Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2013 to Mar 28, 2014
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.571 (scored by 39941 users)
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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
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The tags "Action, Ecchi, Fantasy, School, Shounen, Vampire, Supernatural" actually summarize the show pretty well, with the exception of "school" perhaps. If you want to watch a normal guy who stumbles upon ridiculous powers and then proceeds to save the world and get a lot of female attention; then here you go.
One of the things to appreciate here is that what you see is what you get. It's a straightforward anime you can get some escapism/ good sequences out of (be them of the girls or of the action). I also think that the first few episodes are quite representative of the series as a whole; so your interest should be fairly easy to gauge early on.
7/10 - as expected, the story isn't outstanding, it simply does its job here. Strike the blood's strong point is not going to be its plot. The story works in arcs, with new villains/ girls being added or focused on in each arc. There are some overall trends and developments but its nothing special. I'd call it overly simplistic - however actually for a show that I watched to just distract myself for an hour or so I found this to be a positive. I'm not sure if some of the satire or irony that came across was intended, but if it was then I tip my hat to the writers.
The story does work for the genre(s) in mind here - pretty much the plot will be bent to better accommodate scenes where Kojou can be a hero or save the girl or can get into a better fight. But that's fine because that's why people will watch the show in the first place.
Without wanting to give too much away, I think certain plot devices were quite clever. Overall I think the plot serves its function quite well, but because the plot is obviously going to be side-lined in such a series there is a limit to how good it is.
9/10 - Probably the anime's best point is the art. The characters designs, as well as the background and effects for fights, etc. are well done and ultimately are very effective. The art style is certainly easy on the eyes, and the sequences often fit the anime well.
I can't really think of many negatives here - perhaps some money was saved on certain designs but in my opinion the art here almost makes the show.
7/10 - Like most modern animes, there really isn't much to comment on here as its just simply decent. I thought the OPs were fine, as were the endings. They are not something I'd personally want to listen to outside of the show, alongside the background music, but they contribute pretty much as you'd expect them too.
The voice acting here is good as far as I can tell. Kojou isn't meant to be super charismatic so it fits the plot, but its nothing to write home about.
6/10 - The characters are ok, given that the pretense of the show is to break character models and focus on action and harem.
Kojou is (axiomatically) fairly likable and for most people easy to relate to. This is no surprise given the escapism theme (/self insert theme). I don't particularly like Kojou, and I found him a bit overly simplistic. But the fact that I have an opinion is evidence for him actually having a character (which is more than can be said for certain animes in similar genres).
The girls are all quite distinct and well developed, apart from their at times inexplicable devotion to Kojou (but then again, harem). I think Himeragi Yukina probably has the best developed character, and she actually has some development/ perspective added, although this is also stunted because of the harem nature of the show.
The villains are, in general, awful and almost completely one dimensional. But it doesn't really matter because most of the time they are on screen they just get destroyed by Kojou.
Tl;dr - it's harem, don't expect interesting or insightful characters. For a harem, the characters are ok.
8/10 - Although the show has its flaws, its quite good fun to watch, and I found it a nice contrast to studying. Because of the art and arc-type plot, it's something that could quite easily be re-watched or returned to, which is a positive IMO.
I would say that your enjoyment of this anime is very dependent on how much you enjoy action and/or harem and/or supernatural genres. The Kojou/Yukina relationship is ok to follow, but this is not a romance anime, and it's something I'd recommend watching when you want to have a break rather than something to stimulate your brain.
7/10. Again, the art, the escapism and the straightforward nature of this show are its strong points. It's generic, but I'd say it beats most other shows in similar genres. Why? There's nothing that groundbreaking, just a few subtle nuances that go unnoticed individually but actually contribute to making this show quite enjoyable. Unfortunately the show does fall flat on its face at times for taking itself too seriously and shoe-horning itself into arcing episodes, where it probably had potential to be a better overall show if it avoided this. As is, it remains something lighthearted that most young guys will probably enjoy once or twice (if you enjoy the first few episodes, you'll enjoy the rest. Despite the flaws, there is something to be appreciated here.) read more
My expectations for Strike the Blood were simple: I wanted lots of action with some romance thrown in. Instead, I feel like I got the opposite. Overall, I was disappointed in some areas and pleasantly surprised in others. Though I don't regret watching it, I wish the show had only 12 episodes instead of 24.
To put it simply, the story for this show is mediocre. It isn't outstanding, but nor is it bad. It simply fulfills its duty to carry along the main premise of the show, which focuses more on the relationships between characters (primarily, of course, between the leading hero Koujo and the ladies). The show is divided into several arcs, which range from 2-5 episodes long. After the first few arcs, a general pattern of events begins to emerge and repeat itself. Though this has no real severe implication on the show, it does make it a bit predictable.
The only significant issue I have with the plot is that it never addresses the circumstances in which Kojou becomes the Fourth Progenitor. Though it is mentioned several times in the show and there are a few short flashbacks, the questions surrounding Kojou's mysterious transformation are left unanswered--though I suppose that if there's a possibility for a second season they could be answered then.
By far the best thing about this show was the art. Very crisp, exciting animation, with exciting colors and fantastic fight choreography totally fulfilled my expectations. Character designs were spectacular, the magic was interesting, and the scenery was beautiful.
The sound was not particularly memorable. It, like the plot, fulfilled its purpose, though unless you're paying attention, it's not very noticeable. The OPs and endings were fine, but not anything out of the ordinary.
The characters in a romantic show, especially a harem, are its driving force, and I feel like this is where Strike The Blood's mediocrity prevails.
I found the main character, Kojou a bit two-dimensional and simplistic. He was likeable, handsome, decent, heroic, and pretty much everything a good (but not particularly interesting) protagonist should be. He had only a few minor flaws, leaving little room for character development or improvement.
The girls in the show, however, are a different story. Their personalities are more clearly defined and more developed than Kojou's, and they don't really follow archetypes, so they're certainly more interesting. Himeragi, the female lead, is the most developed, and she undergoes the most noticeable character development in the whole show.
The one thing that bugged me most about the girls, however, is that no matter how smitten they were with the main character, they constantly berated him, calling him an indecent pervert even in situations that are totally out of his control (this is especially true of the main female character, Himeragi.) Though I can understand that this was meant to be comedic relief, hearing "HENTAI" screamed in various high pitched girly voices episode after episode starts to grate on one's nerves.
Supporting/side characters were incredibly bland. For example, Kojou's male friend with headphones was so underdeveloped that those are the only two things I can remember about him. A few side characters, like the First Progenitor, could have been really interesting, but they were sort of put on the back burner to all of the romance going on.
This is the sort of show I'd recommend to someone who wanted to shut off their brain for a while, watch some cool magic, and see a couple panty shots. It certainly wasn't bad, and I can't say I disliked it, but overall, it fell straight into the mediocre category. read more
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.
Both MCs become a powerful being after an event and gets involved with beautiful girls through out the series
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.
It wouldn't be surprising to see 'Strike the Blood' popped up in people's minds if they had previously seen 'Toaru Majutsu no Index'. In terms of superiority, 'Toaru Majutsu no Index' is the master while 'Strike the Blood' is the apprentice in a world filled with various supernatural beings. Both these series demonstrate that with teamwork and perseverance, battles can be won by either single-handedly overpowering your opponents or having support beside you in the most dire of situations.
'Toaru Majutsu no Index' draws upon different perceptions from various characters not to mention multiple main ones who could form a connection with the viewers with only a few encounters. There aren't a lot of your so-called typical harem and comedy which is one of the standouts of this series and that alone gives it a certain quality as to how 'Toaru Majutsu no Index' should be remembered. Adding to the clean and exciting quality battles throughout the series, this is the icing on the cake.
'Strike the Blood' focuses a lot of their appeal on the girls fanservice mixture and place their chips solely on a single male character powerhouse. The mild and short battles lacks appeal every now and then due to the fact that it is devoting a lot on the harem nature which is a make or break situation because in that one instant you will either like them or hate them, disliking fanservice is technically a killer right here.
-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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