This week on Anime Sunday we are going over one of my favorite Fall 2013 Anime, Strike The Blood! Strike The Blood is an anime that is currently airing, as of this writing, on Fridays in Japan. It’s an adaptation of a light novel series written by Gakuto Mikumo.
Story Summary: The Fourth Progenitor—That’s the world’s strongest vampire that should only exist in legends. Accompanied by twelve Kenjuu and spreading calamity, this phantom vampire appeared in Japan. For the observation and obliteration of this Fourth Progenitor, the government and Lion King Organization decided to dispatch an attack mage known as a Sword Shaman. However, for some reason, the one chosen for the observation was an apprentice Sword Shaman girl, Himeragi Yukina. Wielding the strongest anti-progenitor spirit spear, Yukina arrived at Demon District, Itogami City. What is the true identity of the Fourth Progenitor, Akatsuki Kojou, she encountered over there!?
Plot: Amazing, I actually cried during episode 3 for Yukina. I won’t spoil the plot too much, but it’s very good. This easily has one of the better plots of a battle series that I’ve seen in recent years.
Characters: Kojou looks pretty harmless, and he would like everyone to think that and leave him alone, of course the world just won’t do that. I actually like Yukina’s relationship with him as it’s not just a “love at first sight” sort of thing that you see all too often for series like this one. Speaking of Yukina she kicks some serious ass in just the first episode alone.
Art: Amazing, easily one of the most beautiful series of the past year, probably only behind Kyoukai no Kanata for me.
Music: Amazing, it gets the blood pumping in the right spots and sets up the tension in just the right spots. The music in episode 3 was particularly good, from what I remember. The opening and ending themes also are amazing, I actually enjoyed all 4 of them equally; something I usually don’t enjoy for any series, not even One Piece.
Overall: An amazing series that should suit any anime fan. Yes it has it’s fanservice moments, but they are never overdone.
For those who like: Kick ass leads, amazing plot, lots and lots of blood spilling, Fantabulous music.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above or fanservice of any kind whatsoever.