「戦王の使者篇IV」 (Sen o No Shisha Hen IV)
“Messenger of the War King IV”
If there’s one thing that Strike the Blood does extremely well, it’s its arc finales. Like the previous arc, things go up a notch just when it’s most needed, and it’s an action-packed episode filled with great reveals. Following a blood offering from Kirasaka, Akatsuki brandishes a new familiar in Al-Nasl Minium, Gardos counters Himeragi with his secret army of Nalakuvera weapons, Kirasaka counters that with her weapon’s secret abilities, and it’s no wonder the Nalakuvera was named a Weapon of the Gods. Even Vatler was impressed, and we all know how hard he is to—especially since he was the one who instigated all of this in the first place.
This week’s not all “piew piew” though, as the episode sets up crucial developments for the future too. Most notably, Vatler looks like he’ll be hanging around for the near future as embassy liason, and we all know how fun life is with him around. It make me wonder how one keeps a monster like him in check, but I suppose that’s just how powerful the Progenitor’s are, and why Akatsuki’ll need all the help he can get in the future. Luckily—and unluckily—Kirasaka looks like she’ll be joining the fray from this point forward too, and Asagi’s obvious confession throws yet another complicated wrench into Akatsuki’s unfortunate life. It’s all good though, because there are few things as priceless as Himeragi’s reactions to his “infidelities.”
That said, the uppercut Akatsuki gives Gardos ends up priceless as well. It’s been said before that Strike the Blood resembles Index, and that punch just sealed the deal. Akatsuki’s essentially a slightly different version of Kamijou Touma, and I’m looking forward to him striking down the illusions of terrorists, Deacons, demons, and vampires alike. Once again, it’s just a fabulous episode, and I’ll let the screenshots (39 this week!) do the rest of the talking. I gotta say though, I’d love to be out there fighting with these gals from my side.