Another day, another 10th of the city destroyed.
|I’m finally free from schoolwork~ …Er, until finals, but I’m not worried about those. It’s the essay writing that reduces my will to do anything. So in other words, sorry for the delay of all of my posts this week. As for Strike the Blood, I think I’ve figured out why they have no security. Their budget must all go to city repairs.|
Well, it happened. Are you surprised? No? Thought so. Kojou now has control over 2/12 of his familiars now, which is good news, and he’s now added Sayaka to the list of girls who want him. …I guess whether that last one is good news or not depends on your preferences. It doesn’t look like Sayaka and Yukina are going to be in a cat fight anytime soon over this since Yukina managed to take the news maturely, but Sayaka sure fell for Kojou quickly. She was afraid of men, but seems to be okay with Kojou. I’d roll my eyes, but that would be too much effort. Sayaka knows exactly what she’s doing though, and knows that Yukina seems to have a thing for Kojou, so maybe she won’t be as forward as Asagi is about Yukina being a rival. Maybe this might even add some interesting character dynamics (…or it could degrade to an awkward friendship-rival relationship between the two girls, but let’s hope not).
The action in Strike the Blood is kind of hard to talk about. I wouldn’t call it good or bad, but it just kind of happens. There’s nothing really special to it either, despite the characters doing amazing things like destroying several layers of concrete with a single punch, or cutting off people’s hands. The things the characters are capable of are obviously supposed to be amazing, but I can’t really say that I actually feel amazed by any of it. Though this might be the anime’s fault. It’s so much easier to make things sound badass with the right description as opposed to shown through an anime on a budget.
…Some things about this are are pretty amazing though (for the wrong reasons). All of this happens, and Asagi is STILL completely oblivious to the main plot of this anime. I guess it was conveniently set up so she could think that this last arc mostly involved her, but it’s rather sad that she’s pretty much the only one in the cast who has no clue about Kojou. Does she seriously believe the story that Kojou ran after her and fell into the ocean? Though given how he acts sometimes, maybe she really could believe it. At least she got a kiss in, which is more than Yukina’s gotten this entire arc. Aside from the pitiful ending for Asagi this arc (I mean the fact that she has next to no idea what’s going on, not the fact that she made a move on Kojou), you have to admit that she did well with stopping the Nalakuvara. Maybe she didn’t completely take control, but writing an entirely new command for an ancient (and otherwise unstoppable) war machine is pretty cool too. …If only the Black Death Emperor Faction had thought of supervising her or taking away her phone (you know, pretty much the two basic rules to kidnapping people) and they could have probably avoided this outcome. Hindsight is 20/20, I guess.
As for the other characters, I guess Yaze has some kind of restrictions as to what he can and cannot interfere in (…but who does he work for?). Meanwhile, the Lion King Organization just seems to interact with everyone, regardless to if they almost caused a huge war for fun or not. Though the fact that they seem to be absolutely everywhere makes their excellent information gathering skills make more sense. Since Paper Noise appears to be at Kojou’s middle school, those pictures of him from the beginning of episode 2 probably weren’t that hard to take. …Or maybe that girl with the braids was some form of possession or something (and Paper Noise was sitting wherever the Lion King Organization’s base is the whole time), but I guess specifics don’t matter. She was there. She could have easily taken stalker pictures.
The next arc definitely started with some action, and with the introduction of (maybe) a new species. If vampires exist, it’s probably not that far of a stretch for angels to exist too. Now we just have to wait and see who these people work for and what their motives are.
Could it be?! Is Asagi actually going to learn that Kojou is a vampire this arc?! …Though not yet, since the meeting that the characters are supposed to be having isn’t quite happening yet. There still seems like there will be a chance that Asagi will finally find out though, and I guess she has noticed that things are being hidden from her. Kojou just… really needs to let her know, and then maybe the relationships between Kojou, Asagi and Yukina can finally progress from there. Asagi is really bold and I highly doubt that she would ever reject Kojou after finding out that he’s a vampire, but Yukina and Sayaka still seem like they have more of a relationship with Kojou since they know everything.
Gosh, I wonder if these two mysterious characters are related somehow.
Okay, the roof scene was actually pretty funny. It’s refreshing to see character interaction that wasn’t between Kojou and his harem, and it was heartwarming in a way to see that Kojou was concerned about his sister hanging out with some unknown guy. the whole point of that scenario though seems to have been for the introduction of Kanon.
…And if you couldn’t tell that she was going to be important due to her uniform being unique, you obviously have not watched enough anime. Her character design looks nice, but her personality seems pretty typical. Obviously there’s a lot more to her character to be revealed though, so she might become more interesting. …Or at least, more interesting than she already is, considering that she may or may not be stealing people’s internal organs chakra cores.
Most of the character seem to have decided to overlook Vatler almost starting a war out of boredom, and I guess he’s going to be a regular edition to the main cast. Natsuki still doesn’t seem too fond of him, but she probably has to tolerate his presence due to his influence and whatnot. Whoever the antagonist of this arc is seems pretty strong, since Vatler is worried about Kojou being involved. I mean, we saw the guy recover from getting his head cut off, and everyone keeps making a huge deal over how he’s the strongest vampire (or one of the four strongest or whatever). BB was definitely a vampire if those red eyes were any indication, and if Vatler’s concern means anything, she must either be another Progenitor or someone even closer to a Progenitor than Vatler is to the first. …Unless he was referring to Kanon, in which case I assume it’s because she’s an angel or whatever. As always, it’s difficult for me to tell who belongs to what faction and what faction wants what until about the time that Kojou figures out which one he needs to punch.
On an unrelated not, it was also nice to see that the characters do indeed have more than one set of clothing (other than Kojou, who apparently owns an infinite amount of the exact same hoodie). Natsuki’s new outfit looks good.
Yay for goth lolis in white.
The ending to the Nalakuvara arc (or whatever the official name for it is) fell flat with me. Maybe because the action was nothing amazing and maybe because it had almost every cliche about tsundere characters in the book (minus the twintails thing). …I want to like Sayaka and Kojou’s relationship, I really do. The tsundere is one of my favourite character archetypes, but you can only shove so much of the stereotype in there before it becomes silly. She didn’t improve much in episode 9 either (though Kojou’s line this episode of “I don’t understand women” was funny in a sad way). However, I definitely enjoyed episode 9 more than episode 8 as a whole due to the rest of the character interaction. Aside from what I mentioned about Nagisa and Kojou, Yukina was rather open minded about Kojou telling Asagi about his condition. …Though really, I guess it’s Kojou’s call in the first place. It looks like this arc will be more interesting than the last one, so let see where this goes (…I have a feeling that I said this at the start of the last arc too, so let’s hope it actually is more interesting this time).
The next episode apparently gives insight to Emiya Kiritsugu’s short-lived career as a pilot.