「錬金術師の帰還篇II」 (Renkinjutsu Shi no Kikan Hen II)
“Return of the Alchemist II”
After last week, I’m quite sure most of us had the same question coming into this episode. They did a decent job keeping us in suspense for a little bit longer, but I’m glad to say that Asagi’s alive after all. I REPEAT. Asagi is alive. No issues. God’s in his heaven and all is right with the world. Wait, we’re not watching Evangelion you say? I could have sworn Akatsuki almost pulled a third impact moment there…
In any case, Asagi survives as expected—I could imagine the rage if they killed her off at this point—making this whole incident actually a key plot development. We got Nina Adelard inhabiting Asagi’s body now, and it’s quite nice how they managed to even make this moment relevant in the scheme of things. The fact that Nina’s pretty cool in her own way just adds icing to the cake, and it’s no wonder Akatsuki ended up doing this as a result. He might be a primogenitor, but there ain’t no way anyone living would be able to keep on drinking coffee while staring at that. It’s too bad his coffee was probably pretty darn bitter, because you know, HE FORGOT THE MILK.
But no matter. The important part is that Himeragi might get punished for breaking her master’s shikiga—wait that wasn’t… Ahem* The important part is that Amatsuka seems to be after the revival of the Wiseman himself, the man who seems to have been the original foundation for the liquid metal body/waste-like object. Considering that he seems to have successfully done so, the fact that Wiseman’s armed with heavy metal particle cannons—this reminded me quite a bit of a certain scientific railgun for some reason—doesn’t bode well for our heroines on their trip, and it looks like things may take a pretty dramatic turn soon enough. Then again, when is this show never dramatic in regards to its action scenes? I mean, look at that pocky stick moment! Look at that mosquito smash! Such quality scenes!
Jokes/sarcasm aside, it’s really unnerving how consistent Strike the Blood has been. The second Asagi’s confirmed to be alive again, it’s right back into the usual pace, and many shows could learn from how this series easily shifts from one moment to the next. At this point the only one missing who should be involved in this is La Folia (and Vatler?), and I fully expect her to appear quite soon. At least, I hope she does. It’s been far too long since we saw her, and if she doesn’t show up when her sister’s in trouble, when else would she show up? I need some portable holy gun sword awesomeness… and Asagi could probably use a new bra. As for ya’ll reading this, you can have some full lengths.