Blood+ – 12
After David explains to Saya that the person who protects Diva is a Chevalier, their group is joined by four more Red Shield people: Kurara, Spencer, Makkoi, and Rodgers. As they head down the river past Vietnam War ruins, Saya starts having more and more flashbacks of her past. The group eventually arrives at a landing spot and makes their way towards the building where Van Argeno, Solomon, and Karl are at. Karl opens the container to reveal something that surprises even Van. Kai, who was captured along with Riku and Mui, escapes from their prison and frees his brother. But with the container now open, the boys are surrounded by a bunch of red-hooded children who are attracted to a woman singing. These kids, who are all experiments of Delta 69 and are themselves singing, run out of the house and apparently follow Karl, who welcomes Saya and company. Their armed force is surrounded by the children, and Hagi throws a dagger at one of them. Kurara starts to scold him for attacking a child, but stops when she sees the dagger pop right out and the wound heal. The red cloaks mask the grotesque births of small Chiropterans out of these children’s bodies. The group fights their way into the building, but Makkoi and Rodgers are killed while guarding the rear. Inside, Kurara demands to know why Saya isn’t helping them fight, but Saya replies that it’s because of the song. As they get overwhelmed, one of the Chiropterans approaches a wide-eyed Saya, but she can only sit, frozen in place. Hagi has to behead the monster with his claw, an act which splatters blood over Saya’s face.
Well they turned the violence level back up after a streak of fairly tame episodes. As soon as I saw the children, I knew they were gonna turn into Chiropterans, though the goblin-like creatures and violence that followed was a bit more than I bargained for. I get the feeling that Mui is going to turn vampire too, since she was taking medicine from the pharmaceutical company guy. Still, the big question is what is inside the container (ie. what Diva is) that surprises even Van Argeno. Actually, it seems that he’s been kept out of the loop for most of this, and Solomon has a better grasp of things than I had previously thought. I don’t expect Karl to survive for too many more episodes, so I assume that Solomon and Van Argeno will be the main bad guys, Solomon in particular.
The preview shows a lot of fighting, including what appears to be the full Chiropteran form of Karl. It should be an interesting battle episode, though it won’t air until January 7th, 2006 since Blood+ is one of the many series taking next week off.