‘Strike the Blood‘, as the named suggests, is a show about a character who sets out to satisfy his own lust for blood. With quite a predictable premise, you dwell into an adventure that involves vampires and a whole lot of gore, making this anime not-so-suitable for kids. Based on a light novel of the same name and written by Gakuto Mikumo, ‘Strike the Blood’ is an anime that barely makes an attempt to stand out from others of its kind. It shares some obvious similarities with anime like ‘Blood +‘ and ‘Vampire Knight‘ and is basically driven by the standard “conflict and solution approach.”
Every new arc of its story brings in a new issue or a character that changes the pace of the anime and then this is followed by the protagonist’s hunt for solving this problem. There are instances where it makes an attempt to bring out some uniqueness by introducing characters who are not vampires but after a point of time, you can easily get used to its fantastically diverse universe.
Now since it’s a supernatural fantasy anime, one would at least expect its action to be something that will completely blow you out of the water. In this case, most of the action scenes play out well but it’s a little disappointing to see how the show’s focus goes more on its fan service. Thankfully there are no generic “beach episodes” in this show and it sticks to its formulaic approach of “resolving conflicts”. And like every vampire story, this one too has a little bit of romance which remains undeveloped throughout its span of 3 seasons. So if you’re looking for a typical vampire show that fleshes out deep interspecies romantic relationships, this is not the anime you would want to go for.
No matter how typical most aspects of this anime maybe, what’s really appreciable is how it makes no attempt to give you any kind of false hopes. It’s pretty straight forward about what it wants to portray and just by watching a few episodes of it, you can determine what you can expect from the entire series. There are a few episodes that are literally representative of the entire series so it won’t be hard for you to gauge an early impression about the whole show.
Strike the Blood Season 3 Release Date:
Season 1 of ‘Strike the Blood’ premiered on October 4, 2019 and with a total of 24 episodes, it ended on March 28, 2014. This was followed by season 2 which aired from Nov 23, 2016 to May 24, 2017. And finally, Season 3 premiered on December 19, 2018 and ended recently on September 25, 2019.
Strike the Blood Season 3 English Dub:
The English dub of ‘Strike the Blood’ is available on Crunchyroll.
Strike the Blood Season 3 Plot:
Kojou Akatsuki is an ordinary school kid who tries his best to stay out of trouble. But his world completely changes when one day, he finds himself with the remarkable abilities of a vampire. Soon after getting into this new world of the supernatural, he gets to know that he is the fourth primogenitor-an extremely strong vampire who is considered to be a legend. This not only makes him feel overpowered above all of his kind but also evokes fear in the minds of those around him and out of this fear, the Lion King Organization sends out a powerful swordsman, Yukina Himeragi, to monitor him. But with a twist of events, Kojou and Yukina end up joining forces to protect their city from emerging sinister forces.
Strike the Blood Season 3 Review:
Starting off with the story, ‘Strike of Blood’ season 3 is no different from its predecessors and the only thing that’s new about it is its involvement of new characters and villains. You can expect a balance of Harem, Ecchi, Fantasy and Vampires which will certainly entertain you but not offer anything distinctive. Sooner or later, most viewers will get tired of its repetitive approach but if that works well for you, then go ahead and watch season 3.
When it comes to the technical side of it, Connect Studio has done a fairly decent job with its visuals, especially the fight scenes. The characters who belong to all kinds of distant worlds have the perfect designs and even their body languages are able to represent their true nature. The soundtracks used in the anime come off as a mixed bag and though all of them really suit the overall themes, somehow their focus seems to be a little off. The dialogues are quite cheesy with nothing special about them but its the amazing voice acting that makes these sound a lot better.
In conclusion, if you’re not a fan of the series, this season will not change your opinion about it but if you’ve enjoyed watching it so far, this season will again not disappoint you. There’s nothing stellar about ‘Strike the Blood’ season 3 and it’s certainly not the kind of show that you would want to watch again and again. But if you’re just looking for a simple straightforward anime that offers nothing more than what meets the eye, this one is a pretty decent one-time-watch anime.
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