|For anyone who cares, I’ll be away for a bit on a tropical vacation, so I probably won’t get to replying to comments for about a week. I haven’t not seen snow covering everything since about October, so this should be nice~. …And me taking a long time to reply to comments is nothing new, really. As for Strike the Blood, this was a pretty good episode all around. Though I’m totally biased.|
Man, Vatler’s boat is just full of surprises. Not only in the other descendants of the Warlord being possible harem additions (I can totally see the possibilities with Kira’s admiration and Tobias being a tsundere; don’t even try to convince me otherwise), but the hostages all attempting to make a move on Kojou so straightforwardly was pretty great too. Every time they hint at Valter’s unique interest in Kojou, it’s pretty funny. Actually, all of Kojou’s tsukkomi in this episode were pretty funny. Asagi still seems clueless, but at least in this episode, it was a sacrifice for the humour that ensued. …Of course, it was poor timing all around since they’re in the middle of a rather dire situation. Kind of like the poor timing with Sayaka in the last episode, though I guess this anime has to slow down some time.
Does Sayaka normally favour strategies to fight her opponents? Because between the Ashdown sister’s tree and this episode, she seems rather good at it. Who knows how any of the strategies work, but it’s nice to see fights that require thinking instead of battles of brute strength. …Actually, now that I think about it, a lot of the fights in this have required some sort of strategy regarding Yukina’s divine vibrations and whatnot. But since the fights aren’t really explained, it just looks like they’re all solved by Himeragi hitting whatever’s in the way and Kojou punching someone. Huh. Vatler seems to be having fun at least. Broodt seems to have done a number on Vatler’s boat, so hopefully he has some kind of insurance. …Though judging by the size of that bath, Valter probably has more than enough money just to buy another one. At least these criminals actually seemed to do some damage too.
You thought she couldn’t become any more of a loli. You thought wrong.
Natsuki is so not going to be pleased once she gets her memory back (if she remembers this). Her back-up personality is certainly… interesting. It’s useful for acting as a plot device to let the characters know what’s going on though, so at least it’s helpful. I guess the tank loli deserves an honourable mention as well, though she doesn’t seem too plot relevant at the moment other than being Asagi’s coworker of sorts. Oh, and I guess she’s helping keep the island from disarray due to Aya’s plans. Aya’s barrier seems troublesome indeed, as does the fact that nobody seems to have magic anymore. It sucks that Natsuki’s magic won’t come back on its own, but it just wouldn’t be Strike the Blood if Kojou didn’t have to do anything. …Or not, since he just got stabbed again. He really needs to work on his dodging technique. Anyways, it’s odd that only Yukina still has her magic, but it probably has to do with the same reason why the Lion King Organization sent her to be Kojou’s
waifu #1 observer. Vatler brought the topic up of Yukina being special this episode, so it’s probably plot relevant at the moment. Or maybe it was out of BL bitterness, but I don’t think anyone wants to discuss this further.
Damn it, not again. That was a perfectly good shirt.
Hopefully Kojou’s regenerative powers aren’t magic-based, or else he’s kind of screwed. …Who am I kidding, he’ll be fine. Maybe he’ll be hindered a bit while facing Aya, but fine nonetheless. Even Yukina doesn’t seem to have reacted much when he was stabbed compared to her expression in the first arc. Though the fact that magic seems useless will probably be even more of a hindrance to absolutely everyone. Plus didn’t they say that the island was held up by magic? Does Aya plan to sink the island? …3 episodes in and while we’re learning what Aya is doing/why she’s doing a few steps in her plan, they still haven’t exactly explained her motives for planning this in the first place. It most likely has something to do with 10 years ago though, because why else would they bring that up? Also, they have to explain how Aya and Natsuki know each other, so that’s probably part of it too.
I totally hadn’t realized that Wakeshima Kanon did the ED until now. It’s definitely her voice, but totally not the style of music that I’m used to hearing from her. She’s come a long way from the Vampire Knight ED’s, I guess. Anyways, this was a pretty good episode! The fights actually seemed to mean something compared to the ones before, and the inappropriately timed comedy (considering what was going on outside) was funny. The harem interactions seemed evenly split too, without shoving Yukina in everyone’s faces. …Not that she’s a bad character at all, but she constantly gets attention and this episode was just a little bit more evenly divided. Asagi was favoured a bit, but she probably deserves a break considering how out of the loop she is. Sayaka had a nice moment too. Now if only La Folia was around. Next episode seems to go back to Yukina, but it seems to be for plot reasons instead of fanservice/”Yukina is the greatest” reasons, so that should be interesting. Plus Yuuma has run off somewhere, so she should be coming back to the plot to help solve things any moment now.
But first, more caged-nurse Yukina. They’re just relentless with these fetishes.