Yuu – Like or Hate Him?:
It may not be a popular opinion, but I think Yuu is actually a pretty enjoyable main character. Every episode I have seen viewers complain about him for some reason, though it usually boils down to his hardheadedness and not thinking before taking action. In that sense he is a little typical, especially by shonen standard, but in this episode it worked for me. For once, his rash decision making was actually a helpful thing, and he showed that he has the power to back it up. It is enjoyable to see him slice vampires in half and deflect their blades with ease, especially when he delivers it with confidence. I know others will find him arrogant beyond belief, but I think he’s a fitting main character for a series such as Owari no Seraph. What will be most exciting is when he encounters Mika again and has to rethink what happened in the underground vampire city.
Not only did he show his strength this episode, but he also showed he is capable of being fun. I admit, there are times when his dedication to killing vampires all the time has me rolling my eyes, but seeing him turn into a kid again when Kimizuki starts up an abandoned car was a treat. Not only that, but his scene with Mitsuba was a strong one, when he forgave the little girl for effectively selling them out. Yuu understands what she went through, and so his sympathy feels genuine. It was ruined only Mitsuba’s cliched tsundere moment at the end.
The Shafting of Shinoa and Mitsuba:
Speaking of Mitsuba, I’d like to talk about the girls this week. Last episode they got the spotlight, yet this time around they got completely shafted. Yuu got his time to shine and prove himself as a likeable main character, but it was totally at the expense of the two girls, having them be rescued by Yuu or unable to fight back when it mattered most. Simply put, I don’t believe they would have acted like that. Out of the five, Shinoa and Mitsuba are the most experienced fighters, yet in this episode you’d think they were rookies. I’m not saying Shinoa can’t have her moments where she’s overwhelmed by imposing vampire threats, but I expected more from her and Mitsuba. Bad writing, I have to say. I’m not a fan of shafting female characters purely for benefit of the male lead.
On/Off Vampire Action:
This was another action-filled episode, but there were times when the animation was very stiff, which resulted in some rather lackluster fight scenes. Yet there were moments of fluidity and detailed closeups of the characters at their most pissed off. I’m always up for more vampire action, especially if it means meeting more powerful nobles like we did this week. Crowley Eusford (Suzumura Kenichi) was every bit confident and intimidating, with Chess Belle (Furuki Nozomi) and Horn Skuld (Hikasa Yoko) as his sidekicks. They’ve all got interesting designs, so I’ll be excited to see what happens with them as the story progresses.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Yuu finally got his moment to prove himself as a likeable main character, but it came at a cost. Shinoa and Mitsuba’s treatment this episode was not favourable, and even if there times when the action was on point, there were plenty of clingeworthy moments. Other than that, I’m much appreciating this Shunjuku arc, and by the looks of it it seems next week’s episode will be an all out war between the vampires and the imperial army.
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