Someone needs to tell Natsuki that she really doesn’t need an umbrella indoors.
|Alchemy seems pretty easy in the Strike the Blood world. They didn’t have to draw a circle, clap their hands, ramble about equivalent exchange or anything. …Alchemists in anime need to become more mainstream so there are more things to compare to than FMA. Though one of the Atelier games (I’ve never played them) is getting an anime adaptation apparently, so maybe they’re on the rise.|
The death of one teenage girl almost compromised the entire island. Maybe Kojou does need an observer.
In a plot twist to end all plot twists, Asagi is miraculously still alive
BECAUSE NO ONE MAY LEAVE THE HAREM. It’s not like characters frequently die and come back to life on this show or anything. …Nagisa took Asagi showing up covered in blood pretty well too. I wonder how they explained that. Anyways, as expected, it was Nina who saved her as well. Nina seems like an interesting character personality-wise (or at least the fact that she’s been asleep for a long time seems like it could hold some comical value), and if she doesn’t turn out to be as interesting, at least she works well as an exposition character. Apparently Nina seems to know Kanon enough to be glad that she’s doing well, so that should be more interesting plot exposition to look into later. It’s probably a good thing that Nina is around though since Kou is a bit unreliable in explaining what is going on. …Because he’s kind of insane.
So what is going on? Not much. Kou is obviously rampaging around, Kanon/Yukina/Nagisa are hanging out on a boat, and Kojou plans to do something about this (with Kou, not the boat), but nothing was really accomplished this episode. They’re still setting up the plot pieces before anything big happens. Kou seems like he’ll (probably) be a formidable enemy, since he seems pretty damn hard to kill, but it doesn’t seem like he’s planning anything quite on the scale of the complete destruction of Itogami. Yet. Plus apparently Wiseman is being resurrected or whatever, so that will probably threaten the stability of Itogami and whatnot. If blood is the ultimate substance for alchemy, then large scale human sacrifice seems like a good goal to aim for.
Yukina doesn’t seem all too concerned about Kanon or the fact that there’s a psychopath after her. The trip doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime fast (and quickly turned into an implied yurifest
as is required by anime law if groups of 4 or more female characters gather together in the same place and engage in any form of female bonding), which gives Kou the perfect chance to screw everyone over before they can reach wherever the boat is heading. Perhaps it wasn’t even Kanon who killed everyone, since Kou said he started some sort of tragedy a couple years ago. But in any case, Yukina will probably wish that she brought Sekkarou with her once Wiseman’s blood reaches the boat. Though Kojou will probably arrive there as well soonish somehow. …And then if the preview means anything, he’ll die again.
…Maybe they’re just lulling us into a false sense of security. Maybe one day they’ll really, honestly, truly kill off a main character and we’ll never see it coming because we’ve become so accustomed to Kojou (or one of the harem members, since that seems to be becoming a trend) “die” and come back to life through the miracle of fanservice. And knowing how much this story loves Kojou and the harem, it will probably be Vatler because the plot be damned if any of the other male characters get attention. They apparently made Yaze grow fat and bald in the side story. Vatler is totally screwed. Though he’d probably get some sort of heroic death, so maybe it’s not all that bad. I actually don’t have much to say about the episode, but hopefully this is all worth the extra episode in the arc. …If they’re even going to use the extra episode for this arc. Maybe they’ll wrap this up in 2 episodes and end the anime with some sort of fanservicey prologue or something.
But first, more fire and destruction. Because Itogami hasn’t been damaged enough in the past 21 episodes.