Never trust an ossan.
|I could have sworn that this show was further along than episode 10. I guess that goes to show how much I’ve been paying attention. Though this arc is going pretty well, all things considered.|
Natsuki is great for her maturity. Maybe this is why I like her and Yukina’s characters the most out of the cast, since Yukina is a close second for handling things maturely… most of the time. She’s still a teenager, so she has her slip ups. In complete contrast, there was the catfght between Asagi and Sayaka. Yaze clearly never wanted this encounter to happen. This is partially his fault though, considering that he’s encouraged Asagi so much. Personally, I’m just a little upset that once again, we lost the chance to find out who he actually is and what he wants. I figured that we wouldn’t actually learn too much, since I vaguely remember someone saying that the plot doesn’t reveal his intentions until one of the much later volumes, but the fact that it was interrupted by a fight within the harem just makes things more disappointing.
Anyways, Natsuki seemed to have things (mostly) under control this episode. It’s a shame that Astarte seems to have become less useful between the first arc and this one, but seeing Natsuki’s powers was great. Speaking of powers, I see that Kojou is branching out too. For once his solution to a problem wasn’t to punch it. …Obviously, that scene with him trying to “fish” was good for humorous reasons too, but it would have been a great application of his powers if it had actually worked. If only he would use this in some battle some time. …Though I guess he kind of did a couple of episodes ago when he figured that he couldn’t use his lighting familiar since he and Sayaka were standing in water.
Well, things happened this episode. For one, Kanon’s character was looked at a bit more closely. Nothing really broke out of the norm too much at first. She was adopted for human experimentation, a lot of people died in the past (probably due to her directly or indirectly), she’s called “the saint” at school and etc. She did manage to be really surprising though. They already played around with the idea of angels, since BB had one, and then we saw Kanon and some unnamed angel trying to seriously rip one another apart. They were undeniably vicious. Who knows if they’re actually angels or not (human experimentation can make things iffy), but for now, it seems the story is getting more creative with it’s species. It certainly seems like Kanon could be an angel, since everything Yukina and Natsuki sensed/saw seemed to point to that conclusion.
Aaand now we have Kojou and Yukina stuck on a deserted island. Yes, Sayaka and Asagi are in the midst of rescuing them, but for now it’s just Yukina and Kojou alone. …There were surprisingly few romantic hijinks going on. Yukina got to show off her choice of underwear once again this episode, but other than that, the interactions were pretty normal. Hell, even Kojou seeing Yukina in wet clothing didn’t seem like it was that big of a deal.
…Though it happens often enough, so maybe that’s just him getting used to it. Oh, and I guess they’re not entirely alone either, since there’s some other white-haired, blue-eyed girl on the island too. She may or may not be royalty from a foreign country, and judging by her appearance, she may or may not be related to Kanon. Of course, we need to wait until the next episode to know for sure. …Unless this show plans to treat this new character like Yaze and intends to never tell us about her ever.
Okay, okay. Despite the things that annoyed me this episode, this new arc seems interesting for the fact that it’s kind of drifting away from the usual pattern the last two arcs followed. There’s barely been any romantic developments between Kojou and the new girl Kanon. Now, considering that Kojou just happened upon a naked girl in the middle of the night, this could fall back into the old patteren rather quickly, but it’s been a change so far. Also, the angels (if they really are angels) seems totally different from the stereotypical ones. Who knows what lycanthropes are possible of, since the past episodes didn’t seem to want to dwell on that, but they seemed pretty typical. The same goes with vampires in general. The familiar summoning thing is (kind of but not really) new, but nothing about the nature of them seems radically different from most of the other vampires in any other anime. This new species seems interestingly different. These arcs seem to be moving faster than I thought. We’re only just reaching the double digit episodes and it feels like this series could easily be halfway over for how much has happened. …Er, well, it is almost halfway, but I think this arc will finish up before the 13th episode. Maybe the speed this series is going at is more of a weakness than anything, since it seems like they’ve cut out and rushed a lot, but at least nobody can claim that Strike the Blood is slow.
Oh look, Yukina was bathing too. What are the odds.