Episode 2 Rating: 3/5 happy clouds These next two episodes of GATE give us a pretty good impression of exactly how this series is going to pan out. Since the rest of the world seems content in leaving Japan to … Continue reading
Rating: 3.5/5 curiously excited clouds Itami Youji, age thirty-three, lives his life prioritizing his otaku hobbies above all else. He goes about his everyday life usually daydreaming about his video games and favourite characters, your average otaku Joe. One day … Continue reading
Episode 12 Rating: 4/5 complacent clouds We actually open the episode rather calmly this week, using Shinoa’s perspective to infiltrate the latest laboratories in the military. After the entire battle and Yu’s berserk ordeal, Guren has locked himself up in … Continue reading
Rating: 4/5 curious clouds S**T HITS THE FAN THIS EPISODE when Yu meets with Mika on the battlefield. Both are dumbstruck and utterly unprepared for this. The battle breaks out between Shinoa’s unit and the noble vampires. Mika forcibly takes … Continue reading
Rating: 3.5/5 curiously excited clouds The fight for Shinjuku begins in this episode, specialized forces seems scarce when every front line requires extra squad backups. The main point of this episode was to FINALLY reveal Mika and Yuuichirou to each … Continue reading
“The battlefield is the best way to become stronger… that is, if you don’t die.” – Guren Ichinose Episode 8 Rating: 4/5 curious clouds It’s up to episode eight of Seraph of the End that in retrospect I really wish … Continue reading
Rating: 4/5 curious clouds 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 … Continue reading
Rating: 4/5 curious clouds The episode starts off with the personal demon battles in each boy’s subconscious. Shihou has to battle with his sister while Yuuchirou struggles with his burdened past. Interestingly enough, it’s the contradiction of his lust for … Continue reading
Episode 4 Rating: 4/5 curious clouds It seems all too ironic that in order to fight vampires, humans enlist the help of demons, equally as dark creatures, to harness enough power for themselves. When Yuuichirou is transferred into the Demon … Continue reading
What I love about Seraph of the End episodes thus far is that each episode so cleverly introduces a new part of the world to us and pushes Yu forward in its own little way. This week, we’re introduced to the concept of “cursed weapons” and the demon contracts that come with the Moon Demon Company.
Yoichi, Yu’s new friend, is hounded down by his previous bullies so that he can help them find their friend. If you remember in previous episodes, the bullies snuck into the Forbidden Chamber part of the school which is – you know – “forbidden” which is why their friend “disappeared.”
Shinoa reveals that the Forbidden Chamber is one of the “wonders of the school.” The particular area is actually a training facility for Vampire Extermination Unit members…. Actually, the entire school is a Vampire Extermination training area. A demon is locked underground the school and those who resist the pull of its evil energy are later recruited into the extermination unit.
I suppose this is the first of many of Yu’s “headlong charges into danger” because though he’s heard so much about the demons preying on humans and their hateful energy, he charges right into another student’s test, disarms him and goes into the test himself. Yu easily breaks out of the demon trance and returns to his own mind though. Despite being haunted by memories of his family’s death, he approaches demons and monsters fearlessly with only one thing in mind, revenge. Surprisingly he’s immensely clearheaded with who and how his family members were. Seems like people keep underestimating him.
My favourite scene is probably the twist at the end of the episode where we see the demon noble, who Yu supposedly slayed, not dead; and Mikaela, Yu’s beloved best friend, alive, and with the demons.
What are you pondering today?