Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisThe Fourth Progenitor—that's the world's strongest vampire that should only exist in legends. Accompanied by twelve Kenjuu and spreading calamity, this phantom vampire appeared in Japan. For the observation and obliteration of this Fourth Primogenitor, the government and Lion King decided to dispatch an attack mage known as a Sword Shaman. However, for some reason, the one chosen for the observation was a apprentice Sword Shaman girl, Himegari Yukina. Wielding the strongest anti-primogenitor spirit spear, Yukina arrived at Demon District, Itogami City. What is the true identity of the Fourth Primogenitor, Akatsuki Kojou, she encountered over there?!
(Source: Baka-Tsuki, edited)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Strike the Blood
Characters & Voice Actors
With all the anime spewing out, there are inevitably some that fail, and some that succeed. Then there are those that neither rises above the sea of mediocrity, nor falls to the pits of inferiority. They simply turn out to be what one would expect it to be: generic. Don’t get me wrong. Every anime has the potential to separate itself from the band of generic mediocrity. Strike the blood is no exception. However, that light at the end of the tunnel is blocked by an onslaught of fanservice, feeble characterisation and mundane storytelling.
Initially interesting, the story gradually adopts the generic high school setting, with supernatural themes thrown in for a good measure. A story is neither as powerful nor as effective, without good characterisation or ongoing conflicts. While Strike the Blood has the latter of the two, it is by no means well executed. Consisting of a mixture of erratic fanservice and inconsistent pacing, the external conflicts are presented in a manner too ludicrous to have any sense of realism. Another issue underlies within the resolution of said conflicts. Contrived deus ex machinas plague the story, conveniently solving problematic situations, and adding a sense of implausibly to an already unrealistic plot. With all that said, there are inevitably, good aspects of the plot. Despite all the unconvincing and arbitrary plot devices, the storytelling itself comes off as interesting and captivating, albeit a bit predictable. This is expected, seeing as Strike the Blood is a light novel adaptation with no lack of resources.
It has become somewhat of a natural occurrence for vampires to be depicted as ethical and for blood sucking to be portrayed as sexually arousing. This does provide a new take from classical vampire flicks of the 70s. However, such approach has become so generic and trite within the anime industry it no longer generates the sense of fascination as it once did. While the topic appears as generic, an even crucial problem underlies within theme of the story. Strike the Blood neglects the important issues regarding a pluralist society. It never addresses the government and society’s perspectives towards the predominantly magical population; nor does it provide any explanations covering the fundamental basics of said creatures. With the introduction of the harem of girls into the story, it becomes clear that Strike the Blood never aimed to address these questions to begin with. Instead, it opts for a more ‘ecchi’ route, filling our screens with random panty shots and various illogical events appearing out of nowhere. These scenes intend to be comical, but more often than not only manage to strike as ludicrous and lacking in credibility. Despite this, Strike the blood maintains a good balance of fanservice and plot, for an ecchi anime at least.
Without solid characterisation of main characters, there is no mechanism for the plot. If there is not an effective plot with identifiable characters, the theme of the story becomes mundane. That’s the problem with Strike the Blood. The largely tsundere cast have recycled personalities nothing outside what one would expect from their stereotypes. As a result, characters have no defining characteristics making them unique in comparison to others. The only objective of these characters is to progress the external plot, since interactions between the protagonist and side characters play little part in the development of internal conflicts. And thus, emotions fail to connect coherently with the plot, since character’s motives, ethics and perspectives are opaque. This lack of character development has a profound effect of the plot, as reflected by the protagonist, Akatsuki Kojou.
As the Fourth Progenitor, Akatsuki seems to encompass many desirable and undesirable traits, most of which eventually ends up contradicting itself. His personality incorporates overused archetypes from many different genres. Initially, Akatsuki gives the impression of being an irrational and clueless person. Furthermore, he gradually exhibits ethical altruism; an undying urge to help others in need. As a result of his selfless actions, he often lands himself in precarious situations, where he is forced to engage in battles of epic proportions. Here, Strike the Blood wastes no time in bombarding us with an endless string of banal platitudes. While this is meant to portray Akatsuki as virtuous and ethical, it has a paradoxical effect of making him seem naïve. As aforementioned, the lack of character development has drastic impacts. Akatsuki, despite having horrific injuries, is a character hard to sympathise with, hard to comprehend, simply because the motivation behind his actions remains a mystery. As quoted from the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge- “no one does everything from a single motive”. Surely ‘friendship’ can’t be the only explanation for his selfless motives. Strike the Blood fails to dig into the inner layers of the characters, only managing to state the obvious.
From the frenetic array of vampiric powers, to giant hairy beasts, Strike the Blood is well animated in most aspects. Animation is fluid, particularly during action scenes, which utilises a variety of CGI effects to accentuate the craziness of the vampiric powers flying across screens. The art consists primarily of vibrant backgrounds and clear imagery. Though not particularly unique in any sense, they are befitting to the light-hearted mood. In more serious scenes however, there is a subtle conversion into a richer, darker colour palette, as to enhance the fantasy action scenes. Personally, the character designs came off as generic. However, if you’re a sucker for anything moe, then the characters will definitely appeal.
Unlike the animation, the music is more of a mixed bag. As a catchy pop song, the Opening is accompanied by well choreographed scenes of the characters showing off their skills. Whereas this properly conveys the fantasy mood, the soundtrack unfortunately, causes quite the opposite effect. Consisting of quirky tunes, the soundtrack is a strange addition that never properly conveys the emotions. Furthermore, the voice acting is substandard. From the bland emotive language, to histrionic fits of rage, characters lack finesse in every aspect. While this is mostly due to mundane scripting, in a broader sense, many factors takes play in the crafting of the unsophisticated characters in this series.
Strike the Blood possesses no defining features; nothing to make it stand out in a crowd of generic anime. The plot is ridden with clichés, and characters fail to connect with the plot, due to their lack of development. Nonetheless, Strike the Blood is entertaining, unless one views it as attentively as I did. Simply lean back and admire the plethora of absurd fanservice that only occurs in anime.
Thunder Kings Review nr.4: Strike the Blood
I followed this anime whole way down to the hell where it have ended. Much virgin blood was sucked and a lot of underwear exposed. Occasionally I enjoyed the ride but the road was rocky and full of holes. Those holes were full of predictable randomness not seen in ages and suited final destination perfectly. Welcome all vampires, witches and loli teachers to my fourth review, enjoy.
The Story 2/10
The best way to describe this shows plot is simply saying that it's harem with vampires and magic. Beginning is generic but fairly interesting, there was some space for development but all hope for the good story is quickly washed away in a couple of episodes. The world that could be interesting setting with different vampire lords and organizations controlling it is never expanded upon and all we see throughout the whole series is one city.
Our protagonist is of course your typical high school student who accidentally happens to be strongest vampire in the world, oh and there are a lot of girls falling for him just because he's a nice guy. And do I have to mention that Itogami City that he's living in is a place that all demons are sent to to live in "secret"?(weekly destroy the city and a lot of explosions scenario)There is nothing outstanding and even decently original or interesting in the Strike the Blood, actually there is no plot! All plot lines are resolved in the series of short arcs, few episodes long each. Episodic nature at least suit Strike the Blood as one per week time waster. I doubt that I would care to watch something with no overall plot, episode after episode constantly.
Ok so we know that there is arguably no plot, then what's with those episodic arcs? Well this is old shounen formula done even worse than usual. Villain of the week appear, our main character can't bit him but then just get power up by turning his vampire urges on and sucking blood out of the one of attractive girls in the show (read, any girl in the show). It ended with me just waiting for some girl to undress and be done with it. It was funny first time but seriously EVERY time?! It's one of the most predictable shows I've seen, and not only in anime but overall. The only times when you'll be surprised will be those moments when they introduce new characters or threats to the city. I doubt I've ever seen such random plot twists. There is absolutely no foreshadowing, everything is just slapt in your face.
Strike the Blood doesn't handle its more serious plot twists well, actually when serious stuff happening your only motivation for keeping watching is another ecchi moment or some short fight scene. Fight scenes can be fairly enjoyable, at least from the beginning, but there is barely any tactic involved and all characters are just screaming names of their insane shounen attacks again and again and again... Overall I think that best parts of the show was those that nothing happens in and all the characters were just fooling around. Seriously, comedy parts were the only thing I was interested in and every week I prayed to myself for as much of it as possible. Too bad that I'm just God of thunder.
I don't want to spoil wonderful ending for you, just know the word that describe it best: random.
The Animation and the Art 6/10
Animations in Strike the blood are fluid, especially in fight scenes. Characters are well drawn and there are some really attractive girls out there if you're in for that kind of stuff. Some backgrounds may be call beautiful and overall animation and art stands on more than decent level, but is drowned down by some cgi. What this anime misses is original art style, especially on characters. There is nothing that make me remember how characters looked. I can barely remember which girl had which hair style. On the other side you usually doesn't remember pretty girl from the porn video you watched so I guess it's fine.
The Sound 6/10
Both openings were ok, at least when it comes to watching them once per week. There is absolutely no reason for watching the ending songs if you don't like the songs. Overall soundtrack wasn't bad and was kind of nice background music but nothing more than that. There was no tracks that stand out enough to make me listing to them afterwards, I'm sad every time it happens. Music is very important to every show and this anime really needed something to make up for the random story. Sadly music wasn't this something.
As far as voice acting goes I don't have anything special to say about it, it wasn't bad but I heard better.
The Characters 4/10
In show with such a troublesome plot there should be great characters to make up for it. When characters in Strike the blood aren't worst I've seen, they are not that great either. Our main male lead, Akatsuki Kojou is fairly likeable but also fairly generic teenager that a lot of girls are falling for just because he's a vampire that sucked their blood. There is also our main female lead Himeragi Yukina. She can handle herself in a fight and are ready to beat up Akatsuki every time he do some perverted thing he doesn't actually done. There are of course few other girls that are there to interact with Kojou in interesting ways ("cough", fanservice). Some characters have interesting backstories to them when others have almost none. We get to know most things about most secondary characters within duration of few sentences. So basically we don't have a reason to care about most characters in the show.
Our main cast get some simple character development, but it's very slow development and by the shows end characters aren't much different than by its start.
I guess all characters do their job as plot devices, even if they are there whole time to do something important only once. Just don't go in this show expecting some interesting individuals with their own ideologies that actually makes sens. Villains are unworthy of mentioning. When most characters are mediocre, villains in this anime are below that standard. Their goals are simple and simply evil. At least we have decent quantity of attractive girls to look at.
The Enjoyment 5/10
When Strike the Blood doesn't try to be serious it's actually quite enjoyable. Too bad that it didn't have more comedy or maybe some overall plot but I guess it would not work with that sort of show. There is nothing outstanding about it, soundtrack and animations are just decent. You can still probably like it more than I do if you really like anime stereotypes and you didn't grew tired of them yet.
Strike the blood is rather mediocre show that failed when it counts the most. What we got is vampire teenagere with harem of girls, a lot of anime stereotypes, good comedy that was a light in the dark in this show, messy "plot" that ended in a very random way and a group of rather weak characters. It wasn't worst thing that I've seen and sometimes you need something mediocre to appreciate better works.
Same type of main character the type that becomes stronger by interacting with females
Both are Fantasy/Action/Romance relating to fairy tales and gods.
+ Strong Male Main Character
+ Unique Female support characters
+ Both have great action
+ Similar Atmosphere (OP Main vs. Antagonist)
+ Both main characters have set of strong abilities that surpass others.
Fantasy shows with magical battles and harem in it, similar badass cast. Also both main chars gets stronger with every girl they get.
The main character in Campione! is a lot more manlier and is overall better with his harem girls. Also, the fights are more epic because he's kicking asses of GODS.
Ecchi-supernatural-harem shows with multiple sexy female characters and a strong male lead. The male leads are not perverted but nonetheless get into arousing situation with their harem.
The overall concept of both shows are similiar. Guy meets girl, guy gets strong, guy gets harem.
The main characters are both beings with so much power they are practically world powers. Both have an organization that allows a girl to serve the main character. Both have magic societies that are also affiliated with the powerful beyond like the main characters.
- A normal guy becomes one of the most powerful beings on earth overnight.
- His powers are associated with 10/12 animals and creatures.
- He suddenly gets surrounded by females, who fall for him one after the other.
- He gets stronger with every new member of his harem.
- Unlike many harem animes, he isn't totally oblivious to their feelings.
- Kusanagi Godou and Akatsuki Kojou have similar personalities.
- Gods from real legends VS. fictional demons & vampires.
- Gets stronger through kissing VS. sucking blood from the girls (but please note that the blood sucking is at least as ecchi as the kissing).
- In Campione! the girls are more open with their feelings (especially Erica Blandelli) than in Strike the Blood.
Same type of main character the type that becomes stronger by interacting with females
Both MCs depend on the women around them to get stronger. Both contain some comedy too and are really enjoyable to watch.
Male protagonist unlocks new powers after physical contact with female main characters. As battle progresses, main character's harem grows.
Both animes possess these qualities:
A Harem that develops around a resisting main character
a main character that is rather likable in a harem anime
Supernatural elements:Vampires and demons in Strike the blood and in Campione! there are magic and gods
both main characters are some of the strongest beings on the planet(the MC of Campione is literally god-like)
and an echii-ish scene begins when they want to unlock their powers(Strike the Blood: blood sucking, Campione: a rather deep kiss)
Both powers were given ,Both have harems, Both are OP as hell, Both are in a way supernatural.
-Kiss vs Suck Blood (so hot and ecchi for both)
hence become more powerful~
-Harem Harem Harem!!!!!!!
-Bunch of super-natural
Both of the main character gains power not only by their harems but sometime by the defeats of their opponent.
Both anime will keep your blood boil hot!
The protagonists in both series control multiple avatars within them, but are still inexperienced in their use. Both heroines of these series belong to a secret magic organizations and more experienced in both the use of magic and combat than the protagonists. Both protagonists need the girls in the series to gain something in order to win the fight, in Campione! Godou has to kiss the to gain new information and in Strike the Blood Kojou needs to drink their blood to unlock a new avatar.
-annoying girl bothers the MC constantly and berates him when he's in contact with other girls
-futuristic fantasy setting
-every other girl is more interesting the MC girl
-magic and technology meet
-MC has lots of bad luck(?)
-visually they looked the same or are very similar
-if all else fails, wait for the MC to get "personally" angry
though Index>Strike the Blood
MC punched the bad guys in the face
large harem cast
in a 'separated' fictional futuristic city
deals with supernatural elements
high chuuni materials
The worlds presented in both anime feel very similar, both dealing with magic and the supernatural with a government influence. The protagonists have the same attitude towards the issues they are presented with.
The settings take place on an island/in a city built by a mysterious man for a certain purpose. The main protagonists were originally normal people before the start of the series until they got mixed up with matters involving magic and science. Each hero possesses a unique ability that allows them to defeat enemies from the Church. Both also have a female sidekick belonging to a certain magical organization. The protagonists both have a male classmate that seems to know more than they actually tell and that also belongs to a magic faction. The heroes end fights with a side punch to the jawbones of enemies. They save girls and both have harems without putting much effort.
The setting takes place inside a futuristic city where magic and science powers coexist. The male leads have a large female harem, probably because of the male leads' habit of always helping damsels in distress, with no regard to their own lives. Both male leads' signature finishing move is to punch their opponents in an exaggerated manner.
The protagonist of SUTORAIKU ZA BURADDO, Vampire Accelerator Touma, appears to be just a simple-minded high school Touma who spends his days Toumaing around in not-Academy City, a high-tech city where science and magic blah blah, etc. But in reality, he is the strongest Touma of them all with the power to vampire both science and magic with his right Touma. Accompanying Vampire Accelerator Touma as he white-knights kute girls and fights quirky villains is A Certain Magical Mikasa, his tsundere kouhai with electricity-based powers who constantly attaches herself to him, wanted or not. Vampire Accelerator Touma just wants to finish his summer homework and ride the monorail, but something something science magic wacky hijinx and fight scenes. Fukou da.
Similar feel with a fight of demons, religions, and angels. Both have very great action and comedy scenes. Hopefully strike the blood will get as much content as raildex has.
-Both series involves science and magic, and both take place in an especific city (Academy City/Itogami City). The difference is that Academy City is a science city and Itogami is a magical city.
-Both series involves an average main character (Touma/Akatsuki) with an strange power that often gives him problems. Both characters are better known by their nicknames (Imagine Breaker/Fourth Progenitor).
-Both series involves a heroine (Index/Himeragi) affiliated to a secret magical organization (Necessarius/Lion King). Also both series involves a very skilled tsundere girl (Misaka/Himeragi) who is in love with the main character.
The setting and characters in both anime are quite similar, and both mix magic and science.
Both involve magic
Both have supernatural powers
Strike the blood focuses on the vampire side whislt Index focuses on the human side
- Plot lines are excellent
- Ratings are 9+
You won't regret it
Opening Theme#1: "Strike the Blood (ストライク・ザ・ブラッド )" by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets (eps 2-7, 9-13)
#2: "Fight 4 Real" by ALTIMA (eps 14-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Strike the Blood (ストライク・ザ・ブラッド)" by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets (ep 1)
#2: "Strike my soul" by Yuka Iguchi (eps 2-13)
#3: "signal" by Kanon Wakeshima (eps 14-24)
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