「暁の帝国篇I」 (Akatsuki no Teikoku Hen I)
“Akatsuki’s Kingdom I”
The penultimate episode is here and we’re offered a literal peek into the series’ future. With what seems to be Himeragi x Akatsuki’s daughter warping in Terminator style—armed with a golden spear no less—I gotta say, that future looks pretty darn awesome, and it’ll be a darn pity if we never get a second season for this series. Because if there’s one thing that’s been obvious throughout the series’ run, it’s the fact there’s a whole lot here to work with. It seems like we’ve barely scratched the surface in regards to the Strike the Blood universe, and that’s only considering the present day. Add in time-travel elements and bits from the future, and well, let’s just say that’s a whole other universe to explore on top of it all.
Indeed, the thing here is that while I’d like to stay in the present and talk about what happened in this episode alone, it’s quite clear that this week was all about looking forward to the future. There’s an obvious set up here for what could be a potential second season, and it’s something that I quite like—even if it’s not written in stone that there will be one. There’s a thing to be said about properly leaving things at a satisfactory point and it’s something that’s generally a hit/miss when it comes to shows that still have source material to adapt. Thankfully, it looks like Strike the Blood will be more of a hit than anything, as it looks like the last episode will revolve around Himeragi’s recall to the Lion King Organization and what looks like an attempt by her friends to stand in the way of that. All of this looks like a great formula for giving us something more concrete on the Himeragi x Akatsuki relationship they’ve been building up slowly all this time, and here’s looking forward to something more definite to end this first season with.
That said, it’s interesting to note they’ve already started that process with the reveal of someone that’s obviously their kid, but it still doesn’t change the fact it’s always better to see how the whole thing developed instead of just the results. Even if she’s someone that possesses both Himeragi’s skills and Akatsuki’s immorta—okay I admit it. I want to see more of her just as much as I want to see the relationship develop, but that’s just because she kicks so much ass. Seriously, what’s up with these kids being so awesome these days? Mana from Kara no Kyoukai already fulfilled my quota of bad-ass descendants to grace the screen lately.
But yeah, there’s not much else to say here except that this episode also had a lot of the “usual.” By now you guys know exactly what I mean though, so I’ll let the full-lengths tell the rest of the story. Just remember though, Vatler’s quite intrigued, and great things happen when he’s intrigued. Let’s just hope we’ll be able to see some of what that entails past next week’s “final” episode.
Author’s Note: Apparently they held a Strike the Blood gallery a few weeks ago. Amiami covered it on their blog, so here’s a link to their entry if you’re interested. Let’s just say I wish I could’ve been there.