「暁の帝国篇II」 (Akatsuki no Teikoku Hen II)
“Akatsuki’s Kingdom II”
It may be the finale, but it’s just another day in the life of Akatsuki Kojou: filled with unintentionally perverted moments, explosions, epic dragons, and a whole harem of great gals at his side kicking butt. If you were expecting something different because it was the “last episode,” well… I have no idea what you were thinking really.
Jokes aside though, I have to say that if you’re going to do a finale for a series that still has material left, this is definitely one way to do it. It probably could’ve been better minus a bit of the rushing and the like, but the general formula they went about the finale was a good one, and there’s something to be said about an episode that incorporates a bit of everything we’ve gotten so far. After all, who wouldn’t want one last glimpse at every member of our great harem (plus Vatler) before it’s all said and done? Combine that with literally every fight theme on the OST, some solid development on the character side of things, and some more glimpses into the future to top things off—it’s just how a finale should be done. There’s a satisfactory conclusion in regards to the current arc and the tantalizing promise of a great future too—especially in regards to Akatsuki and Yukina, who finally realize the potential future they could have themselves.
All things considered, it was also quite nice seeing Sayaka decking Akatsuki and Reina pushing Himeragi to get things started here, because there was a real danger they’d both just sit there and believe it’s best that they separated—that’s just the kind of people they are—and that really would’ve been a pity. Although… it would’ve only been for three days. But hey, who’s sweating the details? Ultimately, it made for some rather nice drama (and a bit of romance) to end things with here, and there’s a boat load of priceless reactions we get forever memorialized as a result too. The montage of Himeragi moments also added a nice touch, and it really ended up being a solid finale considering the circumstances.
The question now is whether or not we’re going to get a second season and I’m admittedly not sure whether we will. Last I heard the sales were decent and the show was definitely angling toward one, so I guess we’ll see, and by that I mean THEY BETTER GIVE US A SECOND SEASON AFTER TEASING THAT FUTURE BIT (with someone who looks like Asagi’s kid to boot). Final impressions at the end.
Author’s Note: Please use spoiler tags if you’re going to write about events in the light novel that haven’t been covered yet.
Looking back, Strike the Blood was a series that didn’t necessarily break any new ground. There were definitely generic aspects to it all and the development would occasionally take a hit from being either a bit rushed or from obvious source material omissions. What the series proves despite all this though, is that there’s room to roam even with generic elements, and that consistency goes a long way toward overall impressions of a series. Indeed, Strike the Blood has arguably been one of the more consistent shows of the last two seasons, and it’s something that allows it to earn a lot of its stripes now that it’s all said and done. Every week, you could come in knowing you were going to get a certain amount of enjoyment no matter what, and a lot of this had to do with its great (and fun) cast of characters. It only helped that we got a rather nice soundtrack to help accentuate the vast universe presented here, and there’s much that could be said about how much more potential is still left within this show.
Whether we get to see that potential turn into something tangible remains to be seen, but for now, I can safely say that this was a series I feel glad to have picked up despite my initial reservations about covering three shows on a weekly basis. In ways, it was surprising just how well it turned out—kind of like Tokyo Ravens in this regard—and there’s not much else to say here except that if we do get a second season, you can be sure I’ll try my hardest to find time and cover it. To end things here, I’d just like to say my usual thanks for everyone that has read and commented on this series over the last 23 episodes, and here’s hoping you’ll continue to follow either me or the site in general next season as well! Until we meet again, remember: the next time you got someone by your side but have the urge to say “this is my fight,” please remember that it probably isn’t so that we don’t have to hear you get corrected every time. Thanks. I’m looking at you Kojou.