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「観測者たちの宴篇III」 (Kansoku Sha Tachi no Utage Hen III)
“Fiesta for the Observers III”

It seems like every week that I’ve been thinking this lately, but Strike the Blood really knows how to do its genre well. Flashy action fights combine with a fantasy/supernatural themed universe to make a potent combination, and strategically placed fan-service gives this cake the cherry topping it deserves. It’s similarities to the well-loved To Aru Majutsu no Index series only add to this enjoyment—we got Natsuki activating her “John’s Pen Mode” this week—and the bottom line is this: Strike the Blood keeps getting better and better. The past two arcs especially have been some of the best this series has to offer—a tough feat considering how the cast has continued to expand with every episode.

And suffice to say, it’s amazing how easily they’ve made it to accept the introduction of new villains and allies on a weekly basis—especially when they’ve got funky names like Broodt Dumblegraff, Lydianne Didier, Kira Lebedev Voltisvala, and Tobias Jagan. Put simply, these are names that seem to be a random amalgamation of syllables that “sound cool together,” and it’s something that would leave viewers going “ehhhhhhhh” if this was a normal show. But as we’ve seen so far, this series is far from ordinary in terms of its execution—a fine accomplishment considering its generic backdrop—and this episode in particular yields a boatload (pun intended) of examples in this regard.

Indeed, when one considers how fluidly the series bounces between the comedic and serious moments, there are few other phrases one can use to describe this phenomenon. It’s just good execution when your life and death moments can still yield to jokes at Akatsuki’s expense without taking away from the experience, even though you’ve got to feel a little bad for the guy at this point. I mean, on one hand, he can’t be in a room together with another female without being accused of being a pervert. And on the other hand, the fact that he hasn’t made a move on any of the girls also makes Asagi question whether or not he’s actually into men—something that’s made even more hilarious when you consider his interactions with Kira and Vatler. No matter what he does, he seems destined to be at the receiving end of all kinds of jokes and misfortune, which makes him quite like a certain main character from a certain scientific series. In the end though, I have to say… if I were him, I wouldn’t mind having to deal with all of that if it meant I’d meet people like this on a daily basis. I’m all about subverting the social order after all. Though I’d prefer not having to deal with crazy mothers and getting stabbed.

But yeah, it’s another superb episode of Strike the Blood as Asagi, Natsu-kyun, Sayaka, and Vatler end up receiving quite a bit of the focus this week. Seems like things’ll go back to focusing on Himeragi next week though, as it seems she was Tokoyagi Aya’s target the entire time, and things look like they’ll only get more and more interesting from here. Because as it turns out, there’s a lot more behind her choice as Akatsuki’s observer than we had expected, which is a nice addition to the story considering how she’s constantly been abusing that term as an excuse to dabble in all aspects of Akatsuki’s life. Until next week however, I heard you guys like…

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February 14, 2014 at 6:19 pm
68 comments »
  • February 14, 2014 at 6:30 pmXSharkNinja

    Kojou’s harem is right up there with Ichika’s (Infinite Stratos) and Issei’s (DxD) in terms of cast and character interactions imo.
    Thoroughly enjoying this series so far and it looks like it’s only going to get better!

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:21 pmzztop

      Broodt Dumblegraff, dragon slayer and 6-time Final Fantasy cosplayer champion.

      • February 15, 2014 at 6:46 pmc2710

        I read his name as Broodt Dumbledore

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:27 pmOwaranai

      If it’s Ichika’s harem in Season 2, that’s quite the insult to Kojou’s. The girls here have boatloads of character and personality compared to them. :p

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:51 pmzztop

      Kojou’s harem thus far:
      - An innocent(and somewhat possessive) Sword Shaman
      - A tsundere War Dancer
      - A superhacker childhood friend
      - A flirty foreign princess with spiritual powers
      - A tomboyish witch(also childhood friend)
      - A shy middle schooler, the princess’s younger aunt

      (not sure about Astarte and Natsuki though)

      Wonder if there’ll be any more to come…

      • February 14, 2014 at 9:16 pmSalbazier

        Heh, If it is feasible at all I will be shipping Natsuki. ^^

      • February 14, 2014 at 10:59 pmechykr

        You forgot Vatler and Kira as well, though Vatler would probably consider Kojou to be part of HIS harem.

        And probably Tobias, though he may look jealous and hostile, but just like Sayaka, it may just be a defensive mechamnism and is actually soft on the inside. :D

      • February 14, 2014 at 11:28 pmTez

        Asagi isn’t really a childhood friend. They met in middle school I think.

      • February 15, 2014 at 1:12 pmRyner

        You might just change the possessive part into a yandere, seeing as it’s been confirmed lol.

        Also you might add about Avrora seeing as we see her as someone important to him in the first episode flashback scene near the end of the episode. Also I’m sure Nagisa is part of it as well. Dont really know the details, but I’m pretty sure she’s a step sister or adopted sister (or it could be Kujou), seeing as Nagisa doesnt refer to Kujou as a brother and even calls her mom by first names instead.

      • February 15, 2014 at 6:47 pmc2710

        You DARE CALL LA FOLIA FILTHY!

        BURN ZZTOP AT THE STAKE FOR CALLING HER THAT

        =P

      • February 15, 2014 at 7:16 pmzztop

        @c2710: Flirty, actually. I said Lafolia was FLIRTY, not FILTHY.

      • February 15, 2014 at 7:25 pmc2710

        @ zztop – >_<…….. The result of picking up rubbish and hot having enough sleep

      • February 16, 2014 at 9:13 pmVaan

        Nagisa has been confirmed a BroCon in the LN along with Yukina being a yandere.

    • February 14, 2014 at 9:16 pmLeon

      You forgot Kamijou Toumas’ unwanted harem:

      Misaka Mikoto
      Index
      Kanzaki Kaori
      Aisa Himegami
      Misaka Imouto – Sisters (it’s over 9000!!!)
      Seiri Fukiyose
      Show Spoiler ▼

      Oh Index S3 where are thou… Railgun S3 too…

      • February 15, 2014 at 1:17 pmRyner

        The feeling is mutual about Index S3, unfortunately we will probably have to wait a year or two seeing as it’s always been 1-2 year gap in between series unfortunately, despite it’s popularity, that’s why I’m amazed by ongoing anime series like Detective Conan which already has frikin 600+ episodes and still no end in sight.

      • February 15, 2014 at 1:19 pmRyner

        Correction: The series is more known in japanese as Case Closed and it’s actually already at 732 episodes!

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:35 pmCroos

    I knew you would make zem FULL LENGTH, Zephie. I know you would. <3

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:25 pmZephyr

      But did you expect me to make 12 of them?

      • February 15, 2014 at 1:20 pmRyner

        You’ve exceeded our expectations!

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:37 pmbrajt

    Vatler you are so rich, but you couldn’t even afford good ventilation system to get rid of that damn steam?

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:26 pmZephyr

      There in lies the genius. He’ll remove the steam when you buy the BD’s, therein earning him even more profit (and entertainment).

      • February 15, 2014 at 6:49 pmc2710

        Yes and damn the censorship

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:42 pmRukia

    Himeragi needs to stop interrupting Sayaka’s moments with Akatsuki. She deserved a reward this week.

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:42 pmYou know, for kids!

    Looks like Kojou’s fine in the next episode.

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:27 pmZephyr

      Expected. Just one of many running “jokes” in this series. Lmao. Still, he feels the stab every time. Gotta feel for the guy. Might not die, but it hurts like hell.

      • February 14, 2014 at 7:43 pmzztop

        Kojou’s been stabbed and slashed multiple times, and got decapitated once, during the course of this entire series…When will his suffering end?!! /(´д`)\

      • February 15, 2014 at 6:49 pmc2710

        Until his right arm totally gets decapitated

      • February 16, 2014 at 7:30 amhaseo0408

        Yean, I think the joke is not that funny to him considering he feels all the pain with each death, combine that with Vatler´s fixation with him and you have the most unlukiest bastard in the history of anime, manga and light novels. Congratulations Kojou Akatsuki, you just take the throne away from Touma Kamijo with just this episode.

        P.S.: I would run for the hills the moment Kira said how apealing Kojou looked covered in blood.

    • February 16, 2014 at 2:15 pmc2710

      In the words of a famous Level 0…..

      Fukouda

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:43 pmEuzio

    Kinda seems that Kojou gets stabbed way too many times in this series XD

    • February 14, 2014 at 11:06 pmFaker Senpai

      At least Touma get sent to the hospital everytime, like anything would kill the most powerful immortal vampire

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:46 pmKarlma

    Natsuki-chan in yandere mode!

    • February 15, 2014 at 1:24 pmRyner

      Lol i know! Those eyes of hers are those of yandere girls, but I was pleasantly surprised to see her act like a Mahou Shoujo with moe kyun nuances, now a nekomimi just to complete it wouldve been perfect.

  • February 14, 2014 at 6:57 pmoliviaven

    Seems like Vatler has a harem of his own.

    • February 14, 2014 at 7:26 pmSortedeVaras

      Yeah that Kira is mighty fine.

      • February 14, 2014 at 7:32 pmzztop

        Don’t forget Tobias too!;D

  • February 14, 2014 at 7:16 pmzztop

    I’m curious on what Aya plans to accomplish by sealing everyone else’s magic and making herself the most magically powerful woman on Itogami.To conquer Itogami for her own, or is it something else?

  • February 14, 2014 at 7:24 pmDude

    Vatler didn’t really explain what Dragon Hunters lost.

    • February 14, 2014 at 8:57 pmMadox

      I thought he did… fear, cunning, ability to deceive etc etc

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:34 pmzztop

    • February 15, 2014 at 4:40 pmboingman

      Nice, there’s also that Asagi panty shot that Zephyr missed last week.

  • February 14, 2014 at 8:36 pmzztop

    Broodt Dumblegraff, dragon slayer and 6-time Final Fantasy cosplayer champion. (≧∇≦)

  • February 14, 2014 at 9:14 pmSalbazier

    • February 16, 2014 at 9:20 pmVaan

      Kojou!!! Y U NO BANG DEM!?

      WHY!?

  • February 14, 2014 at 10:04 pmNKNKN

    So much BD bait.

    Natsu-kyun’s commentary in response to Valter flying into the room was the funniest part of the episode for me. The way Kojou was carrying her around on his back was adorable as well.

    Judging from the preview we’re heading to the school next. Anticipation~

  • February 14, 2014 at 10:31 pmKaijou Touma

    Naaaaaaaaatsu-kyuuunnnn!<3

  • February 14, 2014 at 10:54 pmdaikama

    It seems like every week that I’ve been thinking this lately, but Strike the Blood really knows how to do its genre well. Flashy action fights combine with a fantasy/supernatural themed universe to make a potent combination, and strategically placed fan-service gives this cake the cherry topping it deserves.

    I’d add one thing to that list – humor/comedy. I was surprised at how many times I LOL’d this episode. The show is really hitting its stride lately – delivering week after week a well balanced blend of all these elements. If only La Folia would quickly return… :D

  • February 14, 2014 at 10:57 pmechykr

    Koujou’s harem is now expanding into the male gender as well, with Vatler’s male AND female harem both swooning at him. LOL

    And most epic nosebleed ever. XD
    http://randomc.net/image/Strike%20the%20Blood/Strike%20the%20Blood%20-%2018%20-%20Large%2013.jpg

    • February 14, 2014 at 11:14 pmzztop

      So Kojou will have a future pansexual harem?

  • February 14, 2014 at 11:21 pmzztop

    A forum says Mogwai deliberately called Asagi away because it was deliberately trying to protect her.
    I’m wondering if there’s actually a hidden side to Mogwai, given it seems to be quite nosy and self-aware for a computer program.

    • February 15, 2014 at 4:38 pmboingman

      I thought that there actually might be a person behind that avatar.

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:22 pmjrj

      this is a subtle plot point, which becomes more apparent in the next arc and the latest arc where Asagi’s tie to the overall story is partially revealed. But at this point, all I can say is that Mogwai is indeed “protecting” Asagi.

  • February 14, 2014 at 11:30 pmTez

    Just when you thought you had you fill of loli w/ Natsu-kyun… we get a loli in friggin school mizugi atop a mother lovin’ tank.

  • February 15, 2014 at 4:04 amzztop

    Sayaka said dreadlocks guy was a Tenbu/Deva. What does that mean? Is that why he had those extra arm powers?

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:26 pmjrj

      Tenbu is one of the ancient superhuman race that did a lot of wonderful things and has strange powers (including the extra arms and wind powers, I guess they are environmentally friendly lol). Apparently the race has went extinct, but this guy is one of the last member of the clan or something. I think the race also have a subtle link to the overall plotpoint, but I am not too sure on that front just yet. Right now just think that guy is one of the assassins :)

  • February 15, 2014 at 8:14 amewok40k

    Let’s just say Vatler’s crew and passengers are definitely amusing bunch…

    But while his harem may be comparable, Ichika as a MC doesnt really even deserve to carry Kojou’s sandals for him.

    “useless guy who still cant master his IS after 2 seasons” versus “one of 4 most powerful vampires in the world unlocking new powers every few episodes”

    same with romantic front:
    “Ichikanium density” versus “healthy young male with enough decency to not being spoiled by all the girls fawning over him”.

  • February 15, 2014 at 1:09 pmRyner

    Man just when I thought that Asagi will finally learn the truth about him being a vampire, but noooo, they still managed to avoid the issue even till now. Also it seems that it wont be shown in the anime that she will learn the truth seeing as the anime will probably only cover up to Vol.6, and she only finds the truth in Vol.7 For a super genius hacka she’s quite clueless (Daru had an excuse of not having a reading steiner like Okarin but in her case having the power to manage the whole island and have the whole island under surveillance she still doesnt know about Kujou blowing up things in various parts of the island).

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:29 pmjrj

      haha, I think Asagi’s reactions to the “revelation” (both this episode and in vol.7) quite hilarious… but consider Asagi’s apparent role in the overall plot, it isn’t that surprising that she doesn’t find out until vol.7 about Kojo’s identity. Now I just need to see Kojo finally lay his fang on Asagi, and I will be a happy panda :)

  • February 15, 2014 at 1:35 pmMAVMAN

    This arc feels like its doing what Index was putting off til season 3: finally bringing the previous storys together to form a full plot. We’re finally going to see what the reason behind Himeragi “observing” Kojou is. And hopefully Kojou finally coming into his full power. It’s like they started from Index as a base and just fixed all the small stuff that kept it from being as good as it could have. Though if they do make season 3 it should solve all the problems it previously had.

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:44 amhaseo0408

      well the real reason was already stated at the end Right Arm of the Saint, Simba Company sold her out as bride to be for Kojou. Since Yukina is inocent she has no idea of this plot and that way they hope to take advantage of the Fourth Progenitor, hasn´t really work out so far, es Yukina fell in love with and Kojou holds her dear but they have proven to be unpredictable.

  • February 15, 2014 at 4:43 pmboingman

    Anyone who has the name of the voice actor voicing Kira? Sounds like the guy voicing SAO’s Kirito.

  • February 15, 2014 at 6:54 pmc2710

    This episode struck me hard and left me in a pool of blood.

    And Zeph… No mention about that blond in red bikini asking for a quickie? That scene almost exploded into a full blown hentai scene

    • February 16, 2014 at 7:31 pmjrj

      the anime might not get to it, but trust me, this will not be the last time you see these “sexy” bikini “maids” haha (if there is ever a season 2) lol
      I have to say though, Asagi >>> all of them by a long shot.

  • February 15, 2014 at 8:42 pmVaan

    I facepalmed at Kojou rejecting five girls offer to him to get laid. Are they princesses?

    Well, at least he got to see Asagi in all her glory.

  • February 15, 2014 at 10:22 pmPatchy

    LOLI POWER!
    Natsu Kyun!

  • February 16, 2014 at 12:15 amGiorno Giovanna

    So in order words, groups of men should take turns pretending to be gay so women will be starved enough to hunt for the only straight man available?
    This logic is genius! Even if they give up on the men and get satisfied with each other, we still get a Sakura Trick situation! Win-win!
    Some may even demand you show evidence that you’re not gay like Asagi, using her body.