One day, Yuzuki is enveloped by a mysterious light suddenly emanating from her cell phone and finds herself in an unfamiliar place. The scenery spread out before her almost resembles Sengoku period Japan– But this is another world known as “Shinga” where non-human creatures such as vampires and werewolves reside. Long ago, the various tribes of Shinga lived together peacefully under the protection of the Himemiko who possessed special blood. However, one day the Himemiko suddenly vanished. With the protection of the Himemiko gone, the world has fallen into a period of strife.
– from Crunchyroll
Okay, objectively I know that other than the appearance of this, which is very, very pretty, the story itself hasn’t done much yet and they’ve introduced way too many characters in a first episode for any of them to have more than a one defining trait personality at this point. If you ever wondered if the warring states era would be made better by subbing in pretty boy vampires and werewolves than this might be the answer for that curiosity but otherwise this first episode doesn’t give us much else.
Except perhaps an uncomfortable moment where the heroine of the story (and so far only female character in existence) has a cut on her neck that the main vampire guy forcibly licks despite her protests. Hey, at least he didn’t actually bite her and the animated saliva was only a little bit icky. Honestly, why do that? Though, we don’t really know anything about her yet given she’s just kind of staring blankly at stuff after being teleported to a different world and dumped on the edge of a battle (she really needs a refund on her phone plan after that effort).
But despite my nit-picking, I’m going to admit I was pretty hooked during the run time. Admittedly, if you don’t know much about the conflict (as in you haven’t watched 6000 other anime set in the same time period) you may get totally lost as they just kind of throw a whole bunch of names at you, but this episode moved along fairly briskly and I’m not entirely opposed to watching pretty-boy samurai vampires for a season. As long as they lay-off the non-consensual neck licking.
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7 thoughts on “Sengoku Night Blood Episode 1: Diabolik Lovers Meets the Warring States?”
Yuzuki looked like a self insert character from an Otome game. I’m still scarred from Diabolic Lover, so that explains why I dropped it as fast as I could after the first episode.
The first episode doesn’t seem as bad as Diabolic Lovers (not even close) but I definitely got that vibe from it.
Just finished watching this first episode a while ago. They do mention that the main characters are some sort of werewolf/vampire sort of thing in there (pretty sure it was the furry creature that told the girl), so I doubt that the licking will be non-existent in the future, but I hope for your sake that it just disappears completely.
I was just confused most of the time personally, so I decided to skip out after ep 1, but I’m curious to see what you have to say about the show as it continues.
This show definitely assumes you know all those names it is throwing around at you because it isn’t really bothering with explanations. Of course, even knowing the names doesn’t help much when you throw in alternate universe with vampire and werewolves as well as magically teleported girl. Oh well. This was still more fun than I actually want to admit and I’m not so secretly kind of looking forward to the next episode.