Episode 11 sees the reunion between Yuichiro and Mikaela take place, but it’s not the reunion that either one of them was expecting. The confusion that takes place between these two is very realistic, and it adds just the right layer of tension to the battle that’s taking place around them. When Yuichiro realizes that Mikaela is now a vampire, he blames himself for it. This realization, in addition to what takes place in the battle, causes Yuichiro to start losing it. He begins transforming, but it’s not because the demon in his Cursed Gear is causing it. It had been hinted earlier in the series that Yuichiro was being tested on by the humans, and this unexpected transformation becomes proof that this was indeed happening to him. It makes the viewer realize that the humans aren’t clearly the “good guys” in the series, and that the situation of the humans versus the vampires isn’t as black and white as it originally appeared.

Unfortunately, this transformation ends up not being a good thing in the long run. In this new state, Yuichiro seems to lose his consciousness and can’t tell the difference between friend and foe. But in the end, it comes down to a tried and true trope to cause Yuichiro to return to normal. It’s a trope I’ve seen before in anime, as well as in American series like Avatar: The Last Airbender. When Guren told Shinoa that she needs to do something to stop Yuichiro, I had guessed that this trope would be used, and sure enough, I was right. And right near the end of the episode, it appears the cavalry has arrived to save the day. An order is given to launch an attack, and then the episode ends. But this was done in a way where it didn’t feel like a sudden or abrupt ending.

Episode 11 was full of tension, and it was obvious as it progressed that this story is quickly reaching its climax. As a viewer, I was satisfied to finally see Yuichiro and Mikaela reunite with each other, since it was obvious that the story was headed to this point rather early on in the series.

So far, it appears Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign has found a spot to bring the first cour of the series to a close when Episode 12 concludes. I’m looking forward to seeing how this storyline will be wrapped up in the next episode and on what note the series will end on before taking a break this summer.

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