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STRIKE THE BLOOD #1 -- Special Review

This guy has a cool hoodie. He's also a vampire that got his slayer crushing on him. Coincidence?

SHOGUN'S NOTE: We're taking a quick break from our usual slate of reviews to cover as many new pilots as we can for the Fall season. Sit tight -- we'll be back to regular series soon!

Kojou Katsuki is just your typical, middle school slacker living on a special island built to keep fantasy creatures from going extinct. Naturally, this leads to certain problems, and three months ago Kojou was turned into a vampire... but not just any vampire. He's apparently the Fourth Progenitor, the most powerful vampire around, and he can walk in the daylight no problem. He's so powerful, in fact, that the Japanese government sent a special agent - - a "sword shaman" named Yukinara Himeragi - - to observe him to see if he's a threat.

That's just window dressing, though, in an attempt to convince you this is not your typical ecchi/moe show. Unfortunately it really, really is.

When a butt flashes in the first scene, it says a lot about what you're going to get out of a show. All the conversations and full-blown supernatural conflicts simply revolve around stealing peeks at panties and the blunt fact that sexual arousal leads Kojou to bloodlust (and the awkward positions girls end up in when they're cleaning soda stains off your pants). The tropes continue when Yukinara crushes on Kojou after he chides her for starting a fight, then embarrassing her (in small ways) for the next several minutes. All of this is illustrated flatly and peppered with action scenes that don't make much sense.

This may sound like a goof-fest, but the tone actually plays fairly straight - - panty shots and all - -making it feel more like sexploitation cinema than anything else. If that's your bag, hey man, no judgement here; there's just gotta be better material out there.

Watch this episode, The Right Arm of the Saint Ihere and decide for yourself, then read our comments on other anime pilots from the Fall 2013 season below...

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Marshal Victoryon Oct. 15, 2013 at 6:37 a.m.

Naw its not sexploitation cinema.Hell what fan service that is in it is not that memorable when campaired to most anime this season. Now if you argued Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! i would agree.Or any number of other anime this season.

Short on time but would have listed a list of anime that has not had some kind of panty shot .Would take more time looking there names up than posting.Heck by what you lay out as your version of sexplotion A Certain Scientific Railgun S would qualify.

Got the feeling this will come down to the " i know porn when i see it" arguments.Which hinge on personal opion more than any thing.

takashichea moderator on Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:32 p.m.

It's a pretty generic show. Yukina Himeragi reminded me of Asuna when she smiled a bit, and it gave me somewhat a Moe impression. I'm watching the show just to kill time.

phantomranton Oct. 15, 2013 at 12:50 p.m.

maybez the show will get interesting as more of the cast is revealed.

Daniel_Newton moderator is online on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:51 p.m.

I think you're being pretty hard on this show. The fan service (or "sexploitation" as you put it -- though I think that's far too harsh for this anime) isn't overbearing and it looks sharp. I'll keep watching to see where it goes.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 15, 2013 at 6 p.m.

@takashichea: Ya its not great but good enuff to watch.Thus it beats the twilight test for me,

It has elements of Dance in the Vampire Bund with the vampire parts an "monsters" having their own area in the country.You have lead with partial memory block ( least its not the full amnesia deal ) .An the way the pilot plays out it could become a decent shonen anime or just about average.Tho the animation is not bad at all.

Heck world build in the 1st episode wasnt bad an fast even at that.It just fells a little like have i seen this before.

Kino88on Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:49 p.m.

the concept for this sounds pretty good, its a shame to hear about the execution though,

even if Vampires are being done death now and days, at least there kind of complex as far as creatures of myth are concerned, unlike say zombies which are also being done to death, and I will never understand why people find them so dam fascinating!!

DocHauson Oct. 15, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.

The show's okay, but not very high on my list of shows to watch this season. Beyond the Boundary took that spot.

takashichea moderator on Oct. 15, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

I meant to say that. Strike the Blood isn't my guilty pleasure show like Diabolik Lovers, Walkure, and Wanna be the Strongest. Strike the Blood just fills in my action and supernatural need.

@DocHaus:

Tried the first episode for Beyond the Boundary. It's didn't pull me in. I'll continue to watch it. Though, you bring up a strange coincidence. Both Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary) and Yukina (Strike the Blood), the female supporting characters are voiced by Risa Taneda.

To get back on topic, 2nd episode doesn't have panty shots for those who are hesitant to watch it and hate fan service. Like others said, a first episode can make and break a show.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 16, 2013 at 4:07 a.m.

@takashichea: I think fan service is confusing for some.Often a missued term.True the second episode did not have the acidental panty shot gag thats at least as old as 1955 The Seven Year Itch.But it did have the wet see threw shirt gag.With predictable nose bleed an almost power activation .Which reminded me of Aria the Scarlet Ammo .

Even with that it does not mesure up to "sexploitation cinema" .Its not to the level of b movie boob horror moives .Err wait that sounds like there is boob horror! Well maybe for some i supose thier is.It definalty not up to cinimax late 90s cable stuff.

zaldaron Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:38 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: This is a bad thing...Dance in the Vampire bund bordered on pedophilia...I hope this doesn't. Can't say if it is as much panty shots as others as haven't seen it but if it has as much as dance in the vampire bund this isn't a good thing..

takashichea moderator on Oct. 16, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.

@zaldar:

Strike the Blood doesn't border on pedophilia. The age gap between Yukina and Kojo are small. Kojo just entered high school while Yukina is in middle school.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:12 a.m.

@zaldar: Ya what @takashichea: just said

Plus i only ment just what i tried to highlight there Dance in the Vampire Bund world parts.Mosnters have their own island an area in countries.

Tho it gets that rep Dance in the Vampire Bund female lead is suposed to be very old .an she has another form as a adult.But ya its a bit off puting.He grows physicaly older looking as a werewolf but she doesnt as a vampire.

zaldaron Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:33 a.m.

oh I wasn't saying this had pedophile only that the comparison with dance in the vampire bund was worrisome. I put dance in the vampire bund right up there with Asstroetto's Toy in that she is a 1000 year old vampire so it is ok...she is a succubus so it is ok...when you have to start trying to explain away reasons you are sexing a child like character you have all ready gone to far.

takashichea moderator on Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:47 a.m.

@zaldar:

Oh my bad. I do agree with Astarotte's Toy. I have seen it. Don't know why I continue watching it until I'm done with it.

Despite that Strike the Blood resort to panty shots and Moe-fication, it wasn't much of a big deal. It's not like those heavy ecchi shows like Freezing Vibration and IS 2 or Ro-Kyu-Bu! that emphasizes lolis. A lot of shows use either sex appeal or cute heroines for their target audience.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 17, 2013 at 1:31 a.m.

@takashichea: @zaldar: would still say Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! wins the most ecchi of the fall 2013.An Asstroetto's Toy didnt do much for me.Dance in the Vampire Bund kinda became predictable 3rd of the way in if i recall right.

Sigh i cant sleep. Sick an i got to drive to hospiital tomorrow :/ tomorrow/today is gona suck.

takashichea moderator on Oct. 17, 2013 at 3:07 p.m.

@Marshal Victory:

I hope you feel better.

I'll leave this link for folks who love this show: Strike the Blood Discussion. You'll see me over there since I'm the wiki editor of that project. I can't drop any shows that I'm working for the wiki despite how bad a show is.

zaldaron Oct. 17, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

@Marshal Victory: what is sad about Astarotte's Toy much like the other very loli show (first grader in love with her teacher) there was a really heartfelt good story beneath all the loli/moe bait. Astarotte's toy eventually turns into a very sweet father daughter type of relationship show. But yeah I can see not getting past the loli bait certainly. Sorry stuff is going bad for you Marshal, haven't seen strongest in the world so can't comment on it. Dance was to much for me.

sifter01on Dec. 22, 2013 at 4:44 a.m.

did any of u guys episode 12 it was freaking awesome kojou has a harem i was screaming like a girl in that episode LOL and my friends says Kojou u lucky bastard xD

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