「戦王の使者篇III」 (Sen o No Shisha Hen III)
“Messenger of the War King III”
Are you, immortal vampire, feeling blue? Are you discontent at how the world’s developed over the past two thousand years? Or are you just bored and want something to do? Fear no more. Because today, we have a solution to your problems. Why don’t you get off that ship of yours, mess around with some terrorists, and use them to terrorize your former Progenitor lover and his observer? While you’re at it, you might get a chance to blow up an entire island! Sounds like jolly good fun, am I right?
Wrong. Leave the poor guy alone, Vatler. We all know you’re bored, but let’s not cause a gazillion dollars in damage just because you want to kill some time. You’re immortal after all. Time doesn’t mean anything to you. Oh, you’re going to do it anyway? Fine. Be that way. Now you know why Kaleid Blood left you in the first place.
Well, there you have it folks: Strike the Blood’s seventh episode in a nut shell. A certain vampire finds himself in need of some quality entertainment, decides to listen to a random infomercial, and we end up
suffering for his selfish decision better off for it. Because when an immortal is entertained, everyone is too, and it’s just another fabulous episode filled with Kojou abuse.
What makes it different from all the previous episodes however, is that virtually everyone gets abused this week. Kojou’s abuse goes without saying—I might get pregnant breathing the same air as you!—but this time, Astarte, Motoki, and Asagi get their share too. It’s all good though, because sharing is caring—it gets you cared for in this case—but someone really needs to fix Astarte’s warning system/warm up sequence. It’s not really helpful when the enemy’s already at your location before she can finish her warning, and being shot down before she can even activate her self-defense mechanisms is just sad. That said, she at least has an excuse for her issues—unlike Motoki, who gets a firm reprimand from Vatler in regards to his excessive drug usage.
There’s just a boat load of abuse going around. The best part? A lot of it comes ends up being more comedic than anything, and it brings a vital balance to the serious elements present throughout the episode (and series overall). It’s not everyday that you find a series that can balance the two—and switch between them—so well, and Strike the Blood’s proven to be more than capable in this regard. Yamamoto Hideyo seems to know what he’s doing with the material he’s adapting—or at least, the source material seems to be as good as expected—and as I said before, we’re all better off for it. Because ultimately, it’s as Kirasaka says:
“You’re a weird vampire. I don’t think most would feel grateful of someone who’s observing them.”
The relationship between Kojou and Himeragi is clearly more than just observer and observee, and Kojou’s role in the world is much more significant than he wants to believe. There’s a certain dynamic these notions set up, and it requires the proper touch to develop properly. It’s being done right so far, and it looks like we have a lot to look forward to in this series. It might never be a masterpiece, but it sure as hell looks like we’ll get more than enough entertainment to live with that fact. At least, I know Vatler’s smiling somewhere out there because of it, and here’s hoping you guys are too. Just don’t go trying to blow up islands when you’re bored or overdosing on drugs thinking you can gain a spirit form and superpowers from it. Though, if you’re a believer in souls and an afterlife, you could probably get the spirit form. It… just won’t be the form you thought it would be.