Strike the Blood: Episode 16 – “Fiesta for the Observers I”

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 end of episode 15, Yuuma’s mother made an appearance and attacked both Yuuma and Natsuki. As the prison barrier is being revealed, Dimitrie Vatler is watching from the distance. He thinks it’s a shame that Yuuma has fallen, and that he could probably smash the final prison barrier with his own hands. Suddenly, a girl who looks like Nagisa that’s dressed in a cat costume appears and attacks Dimitrie. He recognizes the girl as Alrescha Glacies, Avrora’s 12th Familiar. As he’s sent flying, Dimitrie realizes why Kojou consumed Avrora.

Meanwhile, Kojou, Yukina, and Yuuma warp to another location, which turns out to be the true prison barrier; Natsuki is not with them. Yuuma’s mother appears and takes back the Blue Knight from Yuuma, and she collapses. We learn that Yuuma’s mother placed a curse on Natsuki to steal her memories and the time she has experienced; however, she was able to escape before having her magic stolen completely. But it’s said that Natsuki will never use magic again. When only a handful of the prisoners from the prison barrier are able to make it out, they are ordered to find Natsuki. Sayaka suddenly arrives in a tank, and is able to get Yukina, Kojou, and Yuuma out of there.

When it’s pointed out that Yuuma has a torn spiritual pass, and that she will need to be treated by either a powerful witch or a specialized doctor of magic, Kojou admits that his mother is a certified magic physician. We get to meet Kojou’s mother, and as Yukina points out, it’s easy to see where Kojou gets some of his behaviors from. Nagisa is also there, and she’s wearing a cat costume. After Kojou’s mother examines Yuuma, she takes her to the lab to try to treat her.

Asagi is out and about, and a little girl grabs at her skirt and claims to be her daughter.  As Asagi talks to the girl, she doesn’t know her own name and the only thing she says is that Asagi is her mother. At one point, when Asagi asks if she recognizes the name Natsuki Minamiya, she starts crying but says she doesn’t know why. Asagi gives the girl the name of Sana until she can remember what her name is.

Wow… where do I begin here? First off, it appears that Nagisa isn’t entirely what she seems; if I’m right on that, then I can say that I didn’t see that coming.

Kojou comments at Sayaka at one point that he’s tried to hide the fact he’s a vampire from his mother. From what was seen during the scene with Dimitrie, I think Kojou’s mother is more aware of what’s going on than he realizes. And I have to say that Kojou’s mother doesn’t have the attitude that one would normally associate with a doctor. But then again, she’s a magic doctor, so that could make a difference.

I also have a suspicion as to who Sana really is, and from a comment made right at the end of the episode, it seems to back up what I’m thinking. Sorry to be so vague, but I don’t want to provide spoilers.

While there really weren’t any scenes I would say were exposition heavy or filled with “info dumping,” I still had the feeling that the episode was throwing out several concepts throughout. Because of that, the episode felt kind of dense; also, I was starting to feel a sense of information overload by the end of it.

I really hope that episode 17 will start providing some information on what I suspect about Nagisa and Sana. At least by then, my head won’t feel like it’s swimming and trying to process the various pieces of information and inferences that were thrown at the audience during episode 16.

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