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Episode 3

Mahiru needs a weapon, and he happens to pick a broom. While buying something for Sakuya to eat, he suddenly forgets where he lives and as it turns out, he's a vampire who is none too pleased that Mahiru lied about everything. Misono comes to the rescue, and unleashes his weapon, the chair, to destroy Belkia's mind. But it turns out that there's another person hidden to ambush Misono. So Mahiru ends up unleashing his weapon, but the weapon ends up controlling him. That sure got pretty dark seeing that everything Mahiru once knew is a lie and that he's so half-hearted about everything.
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Episode 3

At this rate, I'm pretty sure we'll get to explore every major character.

Sakuya reminds me of one of those two-faced characters you'll meet in anime every now and then. Surprisingly, the brief action was decent. Also, this episode really tried to push the friendship theme which I'm not sure how well it can work out in the long run.

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Gonna have seven deadly sins overload this season.


Okay, can I just take this oppurtunity to say I'm fucking sick of the seven deadly sins being used in anime? Like, do I even have to list off the recent examples at this point? I only watch about 4 or 5 shows each season but it always seems like AT LEAST 1 of them is tied to the seven deadly sins in some way. It sure as shit doesn't help that the shows do nothing with the concept other than use it as an excuse to have characters that are just tokens of whatever sin they represent. It's not just over used, it's uninteresting. I swear to god, I'm going to instantly drop the next anime or manga that tries to do this. Anyone else feel my frustration?


It's definitely over used and used with various levels of success. I think the eponymous manga/anime uses the concept best because it assigns the sin to a character based on a crime they (supposedly) committed and it isn't just giving them a 2d stock personality.

I'd like for someone to mix it up and use the seven virtues instead once. XD That would be an interesting way to parody the over use of the seven deadly sins.


It does seem to be an overly popular theme of late. Beginning to seem like an easy route to character creation. Use the seven deadly sins and- presto!- seven instant characters ready made. And to add to the irony, sloth in a religious context as a sin is first and foremost spiritual and mental sloth. That in being indifferent and without care for one's duties a person will forsake their obligations towards God and society. General laziness is just a characteristic of someone who may be slothful sinfully but not necessarily. As the saying goes 'all that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing'. Wouldn't mind seeing what they might do with the virtues for once.

Despite the (unnecessary) deadly sins inclusion, I'm overall enjoying this so far. I did feel that the end of this ep. was a bit odd. Mahiru's inner monologue and actions seemed completely at odds. Am I to understand that he's being controlled?

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The part in Kuro's mind was awesome. Had Madoka like animation and some nice creepy vibes.

Not only is his best friend a vampire, he's melancholy's minion. And he isn't actually mc's childhood friend.
Wonder if they'll play the power of friendship straight or mess with it? They've already undermined it some by having his deepest friendship be fake.
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Episode 4

And Kuro has become a monster, but in the end comes the baghead Doubt Doubt and his master Mikuni to save the day. Then Mahiru learns about Sakuya's background and transformation into a Servamp from Tsubaki. Sakuya lived in a world of lies, and what pushed him over the edge was that his parents murdered his big sister to collect life insurance. In the end, Sakuya was just so full of lies seeing that he manipulated the memories of his classmates, but while Sakuya sees Mahiru as an enemy, Mahiru sees him as a friend. That was a great show of friendship there at the end, and Mahiru is finally using his broom. Sakuya came from one messed up family situation, but none of that matters for Mahiru as he's just another normal person.
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Episode 4

I feel bad for Sakuya now. Like seriously, his parents should of been arrested for collecting life insurance from their daughter..

Mahiru is a good friend to have. Without him, Sakuya probably would of been dead or ended up broken again. Not bad for the conclusion. Unlike some previous episodes, this one was a bit darker in tone.

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This series amuses me. They've got mood whiplash all over the place.

Apparently inner Kuro isn't actually Kuro? At least seemed to be a different consciousness.
Berserk Kuro was awesome looking. I do like thatthe contract is a double edged sword. The eve risks being completely devoured by their servamp.

Who wants to bet antique salesman's name is Cain?
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Well, that was one heck of a packed episode. So many observations one could make. I'll stick to one. Given that the vamps can alter memories, can we be sure that Sakuya's memories weren't altered by Tsubaki in the past? When Sakuya recounted what had happened, showing their first meeting at the swings, he says 'he killed his sister'. Could he later have commited suicide from guilt, possibly even driven to it by Tsubaki, who then altered his entire memory?

Just can't help wondering how much we can rely on what we are told when it comes to past histories, even if those recounting them believe it. So while Sakuya's past as told may be perfectly true, I just like to keep my mind open to other plausible scenarios and not take anything at face value. Especially when Tsubaki is involved.
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Well, that was one heck of a packed episode. So many observations one could make. I'll stick to one. Given that the vamps can alter memories, can we be sure that Sakuya's memories weren't altered by Tsubaki in the past? When Sakuya recounted what had happened, showing their first meeting at the swings, he says 'he killed his sister'. Could he later have commited suicide from guilt, possibly even driven to it by Tsubaki, who then altered his entire memory?

Just can't help wondering how much we can rely on what we are told when it comes to past histories, even if those recounting them believe it. So while Sakuya's past as told may be perfectly true, I just like to keep my mind open to other plausible scenarios and not take anything at face value. Especially when Tsubaki is involved.


I don't think Tsubaki had the need to alter Sakuya's memories. Sakuya had to lie to the police that his sister fell when they were playing. That type of scenario would have the sister too close to the edge of the balcony and Sakuya either bumping or shoving or both pulling at a toy that was suddenly let go causing the sister to fall. That's manslaughter and in that scenario as far as everyone was concerned he did kill the sister although by accident. Forced to tell that sort of lie by such parents is going to mess with his sense of reality.

The question I'd want to ask is what does Tsubaki gain talking about Sakuya's past? Tsubaki himself has some issues one of which is an identity crisis.
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Cobaltseas wrote:

Well, that was one heck of a packed episode. So many observations one could make. I'll stick to one. Given that the vamps can alter memories, can we be sure that Sakuya's memories weren't altered by Tsubaki in the past? When Sakuya recounted what had happened, showing their first meeting at the swings, he says 'he killed his sister'. Could he later have commited suicide from guilt, possibly even driven to it by Tsubaki, who then altered his entire memory?

Just can't help wondering how much we can rely on what we are told when it comes to past histories, even if those recounting them believe it. So while Sakuya's past as told may be perfectly true, I just like to keep my mind open to other plausible scenarios and not take anything at face value. Especially when Tsubaki is involved.


I don't think Tsubaki had the need to alter Sakuya's memories. Sakuya had to lie to the police that his sister fell when they were playing. That type of scenario would have the sister too close to the edge of the balcony and Sakuya either bumping or shoving or both pulling at a toy that was suddenly let go causing the sister to fall. That's manslaughter and in that scenario as far as everyone was concerned he did kill the sister although by accident. Forced to tell that sort of lie by such parents is going to mess with his sense of reality.

The question I'd want to ask is what does Tsubaki gain talking about Sakuya's past? Tsubaki himself has some issues one of which is an identity crisis.


That's what made me question Sakuya's past history. The first source for his past being Tsubaki, so I naturally paid attention for even the slightest differences in Sakuya's recounting. Even if both accounts basically agree, if Sakuya's memory's been altered, it would be like he just copied his witness statement off of another person, as he can't really remember fo himself. The problem with altered memories is how much was altered and when? Just what 'facts' can we be sure of? Most likely the basic facts are true; Sakuya's sister died from a fall and officially Sakuya was somehow involved (whether or not he actually was unclear, but even in accidental death guilt will make people feel as if they have 'killed' someone), and later Sakuya also fell to his own death (reason unknown).

3 possible reasons I can think of for Tsubaki to tell Mahiru: 1) the more people who believe an altered reality/memory the stronger it grows. 2) Tsubaki wants Mahiru to be emotionally vulnerable to Sakuya and is deliberately messing with his sympathies by telling him of Sakuya's past. 3) Tsubaki is going to turn out be a non-villain villain, i.e. the villain character who somewhere in the middle of the story turns out to not be quite the villain after all (but perhaps though with a somewhat questionable MO).
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Episode 5

Tetsu sure is a tough guy there hauling that coffin with his servamp Hugh inside. Then comes the shady organization C3 who says that they want to establish harmony between humans and vampires, but they are doing so by hunting them. Mahiru wants no part of it, but of course that guy is putting the pressure on him to join by trapping him inside, but he makes an exit himself to save Kuro. Those new guys sure are something, and chaos just keeps on following Mahiro everywhere he goes.
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This Hugh guy better appear more for the season.
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I find myself liking this show more the more it expands its cast. This is going to be one of those anime where the supporting cast is way more interesting than the main character, who's kind of bland. Although this episode had some nice character interactions, it was pretty light on action, so I hope next week we'll get more of the latter. I'm looking forward to it either way.
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Episode 6

Here comes the servant of Greed, Lawless, and his master Licht. Licht is an angel, while Kuro is seen as the devil, and while both oppose Tsubaki, joining forces with the devil isn't exactly what Licht has in mind. That Lawless sure is a Shakespearean fanatic, but he is also a broken man seeing that he slaughtered a lot of vampires using a piano concert to lure them in. His song awakens some pretty unpleasant memories, but in the end his manager is able to stop the show. That new Servamp is pretty quirky, but now things have gotten serious after all that with Kuro feeling like crap and Lawless encountering Tsubaki in the hallway..
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Episode 7

Mahiru sure is feeling out of it, and I can't blame him as Licht and Lawless got captured by Higan and he could do nothing with Kuro having turned into a ball. Misono still has a bargaining chip to use as he has one of his subclass servants and will set up a trade to get Licht and Lawless back. Anyway, that was pretty cruel for Kuro to turn into a ball at such a critical time like this.
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