|…That is a lion, right? Oh well. The episodes keep getting better, but it still seems like something is missing. Maybe they’ll solve it next week, since wherever the story picks up, it should be interesting.|
So apparently Kojou did a couple billion yen worth of damage (did they include the damage done by Rudolf before Kojou even got there in that?), but hell if we’re allowed to see what even happened. It must have been something rather amazing (or at least powerful) considering that Astarte and her partner left before they even saw what happened, so there must have been a reason as to why the anime didn’t show us any of it, right? …Hopefully. Though cutting that out did allow for more time on exposition. The summary I read about this before I decided to blog did say something about familiars (or I guess the anime refers to them as Kenju, which I will be going with since apparently it translates to “gun-beast”, and I don’t know if that’s quite the same thing as a familiar at this point), and it’s interesting that Kojou can’t seem to control them. You’d think that the quickest way to solving that issue would be to just go out and drink some blood, but since Kojou wants to live his life as a regular human, this direction makes sense too. At least it with this, if Kojou ever wants to solve the situation, it should be fairly easy to do so.
Just when you thought that this show was safe from harem territory, it (probably) isn’t. Asagi seems to to be that friend who has the huge crush on the dense main character. You’d think with the plot being so insistent on the Yukina and Kojou pairing, they wouldn’t have had this in here, but I guess it’s necessary for some reason. Maybe this isn’t quite how it looks. I read some spoiler-ish speculation (so I don’t even know if this is true or not) about Asagi, and she might have different reasons for being connected to Kojou than you’d think. …But without that knowledge, it still totally looks like she’s just a girl who likes Kojou. Asagi isn’t dead weight at least, since she seems to know her way around computers, and that definitely came in handy this episode. …Ignore the fact of how plot convenient it is that there was only one building on the entire island that matched the criteria.
There was probably something important in the exposition about Astarte and how she had a Kenju forced on her, but all I got out of that was the fact that her partner is a jerk and her life span was shortened for whatever reason. Even though she’s not really human to begin with. It really would have helped the scene if they had given some kind of explanation as to what a Kenju actually is. Vampires are the only creatures that have them, but how exactly does one go about forcing one into a homunculus? Where do familiars even come from in the first place? …Though I guess that point is less important, compared to the point that it already happened. (…Plus I looked into the manga chapter for this and thankfully, it gave a little more of an explanation. Vampires are the only ones who can handle Kenju, due to the Kenju needing immense energy and the vampires being immortal).
At least the villain character was nice enough to lay out his plans in simple terms. Plus the attacks around the city (that apparently Kojou didn’t notice, despite the fact that this has been going on for a while) now make more sense than they used to. If the point of this was to make the vampires bring out their familiars to absorb them, this way makes sense. Now if only Yukina being left alive made sense. She definitely would have died if Kojou hadn’t jumped in the way. …So I guess having Kojou sacrifice himself was more than enough bloodshed for Rudolf, and he decided that it no longer mattered if Yukina died or not? Or maybe he felt bad about decapitating a guy in front of a middle school student. Maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all.
I should probably come up with something new to say in these situations, but “nice boat” just fits all occasions.
There’s nothing like a good decapitation to end an episode with~. I don’t know what I’m more pleased with. Kojou risking everything to save Yukina, or Yukina’s shocked expression. The relationship the two built up rather quickly over the last couple episodes paid off really fast here, since you could see that Yukina seriously felt the loss here. Though as much as I’d love the plot to pick up Gurren Lagann style, with Yukina suddenly finding her inner badass (not that it’s really hiding, considering how capable she is) and going on a rage-fueled rampage, they made a point of Kojou’s immortality/vampire-ness in the episode. Chances are, Kojou will be fine. I don’t know how the blonde loli died in the flashback in episode 1, but the plot has put a lot of emphasis on the fact that the Primogenitor thing means that he’s reaaaaallly overpowered. So it seems silly that Kojou would be taken out for good 3 episodes in. We also don’t know the full scope of his powers, since they seem to have cut that part out. From everything else we’ve seen in the past 3 episodes, it just looks like Kojou is an inexperienced kid, and that the Lion King Organization is just being overly cautious. However, if Kojou comes back to life after this, it would at least back the claims that he’s a serious threat if he wanted to be.
I think I’ve figured out at least one of my problems with this anime. I have no idea what the plot it supposed to be. Things seem to be heading in some kind of direction, but before Yukina went and basically said “our next move is to find these people”, this was just a show about two people talking to one another with some vague political thing hanging over the protagonists. Well, we have the two main characters and their relative relationship to one another established, so hopefully the plot takes off now. As much as I enjoyed watching the scene at the end, it still kind of felt like a cheap way to grab attention and even more so, since Yukina isn’t under any kind of threat considering how Rudolf just walked away. …I’d also like to know how only Kojou’s head was removed since the ax angle probably should have taken off part of his torso too, but this is just me being overly critical of small details that mostly likely don’t matter. Maybe this will be a transition kind of like Tokyo Ravens had this week, and here is where Kojou decides to step up as the powerhouse he’s supposed to be (assuming that he’s even alive). Maybe he’ll go off and attempt to tame his Kenju. I’d just like to see this story move somewhere. Anywhere.
Though I do like the fact that Rudolf likes to explain things in more detail than necessary.