After having practiced and prepared themselves for the infiltration, Riko disguises herself as a working from the employment agency to introduce Aria and Kinji on the job. However her appearance makes Kinji feel sensitive after he had thought she was originally a girl named Kana. With that said, they show up at the mansion only to see their teacher being the one currently in charge of the place. After a week passes by of investigation and prep, they finally put the motion in action where as Kinji successfully retrieves the rosary, however the minute he gives it back to her and receives a kiss, Riko betrays them and reveals that she now has the tool she needed in order to defeat Aria.
Okay so was pretty well paced for the infiltration, getting the rosary and learning that Riko had used them in order to be able to fight Aria with her full potential – or so it seems to be the case. They didn’t say much in the last bit, and of course I’m not aware of what’s going to happen since Ep 12 isn’t out yet as I write this part.
If anything the teacher definitely showing to be more suspicious. He works in a lab, he likes his meet to be close to raw and he just creeps me out. We also got to hear a wolf howling once during the episode, which brings you back to the last episode where there was a wolf that broke into the school, and just before it happened the teacher looked like he knew it was coming. Of course that particular wolf is no longer there because Reki had tamed it (in like two seconds LOL) and decided to adopt it.
Now here’s an interesting factor. Riko disguised herself as someone who Kinji considers important named Kana. We don’t have a clue what Kana’s relationship is with Kinji, whether it’s his sister that we’re unaware of, mother, brother’s girlfriend/fiancee/wife, friend/girlfriend – and I find it slightly annoying how it’s only brought up now. Up to this point we’ve been trying to figure out what happened to Kinji’s brother, so I can only hope this girl is related to the incident so that we’d still get some backstory on that -otherwise it will end up as a fucking plot-hole and I’m not going to be happy about that.
Last thing I’m going to mention, I was actually surprised to see hear Riko say the kiss she had with Kinji was her first. You’d think a girl with her kind of personality and way of doing things would’ve already gotten her first kiss, so it makes me wonder if Kinji is getting ‘special treatment’ because of his Hysteria Mode.
PS: That was cute how Aria was reacting about the maid outfit, heck the outfit itself was ADORABLE! \OwO/
Just when Riko declares the showdown, she is zapped down by the teacher and severely beaten. Turns out the teacher is actually Vlad, but not the actual being itself because Vlad requires to be summoned within the body. He is also known as Count Dracula, an Orgre Vampris. Aria and Kinji desperately attacks him at his weak points but only find their bullets unable to do any damage, likewise using blades since Vlad continues to automatically heal himself. After getting Riko to safety, Kinji is told that the next weak point is the center of his chest, but he quickly learns that wasn’t the case after it had failed. Suddenly Kinji finds himself no longer in his Hysteria Mode and sent flying off a building, only to be saved by Riko who begs him to just run away. After he tells her that he can’t leave Aria behind because he’s her partner. The two of them pick Aria up and soar into the sky to get more time to come up with a plan while Riko triggers his Hysteria Mode again where as they successfully come up with a plan where as to target Vlad’s mouth as the fourth target. With that they successfully defeat him and Riko has officially defeated her life long rival.
HOLY SHIT. THAT WAS FUCKING AWESOME ACTION. LIKE HOLY SHIT, I WAS EATING PIZZA AND THE MINUTE RIKO STARTED GETTING BEATEN AND ALL THAT SHIT MADE ME LOSE MY APPETITE GOING, “AW SHIT, I SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN EATING WHILE WATCHING THIS!” The action was badass, the animation was awesome, the OST was brilliant – YES! THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO SEE!
We got an hour special finale (Ep 11 & 12) which is way more awesome. I like it when we get 1 hour specials back to back, it makes it more enjoyable and exciting. What a way to finish this show. Can I say, I KNEW IT. I FUCKING KNEW THAT THE TEACHER WAS THE CULPRIT AND ALL THAT SHIT, AND OMG SUMMON VRAD? SNAP. I FREAKING KNEW THAT GLANCE WAS NOT A COINCIDENCE!!! I KNEW HE WAS GOING TO BE FREAKING EVIL!!!1 Vrad had also turned out to be also known as Count Dracula – which we should’ve realized in the first place if any of us were familiar with the famous fictional Count Dracula, but I gotta admit it was really weird to see him transform into a werewolf demon whatever when it’s a Dracula, I mean I get the whole evolution over time and stuff… but yeah.
I loved the twist and having Riko (though I was expecting it sooner or later) to team up with them to obtain her freedom. I was horrified at what the teacher was doing to her and it was very disturbing, I kept on covering my eyes fearing they’d show it. I felt so sad for her, and it was just painful to watch her, especially being suffocated and oh my god… *SHAKES HEAD* it’s hard to talk about.
However as much as there was the epic action, there were several things that failed to be accomplished.
#1: GHOST. Remember that checklist I made for the last two episodes? We got the Demon, Wolves, but no Ghost.
#2: NO FOLLOW UP ABOUT KINJI’S BROTHER!!!!! This is extremely annoying since it has been brought up several times and we never got any answers.
#3: WHAT ABOUT EU? I get that VRAD was the main villain here, but EU has been brought up so often – that too would’ve been good for a follow up.
#4: WHY BRING UP KANA WHEN WE DON’T EVEN GET ANY FUCKING ANSWERS ABOUT HER. WHY IS KINJI SENSITIVE ABOUT IT? WHAT MAKES HIM PISSED OFF? WHAT SIGNIFICANCE WAS IT WHEN WE GOT A BRIEF (AND MAY I SAY, RANDOM) GLANCE OF THE POSSIBLITIY OF HER PASSING BY THE STORE HE AND ARIA WERE IN AT THE END OF THE EPISODE?!
#5: NO CONFESSIONS. WTF, AFTER ALL THIS DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN HIM AND ARIA WE GOT NOTHING BUT A FAKE CONFESSION FROM RIKO IMPERSONATING ARIA TO TRIGGER HYSTERIA MODE.
THE ACTION WE GOT THIS EPISODE, WAS AWESOME ENOUGH TO MAKE ME FORGET THESE PROBLEMS, BUT ONCE IT ENDED IT ALL CAME CRASHING DOWN, AND THIS IS WHAT BRINGS THE RATINGS DOWN.
Overall Hidan no Aria was not a bad show, certainly had some good moments, but the plot wasn’t impressive and we really didn’t get that much development except on Riko’s side. I’ll have the overall review up shortly, so look forward to it.