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.
At the beginning of episode 12, we find that Kojou has survived after being attacked by Kanon’s Angel Faux form, but that he is unconscious. The blade is still within him, but neither Yukina nor La Folia can take it out. La Folia believes that one of Kojou’s Familiars must be able to render Angel Faux powerless. La Folia says even though he may be unconscious, he can still be physically stimulated and be aroused enough to awaken his vampiric urges. Yukina is the one to do this. However, her blood isn’t enough to trigger the Familiar, so La Folia offers her blood to Kojou so he can free this Familiar and use it to rescue Kanon.
During the episode, Yukina and La Folia are battling Beatrice and Lowe, the cronies who have come to the island with Kanon’s adopted father. We learn an important secret about her adopted father, as well as the fact that Beatrice and Lowe have been doing things with Possession Mask behind his back. There’s also a major revelation in regards to La Folia that shows there’s more to her than being a beautiful princess.
The episode reaches its climax when Kojou has to battle with Kanon in order to try to save her. And right at the end of the episode, there is definitely some setup going on to set the stage for the second half of Strike the Blood.
I ended up being right in my writeup for episode 11 when I guessed that this episode would be wrapping up this story arc. With the information that’s revealed in this episode, this story arc finally makes a lot of sense and everything falls into place. Unfortunately, this story arc as a whole was a bit disjointed from a storytelling point of view, and it was hard to make connections between some of the elements that appear in the arc.
And by the end of this episode, Kojou’s harem has grown a little larger. In the harem are Yukina, Asagi, Sayaka, and now La Folia. And of the four women in the harem, he has taken blood from three of them. The only one he hasn’t is Asagi, and she’s the only one who is unaware that he is the Fourth Progenitor. I’m really hoping this will be it for the harem, and that no one else is introduced in the remaining 12 episodes of the series.
Like episode 11, there was a bit more “fanservice” in this episode compared to some of the earlier arcs in the series. Fortunately, this fanservice wasn’t too terribly distracting from the actual story that’s being told.
According to Crunchyroll, episode 13 won’t be available for premium members until January 10, 2014, and for free users until January 17, 2014. So it looks like I’ll have to wait a couple of weeks in order to find out how the overarching story of Strike the Blood will continue to progress.
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