Strike the Blood – 06

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Kojou and Yukina meet Vatler, who is accompanied by the Lion King assassin Kirasaka Sayaka, who doesn’t like Kojou hanging around her friend Yukina. Vatler wanted to meet the man who essentially consumed his lover, but also notifies them about the presence of Christoph Gardos, whom Yukina vows to deal with herself. When she and Kojou meet with Natsuki for intel, she tells them she’s on the case, and to focus on not letting Vatler devour Kojou. Asagi decodes information on Nalakuvera, an ancient weapon Gardos may be after, while also setting to work attempting to “seduce” Kojou. Sayaka notices Kojou’s “infidelity” and ambushes him on the school roof. When she cuts him, his vampire powers release, in plain view of Asagi.

This show is a bit too qualifier-happy. Lord Blah Blah of the Blah Blah informs Kojou of that Blah Blah Gardos of the Blah Blah Faction is after the Blah Blah Weapon. Piling titles upon titles and organizations upon factions just makes for a whole lot of proper nouns we’d rather not have to memorize. Still, while there’s plenty of supernatural political intrigue, with Kojou in the middle and the target of many interested parties, the show doesn’t forget that not long ago he was just a regular high schooler, who is still hanging on to a decent chunk of his normal high school life. As many problems he has on the supernatural side of things,almost equal importance is given to the love triangle the show is committed to sticking him in.

What really makes it clear is just how angry and jealous she gets when her rival Asagi starts resorting to extreme seduction measures. Asagi likes Kojou and relieved to hear he’s not dating Yukina, so makes her interest in Kojou abundantly clear to him whenever possible. Still, Kojou doesn’t seem interested in really dating anyone at this point. Part of this is practical—he can’t control his vampire side if he gets too…excited—but it’s also because his normal side is being disappointingly dense and indecisive. DURRR U MAD YUKINA… DURRR WHY ARE U LYING ON TOP OF ME AND BLUSHING ASAGI DURRR…really? Sort it out, dude. We’ll also see how Asagi deals with Kojou’s dark side.


Rating: 6 (Good)

Strike the Blood – 05

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Minamiya captures a henchman of Christoph Gardos and later arrests him with help from Astarte, confirming he’s an unregistered demon and believing him to be a sympathizer of the Black Death Star Faction. Meanwhile, Kojou’s class teams him up with Asagi in badminton doubles, but before practice he’s attacked by two shikigami messengers, who give Kojou an invitation to a yacht party hosted by Lord Dimitrie Vatler of Ardeal, a servant of the First primogenitor. When Kojou attends with Yukina as his date, Vatler tests his strength with a familiar before introducing himself.

If you like cliches being employed unironically and in quick succession, then you liked this first episode of the “Warlord’s Empire” arc. A cold open in which a seemingly ferocious panther-man is swiftly dealt with by the delicate yet powerful Minamiya, the “Witch of the Void”. Kojou barging in on Yukina changing and lingering far too long. Being teamed up with Aiba, who is jelaous of Kojou’s recent closeness with Yukina, and like Yukina, actually likes Kojou but pretends to loathe him. She changes into a comely badminton outfit, while Yukina sports a cheerleading outfit and later party dress; in both instances warning Kojou not to look at her.

Unfortunately, Kojou is a bit of a dense fellow, not realizing the love triangle he’s in, and all he does is further enable Yukina and Aiba’s persistent tsundere behavior. It’s always annoying when the end of one arc establishes that some degree of progress has been made in the relationship of two characters, only to see them regressing at the start of the next one. Apparently Yukina needs to constantly tell herself Kojou is a pervert who deserves ridicule every time he shows the slightest hint of acknowledging she’s a female. One of the few exceptions this week was at the grocery store, where enjoyed their casual bonhomie, discussing demon lords and onions in the same breath. But yeah, this was a rather thin and uninspiring outing.


Rating: 5 (Average)

Strike the Blood – 02

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Yukina moves next door to Kojou and transfers to his sister Nagisa‘s middle school. Kojou’s teacher Minamiya Natsuki warns him to stay well clear of Lion King Org. members. Kojou accompanies Yukina while she shops for her empty flat. While on their way to a convenience store after dinner, Yukina and Kojou witness a huge fight between two familiars. Yukina runs off to investigate and is attacked by Combat Deacon Rudolf Eustach and his colleague Astarte. Kojou shows up and saves Yukina, but his powers go haywire.

It’s well-worn, but we still like the idea of the usually ordinary guy possessing awesome powers that he almost never uses, but are always there. Kamijou Touma is another example. Both he and Kojou don’t think they can change the world but always seem to end up doing so anyway. But while Touma simply seems to have abnormally bad fortune, Kojou’s issue with his powers is that he’s not particularly confident he’d be able to control them were they to fully surface. By the end of the episode, it would seem that his fears were correct. But before all that, the episode shows that it can do slice-of-life competently, and the rapport growing between Kojou and Yukina is also progressing nicely.

Yukina’s ignorance of golf clubs notwithstanding, there’s just something amusing about the world’s most powerful vampire and his sword shaman minder going to Home Depot. But while he seems to be the model Primogenitor with his hot-pot invitation and crane game prowess, when he inserts himself in that battle he shows he can be a “dangerous being”, and Yukina’s explicit orders were to eliminate him in that instance. We know she won’t do that – it’s only the second episode and she doesn’t seem powerful enough at this point – it could complicate their relationship. Or maybe he’ll snap out of it, she’ll thank him for saving her, and he’ll begin the long process of mastering his powers in hopes of using them for good.


Rating: 6 (Good)