Since Kojou is just a tiiiiiny bit slow on initiative, some of the harem had to resort to this.
|I went on the internet to try and find out what the witches’ names were without having to rewatch the episode and accidentally spoiled myself on a ton of key plot points. I now know more about Avrora than I really need to, and still had to rewatch the episode for names. OTL At least I’m still better off than Asagi, who apparently remains clueless until about volume 7. …Yep.|
Since Vatler was the only one who knew that Kojou wasn’t himself on sight, does that make him the true waifu?
So much for seeing if anyone recognized him or not, Kojou just went to clear up any misunderstandings on his own. This is was probably a good move on his part, since it made the story progress so much faster, and like always, Yukina is fairly tolerant with whatever trouble Kojou gets himself into. Not a lot really happened with the main characters this episode aside from them running around. Asagi is still kind of relevant in the fact that she did giga backend network… something that helped Kojou and Yukina navigate the city, and Yaze helped too from afar because heaven forbid the series actually explain anything about his character. Who knows why Sayaka and La Folia were included in the episode considering how much they probably cut out of the story already, but I guess implied yuri and naked women are good for sales.
The real progression of the episode came from the motives becoming clear. …Or or at least, more clear. Kind of. The witches are looking for… something (who isn’t in this series?), Yuuma wants to free her mother, and who knows what Natsuki is up to. Yes, it all makes sense now. I suppose that there’s a good reason why the Witch of Notaria was imprisoned, but Yuuma must be pretty desperate if she’s willing to free countless dangerous criminals to get her back. Who knows why the Witches of Ashdown are there or what they’re looking for (maybe it’s another arm), but they became increasingly less important as the episode went on, since Yuuma is the one with the power to unleash whatever on Itogami. It’s surprising that Natsuki wasn’t the one causing the issues this time around, considering that she’s known for that type of magic. She probably still has something to do with this arc, since it’s about witches and they made a big point about how she’s disappeared in the last episode. Actually, thanks to spoilers, I have a vague idea what Natsuki’s role in all of this is, but it should be interesting to see how it fits into the arc.
It’s not like Nagisa could have helped or anything.
The childhood flashback wasn’t exactly a substantial scene, considering that it told us nothing about Yuuma and Kojou’s relationship aside from the fact that Yuuma was kind of a stalker and Nagisa had bad luck with her hat, but I guess it’s better than nothing. At least we know that Yuuma is actually a legitimate childhood friend and not just some supernatural person who inserted fake memories into Kojou and Nagisa’s heads. …Is that even possible? Considering all of the other things in this anime, I imagine that faking memories is possible. Anyways, the point is that the series still hasn’t explained knows why she fell for Kojou. Maybe it was because he was assertive or didn’t mind her following them.
To be fair, who knows how anyone fell for Kojou on this show given how fast the girls’ one-sided crushes appear.
The new OP and ED are here~. …And they’re surprisingly uneventful compared to the previous ones. Now how are we supposed to predict how many more girls are going to join the harem without the OP foreshadowing them? Actually, it’s kind of weird that both the OP and ED focus on Yukina as if she’s the OTP when Kojou has a ridiculous amount of women going on. Er, judging from how she’s on the book covers and how much screentime Yukina gets compared to everyone else, she is obviously the main girl. If Yukina is there though, then what’s the point of the rest of harem? I suppose this is the eternal question of Strike the Blood.
I think I liked the older OP better music-wise, but maybe this new one will grow on me. As for the arc itself, this one has been rather enjoyable. Both Yuuma and the Witches of Ashdown are causing problems, but the fact that they have different goals and (probably) aren’t working together makes things interesting. The body switching had less of Kojou acting like an oblivious idiot than I expected. They had to throw in the bathroom question, since that’s almost a requirement to body swapping events in anime, but Kojou avoided what could have been a long and tedious episode of misunderstandings. The body switching actually had an explanation too other than “lol magic did it”. …It was an overly complicated explanation, but it was an explanation nonetheless. Vatler has finally shown up too after an extended absence, but the anime is making his character pretty typical as far as motives go. I imagine the novels expand his character a bit more with scenes that the anime cut out, though I suppose that applies to all of the characters. The next episode should be interesting, in terms of finding out Yuuma’s motives. Plus Kojou hasn’t had a near-death (but not really) experience this arc yet, so that’s probably coming up too.