「天使炎上篇IV」 (Tenshi Enjo Hen IV)
“Angel in Flames IV”
I didn’t get a chance to say this last week, but which each passing episode, Strike the Blood reminds me more and more of Toaru Majutsu no Index. This entire Angel Faux arc has an uncanny resemblance to the Angel Fall (coincidentally pronounced similarly) arc in particular, and Kojou’s propensity to crush misguided fools ends up quite similar to Touma’s falcon punch antics as well. Again, it’s not bad at all considering how much I loved watching the Index series, but it does make you wonder somewhat about the individual aspects one series does better than the other. And if there’s one thing I noticed, it’s that while Strike the Blood seems to have a more solid cast. It’s not necessarily a significant difference, but I just feel like this series does better in involving everyone in meaningful ways, and it does a spectacular job seamlessly integrating new cast additions.
Point in fact, La Folia was only officially introduced last episode, but it’s as if she was there all along. Both Vatler and Kirasaka were also merely introduced in the arc before to similar results, and I love how the cast continues to grow while not feeling like it’s going overboard. That said, I suppose when your newest addition is a Princess who does this, plays a part in this, wields this (reminds me of Zetsuen no Tempest), and helps you summon two headed dragons that eat dimensions, it’s not that hard to do. La Folia (or should I say, Foli-rin?) just knows how to make an introduction, and she’s making a jump to the top—both in terms of being my favorite heroine and in the Kojou sweepstakes. She’s not afraid to be aggressive, doesn’t hide under her royal title, doesn’t hesitate to get dirty when she needs to, and she has some darn awesome fashion sense too. It’s just sad that her hair and eye color aren’t things you exactly see in real life.
It’s a pity really… and by that I mean the fact that Stilts got last week’s episode to cover instead of this one. If there was one episode made for him, it would be this one, but alas. Can’t get em’ all—especially when you’re a crazy scientist trying to turn your daughter into an Angel and have her ascend above humanity against her will. I guess that’s why it’s just fitting that Kanase Kensei’s now being forced to work for Motoki and Co., and it looks like we’ll be seeing him again sooner rather than later.
Generally, it’s just another great culmination to what’s been a fairly exciting arc, and the “every four episodes gives you something epic” is a formula that reminds me quite a bit of Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo from earlier in the year. That one chugged out great episodes like clockwork, and it was a series I ended up loving to death when it was over. It reasons that Strike the Blood could end up similarly in terms of enjoyability—albeit of a more light-hearted variety—even though it looks like we won’t see what this “impending catastrophe/threat” is until next year.
According to the broadcast schedule, episode 13 is tentatively listed for next week, but only on one of the four networks that usually air it. As such, it’s possible that episode 13 come out officially until the next air date, which would be on the 10th of January. So if you don’t see a post by next Saturday night, then it is probably safe to assume that the next post won’t come out until the week of the 10th, when a majority of the broadcasts resume. So if we don’t meet again till next year, I’d just like to wish you guys a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It can be said this episode was a kind of early Christmas gift though (see the Full Lengths below)… but if anything, keep an eye out for the Winter 2014 Preview (releasing between X-mas and New Years) and the RC AOTY post (around the 10th).