OP2: 「Fight 4 Real」 by ALTIMA
「蒼き魔女の迷宮篇II」 (Aoki Majo no Meikyu Hen II)
“Labyrinth of the Blue Witch II”
Oh boy. That was episode was every bit as priceless as I expected it would be. We get Kojou casually being invited into Himeragi’s room and stumbling upon this, Kojou getting trolled by the distortion in style, Sayaka getting stripped in her sleep, and it’s like: “YEAHHHHHHHHHHH”.
Keeping true to the Strike the Blood formula though, it’s not all fun and games, and we get quite a bit of development this week too. For one, it looks like the Meyer Sisters are indeed behind the distortions around Itogami City—seemingly using Natsuki’s powers no less. Not only that, but they seem to be doing this for Yuuma, whose revealed to be the Witch of Notaria and intends to use this event to free her mother from prison. The problem? This’ll also free countless legendary criminals too.
But true to Vatler’s personality—yes, he makes his triumphant return here too—what is a problem to normal society is merely another venue for his entertainment, and it’s quite hilarious how easily he’s persuaded to overlook the Witch of Notaria’s scheme. It’s a fitting result to say the least and you can’t pin anything up on this guy. He’s completely unpredictable and does things on a whim just for fun. To top things off, he’s ridiculously overpowered too. So you can’t tell him to stop screwing around either, and if you’re planning to do something in Itogami City, you’re going to either have to provide some entertainment for him or pray that he doesn’t want to stop your plans on a whim. Talk about a true X Factor.
Ultimately, this week’s episode continues what’s been a pretty good start to the second half for Strike the Blood. They’re starting to hint at things beyond the normal scope of villains we had in the first half, there’s a rocking new OP (and ED), and they’re executing their great mixture of serious moments + comedic relief better than ever before. That said though… La Folia’s really starting to distance herself from most of the pack in terms of pure #winning value. I mean come on. She’s not even directly involved in things right now and still manages to give us some priceless faces at the expense of Sayaka while she’s at it. The picture of her and Kanase at the end of the new OP is just fabulous too, and it’s like: “ALL HAIL THE PRINCESS!”
ED2: 「signal」 by 分島 花音 (Kanon Wakeshima)