Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: Strike the Blood (2013-2014)

Strike the Blood is a Japanese fantasy/supernatural anime that takes place in contemporary Japan. It contains 24 episodes.

The Fourth Progenitor is the world's strongest vampire who should only exist in legends. This phantom vampire appeared in Japan with his 12 familiars. For the observation and oliberation of the Fourth Progenitor, the Lion King Organization has decided to dispatch an attack mage (Sword Shaman / "sword-maiden") to watch over him. However, for unknown reasons, the organization sent an apprentice named Yukina Himeragi for the task. She comes to the special demon city, Itokami City, wielding the strongest anti-progenitor spiritual spear. Her task is to find out the true nature of the Fourth Progenitor, Akatsuki Kojou.

Strike the Blood was a great show even though the harem and fan service was a little over the top. The vampire concept was unique, and the supernatural battles kept the plot far from boredom. In addition, the ending leaves the idea open for a sequel (which I hope they do because it would make a fantastic addition to the series). There is also a hint of budding romance between the main characters. I highly recommend the show.

[Updated February 2019]: There are two sequels to Strike the Blood that premiered in 2016 and 2018.

Opening Theme: #1: "Strike the Blood" by Kisida Kyodan and The Akebosi Rockets #2: "Fight 4 Real" by ALTIMA

Ending Theme: #1: "Rainbow Heart Rainbow Dream" by Yuka Iguchi #2: "Strike my soul" by Yuka Iguchi #3: "Signal" by Kanon Wakeshima

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