Threesomes solve everything. Especially internal bleeding.
|Well, I’m finally back and while I don’t miss the idiotic fratboy partying that happened at the hotel I was staying in, I definitely miss the warm weather. OTL It’s nice to come back to a good episode of Strike the Blood though.|
Well, out of all of the things that could get Kojou out of his situation, a threesome was not my first guess. Yuuma was missing for a lot of this arc (or, you know, she was kind of unconscious), but it seems like that absence hasn’t slowed her down at all in terms of the harem. Sayaka seems to be getting a lot of attention too, though maybe that’s because Yukina was stuck in a cage for a lot of the episode. Koujo seemed a bit more forward this episode than previous ones (or at least, forward with characters that aren’t Yukina for a change), but instead of his character progressing somewhere, this was probably just his drive for heroism at work again. Kojou probably just needed blood in order to heal his life threatening wound so her could go defeat the villain, and that’s all the scene meant to him. …Which is kind of disappointing. Relationship building would be nice once in a while as opposed to the occasional sexual situation that ends awkwardly either due to imminent doom or Kojou refusing to take an oppertunity.
The blood did seem to come in handy though, since he managed to somehow convert the entire island to mist. …Which is probably the largest and arguably most badass thing Kojou has ever done with his magical, vaguely established progenitor powers. Avrora even appeared, so that’s pretty huge. Finally, there’s proof that Kojou is one of the most absurdly powerful beings out there, and this is good timing in the plot, since Vatler raised the question as to what exactly a Progenitor is an episode ago. Yukina’s place in the world was looked at more than Kojou’s this episode, but maybe this is all building up to whatever the ending of Strike the Blood will entail. Things escalate pretty quickly in this anime and the whatever happen in the arcs generally involve endangering the entirety of Itogami, if not the world, so something big is bound to happen in the next arc as well. If they can go more into the progenitor plot before/for the ending of the anime, it would be a nice cliffhanger towards a second season and something important for the last arc or so to focus on.
The speculation between Aya and Yukina about the true form of the world was certainly something. Technically the world that the characters all live in was created by some higher power (aka the author) and in the real world (as in, the one we live in), magic doesn’t exist. Does this reality hold true in the Strike the Blood world though? Or if not the real life world, is there an alternate, non-magical world like the real life one? Er, the scene wasn’t really explored much past that conversation, but the fact that Yukina hitting Aya with Sekkarou turned her back to normal seems to add evidence towards it. As does the fact that Yukina was not affected by Aya’s world building at all. Another interesting point brought up by this though was the question as to if Yukina was really from the world in the first place. The Lion King Organization children don’t really have any memories outside of being in the Organization, so it’s totally possible.
So Aya’s whole point of doing this was to figure out if the world was fake… or something. Apparently witches are discriminated against as well, but there’s been next to no evidence in the anime of that ever happening. Maybe it happened in the past, but there have been no mentions about it outside of this episode. So while this might have been an attempt at making Aya’s character a bit more sympathetic, it didn’t really seem to have any effect. But where Aya’s motivation might have been a bit of a let down, Meiga’s escape seems to mean something more for the plot. Paper Noise let him go without much of a fight, so that probably says something about the Lion King Organization’s motives (or at least their motivation when it comes to potentially interesting dangerous things). Plus, he seems to have some sort of Sekkarou prototype now. I assume it would have the same powers since they look similar, so maybe that means more exploration of a world without magic turning up in this plot in the future. Though whether or not the anime gets that far is questionable.
There were a lot of interesting things happening this episode. Some things were “interesting” like the threesome situation, but actually, a lot of it were interesting revelations revolving the plot of Strike the Blood. It was only explored shallowly in the episode, but the topic of the real world and possibly fake world of Itogami was the kind of deeper (ish) speculation that I was expecting when I first heard that Strike the Blood was written by the same author as Dantalion no Shoka. So far, a lot of Strike the Blood has been kind of superficial (though I blame the anime cutting out things for that, since the info in the comments always fleshes things out), but this was a pleasant surprise. The beginning of the arc wasn’t anything noteworthy, but the last couple episodes were really good as far as I’m concerned. Hopefully this carries on to the next arc.
The preview was pretty vague, but Natsuki doesn’t seem too impressed.