My thoughts on the eighth episode of Owari no Seraph.
As is usually the case with Seraph there isn’t a ton to say about this episode. We saw the group take on a good few vampires and actually take some down this time around however the actual culmination of the battle after being surrounded was done off screen which I thought was interesting given that the previous episode (outside of the horseman) mostly teased action so I would have expected this one to go a bit more full bore.
Amongst the Tsundere’ing and the inter-group rivalries I’m having a hard time finding anything interesting to reflect on but if I had to pick something I’d say it would be the appearance and subsequent disappearance of a vampire noble – Crowley. He proved that, while Yuichi and the gang were effective against the more lowly vampires these past 2 episodes, there still is a considerable gap between them (especially on an individual level) and the top-tier vampires. His levity made him feel dangerous and while its a pretty classic trope, especially among vampires, it still felt at home in this episode and I’m looking forward to at least a second confrontation with him later.
We saw two sides of Yuichi this episode in that – he was at ease when he found himself able to dispatch vampires and save the children however he also found himself incredibly outmatched against Crowley and for the first time both he and Shinoa displayed some level of fear. This isn’t the comeuppance I’m waiting for in regards to Yuichi’s rash and idiotic behavior but I think we’ve had a taste of whats to come – there no room to be as confidant and reckless as he is in these situations and he’s quickly learning that – albeit in a somewhat uninteresting and slow-paced way.