I was extremely disappointed with the fight scenes in this episode of Seraph of the End. Such an important episode would have been so much better if there was a bigger budget for better animation during fight scenes. This is especially the case since these past few episodes have been focused on the battle between humans and vampires. I would love to see how fast a human could react to more powerful vampires in a real battle. The episode starts with a fight between Guren’s team and Mika’s vampires. WARNING: There will be spoilers in this review of Seraph of the End.
Both sides are quite confident in their abilities. In addition, they enjoy taunting each other and pretending to be the bigger and better team. While everyone is full of confidence, Yu seems to be growing into a better person. He has learned to care about the lives of others instead of focusing on revenge. He does not head straight to the defense line in order to take down some of the stronger vampires when he learns where they are. Instead, he hears that his friends might be in trouble and he goes to help them get out of their bind. Yu arrives just in time to help get rid of the few remaining vampires that are left. They did not need much help, but it was appreciated. Yu receives a lecture about following orders but he still does not listen to it. He refuses to leave his new family behind. After finishing off the last of the vampires, the team regroups to find Guren.
Mikaela is getting ready to fight Guren as well. I did not expect Mika to agree to help attack any human. Unfortunately, things are not always as they seem. This is the first time we see that perhaps the vampires have rubbed off on Mikaela after all. He seems to dislike the humans despite the fact that he was once a human. This can be quite confusing after seeing him show compassion towards human children in earlier episodes. I am wondering if he knows more about the humans’ dark past. Despite all of this, he still wants to find and rescue Yu.
We finally get the moment we have all been waiting for. Yu attacked Mikaela at the end of the episode without realizing whom he was attacking. He only saw a vampire attack Guren and responded immediately. The previews for next week show us that the situation does not end well and I am thoroughly excited for what happens next. How will Yu react to Mikaela’s vampirism? Will Yu open up his heart to his inner demons? How will outside forces influence the meeting between Yu and Mikaela? Will they kill each other? I love the storyline for Seraph of the End. Everything is coming together to form this huge story with huge consequences. Unfortunately, the animation is lacking with each episode. This was supposed to be the strongest point of Seraph of the End. The stills that were used during last week’s fight scenes were okay because they were done tastefully. It is not the same for this week and I hope they give us what we are looking for in next week’s episode.