Strike the Blood – 16
「観測者たちの宴篇I」 (Kansoku Sha Tachi no Utage Hen I)
“Fiesta for the Observers I”
Awww yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. Strike the Blood just gets better and better. Chock full of vulgar psychometricians, massive misunderstandings, prison escapees, epic Vatler faces, and a new familiar who looks like Nagisa—this could be the best arc yet.
Seriously. We might’ve had quite a bit of fun with the previous four arcs, but none of them had a loli Natsuki following Akagi like she’s her mother (NO, SHE’S NOT YOURS AND KOJOU’S CHILD!), Vatler getting slammed on his ass (and HE LIKED IT!), or Sayaka doing what she did here either (AND SHE GOT CAUGHT IN THE ACT!). To top things off, we finally get to meet Akatsuki’s mother too, and it’s just as Himeragi says: he really is his mother’s son. Although, in his defense, the perverted moments come to him and not the other way around. His mother on the other hand… I’m surprised she still has a job considering how vulgar she is, but I guess when your patients aren’t conscious when you do stuff like this and their only other alternative is death, that’s not a bad exchange. Maybe. Probably. TRICK OR DIE! Wait, is that not how it goes?
But yeah, it was a fabulous episode overall, and it’s especially good to know that both Yuuma and Natsuki may yet pull out of this alive. At the same time, they managed to fit in a great mixture of the comedic/fanservice + serious moments the series has been especially known for, and also set up the basis for future developments too. Because although Akatsuki thinks he’s involving his mother here in the first time, it’s pretty clear that’s not the case, and it’s interesting to see that she involved with Avrora/Kojou’s 12th familiar, Alrescha Glacies. Considering the latter’s able to toss even Vatler to the curb, it’s a game changer in more ways than one. Not only does this show that Akatsuki clearly has a lot more power than we’ve seen so far, it shows just why he’s such an X-factor in regards to the power balance between the other Primogenitors. There’s also another big plot line here too, because the 12th familiar seems to be physically separated from all the rest, activated without Kojou even noticing, seems to relate to why Kojou ended up receiving Avrora’s powers, and looks strikingly similar to Nagisa to boot. There’s a plethora of questions to say the least, and considering how entertained Vatler was—it takes a lot to get him this happy—it looks the answers we’re all waiting for will be worth it. The question is whether or not they’ll answer some of them before the anime ends its run in about 8 episodes.
That said, I can’t help but feel like Vatler would’ve liked Sayaka’s “step-on me” kinkiness… but I think that’s one venue that is better off left to the imagination. Truth be told, the only thing missing this week was La Folia, who seems like she may be missing for a majority (or entirety) of this coming arc. If this does end up being the case, it’ll be quite the pity indeed, but I suppose it’ll just make things sweeter if she gets an increased role in the arc after this one (hopefully). Looking forward, it looks like things are just starting to hit their stride with this show, and it makes me wonder if there’s any chance we may actually get more than this two-cour initial adaptation in the future. I don’t know the actual sales numbers for Strike the Blood though, but what I do know is that the fan-service scenes seem to have been planned out since the beginning (see this nice visual guide linked to me by Croos), which doesn’t surprise me considering how tasteful and unobtrusive they’ve been. Here’s looking forward to the next episode! And don’t forget that the soundtrack’s out too!
Author’s Note: Due to an important exam, next week’s post will be delayed until at least Saturday night EDT. Here’s hoping the above full-lengths are enough to make-up for it. :D