Strike the Blood Anime Review
Written by: ClayDragon
Imagine a city dedicated solely to housing demons and other supernatural creatures. A city where demons, witches and shamans are commonplace, and new magical advances are made every day. Kojou Akatsuki is an inhabitant of such a place, called Itogami City. Despite living in this place, Kojou only wants a normal life. Unfortunately, he happens to be the Fourth Progenitor – an incredibly powerful vampire with a host of magical familiars. As such, this causes him to be labelled as a potential threat, and so the government send an agent to observe him and, should he threaten the safety of the island’s inhabitants, kill him.
Thankfully for Kojou, the Sword Shaman sent to observe him is Yukina Himeragi, a high-school girl who seems more interested in helping him defeat all the psychos that attack the city than killing him. Despite being a vampire, Kojou is a rather friendly one, preferring to drink his own blood in order to satisfy his bloodlust, and only drinking the blood of others when they explicitly agree to let him do so.
|You have no idea how many times these lines get repeated.|
That’s not to say that the characters are all bad. Even though a fair number of them resembled Index characters, they do tend to differ from their counterparts as time goes on. For example, Kojou’s teacher Natsuki starts off as the typical ‘cute teacher’ character, but she gets a lot more focus and screentime as the series progresses. Similarly, Astarte is initially an emotionless homunculus, but as time went on she became one of my favourite characters simply because of how blunt yet naïve she is.
Sadly, Strike the Blood falls into the same problem as a number of other shows, in that the supporting cast is more interesting than the main characters. Kojou is a nice enough guy, but he doesn’t get an awful lot of development, and his past (and in particular, the events that made him become a vampire) are never touched upon in any real detail. This is also the case for Yukina who, despite being the secondary protagonist, tends to seem a little flat and one-dimensional (there’s also another aspect about her that really annoyed me, but more on that later).
The show doesn’t do itself any favours plot-wise either. The story is very arc-based, which leaves it feeling clunky and segmented. To make things worse, the arc villains aren’t exactly noteworthy, with only one ‘villain’ – another vampire known as Dimitrie Vatler – coming back for more than one arc. Thankfully, Vatler is pretty damn awesome, so he earns bonus points. In fact, there’s only one story arc that has both a decent main villain and continuity ties to previous arcs, and it’s a shame that Strike the Blood only used a format like this once, as the show would have worked much better as a result.
|Yes Vatler, you are awesome (if more than a little psychotic).|
|You and me both, lady.|
|"Sorry, but my bed is more interesting."|
|"But seriously, can you get me a doctor? You're not much help."|
|It also has the creepiest AI ever designed.|
Good Things: Interesting secondary characters.
Good animation and soundtrack.
Decent balance of emotion and humour.
Cool fight scenes.
Bad Things: Segmented plot and poor arc villains.
The main characters get virtually no development.
Everything related to the romantic and sexual aspects.
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