This is an anime series saw from the Fall 2013 Anime Season which stretched into the Winter 2014 Anime Season. It was the anime that for that particular season made the most impression for me personally. Besides Diabolik Lovers since Tokyo Ravens turned out not to be as good as the first half. Strike the Blood had glorious animation (Silverlight) but also a stable story to back it up. Leading me to think about it even soon after its passing.
While I tend to dislike any part of entertainment which involves vampires. Mostly since vampires have been done in various ways and the mythos to vampires can get to be too overused and already touched upon. This was not the case with Strike the Blood. The story is quite unique. It handles the vampire concept in a brand new way and in any case the series does not merely involve vampires but other sets of supernaturals. Kind of like True Blood (TV series involving vampires and other supernatural beings. Wildly popular in the United States).
The story involves a vampire, Akatsuki Kojou, who is trailed by a young adolescent girl named Yukina Himeragi. Himeragi despises him in the beginning believing him dangerous but later sees him as nothing more than harmless. It so appears until his vampire progenitor status shows he has a knack to control truly powerful familiars. The only problem to activate these familiars he has to feed from any other girls. This causes quite the conflict.
The series has quite the mix of cast of characters. All of which usually turn out to be villains or opponents of both Himeragi and Kojou.
What becomes vastly entertaining is that throughout the series there are many characters with really weird personalities or goals. This is probably due to the comedy element being nurtured in the series.
If had to recall an element of the series which was crystal clear in my mind’s eye it would be Himeragi and Kojou’s catchprase “No. It’s our fight!”. This was a moment that ran in the series a lot making me think Himeragi and Kojou as characters were like sweethearts within anime. A type of anime power couple if there ever was any. Which was adorable!
Completely Strike the Blood had nothing that mars it other than the fact that it can be very full of fanservice. While personally the fanservice to me is not a drawback. There is that to be aware of. Though I loved it! Sorry but with Strike the Blood it is pretty much everywhere.
Stellar voice acting performances!
Recommendation Level: Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended.
Anime Soundtrack Notes
The opening and ending theme songs are perhaps one of the best when it comes to anime. While you do tend to see anime where you prefer the opening or ending of the first half or the second more. This does not happen since somehow those working on Strike the Blood, thankfully, made a good choice in the music and the production of the opening and ending theme songs. So the first half and the second both had wonderful theme songs.
So-So. Probably should be passed up.
Good anime series. Well recommended.
Phenomenal anime series. Very Highly Recommended.
Strike the Blood (24 episodes)
Director: Hideyo Yamamoto
Animation Studio: Silverlight
Available to Stream Now: Crunchyroll
Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Fanservice-Ecchi, Action
The fourth Progenitor is the most powerful vampire once thought to exist only in the world of legends. Yet when it appears in Japan, the government for some reason chooses an apprentice “sword shaman”, Yukina Himeragi, to observe and obliterate it. Bewildered by the disproportionate task and its specific details, Yukina arrives at the Demon District of Itogami-jima to watch Akatsuki Kojou a student at a private high school on Itogami-jima.