「観測者たちの宴篇IV」 (Kansoku Sha Tachi no Utage Hen IV)
“Fiesta for the Observers IV”
It’s the end of another arc and we all know what that means. True to its previous arcs, Strike the Blood gives us yet another spectacular finale, and it’s a testament to how well they’ve grasped the four episode/arc formula. You’d think by now they would’ve screwed up the pacing at some point, but aside from a few minor slips in that regard, it’s been pretty smooth sailing—not only in pacing, but also the execution of its story elements. As per the norm, the light-hearted “fan-service” moments are incorporated flawlessly within the more serious moments, and it’s all the more impressive when you consider how much we get of each this week. Oh yeah, did I mention that they even tied in Kojou’s nosebleed from last week as a key plot point? Just superb.
It’s just another good episode in a series that’s vastly exceeded expectations, and it leaves me without much qualms of which to speak of. Strike the Blood does its genre extremely well, and how can you complain when you have Sayaka stripping herself and making comments like:
“You can’t complain about this!?”
“You mean seeing my panties aren’t enough!?”
“Why are you doing something so cruel!?”
“What was the point is stripping me then!?”
Then you got Yuuma coming in and effectively saying it’s time to have a threesome, which culminates a whole sequence of “HNNGGGGGG” events. I wouldn’t be surprised if people had real life nosebleeds after this episode, and I didn’t even go into Himeragi effectively proposing to Kojou, or the chibi Natsuki we get one last glimpse of at the end either.
But yeah, all of this happens amid a boat load of plot developments too. Interestingly enough, it turns out that the plot isn’t so much about Tokoyogi Aya’s defeat as it is the revelations that came during the fight and after it. Because what this episode essentially hints at, it’s the fact that the world might be someone (or something’s) construct, and much of what people believe to be true may in fact be made up. Combine that with the notion that the Schneewaltzer may actually be “restoring things to their natural state” instead of “negating magic,” and it paints both Himeragi and the Lion King Organization in a drastically different light. Suddenly the organization may not be as good as we’ve thought it to be and Himeragi herself may not be merely the observer she thinks she is. One must also consider the fact that “Paper Noise” (and thus the Lion King Organization) intentionally let our shady ex-Lion King member in Itogami Meiga go, and I’d be willing to bet that it’s not a coincidence he shares a name with the island on which everything takes place.
It remains to be seen how everything ties together—there’s a load of possibilities considering how the aforementioned revelations could literally flip the world upside down—but the fact is that there’s a lot here than I ever anticipated, and I’m just hoping we get enough here to whet our appetites before the series ends. If there’s one thing I fear, it’s that they don’t end up having enough time to get to some of the bigger revelations this series has in store. It’d be a pity to say the least—especially if we don’t ever get a sequel—and I hope it doesn’t end up leaving us on some cliffhanger that we’ll never see the resolution of. Makes you wonder what the sales numbers are… but for now, I guess we’ll just have to be satisfied with some full lengths. I know some of you in particular have been waiting for these. One word of advice though: have some aspirin ready in case you get a heart attack… or something.