Episode Seven introduces a new character named Mitsuba Sangu, a girl added to Shinoa’s squad. Mitsuba becomes angered easily, and she and Shinoa don’t appear to like each other. As the episode progresses, Yuichiro is quickly added to the list of people that Mitsuba can’t stand, because he’s reckless and does things that potentially put other people in the squad in danger. As we learn later in the episode, Mitsuba used to be like this, too, and saw severe consequences for her actions. So we now have Yuichiro and Mitsuba, who both have dark pasts, who clash with each other due to the lessons that they came out of their experiences with being almost polar opposites of each other. That now brings Yuichiro up to two people who don’t really get along with him. It seems that Yuichiro can easily make people dislike him for one reason or another.
Shinoa, Yuichiro, Mitsuba, Yoichi, and Kimizuki are sent on a mission to go to Harajuku and find a settlement that the vampires have been using to hunt humans in order to make them livestock. When they get there, they find a little girl being chased by a Four Horsemen of John. This is a common trick the vampires use to lure other humans out in order to hunt them. The vast majority of Episode Seven focuses on a fight with this monster that leads to fighting with three vampires who have followed it. And it’s during this section that Yuichiro and Mitsuba’s conflicting philosophies really come into play and has the potential to derail any possible teamwork between the five team members.
While everything turns out decently in the end, the relations between Mitsuba and Yuichiro remain strained. But from rescuing the little girl, the group receives important information from her regarding the vampires. Right at the very end of the episode, we see the five-man group getting ready to face the vampires. I thought this made for a great stopping point for the episode, because this makes the viewer want to come back for Episode Eight in order to see what will happen to the five of them as they undertake this next phase of their mission.
So far, I’ve been appreciating the pacing of the storytelling in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. I have yet to feel like the story is being stretched out or that scenes have been thrown in simply to fill up time. Also, I haven’t seen any of the tricks that I’ve seen World Trigger relying on, such as extended recaps, panning over still images, or overusing flashback sequences. The story and action in this series seem to be moving at a natural pace, and it’s hard for a viewer to become bored while watching it. I hope that Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign can continue being an enjoyable watch with each episode that airs.
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