…Okay, maybe Itogami just abandons the destroyed parts of the city. It’s probably cheaper that way.
|It’s the second last episode! I can’t say that I’ll really miss this anime once it’s done, but Strike the Blood has been pretty entertaining for being so generic. I was never at a loss for things to say about the episodes, at least. (Also, sorry for not answering the comments last week. Whoever it was who wanted to describe the familiars that haven’t shown up yet, go for it.)|
…I know this has been stated several times before, but Kojou is an idiot. She looks like Yukina, has vampire urges and calls Nagisa “obaa-san”. Yes, obaa-san also means something akin to “old woman”, but somehow, Kojou just can’t seem to ever connect the dots in his head. Plus Yukina is part of the Lion King Organization and therefore, does not really have any blood relatives. Plus it’s been hinted at that she’s not even from this world. Is “Himeragi” even the name of her parents, or is it just a name that the Lion King Organization gave her? In any case, the point here is that there doesn’t seem like any way that the girl could be passed off as a cousin or sister or anything and if she was, it seems like it would be a pretty big thing, since Yukina doesn’t have any of that now and isn’t supposed to remember anything like that. So yeah, Kojou is an idiot. Though if he actually had a clue about relationships for once, that might be a sign of the impending apocalypse or something. …At least Natsuki immediately understood the situation. Though perhaps groping an underaged girl wasn’t the greatest thing to do in public.
Now try telling Nagisa, Yukina and Yukina 2.0 apart from behind, with Nagisa’s hair down.
Yukina is also being rather oblivious, but in this case, it’s her stubbornness that’s preventing her from thinking through to the logical conclusion. The fact that the girl looks exactly like her aside, she’s probably tired by now of all of the new female characters in this show joining the harem. Plus there was just a character that made herself look like Asagi, so Yukina Jr. (they haven’t told us her name yet, have they?) could easily be someone similar with this world’s logic. But hey, they even showed a bit of how the family dynamics work for this future family. Yukina is the hardass mother who disciplines the kid, and Kojou is the slightly more relaxed father who probably speaks up for her if he thinks Yukina is going too far. Or at least this how it probably works. If Asagi has a daughter too, who knows how that complicates relationships. Plus they definitely gave evidence that Yukina 1 and 2 see each other (and apparently argue) often enough, but who knows if Kojou is there with them. Maybe he’s too busy getting stabbed/saving the world or managing the rest of his harem/offspring to be around a lot of the time.
On to Yukina 2.0 herself, it seems likely that she shares her father’s curse of getting stabbed/killed once an arc. It’s probably a good thing that she has immortality like Kojou. Plus her getting killed here actually seemed to serve a purpose besides melodrama, since it reminded Kojou that Yukina could actually die at some point. Along with immortality, Yukina 2.0 also seems to have somewhat similar familiars to Kojou and some kind of gold Sekkarou, so she’s probably just as overpowered as Kojou is. Perhaps even more so, if the familiars and Sekkarou are as powerful as her parent’s versions are. Her personality seems more mischievous than Yukina’s and she seems to get along better with Asagi (one sided-ly) more than her mother ever has. Though maybe Yukina and Asagi even get along better in the future once Kojou stops being an idiot long enough to make at least two children.
As much fun as speculating about the future of the characters is, I guess the important thing of the arc is how there’s a hugeass dragon (from the future?) destroying town and Yukina’s Sekkarou is smashed (apparently) beyond repair. It’s kind of speculative as to if it broke due to Yukina being inflexible, but she certainly seems to be blaming herself for it breaking. Plus to make things dramatic for the finale, she has to leave Itogami. She still doesn’t know about the whole reason the Lion King Organization sent her there in the first place, so she probably has no idea that she’ll be allowed to go back. It would seem silly for them to set this whole thing up and then have Yukina (who is obviously special, and therefore, vital for whatever is coming up in some way) never interact with Kojou again. The Lion King Organization seem to always have elaborate plans that work out, so having them half-plan shipping two characters like this seems improbable. Plus Yukina the Second doesn’t look overly concerned about the weapon breaking. Instead, it looks more like she pities Yukina for her current emotional distress.
Well, this new arc felt a lot like a doujinshi or something, but it’s pretty interesting that this is both canon AND something that they decided to include for the last episodes of the anime. I figured that they could have saved this story for an OVA, but having it here is fine too. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be disappointed that they spent two episodes focused on this when they already cut so much out of the other arcs, but this first part of the arc has been more than entertaining enough.
Because of that, I’m not too bitter. Perhaps this arc might even result in some actual character growth for once. Maybe Yukina will finally mature a bit or something, so she’s not always so stubborn. …Or maybe not, because screw character progression. There hasn’t been any really thus far. Why would they start now? I am looking forward to seeing more interaction between Yukina 2.0 and everyone else though.
Or maybe Sayaka can tsundere some sense into Kojou. …Somehow.