Strike the Blood: Episode 11 – “Angel in Flames III”

Strike the Blood is set on Itogami Island, and it’s known as the Demon District because it’s the home of various magical beings who have been authorized by the government to live there for protection and research purposes. The main character of the series is Kojou Akatsuki; three months prior to the start of the series, he became the Fourth Progenitor, which has given him vampiric powers. A girl named Yukina Himeragi has been given a mission by the Lion King Organization to observe Kojou, and if she deems him to be dangerous, she has been ordered to kill him.

This episode sees automaton from Magus Craft coming to the island that Kojou and Yukina are stranded on by way of an automated boat. Just as it appears all hope may be lost, they are saved by a woman who looks an awful lot like Kanon. After the fight is over, the woman introduces herself as La Folia Rihavein, a princess of Aldegyr. Between a conversation they have with La Folia, along with a scene that takes place at Magus Craft, we learn that Kanon is the illegitimate child of La Folia’s grandfather, which means she has the blood of the royal family flowing through her; it’s this blood that acts as a spiritual medium for the Angel Faux project.

Later in the episode, Kanon’s adopted father, along with two of his cronies, appears on the island. After a short bit of “info dumping,” Kanon is released to attack Kojou; it is believed that attacking him will serve as a catalyst for her final evolution. Kanon is able to defeat Kojou rather easily, but something rather unexpected happens afterwards.

This episode finally provides the audience with enough context in order to better understand what’s going on in this particular story arc. However, there are a couple of scenes with a bit of “info dumping” included in order to convey a lot of the information that had not been provided in the previous two episodes. While I’m very appreciative of the information that was provided, I do wish that a little more could have been revealed earlier. Since I was feeling a bit confused prior to this, it was hard for me to become as interested in this story arc than I could have been.

The vast majority of the episode focuses on Kojou and Yukina on the island. There’s one scene with Kanon’s adopted father and one of his cronies before they get to the island, and there’s also one scene of Sayaka with Natsuki on a Magus Craft ship as they try to locate a research facility. Hopefully we’ll see more of what’s going on with Sayaka and Natsuki in the next episode.

With what happens with Kanon near the end of the episode, I’m inclined to believe that this story arc is just about resolved; at most, I would expect that there’s only one or two more episodes before the series moves on to its next story arc. Considering that the next episode is supposed to be the halfway point for the series, I’m more inclined to believe that this story arc will conclude in episode 12.

Compared to some of the more recent episodes of Strike the Blood, episode 11 had a little more in the way of “fanservice” shots. Fortunately, what fanservice is included doesn’t really distract from the story being told.

Now that more information has finally been revealed, I’ve become a little more interested in this particular story arc for Strike the Blood. I’ll be watching the next episode to see how this story arc will continue to progress.

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