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Posted 3/28/14 , edited 3/29/14

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Strike the Blood is like the harem of harems. If you are not a man that fantasizes about having hordes of women after you, then there really is nothing to see here. You are better off watching To Aru Majutsu no Index, that is like Strike the Blood except it has a more coherent plot, less harem elements, and more significant male characters.


I'd argue against that - I watch STB to learn who he ends up with and how he gets all of his familiars unlocked. I think of most harems with conservative males / females to be unfinished romances with multiple love connections. Then you get something like heaven's lost property... A harem but at the same time not really (since the MC considers the "angels" to be non-human and that which he protects, and thus isn't interested in romantically, though he is a complete perv).

I personally think STB suffers from a crisis of expectations, where as #teamharem is a pretty bad outcome for a lot of series the writers KNOW that, but the writers aren't alleviating the issues leading to a continued #teamharem conclusion. To make it worse for STB is the fact that there are only 2 "major" male characters. For the record I hate harem anime with a total pig of a MC, I like romantic harems which progress one main relationship with the MC being very conservative.
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xxJing wrote:
...The break down is basically that Index is a harem action/fantasy anime that stars a male main character (Toma). While Railgun is an action/fantasy that stars the most significant member of Toma's harem, Misaka, and her friends and the adventures they go through when they aren't participating in the adventures in Index.
It's weird though. Stuff that's over in half an episode of Index can take half a season of Railgun. The long version is better but it is odd since the main and spinoff stories intersect and retell things.
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xxJing wrote

Railgun is a spinoff of Index. It stars a few secondary characters from Index. It is probably best to watch season 1 of Index first though to understand the characters of Railgun better.


Alright thanks for the input guys, Index then Rail


The series aren't exactly in order because the second season of railgun actually covers the sisters arc which takes place during season 1 of index.

Now as far as Strike the Blood goes I mostly enjoyed it. I liked the girls a lot but I thought Kojo was a little to weak for the strongest vampire. Maybe they would explain things in better details in the novels. I still hope they it does well enough I would like to see a few more books turned into an anime.

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hmmm... anyone notice reina's nose bleed after getting excited by asagi? thinking she might be lesbian.. Yuri!!!
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xxJing wrote:
Strike the Blood is like the harem of harems. If you are not a man that fantasizes about having hordes of women after you, then there really is nothing to see here. You are better off watching To Aru Majutsu no Index, that is like Strike the Blood except it has a more coherent plot, less harem elements, and more significant male characters.


I'd argue against that - I watch STB to learn who he ends up with and how he gets all of his familiars unlocked. I think of most harems with conservative males / females to be unfinished romances with multiple love connections. Then you get something like heaven's lost property... A harem but at the same time not really (since the MC considers the "angels" to be non-human and that which he protects, and thus isn't interested in romantically, though he is a complete perv).

I personally think STB suffers from a crisis of expectations, where as #teamharem is a pretty bad outcome for a lot of series the writers KNOW that, but the writers aren't alleviating the issues leading to a continued #teamharem conclusion. To make it worse for STB is the fact that there are only 2 "major" male characters. For the record I hate harem anime with a total pig of a MC, I like romantic harems which progress one main relationship with the MC being very conservative.


I am the opposite. I like main characters like



Akatsuki from Hagure Yuusha. He is a total Gary Stu, but he is a Gary Stu done right. By that I mean, instead of things luckily happening to him, he makes things happen. He has confidence, and takes care of obstacles in his way without second thought, he is also aware of women's feelings toward him.

Also the character that I take my name from and the fellow in my profile pic, Jing. I admire Jing, he says barely anything throughout the whole series. He talks, but very little, usually he just kicks ass. There was one episode where he went the whole episode without talking, he just whistled. He is another one of my favorite main characters. King of Bandits Jing isn't a harem anime though, it's in James Bond format, 1 girl per story, never shows up again afterwards.

Just to show that I am not a mysoginist, I'll also add one of my favorite heroines :
Tokiko from Busou Renkin. Even when she is a damsel in distress she kicks ass.

In essence I like strong characters. Or rather characters who are active and determined. I really am sick of the indecisive protagonists who just wait for good things to happen to them. Conservative protagonists are usually a problem as well, because they are essentially bound by typical social ideals and constraints, and won't do something because their internalized social constraints forbid them to.

Koujou was well, I'd say he was pretty conservative but he was oblivious as well. I don't know where to place him, he is not a real person. Good things happened to him, and he acted as if they never happened. Actually that is why I'd say that team harem would work in this instance. The jealousy portrayed in this series is very comical, the mood of the series as a whole is light, the romance is extremely light, Koujou never shows any real romantic interest in anyone, this anime is as unrealistic as an anime gets, a one woman ending with hurt feelings would just add unneeded drama and realism to it. Magical Warefare on the other hand would need to be a one-woman ending.
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you know which show has good characters that we could use more like?

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you know which show has good characters that we could use more like?



Another fantastic show. I just remembered I never finished the last episode of that. I was totally shipping Kurousagi / Black Rabbit and the main character dude, forget his name. Kurousagi was the perfect heroine to an OP main character like that.
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xxJing wrote:
Magical Warefare on the other hand would need to be a one-woman ending.

WRONG.


That is your OTP for Magical Warfare.
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iblessall wrote:


xxJing wrote:
Magical Warefare on the other hand would need to be a one-woman ending.

WRONG.

That is your OTP for Magical Warfare.


Actually you are right I should have said a no man ending. Takeshi was the worst male protagonist I have seen in a long time. At least Koujou had enough personality to make snide remarks. Takeshi was just... well he was Miyano Mamoru's voice talking nonsense synchronized to some badly animated moving drawings... Yeah I can't think of a better way to describe him.
Posted 3/28/14 , edited 3/29/14

xxJing wrote:


aidenraine wrote:

you know which show has good characters that we could use more like?



Another fantastic show. I just remembered I never finished the last episode of that. I was totally shipping Kurousagi / Black Rabbit and the main character dude, forget his name. Kurousagi was the perfect heroine to an OP main character like that.


yea, Kurousagi and Asuka were both great heroines, but Kurousagi was a better match for Izayoi
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Harem talk? Good, carry on.



Also Asuka x Izayoi makes more sense to me than with Kurousagi.
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Good lord this show has absolutely gone down the gutter after its first few episodes. Including a "daughter-from-the-future" was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of this downward spiral. It's sad because I've been forcing myself to like this show as I like the characters, but the mish-mash random storyline just completely ruins it.

On a random side-note, anybody actually wish that Kojou had died early on after getting split in half? I thought to myself "Wow! What a huge plot twist!" and was actually excited that a main character could have possibly died very early in a show. I thought Himeragi would have been thrust into the spotlight avenging the main characters death. But of course, I knew something so left field wouldn't come true and he ends up regenerating lol.
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Good lord this show has absolutely gone down the gutter after its first few episodes. Including a "daughter-from-the-future" was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of this downward spiral. It's sad because I've been forcing myself to like this show as I like the characters, but the mish-mash random storyline just completely ruins it.

On a random side-note, anybody actually wish that Kojou had died early on after getting split in half? I thought to myself "Wow! What a huge plot twist!" and was actually excited that a main character could have possibly died very early in a show. I thought Himeragi would have been thrust into the spotlight avenging the main characters death. But of course, I knew something so left field wouldn't come true and he ends up regenerating lol.


Nah I actually like the series and want to know more about it after the final episode.
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trmjkd989 wrote:

Good lord this show has absolutely gone down the gutter after its first few episodes. Including a "daughter-from-the-future" was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of this downward spiral. It's sad because I've been forcing myself to like this show as I like the characters, but the mish-mash random storyline just completely ruins it.

On a random side-note, anybody actually wish that Kojou had died early on after getting split in half? I thought to myself "Wow! What a huge plot twist!" and was actually excited that a main character could have possibly died very early in a show. I thought Himeragi would have been thrust into the spotlight avenging the main characters death. But of course, I knew something so left field wouldn't come true and he ends up regenerating lol.


Nah I actually like the series and want to know more about it after the final episode.


Me too. Made me buy novel 10 so I could see where this fun crazy train goes.

Silly yes but it was a lot of fun.
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In one of the early episodes, they stated technology alone wasn't enough to support the island at the time it was built, implying that is no longer the case.

After the number of times the city has been in danger of sinking during these 3 months due to problems with magic being part of the support system, I would hope they are trying to budget retrofitting supports that would work using technology alone (and perhaps reinforced by magic just as an extra safety precaution, instead of depending on it).




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Quick question, aren't they going to do anything about the sister being possessed? Do they even give a shit?

There certainly doesn't seem to be any reason for concern, as Nagisa appears to be in total control except for times of crisis. It also offers her some strong protection, which obviously anyone living on this island could use.

OTOH, they essentially blew off what happened on the ship, as if they didn't even notice that was Nagisa. Even if Koujo knew (which I doubt), Yukina didn't.

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