Strike the Blood – 10

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oh look, Yukina was bathing too. What are the odds.

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17 Responses to “Strike the Blood – 10”

  1. zztop says:

    Suddenly, 3 Absolute Choices appeared:
    CHOOSE.

    1)Enter and scrub the princess’s back.
    2)Enter and scrub the princess’s front.
    3)Strip naked immediately and scrub yourself all over.

    CHOOSE!!

    Yes, I just started watching Noucome.(-、-)

  2. zztop says:

    Someone on this forum said the LN angels are more frightening than their anime counterparts. All I managed to find elsewhere was they had scary masks and wings, but that’s all.

    So how does the author describe his angels, word-for-word, in his novels? And don’t skimp on the nasty details,if there are any.

    PS. The whole fight seems like a deathmatch, last-angel-standing sort of thing.

    • BlackBriar says:

      PS. The whole fight seems like a deathmatch, last-angel-standing sort of thing.

      Then I guess the privildge for the winner is to consume the loser and get stronger? Kanon drank her blood before flying off.

    • Karakuri says:

      Uhh, I vaguely remember something about countless grotesque eyes too? I think it was D-LaN who’s read the novels, but I’d be interested in finding out how they’re really described too.

    • d-LaN says:

      @Kara zztop

      Here are the text used in the prologue concerning the angel appearance. Feel free to help me translate it:

      她身着仅有绀碧色的短患者服与金属制的面具而已。而那面具则是一个画着无数眼球的不祥面具。少女露出的双手双脚可说是十分靠不住地又细又白。在那洁白肌肤表面,浮现出了奇妙的刻印。那是能让人联想到电路的精密魔术纹路

      让人不禁作呕的丑恶双翼。包覆头部的奇异假面。但是那存在所释放出来的,却是过于澄清而神圣的波动——

      The main idea is the angel have an metal mask with coutless creepy eyes, tattoo that look like electric circuit (shown in the anime) and ugly wings to the point of nausea. But despite that, it still emits a sense of holiness to it.

      Haven’t read up to the part the anime cover, but I will make a post abt it after I reach there.

      • Highway says:

        Is that in Japanese or Chinese? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a solid block of Japanese kanji like that with no kana.

  3. Foshizzel says:

    Oh look, Yukina was bathing too. What are the odds.

    Of course when trapped on an island what is the first thing you do? Get naked and find a hotspring! Also +one angel princess added to the growing harem.

    • BlackBriar says:

      You mean two girls. Kanon and La Folia. They both have white hair and were the remaining two characters from the OP that had yet to make an appearance. La Folia being surrounded by bullets and Kanon by fire.

    • Karakuri says:

      Oh, right. Silly me. xD Of course the first thing to do is to get naked.

      …We’ll have to remember that the next time we ask the new writers who they’d prefer to be trapped on a deserted island with.

  4. BlackBriar says:

    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.

    Yeah, sometimes the story seems like it’s going fast but I’m liking it so far. Right now, The Amphisbaena arc is the interesting of the bunch that has aired. At least the two remaining girls from the OP have arrived.

    Er, well, it is almost halfway, but I think this arc will finish up before the 13th episode.

    From what we’ve seen, every arc took four episodes to be completed so basically the 13th will be the start of another.

    The angel fight was vicious. I don’t know which seems worse, getting your organs punctured or being restrained and bitten as if you’re a piece of meat. As an experiment, I’d say Kanon is some kind of hybrid given that she was not only eating flesh but drinking her victim’s blood. I’d like to say a vampiric angel is new to me but I’ve already run across something similar. Bloody Cross’ Tsukimiya.

    Kojou may be dense sometimes but he deserves some props for being a gentleman like holding Yukina’s hand since she’s afraid of flying. Beatrice or BB is definitely a sly one. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say she was expecting them. And her voice. Though it’s more mature to Index/Railgun’s Kuroko Shirai, it’s definitely Satomi Arai voicing her.

    Where everyone else concerned, I wanted to know what Yaze was about to tell Sayaka but sadly they got interrupted and he got reduced to damage control between Sayaka and Asagi. Another thing that needs to be explained is Asagi’s eyes that glow occasionally. It hasn’t been said in the anime but I understand her title is “Cyber Empress”.

    • zztop says:

      I heard from an LN reader that the glowing eyes are an anime-only addition.

      Beatrice Basler, eh?
      Here I thought it was Big BoobsBig BustBig BosomBig Breasts
      (o_ _)o

    • Karakuri says:

      The two new girls have arrived just in time for the typical half-season OP switchover, I guess. This is certainly the most interesting arc so far. I hope it just improves from here.

      Well in the conversation that Natsuki, Vatler and Yaze had in the last episode, they’ve been finding people with missing organs, so there’s that mystery solved. Though they also mentioned that they’ve only been finding regular humans (if I remember correctly).

      The airplane ride was adorable.

      Yeah, Asagi seems special. Even more so, since Sayaka has pointed it out.

  5. Highway says:

    Maybe it was because we knew more than the idiots in the show, but “Oh sure, we’ll take you to the special place where they are, hurry up and get in the plane, you didn’t tell anyone else where you were going, did you?” Really? Not only is Kojou an idiotic harem lead, he’s just a plain idiot. And you’d think that Yukina would know better, maybe? Just maybe? A LITTLE cynicism? Please?

  6. d-LaN says:

    This is how the angel Kanon look like in the LN.

    I have no excuse for the plane part In the LN BB said tht if they rush to the plane now they can make it for the morning ride since there only 2 ride per day, but still.

    • d-LaN says:

      Crap accidentally posted that be4 completing it. Should’ve double checked be4 posting everytime >_<

      Pilot Beastman dude would like an apology for being called an ossan. He only 28 after all :P (Yes its a gag in the LN)

      Wow. Those are some Index level of gore. Also, in the LN it is stated tht Kanon have shark-like teeth and I'm pretty sure its stated tht they are artificial angels.

      I loled at Fail Tsuchimikado Yaze unable to deal with Sayaka/Asagi antics. You have a long way to go be4 you can become a legit Tsuchimikado expy, dude XD

      Quite honestly, aside frm removing some information and reordering of scene, its a decent adaptation of the LN. I dunno why other LN reader are complaining abt anime ruining the LN. Or maybe its just me being rather chill abt it.

      PS Just to clarify, flashback Asagi glasses are fake and she there because her mother is about to die.

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