I don’t know if some of these things are purposeful or not. Some commenters pointed out that this city set up was a lot like the Toaru Railgun/Index series, but after watching Kojou punch things, I see more resemblances. Of course, Kojou seems to be more interesting than Touma though (thank goodness). Astarte, the loli with the arms coming out of her back reminds me of Elfin Lied, and that’s generally a good thing. I’d like to know what exactly the church is doing there, but I’m sure the plot will go into that eventually. The animation for fighting still wasn’t the best, but this is Silver Link, so at least the effects were interesting to look at. Whatever was going on with Yukina’s eyes looked cool, and despite her needing Kojou to save her at the last moment, she held her own rather nicely. I’m not 100% sold on this anime yet, but this was a good step in the right direction~.