Two New Pink Haired Characters:
I didn’t get to cover Owari no Seraph last week, but I’m glad I was back in time for this one. Last week was a little too safe, with Owari no Seraph digging its heels into the not-so-interesting school setting when there’s a whole post-apocalyptic world to explore out there. Thankfully, this episode shifted the perspective of things for the better, and introduced two new characters of the pick-haired variety.
First off is Kimizuki Shihou (Ishikawa Kaito), who bares a striking resemble to Tsukishima from Haikyuu!!. At first I even thought their voice actors were the same, which would have been ridiculous, but turns out it’s Kageyama’s voice coming out of him instead. Kimizuki isn’t anything too special, but there’s enough about him to not make him completely unlikeable – sure, he’s arrogant, crude, and prone to fighting with students that so much as bump into him, but at least he’s doing it for his sister…? Yeah, that still doesn’t make his douchiness excusable. The scene with his sister in the hospital bed was nice enough, albeit a bit cliche. It’s to be expected at this point that every character will have a tragic backstory, especially in a world such as this, so I’m not too bothered by it.
The other pink-haired character is, in my opinion, much more interesting. Krul Tepes (Yuuki Aoi) is the vampire queen of Japan, which is a pretty cool title in itself, and although we saw a glimpse of her in the very first scene of the first episode, this is her proper introduction as the loli leader of the vampires, and I’d say it was a pretty effective one. The overpowered little girl is a trope that I either hate or really like depending on how it’s done, and so far I’m liking how Krul displayed that she can beat down her subordinates just by doing some backflips and kicking them square in the jaw. However, if we do go down the route of overt and gross sexualisation that is all to common in anime (the most recent example that comes to mind is No Game No Life – yuck) then I may be singing a different tune. For now, I’m actually preferring the vampire side of things, so the more we see from their side, the better.
Yuu’s & Mika’s Trials:
The school setting has got some validity over the past two episodes, but that still doesn’t change the fact that it’s just boring in comparison to the other locations we’ve witnessed so far. I’m definitely getting the Ao no Exorcist vibes now, but at least that school was intriguing and mysterious and had distinctive architecture. This one that we’re stuck in right now isn’t doing the series any favours, but I’m hopeful that it won’t last forever. The training – as short as it was – was quite interesting, showing how Yuu and Kimizuki aren’t able to work together to get the job done. I like the emphasis on friendship in Owari no Seraph, which is possibly the most common theme of most shonen series, but the fact that working with others and being able to get along with them is just as valuable as their combative skill gives me hopes for when the story does reach the next stage. I just hope we’re not at this school for too long. I enjoy Yuu as a main character, and whilst I see the Eren comparisons, I think Yuu is much more cocky, but has more to prove it as well; I never got behind Eren as much as I did with other characters, but so far Yuu is doing a good job at standing out and proving himself as the main character.
As for our other main character, I’m actually surprised at how much I like his current position. Mika has been turned into a vampire through Krul’s blood, which may be something special in itself, but the fact that he’s still looking out for humanity is a big relief. That may not last forever, but for the time being this boy vampire is still showing his humanity. There’s still hope for him. Now that the vampires have declared war, I’m sure Mika’s determination will be put to the test.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Still not as engaging as the first two episodes, but this was a sure improvement on what we got last week. I’m not too interested in Kimizuki, despite him being a doppelgänger of my personal favourite Haikyuu!! character, but Vampire Queen Krul had an impressive introduction. I’m much more interested in Mika’s story right now; I just hope he doesn’t become tainted by those who surround him. I’m looking at you, Ferid…