「天使炎上篇II」 (Tenshi Enjo Hen II)
“Angel in Flames II”
You know what I love? When you only need to add an extra “I” to the episode title every week! That’s just convenient. Almost as convenient as your teacher setting up a festival and fireworks so you can go ahead and blow stuff at your leisure. Granted, Natsuki telling Akatsuki to accompany her does violate probably a few dozen rules on teacher-student interaction, but hey who cares when you get Natsuki, Astarte, AND Himeragi in their yukata? I sure ain’t complaining.
That said, the group ends up getting more than they bargained for, and as expected, it’s Kanase Kanon behind the recent incidents around Itogami Island. One thing leads to another, and let’s just say that there’s something shady going on with Magus Craft—especially on that deserted island of theirs. Oh, did I mention the “secretary” who stranded our main pair on that island in the first place? No? It went right over your head? Let me guess. You were too busy staring at Himeragi and Akatsuki holding hands?
Jokes aside, it’s just another typical week of Strike the Blood. I know I’ve said this nearly a dozen times already, but the fact is this series just knows how to be unnervingly consistent. The character interactions take the cake again this week, and it’s a non-stop comedy act as Motoki’s forced to referee between the Akatsuki caused fued between Sayaka and Akagi. Add that together with Akatsuki failing to pick up on the atmosphere—
In the worst case, we’d have to live here alone! That would suck!
—and you have the makings of yet another entertaining episode.
It’s not just all fun and games though, as it’s also confirmed that the Princess of Aldegyr is involved, and things are getting complicated in a hurry. In the meanwhile though, we got gals bathing in the lake. Just par for the course for our perverted Fourth Primogenitor.
Before ending things here though, I have to say that this was the first time I found myself slightly displeased at how some of the developments ended up. It could be just me forgetting or something—please call me out on this if I am—but last I checked, we didn’t really hear much about the “mask possession” guys last week, and it seems like some context was missing amid the between episode developments. I mean, it’s possible to make some connections based on visual confirmation (they’re obviously wearing masks), but otherwise, it felt like the guys were mentioned in passing as if they were always there and that we knew what they were. It’s ultimately nothing significant in the grand scheme of things, but I felt like I had to at least note it, considering how well the series has done up until this point in terms of development.
Author’s Note: Due to finals, Stilts will likely be taking on next week’s post for me. As he’s already covering multiple shows on Thurs/Fri, don’t be surprised Strike the Blood comes out slightly later than normal (Saturday or Sunday).