From weapon to maid. By anime standards, this is probably a promotion.
|Once again, it’s a shame that I wasn’t taking my Shakespeare analysis course last year while blogging Zetsuen no Tempest. I put off writing this post for a thesis paper on the Tempest (as opposed to the other way around, which is how it normally works). …Maybe I could have multitasked and felt like I was being really productive. Oh well.|
I… really don’t have a comment about Sayaka’s character yet. She exists and seems to hate Kojou. Let’s see if her character develops anywhere, or if she’s just another plot device to show us how great Yukina is. I should have seen this coming though. No, not the addition to Kojou’s harem (I kind of saw that one coming, though that caption in the last episode was more of a joke than anything). I mean the fact that Sayaka is overly attached to Yukina.
…I guess my BL detector is more sensitive than my GL one. This is good since it’s not the organization messing with Yukina more than they already are, but once again, it looks like Kojou has gained another abuse partner. Sure he’s got a harem in the making, but they all seem to like taking out their anger on him (whether he deserves it or not). Admittedly, Yukina’s only tsun some of the time and she usually has a valid reason, and I don’t think Asagi has ever hit him or anything, but still. It feels like Kojou gets more anger directed towards him than he deserves, and Sayaka isn’t adding anything new to that formula other than being a hindrance so far. At least Vatler has a thing for him. …Which probably isn’t a consolation.
Though Kojou’s obliviousness level seems to rise and fall with each episode’s whims. I’m just going to attribute this to that disease that seems to affect almost every harem protagonist. You know, the one that makes them all stupid (Harutora from Tokyo Ravens and Ichika from Infinite Stratos seem to be affected this very season).
This is how doujin get inspired.
I’m surprised with the fact that Vatler isn’t as much of a straightforward antagonist as I had assumed he would be. No, I’m not going to even bother with his first name anymore unless I see it somewhere officially. Now that I think of it though, a lot of him seeming like a villain was the fact that Sayaka seemed rather hostile (well that, and the fact that every scene with him thus far has him overlooking the city, much like any other anime villain would do). It’s a nice mix this way, since he’s not totally a friend and not totally an enemy, but somewhere in between. …Or maybe he’ll be more of an enemy later, since he seems to have absorbed/devoured/whatever’d vampires before (…by the way, since when has that been a thing? Though I guess that’s what happened with Avrora and Kojou). If Vatler really believes that Kojou absorbing Avora equals him being her, then maybe he might want Avrora to himself later using some borderline yandere logic. He’d be formidable too, since he seems to be pretty clever and/or manipulative. That discussion where Yukina offered to go after Christoff, Vatler only ever implied things, you totally could see his real intentions, and he still managed to get what he wanted out of it without having to lift a finger. And if it hadn’t been Yukina being cornered into doing it, Kojou would have felt obligated.
Anyone want to bet on if this weapon’s inevitable appearance will be CGI animated or not?
But for now, we have the Black Death Emperor Faction (…this anime and it’s organization titles) and Christof Gardos. Demented priests, and now terrorists. Itogami just can’t catch a break. Or at least they need better security, since these people seem to be able to just walk right in. Though I guess they touched on that, so once again the author proves that he’s at least aware of how these plot conveniences seem, but damn it all, the story is going to have them anyways.
LOL romantic misunderstandings. I should give Yukina more credit. From that conversation about blood drinking, Yukina may be more forward than I thought. On the other hand, Asagi is still trying her best, which is… something. Maybe with Yaze’s interference, she’ll become more plot relevant. This seems like this would be the arc for that, since she seems more involved with the plot than she knows, since I assume the BDEF is either having her translate things for them, or have the intentions of having her translate for them. (Silly Natsuki, assuring Kojou that nobody can decipher the secret behind the Nalakuvera. What the experts fail to do in anime, a teenager is always ready to outshine them on every level.)…Plus there’s the ending with her walking in on the middle of a battle. That’s going to be hard to explain away, and while she’s a little behind on the plot, Asagi isn’t stupid. As for someone who is in on the plot though, Yaze definitely seems to want Asagi to be involved with Kojou for some undisclosed reason. He’s giving away an awful lot of information and keeping a closer eyes on things that you’d expect from someone who was doing this for fun.
…Or maybe he just has a lot of free time.
Okay, fine. Asagi was kind of adorable this episode. …But she still seems like an unnecessary add-on right now, since the first 5 episodes have been pushing Yukina and Kojou as the ultimate OTP. Though Asagi did have some fan service this episode and Yukina had none, so maybe the tides are changing. Vatler was a nice change though, and not just for the surprise twist in relationship dynamics. This anime has been rather predictable, so having him manipulate Yukina into taking care of him problems was interesting. He’s obviously used to getting his way, and the plot could do a lot with his character from now on, since he’s kind of in a grey area as far as Kojou is concerned. Actually, this goes for the Lion King Organization as well. I don’t think I’ve ever said this directly, but the politics and power balances in this series hold a lot of interest for me. I hope they do more with that aspect.
But first, let’s see what they plan on doing with Asagi, since she seems more relevant this arc.