Everyone’s together, yet talking to different people on their phones. It’s just like teenagers in real life.
|Okay, fine. It would probably be more accurate if they were texting, but it’s close enough. Well, it’s been 2 weeks since the last Strike the Blood episode. It’s not like this anime has an overly complicated premise though, so it was rather easy to get back in to.|
Apparently it’s the end of October at Itogami, and what better holiday to celebrate the supernatural living on the island. It’s interesting to learn about Itogami’s culture like this, and it does indeed seem like a super appropriate holiday to celebrate there, but it’s kind of sad that this is the first time we’re learning about Itogami’s culture from the anime itself. The story has had information about how Itogami works as a city in it before, but it’s only really through the comment section of the STB posts that I learn anything about it. The anime probably could have really benefitted if it hadn’t left so much information out… Though on the other hand, maybe this means that they’ll add in more information from now on (maybe). Anyways, since the island’s security is a big more lax (as if they weren’t lax enough before), pretty much any villain could infiltrate if they were subtle enough.
Or actually, screw subtlety. They probably didn’t need it anyways.
Well, it seems that the supernatural beings of the arc are witches. Who knows what exactly they’re capable of, but tentacle monsters (I’m waiting on this to go horribly wrong with any to all of the female cast), floating and obviously Natsuki’s dimension manipulation all seems par for the course. It also looks like Natsuki’s boundary manipulation is the cause of quite a few problems. …I’m pretty sure that the series said that he powers were unique, right? If not though, she still seems rather relevant to the arc, since she’s a witch herself. Kujou’s friend Yuuma may be one as well. Or if anything, she seems to either have some magic-ish ability or knows someone with a magic-ish ability. She also probably knows about Kojou’s progenitor status too, because of whatever supernatural connections she has. And if she didn’t know before, she probably knows now, since they somehow seem to have switched bodies. Let the awkward “how am I supposed to use the washroom?!” phase begin.
Before that though, oh look, another female who inexplicably seems to have a thing for Kojou. We should probably just be impressed that he wasn’t getting Yuuma’s gender wrong this entire time. As for the character herself, I hope we get more information about her character other than “childhood friends
who starred in Kojou no Basuke together“. There will probably be some kind of flashback later on, but relationship would be kind of empty if they just left it at saying “childhood friends”. The whole reason that childhood friends are a thing is because there are always special (or awkward) shared memories and such. I guess there was a mention of Kojou’s embarrassing past in passing, but that’s not really a reason for Yuuma to love(?) Kojou. Yukina still seems to consistently have moments even when other harem members are around, and I guess seeing if she recognizes Kojou in Yuuma’s body will be a big assessment for her true waifu-level. La Folia is still around too, but who knows if she’ll be important or not in this arc.
Loli Service (Partially NSFW)
I still have yet to decide what I think of Yuuma. On the other hand though, I like the beginning of this arc so far. Natsuki is always a great character and the body switching seems like it will provide some sort of comedy aspect while still (probably) being plot relevant. Yuuma’s seiyuu, Uchiyama Yumi, doesn’t seem like she’s had that many notable roles so far in her career (minus maybe Kirishima from Arpeggio of Blue Steel), but she did well in this episode. I hope she keeps up the ‘Kojou’ voice that she did this episode. Likewise, I’m hoping that Hosoya has a more feminine tone if Yuuma speaks as Kojou. …I think the seiyuu just might be the best part about anime with body switching. Anyways, hopefully the next episode marks the start of the new OP/ED that this anime is supposedly getting. It’s weird that they didn’t start it at this episode (if they are going to change it at all).
Okay, it does look like they’ll have an important flashback in the next episode.