+1 to Kojou’s harem…?
|The OP single for Strike the Blood is out! You know, I didn’t think much about the song at first, but now that I’ve heard the whole thing, I’ve become rather fond of it. Though of course, I’m more excited by the fact that Tokyo Raven’s OP song is out.|
As usual, Yukina displays her status as the near-perfect waifu. Pretty much every bit of fanservice in this belongs to her, and this series isn’t shy about letting us know how attractive she is. The fact that she supports Kojou so efficiently in battle is pretty great. Though it was kind of hard to tell if she had ulterior motives in inviting herself to the party. Or not really ulterior motives, but she definitely mentioned that the tradition was to bring partners to parties like this before suggesting that she could go with Kojou. I don’t know if that was her being bold, or if she honestly didn’t know what she was insinuating there. Yukina seems kind of dense about these things, since she didn’t catch on what the woman at the grocery store thought about her and Kojou (…the fact that Kojou didn’t catch on should be a surprise to absolutely nobody). But on the other hand too, she also seems to have a thing for him.
The Organization certainly keeps an awfully close eye on Yukina’s actions though. The two characters were talking about the invitation just earlier in the day, and a package already arrived by the time they went home. From the looks of it, the Organization seems to know almost everything about what’s going on. Or maybe they just sent the dress as soon as they found out about the party under the assumption that Kojou invited Yukina, since they’re shipping that pairing harder than anyone else in this. …So they’re super efficient stalkers. But on that train of thought, if they ever become serious about eliminating Kojou, they might be tough to defeat or escape from considering how much they stay on top of things.
Asagi looks like she’ll be foreveralone since Kojou and Yukina are practically an item. Seeing her like this is kind of hard to watch, since there’s so much she’s ignorant about. Would she be on equal ground with Yukina if she was more aware about what was going on in Kojou’s life? Well, maybe not, since she lacks fighting capabilities (probably), and doesn’t have a scarily knowledgeable organization backing her. At the same time too, I rather like the dynamic Kojou and Yukina have, and it would be equally painful if that shifts if Asagi ever learns the truth about things. Though what’s interesting is the fact that Yaze seems to be pushing Asagi into pursuing Kojou while he’s well aware of the organization’s plans for Yukina. Is he just doing this for fun, or is there another reason why he wants Asagi to remain close to Kojou? His true motives aren’t really clear and he also seems like the type of character to mess with others just because, so really, it could go either way.
“In the name of the moon, I’ll punish you” and whatnot.
It was interesting seeing how Natsuki went around doing work. I don’t think the show has ever gone into why she teaches (maybe to observe Kojou?), and if it did I missed it, but her other job seems rather time consuming by itself. It will be interesting to see what kind of backstory she has, since she’s apparently rather powerful, and she has some interesting shots in the OP. The concept of spacial magic seems really interesting too, so it would be nice if they could go into that a bit more in the future. Actually, I’d love to see any of these characters go all out in a battle without worrying about damaging things, but I’ll be patient and hope that they do this eventually.
Astarte seems to be alive and doing something productive. Though I could have sworn that Kojou took control of her familiar (yes, I’m going with this term now, since apparently they are the same thing) in the last episode since the thing was going to kill her. Or I vaguely recall them saying something about the familiar going out of control, so maybe Kojou just fixed that problem. Though that doesn’t explain why the thing isn’t still killing Astarte since only vampires have the energy to constantly deal with familiars. Maybe the familiar just feeds off of Kojou’s energy and Astarte can still use it the same as always? Can they do that? Oh well, the bottom line here is that Astarte is alive and that she’s working under Natsuki, so things must be going better than with her old psychotic partner.
So we have the ponytailed girl from the OP finally making an appearance, and she may or may not have been Yukina’s roommate in the past. Either way, she seems to have major issues with Kojou for some reason (or maybe those issues are with Yukina). Also, we have Dimitrie,
who’s name may or may not be spelt correctly who may or may not be antagonist material considering that he seems to have ties to the first primogenitor and the other girl has told him that Kojou is a threat. …Plus attacking people out of nowhere isn’t really friendly. But hey, Kojou got to go to a fancy party on an ominously named ship out of this, so maybe he’s not so bad after all.
This series just loves nice boats.
Provided that Dimitrie is more competent at planning than Rudolf was, this arc looks pretty interesting. Instead of being from some church we’ve never heard of before the characters mentioned it, the plot has told us repeatedly that the primogenitors are pretty big news. Maybe this guy isn’t a primogenitor himself, but he’s connected to them, so that (hopefully) means that something bigger is on the way. Also, we’re finally getting another female character involved. So if she is from the Organization, maybe she can shed some light on what it actually does or how it works. You know, aside from the same facts we’ve heard over and over again about how they
are really good at stalking people, indoctrinate young children and specialize in vibration magic (for whatever reason). They have the makings of a formidable enemy if Dimitrie doesn’t work out.
As for the new character, I’m not-so-secretly hoping that she’s a yandere. Just look at her.