I’m quite impressed with how quickly Seraph of the End has blown through ALL the introductory bits in order to push our protagonist out into the field. It’s definitely taken a while judging by the fact that there’s only twelve episodes scheduled for this. I have no doubt that a season two will be released in subsequent anime seasons.
To be honest I’m quite curious about Shinoa’s background. She causally brings up her late sister but I wonder what happened way back when. As well, the new squad doesn’t seem to be too keen on welcoming total newbies to the battlefront. The squad is in turn headed by Shinoa and we are also introduced to Mitsuba, a hotheaded twin tails girl who’s really quite hostile to all the newcomers. Luckily for the squad, Guren keeps a tight reign on his subordinates, especially the troublesome ones.
Each Moon Demon squad moves in teams of five and rely heavily on teamwork when fighting vampires beyond the wall. It’s nice to finally see more unique character designs and colour splash onto the screen. The high school scenes, while patiently paced and prepared, have really dragged some of the action down. It seems that outside the demon contract, there’s no real “training” process for the squad. It’s all hands on experience in the field.
“Comrades trump family. Protect them with your life.” – Guren Ichinose
The squad is tasked to go to Harajuku and raid a vampire settlement that’s been holding a group of humans as livestock. For many newbies in the company, they’ll be heading out into the world for the first time on their own. Really not a big fan of Mitsuba’s rough voice acting here.
The episode picks up even before the middle of the episode when the squad encounters a creature chasing after a kid. Seems like Mitsuba is a stickler for rules, refusing to break formation even when she sees a civilian in danger. Of course, she has her own dark back story to share…
Shinoa on the other hand is probably my new current favourite character. Seeing her focused and calm in battle is quite intriguing. Since she’s from one of the main lines, she herself is particularly skilled. Damn, humans using demons to fight monsters and vampires. This world sure is a weird one but as a side note, I’m quite curious to see how the demons view all this, especially because they’ve agreed to help the humans by providing contracts. The manga is still ongoing so there are still some big questions to answer in the original story. Seems like Yuuichirou will become a really unstable factor in combat if his anger takes over… and taking into consideration the part of him that ISN’T all human, plot developments are just waiting to happen.
Back home, Mitsuba is still pretty riled up at Yuuichirou for breaking rules and potentially endangering the entire team. Though it’s pretty hard to stay angry at him after seeing the little girl’s gratitude and happiness. Seriously Mitsuba is a hypocritical person. Thank goodness Shinoa is so understanding and perceptive of all her comrades.
According to our little civilian girl’s intel, the squad heads off to the subway station where the vampires have supposedly stationed their livestock. Props to Shinoa for keeping her members in line. Can’t wait to see how the raid pans out in next week’s episode. SO MUCH was packed into episode seven, so much more than what we usually get in the high school days. SO MUCH SUSPENSE because we’re all literally waiting for the moment when Yuuichirou and Mikaela reunite…
What are you pondering today?