Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the loli-est of them all?
|There was more action than usual this episode it seems. …Or maybe it was just the fact that they defeated the villains so quickly. Aya seems like she’ll be the final boss though, so hopefully she doesn’t seem as weak as the other prisoners.|
There was a lot of action in this episode, and Asagi was actually pretty useful with her AI’s manipulation of the city. There wasn’t a whole lot that she could do besides run from Kiliga, but she did a lot more than she has in previous arcs. Yukina and Sayaka didn’t do much, but I guess having Yukina in a maid outfit and having her give Kojou blood like that is worth some points. The main characters will probably have their time to shine in the upcoming episodes (because it’s just not an arc without Kojou punching someone/thing), but surprisingly, it was Astarte and Vatler who did a lot this episode. …Which doesn’t do a lot for the prisoner’s credibility, considering that Astarte and Vatler are pretty much side characters.
So far, the world’s most dangerous criminals don’t seem that… dangerous. Kiliga Gilika (which is a rather unfortunate name) was taken out pretty easily by Astarte, and Gigliola was tortured by Vatler. Or maybe the correct way of putting this is that compared to the powerful characters that the show has, the world’s most dangerous criminals aren’t that threatening. Asagi had to run around a lot in order not to die (she didn’t seem too worried though). Plus, if the side characters like Vatler and Astarte didn’t have too many issues, than people like Sayaka, Yukina and Kojou would have probably gotten the same results. Maybe we can give Gigliola and Kiliga some credit because I don’t think we’ve ever seen Vatler fight seriously against anybody and Astarte’s ability to drain energy (or whatever) probably just happened to be Kiliga’s weakness. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that the two only lasted for a portion of the episode. Though of course, the fact that these characters were in caught and thrown in prison in the first place probably says something. There are probably more dangerous people out there who haven’t been caught yet. Plus maybe Aya, Meiga and the
final fantasy cosplayer and guy who looks like a wannabe rap artist other prisoners can add some credibility to the title of being highly dangerous criminals.
…And admittedly, this guy was pretty creepy on his own.
After such a long time, they’ve also finally mentioned the other progenitors again. Vatler doesn’t count because he’s pretty much always there, but apparently Gigliola is related to the Chaos Bride somehow. Actually, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Lion King Organization despite Yukina and Sayaka always being around, so Meiga is also interesting in a way. Aya’s motives actually have some explanation behind them though, since it seemed weird that Natsuki would lose her memories. Who knows why Aya wants the grimoire (…or even why she was arrested in the first place), but at least we have motives now. Oh, and I guess Natsuki suddenly calling Asagi “mother” has an explanation as well.
Anyways, it sure is nice of Valter to offer Kojou shelter on his boat. Though knowing Vatler, it’s probably just because he wants to fight all of the people who come after Natsuki. Or maybe he wants to kill Natsuki for fun. Though that might interfere with his job as ambassador or whatever it is. …Did we ever get an explanation as to what his job entails, other than allowing him to fight people? Oh well, he seemed sincere enough. Kind of.
How could you say “no” to a smile like that?
I won’t say that this episode was disappointing, since I wasn’t really expecting much considering how little effort seems to have gone into the prisoner’s characters in the first place. It still feels like nothing really happened this episode though. The plot didn’t seem to go anywhere aside from explaining why things happened in the previous episodes, and thus, this was more of an exposition episode more than anything (with fights because what is Strike the Blood without unnecessary violence and ecchi elements?). …And really, this series probably needs more of these kinds of exposition episodes that aren’t totally focused on Kojou either kicking ass or (kind of sort of, but not really quite at the stage of) getting ass, since they’ve already probably cut out a ton of information. So overall, this was pretty entertaining.
…Does Vatler have a harem of his own, or is this something unrelated?