Well there was quite a noticeable drop in animation quality this week…
Rather than recap the episode, I guess I’ll just go off on a short rant. While you can’t expect a series to have flawless animation throughout, especially given the budgeting and time constraints, it’s always a distraction to see poor quality animation. It also detracted from my viewing experience this week since it stood out pretty heavily to me.
I have to say I’m finding Yuu’s personality to be getting old quickly. I know people don’t just change over night, but it’d be nice if he had some other dialogue besides wanting to kill vampires, or getting revenge. He constantly endangers other people’s lives because of his one track mind.
Even being surrounded by supposedly deadly demons and monsters, Yuu still only cares about revenge and killing vampires. I guess he has shown that he does have the ability to be smart at times and care for others, but every episode I feel like we have to sit through one of his angsty protests.
At this point, I’m much more fascinated with the vampires rather than the humans. Mika is still him, he hasnt suffered any memory loss or brainwashing. I’m interested in seeing how he’ll act once on the battlefield. He still has Yuu’s best interest at heart, but he has to follow the orders of the vampires. Would he quickly just cast them aside and join up with Yuu?
Shinoa is still the highlight of the show for me though. Hayami Saori really is one of the best voice actors and is able to have such a wide range of character types that she can play. Up until this point, Shinoa basically just does whatever she wants and no one really talks back or tries to stop her. I guess it has to do with her family as Guren mentioned. She comes from a high class family, so I guess she’s allowed to get away with whatever she wants.
We end off the episode with the students finally confronting the demons and getting their weapons. I have to say this arc feels like it’s been dragging on for a while. We get little drops of plot related events, but for the most part, we have a lot of fluff and filler school content in between.
I also never really feel a sense of danger or despair in this series (from the human side). Yuu’s, personality and the fact that he’s the main character, makes me doubt that anything will happen to him. It’s probably a combination of his generic lines about wanting power or revenge, combined with the school environment, making things feel a lot more laid back.
I’m just sitting here, anxiously waiting for Yuu to clash with the vampires since I’m not a fan of the current setup!
You can watch Owari no Seraph Episode 5 on Funimation