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 1 Shlugo the great, Fri, 4th Oct '13 2:22:21 PM Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
Master of Fate
The Fourth PrimogenitoróThat'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!?

The first episode was pretty interesting. The story seems solid from what little we know, setting is pretty cool and kind of remind me of To aru series.

. Animation is really good. Everything is so nice looking and flows fluidly. The first episode could use a bit more action but it's no major complaint.

But what really endeared me to this show are the leads. They communicate. They actually managed to talk things out like a reasonable people and not artificial feeling characters acting like dumbasess because the plot demands so. And they are both give pretty good impression.

This show has potential.

 2 KSPAM, Sat, 5th Oct '13 8:06:59 AM from the ocean Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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I agree with pretty much everything said here. Plus, the "magic integrated with modern society" thing really appealed to me, especially since they didn't try to use magitek to do it.
I've got new mythological machinery, and very handsome supernatural scenery.

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Not anime one
I think average/good index clone can't hurt anyone (not that I find index all that great, but it doesn't hurt either). Will stick with it probably until end.

edited 5th Oct '13 8:59:25 AM by Tenzen12

 4 kiukiuclk, Sat, 5th Oct '13 9:14:27 AM from 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693 Relationship Status: My TiMER is ticking
Honestly, I only looked bc of that OP and the fact that very little stands out this season. It...was a little better than I thought. I liked that they rushed past the intro, which makes it seem like it's going somewhere. There seemed to be a bit of an Info Dump at the beginning, although it wasn't bad. How good it is depends on where it goes past that.

 5 Another Duck, Sat, 5th Oct '13 3:59:06 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
Episode 1. In which it kind of generically begins.

I wonder how many stories start with, "Hey, have you heard?" Especially ghost stories. And that introduction of that character sounds pretty much like your average harem protagonist. Or rumours of one, rather.

"It's not like you're a vampire." Obvious truthiness of her phrasing aside, I like Asagi's design. And the male friend's. Kojou himself is rather bland looking.

Yukina's voice is familiar... But even if I do know several other characters by the same voice actress, I can't really place it.

Horse against polearm. There's only one outcome.

It's both kind of obvious and ridiculous how Magic Skirt and Panty Shot can be used in alternate like that depending on the situation. It kind of breaks immersion for me more than either does on their own.

Anyway, I kinda liked the characters so far, though we didn't really see much aside from Kojou and Yuki. Yes, they communicate, and Yuki rather quickly decides that he's harmless rather than keep trusting false premises. And she's kinda cute.

The ED is actually the OP, right? Looked like it.
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Liked it, but some stuff seemed really odd and out of place animation wise - almost like they were using assets from another show to fill out this one. Don't know if that's supposed to mean anything or not. Assuming this is Anime Original and only running for one cour, they're going to have a lot of ground to cover if the core cast will be as large as the OP suggests.

Panic!
Nice setting, nice characters. Will be watching this. Silver Link adaptation number 6 for me.note 

 8 Rem, Sun, 6th Oct '13 12:03:45 PM Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
[up][up] It's not anime original.

Good art, above-par direction (Camera, audio effects, et cetera. Not spectacular, but impressive nonetheless), and nice attention to detail. The main character's hair is a bit odd, considering that, given the art-style, using weird colours to make him stand out is unnecessary, but the animators probably didn't make that decision, so whatever.

I like the characters, or at least what they've seen of them, and the wallet-returning scene is refreshing in comparison to all of the, "You risked your life to save mine, ergo you're not so bad!" crap this genre is usually filled with. It had some pretty good plothooks, too. Still, I get the impression the story won't be even close to over by the end of the anime, which is always a pain.
Fire, air, water, earth...legend has it that when these four elements are gathered, they will form the fifth element...boron.
Panic!
Still, I get the impression the story won't be even close to over by the end of the anime, which is always a pain.

That's...that's the curse...of Light Novel adaptations(and Manga, and Visual Novels)...sad

 10 Another Duck, Sun, 6th Oct '13 3:36:18 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
Visual novels tend to be much better at it, since games tend to have ends, unlike serialised media. However, in ones where you can pick a route, it's kind of a toss-up if they pick a route and stick with it, with modified events from other routes, or of they half-ass it and do no route with modified events from all routes and not reach a conclusion because of it.

Harem series (or series close enough, with one or maybe two major male characters and most of the rest of the significant cast female) tend to never end and just drag it on as long as they can milk it. Unless they focus on stuff other than the romance.
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Episode 1: Kind of generic, but I enjoyed watching it. The characters are good. I agree with whoever compared this to the Raildex franchise.

edited 7th Oct '13 6:36:12 AM by fillerdude

 12 Another Duck, Fri, 11th Oct '13 2:53:13 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
Episode 2. In which there's punching.

"Never fear, for I have cardboard boxes!" Well, paraphrased. Kind of reminds me of a certain someone who'd say the same about duct tape. Though she'd leave out the "Never".

Someone's more than a little sheltered. But to be fair, you can use that as a flame thrower if you modify it slightly. Like making sure the nozzle can stand the heat, and add a lighter of some sort.

Natsuki-chan could be interesting. Depends.

Kind of interesting to have a team picture showing someone being alone, and not at any of the edges.
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 13 Shlugo the great, Fri, 11th Oct '13 5:43:15 PM Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
Master of Fate
Episode 2. In which everyone acts reasonable and the main characters hit it off.

There's something refreshing about how friendly they are with each other. Makes the inevitable romance much more believable.

"You wanna go shopping, but you got to observe me... so want me to go with you?" Akatsuki is such a thoughtful observation subject. The shopping scene was very funny.

Also the nosebleeds. Heh a vampire with nosebleeds. [lol]

I liked the look into Akatsuki head. This guy has it figured out, not letting power get to is head, and knowing that he might well screw up if he tried to use it to change the world. Though of course he won't be allowed to remain neutral for long.

And here we have the obligatory adult loli. Lets hope she can distinguish herself from other ten million of her kind.

Yes, Vague council of Vagueness, send a teenage girl after the most powerful vampire in the world, I'm sure it'll work out just fine. Also how you expect her to remain unbiased if it took you all of two seconds to notice that he's totally her kind and she's likely to develop a crush on him?

We get the situation explained somewhat. So Akatsuki can break the political balance between the Progenitors.

Ah, Catholic Church, we can always count on you to provide antagonists in any urban fantasy story.

Wee, we get action! Animation was good, and the fight looked just plain cool. BTW, did anyone honestly though Akatsuki won't follow her?

Next episode, we'll probably see Fourth Progenitor power. Awesome.

After two episodes, Strike the Blood is my favourite anime of the season.
 14 KSPAM, Sat, 12th Oct '13 12:20:30 PM from the ocean Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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[up]Pretty much my reaction (although KLK is better imo)
I've got new mythological machinery, and very handsome supernatural scenery.

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 15 Another Duck, Sat, 12th Oct '13 12:47:38 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
[up]Nah.
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I was thinking of dropping this after ep 1, but after this episode I've decided to keep watching; it was actually very good!

Also how you expect her to remain unbiased if it took you all of two seconds to notice that he's totally her kind and she's likely to develop a crush on him?

Well, it could be that the lady behind the screen has an odd sense of humor but...wild mass guessmaybe they don't want her to be unbiased and she's actually an unwitting Honey Trap.wild mass guess Farfetched, but that would be kinda interesting...

 17 Shlugo the great, Sat, 12th Oct '13 3:47:05 PM Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
Master of Fate
That'd actually be a pretty cool twist.
 18 Rynnec, Sat, 12th Oct '13 4:16:40 PM Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Mercenary
So far this anime is good, but it's not exactly "anime of the season" material for me. Just feels very by the numbers.
"I'll show you fear, there is no hell, only darkness."

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Panic!
Episode 2:

  • As expected, Kojou got a new neighbour. For better observation!
  • Introducing Natsuki, Kojou's English teacher. She's such a little ki- I mean, she's kinda short for agenote . Ehehehehe...
  • Yes, Yukina. The chainsaw is a most valuable weapon indeed. Tools of its kind are effective when battling hordes of the undead.tongue
  • The Lion King Organization's not to be trusted? Thanks for the heads up, Natsuki! Kojou will surely avoid it and any of its members now. Except you're already too late.tongue
  • Kojou's got a little sister? Honestly thought that he was alone.
  • Eh? A holy man wielding a axe? He must be a War Monk!tongue The fight was awesome.
  • Of course Kojou would be sad if you died, Yukina. That's why he followed you and did a life-saving punch.smile Will Kojou show off some Fourth Progenitor awesomesauce!?

edited 12th Oct '13 9:46:18 PM by Diamite

 20 kiukiuclk, Sat, 12th Oct '13 10:50:56 PM from 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693 Relationship Status: My TiMER is ticking
Koujo is a very polite observation target.

Himeragi and Nagisa look waaaay to much alike. You can tell them apart, but making them more distinct would help.

Someone takes their observing really seriously. No misunderstandings yet. I'm impressed it held off that long.

Hopefully, something interesting will happen.

edited 13th Oct '13 6:10:24 AM by kiukiuclk

 21 Ironypus, Sun, 13th Oct '13 12:16:04 AM from Australia Relationship Status: Drift compatible
I was surprised at how pleasant this show is to watch, it seemed like it was going to be kind of generic and boring but then all the main characters turned out to be pretty cool guys.

And yeah, it seems like the Lion King's trying to get Akatsuki on side via a Honey Trap.

edited 13th Oct '13 12:17:08 AM by Ironypus

It's definitely generic at first glance. It still kinda is, upon closer inspection. It's just that it's fun watching the two leads do stuff. They actually talk like reasonable people, for one thing.

Episode 2: Yukina's cuteness rating rose rapidly because of her comment about cardboard boxes. The action scenes were also good, though brief.

 23 Another Duck, Fri, 18th Oct '13 4:15:06 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
Episode 3. In which blood is struck.

So, the first thing that happens is that the bad guys leave, and we cut to the day after.

Everyone calls everyone else weird. I think they're right.

Asagi looks good in that uniform. Not sure exactly why, as I tend to be rather neutral to school uniforms.

You know, blurting out all that while the class is listening may not be the wisest of ideas. Unless that was her plan. Crafty little teacher...

Asagi turns more and more tsun.

Yuki's actually very thoughtful. Not so naÔve when it comes to politics.

Hot-Blooded Hero is hotblooded. And the usual amount of Chronic Hero Syndrome and The Dulcinea Effect.

It's somehow easier to block an axe with his back than tackle the guy swinging, deflect the axe by any other means, or something other than being a sacrifical meatshield?

Well, that was an interesting ending.

edited 18th Oct '13 4:15:44 PM by AnotherDuck

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 24 Ironypus, Fri, 18th Oct '13 7:23:19 PM from Australia Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Let's hope Akatsuki knows how to turn on his Alucard type regeneration or we're going to be faced with twenty or so episodes consisting of nothing but Himeragai kicking rich ammounts of arse, and that might lose its lustre after a while.

edited 18th Oct '13 7:30:13 PM by Ironypus

 25 Another Duck, Fri, 18th Oct '13 7:45:17 PM from Stockholm Relationship Status: Chocolate!
No, the other one.
It's gonna take a while, but still.

edited 18th Oct '13 7:45:24 PM by AnotherDuck

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