The Vampire War Begins:
I was quite looking forward to the action that was promised after last week’s episode, but unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Clearly, Owari no Seraph wants to embrace every shonen trope it possibly can – which is not a bad thing in itself. What is disappointing is that it feels like this series has the potential to be so much more. I’m not saying it has to twist every expectation that comes with a shonen action series (like Hunter x Hunter does, for example), but I wish it just tried to be different. The first episode was daring in its art direction and the cinematic flow, but as the months have gone on I’ve come to realise that Owari no Seraph is not the series I want it to be. That’s not necessarily its own fault, but I do wish it stuck with its early potential and proved itself as memorable in an already crowded demographic.
That being said, the war with the vampires very much felt like a war. Just like last episode, there were a mixture of well-done and poorly animated moments. Sometimes I had to cringe my through some of the scenes (which I have saved from screencapping), but at least when Owari no Seraph looks good, it does in fact look good. However, Shinoa introducing the super-power pills had me rolling my eyes. This couldn’t have been mentioned earlier? Obviously, there are limits to it, but now our main cast will be somewhat impervious to the attacks from the vampires. If only all the others out there risking their lives got the same special treatment.
Another moment that didn’t work for me would have to be when the Moon Demon Company were welcomed by those already on the battlefield. Are we really to believe that these five teenagers are the only respectable fighters out there? Maybe I’m being too harsh on Owari no Seraph, but the more typical and predictable it becomes, the more I find myself irritated by it.
Mika’s Drinking Habits:
Thankfully, Mika is still the most interesting character of the series, and having some focus on him was a blessing. Mika’s storyline is leagues above the others, because it gives me genuine hope that if everyone else’s was this interesting, then we’d have a fantastic series on our hands. Unfortunately, Mika’s journey is the only one that rises above the tropes, using the setting to its advantage, delivering some emotional moments where Mika has to face the reality of his situation. I like that the vampires don’t just die if they refuse blood, but instead wither from weakness; this means that Mika has to have blood in some form, even if his heart is telling him he must refuse. But he has urges, and his time with the queen’s blood is limited. I feel for the boy, just as I have sympathy for Yuu – I just wish the series was more about those two and wasn’t bogged down by the extras (except Shinoa, she can stay).
Overview – What’s Next?:
It seems like Mika and Yuu might finally reunite next episode, so if there is to be a moment where things could turn around, that’ll be it. I’m not getting my hopes up too high, but if it means Mika getting more focus, then I may be crossing my fingers for some more of those powerful, reflective moments we’ve come to expect from him. Please, Owari no Seraph, I know you can do it.