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OP Sequence

OP: 「Blood on the EDGE」by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets

 

OVA Episode 01

「黒の剣巫篇 I」 (Kuro no Ken Miko hen I)
“Sword Shaman of the Shadows I”

Episode Summary: Invited by Yaze to attend the trial opening of a new resort called Blue Elysium, Akatsuki finds himself involved in another incident as a girl named Eguchi Yume seeks him out. Recently freed from the laboratories of Kusuki Erize—a sponsor of Blue Elysium—Yume tells Akatsuki of Kirasaka’s attempts to free her and her older sister. As the group look for answers, Kirasaka is captured by someone calling herself a Rikujin (Sword Shaman of the Shadows).

Full-Length(s): 01

 

OVA Episode 02

「黒の剣巫篇 II」 (Kuro no Ken Miko hen II)
“Sword Shaman of the Shadows II”

Episode Summary: Revealing herself as Kisaki Kiriha, Kirasaka’s captive confirms her true identity as a fellow government agent working for another organization: Taishikyoku. As Akatsuki awakens the next day, he finds himself face to face with “Riru,” Eguchi Yume’s alternate personality and a known succubus. Riru uses her abilities to temporarily control the cast, ultimately meeting up with Kisaki and willingly returning to Kusuki’s side. The two escape as a mind-controlled Kirasaka attacks Akatsuki, who frees her from Kisaki’s grasp. As it turns out, Yume is a descendant of Lilith, the strongest succubus in history. Using her abilities, Kusuki aims to control Leviathan, an ancient living weapon capable of laying waste to the entirety of Itogami Island.

 

OVA Episode 03

「黒の剣巫篇 III」 (Kuro no Ken Miko hen III)
“Sword Shaman of the Shadows III”

And so, the end of another arc arrives and it’s just like old times ain’t it? Strike the Blood ain’t what it is without Akatsuki in the house wrecking things while sucking the blood of everyone he meets, and for the most part, that’s what he does. It’s a formula that we’ve become accustomed to by now, and hey, if it works… I ain’t complaining. That said, I’m not quite sure how exactly Akatsuki manages to end up in yet another incident just by going to a trial run of a new resort, and it was very questionable bringing an under age girl back to his house instead of bringing her to the police, but I guess we’ll let him off the hook this time. I mean, it’s not everyday a government organization partners with an eco-terrorist to try and destroy an entire island, so I suppose something had to be done, though it was certainly a nice touch having Eguchi finish things off rather than Akatsuki himself.

That said, perhaps the most interesting thing about the arc wasn’t the new familiar, the new addition to the harem, or heck—anything related to Akatsuki or Eguchi at all. Rather, it’s the fact that we’ve come in direct contact with another government organization in an antagonistic fashion for the first time, and it turns out they were after Asagi all along. We don’t get much about what exactly it means to be the “cursed” Priestess of Cain, but the fact that she’s immortal while on Itogami Island because it was crafted specifically as an altar for her? That’s… quite something. In hindsight, it makes a lot of sense since she could’ve/should’ve died multiple times already, but given that many of us had already accepted the actual reasoning at the time, this was certainly an explanation that I didn’t see coming or really needed, but loved nonetheless because of how much it makes sense and how much additional story potential it generates. Suddenly, Asagi’s equivalent to Akatsuki as long as she’s on the island in terms of mortality and the fact that they’re supporting each other really puts into perspective how powerful their small “faction” has become. They’re certainly low in terms of overall numbers, but they’ve got a home field advantage better than everyone else.

Still, one has to question—if the Priestess of Cain was cursed and potentially a cause for war, then how exactly did Itogami Island get approval for construction in the first place? One would think the potential situation was thought out a while ago, though at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if a few other organizations intentionally colluded together to try and use the island, the Priestess, and subsequently Akatsuki to their advantage. The revelation that the Lion King Organization essentially allowed Taishoukyou to do what they wanted knowing they’d fail and owe them one certainly hints at another game being played in the bigger scheme of things, and why is it that I get the feeling the series could get even better from here?

All in all, it’s a great return for Strike the Blood as we get an arc filled with many of the things we’ve come to love about the series. The only thing missing at this point was a cameo of La Folia or Vatler, but I guess I’ll live with the fact that the former got a whole OVA to herself just before this. Looking forward, it’s a pity there’s only 5 episodes left in the OVA, but if there’s anything to go on from this arc—it’ll certainly be worth watching, even though we’ll inevitably be depressed at the thought of waiting “x” years for something more. Before you go, there’s a bunch of author’s notes listed below, so be sure to peek at them real quick.

Full-Length(s): 05

Author’s Notes:

  • First off, many apologies for not getting this post out faster. As some of you have seen from my blogging hiatus recently, I’ve been quite busy prioritizing full-time work, so this was pretty much the only time in the past year or so I’ve had some time to blog while maintaining my other responsibilities, though it’s certainly fitting I return to STB the same way I started it (with a three episode post).
  • Looking forward, I’ll continuing blogging STBII, but posts will likely be split into by arc. Therefore, Episode 4 (which has been out for awhile) will be blogged simultaneously with the conclusion of that arc in Episode 5, which should be available in the next few weeks. Subsequently, Episodes 6-8 will be blogged simultaneously once all episodes are released around the end of May/early June.
  • Lastly, for everyone who’s sent tweets or e-mails asking for STB, I’d just like to say thanks! It means a lot when you go out of your way to request a post, although I do apologize once again for taking so long to get to it.
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    Epilogue:

    April 17, 2017 at 9:21 am
    14 comments »
    • April 17, 2017 at 9:42 amlebleu

      “This is our fight.”

      oh god don’t trigger my PTSD

      • April 17, 2017 at 10:42 amZephyr

        BUT SENPAI

    • April 17, 2017 at 1:15 pmyoloalchemist

      This isn’t entirely relevant, but anyone has any update about seiyuu Taneda Risa? I know she must relatively fine because ever since her operation which resulted in her hiatus, she’s voiced Himeragi here as well as Francoise in Cyborg 009: Call of justice, but I can’t really confirm that as multiple roles of hers have been replaced since then, the latest one being Riveria Ljos of DanMachi. I love her voice acting, so I don’t want this hiatus to potentially bring a premature end to her career. She should take all the time she needs for her recovery, but it’s getting a bit worrisome as well.

      • April 17, 2017 at 2:14 pmZephyr

        I haven’t seen any update myself, but I do her listed in the credits for Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for this year so far, but those could’ve been recorded last year if anything. At most it seems like she’s doing the occasional part-time role, but doesn’t seem like she’s doing any full cour series atm.

        • April 17, 2017 at 2:34 pmyoloalchemist

          That’s fine really, just as long as she stays in the profession until she recovers and does full time again.

    • April 17, 2017 at 4:47 pmzztop

      OVAs 1-3 fully cover LN Vol 9.
      OVAs 4-5 cover Vol 11, 6-8 cover Vol 12.

      They are skipping Vols 7-8, which cover Kojou’s past – how he met Avrora and became the 4th Progenitor are explained there.

      Apparently Vols 1-15 is merely Part 1 of the STB saga. The mystery of Itogami Meiga the glasses guy is resolved there, and Vatler & his men are written out (for now). Vol 16 starts Part 2.

    • April 17, 2017 at 5:45 pmzztop

      An unrelated question for OVA/movies, will anyone be reviewing stuff like A Silent Voice, Your Name, or Free: Starting Days?

      • April 17, 2017 at 5:50 pmZaiden

        This has yet to be decided, but I would love to review A Silent Voice!

        I’ve already seen A Silent Voice and Your Name in the cinemas over here in the UK, and A Silent Voice completely blew me away.

      • April 17, 2017 at 8:03 pmZephyr

        Your Name’ll definitely get coverage at some point, but we usually don’t cover until BD release so it’ll be a while, as they haven’t even scheduled a release yet. Lemme poke Takkun re: Free.

        • April 18, 2017 at 4:11 amzztop

          What about the new SAO movie?

    • April 18, 2017 at 5:30 pmsadamitsu

      No, Senpai. This is our fight! OMG i am having Vietnam flashbacks all over again….

    • April 18, 2017 at 7:23 pmKurisu Vi Britannia

      NSFW caps?

      I’m there just as a fan of the characters even if I haven’t watched past the first few episodes.

      HAWT.

    • April 19, 2017 at 11:34 amShiodome Miuna

      Anyone know where to find the download link or watch these OVA’s? ><

    • April 21, 2017 at 6:11 pmVan

      I hate how they partially obscured the girls in their swimsuits with those annoying constantly-shifting tiles near the end of the opening. This bothered me so much I took a bunch of screencaps and spent a couple of hours in Win7 Paint. The results were far better than I expected (especially for Sayaka, who ate up most of that time, but oh was it worth it; she’s now in my wallpaper folder along with Yukina and Natsuki-chan).

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