Episode Director: Junichi Takaoka (Started career as Key Animator on Yu Yu Hakusho episodes 79, 88, 89, 93, 99, 104, 107, 108, 111 / Animation supervisor on Monster episodes 27, 38, 52, 62 and 71 / Key Animator on Monster episodes 21, 52, 62 and 64 / Key Animator on Dennou Coil episodes 24 and 26 / Animation Supervisor and Key Animator on Death Note episodes 7, 14, 23, 29 and 35)
Storyboards: Junichi Takaoka (Animation Supervisor on Nisekoi episode 1 / Storyboard Writer on Nisekoi episode 4 / Key Animator on Owari no Seraph episode 1)
Script: Hiroshi Seko (Script Writer on Garo: Honoo no Kokuin episode 4 / Main series script writer on Owari no Seraph and Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen hen)
After that reveal at the end of the episode it’s only natural for this episode to shift its focus on Mika. The story in the first half has the tendency of jumping back and forth between Yuu’s training and Mika’s life within the Vampire walls. That’s certainly one way to do it, however, it would have been much more interesting if the show took the first twelve episodes and chose a single perspective to tell the story. Similar to how Shiki handled the use of humans trying to survive and solve the mystery of people dying in the village. It’s nice to see this contrast between Yuu and Mika in that Yuu’s receiving a warm welcome from his new friends and the rest of the Imperial Demon Moon Company. Mika on the other hand, seems more alone than he ever had been before.
I think it was intentional for Studio Pablo to design backgrounds that are strikingly different. A lighter color palette in the scenes with Mika to highlight the fact that there isn’t much of a comradery between vampires. The darker backgrounds illustrate how lively humans are in this show. Especially the best moments being the rift between Yuu and Kimizuki and of course Guren’s intentions on establishing a division that goes deeper than just pure strength. So his idea of having Yuu make friends was in actuality, for all them including Shinoa. To grasp the demon that is contained in their weapons and control them even through the bonds of friendship.
Krul Tepes is like Guren Ichinose in many ways. Guren wants to teach and protect Yuu in the toughest ways possible. Krul saves Mika’s life and notices Ferid has other plans that are far removed from the vampire’s goals of exterminating humans. She keeps Mika close by her side in order to keep him safe. Good to see the parallel between Yuu and Mika like this–they’ve both got a reason for survival; Guren and Krul understand that and need to keep them safe for their own kind’s sake.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 7/10