「天使炎上篇I」 (Tenshi Enjo Hen I)
“Angel in Flames I”
Here we go. It’s the start of a new arc, and what we get are false holy swords, busty spear-wielding women, angels, and Vatler. Oh my. You know things are going to be good when even Vatler’s intrigued—especially when he claims the newest enemy could easily kill our favorite perverted protagonist. In the meanwhile though, as things build their way up plot-wise, it’s Asagi who steals the show this week with her aggressive overtures on Akatsuki.
Indeed, she’s rockin’ the pink lingerie this week, and stripping off Akatsuki’s clothing while she’s at it too… for modeling, that is. To top things off, Himeragi’s observing the whole thing—what a convenient excuse!—and Kojou’s officially got two gals hot on his heels now. Or would it be more accurate to say three?
Either way, all of this has me wondering. Would it be a good thing if my friends are claiming I’m back to my normal self only when they find me doing perverted things? I mean, on one hand, you can say Kojou’s extremely lucky to have friends that accept him despite his supposed perverted nature. On the other hand though, it could just mean everyone’s nuts or plotting something… and it makes me wonder if it’s a good thing for Kojou or not. Well, I guess it doesn’t matter too much. You know, since we have all these cats. And people knocking down buildings while losing their spiritual centers. And people supposedly confessing to other people’s sisters.
But yeah, the general thing here is we get yet another solid episode of Strike the Blood. The series is as consistent as they come, and it’s great to see how easily they can dial up action toward each arc’s end, then bring it back right back down for the next arc’s start. Each arc in turn builds upon revelations of the previous one AND introduces another portion of the vast Strike the Blood universe, and it’s been a fun ride seeing Kojou slowly work into his role as the X-factor between the other Primogenitors and the conflicts involving them. Here’s to more impending awesomeness… and more Vatler. Because one can never have enough Vatler.
Author’s Note: Just a heads up. Next week’s Strike the Blood’s may not be posted until Sunday. I’ll try to get it out on Friday as usual, but as I’m planning to attend the late night Madoka Movie screening next weekend, this may not be possible.