From Magic Capsule comes the third installation of the series that no one liked: Strike the Blood.
Generally speaking, you watch shounen to get hyped and shoujo to catch feels. Similarly, you watch ecchi when you're in the mood for some eye candy. Not to say that these are the only reasons, but just what you would expect a person to look for in these genres.
My problem with Strike the Blood is that, despite all its tags - Action, Ecchi, Fantasy, Supernatural, and Vampire - it never thoroughly explores any of them, and instead tries to be decent
in all fronts.
As for action, most of it is limited to our favorite immortal vampire throwing one or more of his familiars at the opponent, and maybe Himeragi and possibly a few other members of the harem pitching in with their signature moves. Especially in this season, it feels like Akatsuki is a child playing Pokemon, but he's just spamming all of his cards as fast as he can. It's stale and dull and not the best. But hey, at least they tried.
The ecchi parts were never really great, but they've gotten even worse this time. Fantasy is basically what the story is built on, but the story isn't really exceptional either. Supernatural and Vampire pretty much drive the plot by introducing another baddie that Akatsuki will inevitably beat up and/or add to his harem. It gets dull, just like Himeragi's catchphrase quote every time Akatsuki says something along the lines of, "This is my fight!"
I don't like the story because every arc is always going to end up being another way for Akatsuki to bond with one or more girls, usually Himeragi and sometimes Asagi, because these are the two he eventually marries in the future. Also, every time they overhype a villain, they have to rush to finish the arc in time, and the final fight ends up having little to no buildup and the conclusion is extremely unsatisfying. There are plot holes literally everywhere you look, which makes it a little more difficult to focus on the measly sliver of a plot that exists.
Soundtrack is mediocre, and there's nothing more to say about it. Voice acting isn't half bad. I had to take an extra point off of characters because my personal favorite, headphones guy, didn't get as much screentime. You could base the entire series off of him and this anime would be a lot more interesting. The maid is also pretty badass, but a little too one-dimensional to be a good character.
All the characters have plot armor. To be more specific, Akatsuki Kojou and his friends have plot armor, and the villains have the opposite: they always lose. This makes for almost no character development, meaning that all the girls in the show who have no personality are stuck that way, and the main female lead herself can't even break out of the cardboard cutout of a character she is. Not to mention her cringy lines, which are corny as hell and recycled more than the jokes.
Speaking of the humor, most of it stems from the harem (just like everything else). It's usually one or more of the girls slapping or blaming Akatsuki for an awkward situation or misunderstanding that he has no control over. Asagi and Kirisaka are extremely prone to this, but Himeragi usually uses her staff-thing instead. It gets really repetitive and it's almost predictable now.
Strike the Blood was the first anime series I watched and finished, so I feel like I have this strange urge to see it through. If you've made it this far, you probably have similar reasons. But if you don't, I suggest you drop this show immediately, because it is just bad. And if you do, be warned that the third season is the worst of the three.