Blood+ – 24
Solomon and Hagi are nearing the end of their fight in the woods. Solomon leaps toward Hagi, then jumps to the cliff, cuts a slash through the rock, comes back down, and pushes Hagi directly under the falling rocks. A pool of Hagi’s blood seeps from the rubble towards Solomon’s shoes. Suddenly, Solomon hears Saya’s scream and Diva’s song. In the tower, Saya, after seeing Riku in Diva’s arms, is reminded of how Joel died the same way. Diva claims that she hated Joel for locking her up, and she thanks Saya for freeing her. Saya remembers that she befriended Diva and had unlocked Diva’s prison cell on the day of Joel’s birthday. Hagi had called her away, so she didn’t to see her friend’s face until she came back from the accident with Hagi and found everyone dead and the house in flames. Knowing that she has to kill Diva, Saya picks up a large rusty nail from the ground and stabs herself in order to get her blood on the weapon. But Diva simply pushes her against the opposite wall.
Kai and David arrive at the top of the tower, and Kai rushes to Riku’s side. When Diva says that Riku was delicious, David runs forward and shoots her right in the chest. Of course, that has little effect on her aside from ruining her dress and she responds by also pushing him into the wall. She then turns around toward Kai and Riku, but Saya blocks her way. Diva throws Saya through the wall onto the ground outside, right in front of Lewis. But the force of Saya and the debris causes the thin floor to break. Diva then pursues her sister into the underground area. The injured Saya makes her way through the sewers and arrives at a weapons and armor cache where she takes a sword out of one of the display cases. Solomon finds her there and Diva arrives soon afterward. Solomon learns from Diva that it was Amshel who brought her here. He then tries to persuade Saya that they’re not human, but Saya is too attached to her friends and family to listen to his words. In order for the people important to her not to be sad, she’ll fight the Chiropterans. Solomon admits that when he first met her, he had felt that they could walk together. Those feelings were not feelings as a Chevalier, but as Solomon Goldsmith. However, as Diva’s Chevalier, he’ll have to kill her now.
Saya takes the initiative and charges forward, but Solomon takes Diva and jumps back outside. Saya’s follows them, but her attacks are painfully slow compared to Solomon’s speed. He’s easily able to break her blade. Once again, he offers his hand and asks Saya to join them. Saya responds by cutting his hand with her sword, causing Diva to laugh at how Solomon got rejected. Unfortunately, Saya is now breathing heavily and soon faints from lack of blood. Diva takes the broken half of Saya’s blade, determined to kill her sister with her own hands. Just as Saya’s blood is poisonous to Diva, Diva’s blood is poisonous to Saya. Diva vanishes when she’s just inches away from stabbing Saya in the chest. That’s because Hagi’s cello case lands right where she was standing. Diva calls Hagi a rude Chevalier, but she then turns around to leave because she wants a new dress. A heavily armed Lewis runs onto the scene only after Diva and Solomon have disappeared.
The group returns to the tower and to the lifeless Riku. Saya realizes that her blood can save Riku. But the question is whether she wants to actually use it because she knows that it’ll stop time for Riku. Kai doesn’t care, as long as he doesn’t lose his only little brother. He’d be alone without Riku. Saya hears Kai’s selfish words, but ends up deciding to use her own blood. After she orally gives Riku the blood, she asks Kai to hold the boy down. She, of course, knows that Riku is about to go into convulsions. And as Riku’s screams of pain echo through the tower, Saya props herself against the wall and watches as the wound on her hand closes up. Meanwhile, still on the estate, Solomon and Diva run into Amshel. Solomon asks why Amshel brought Diva here, to which Amshel answers that he was answering Diva’s wishes. In turn, Amshel wants to know why Solomon was here. Diva crushes the flower in her hand and says that it’s because Solomon loves Saya.
Pretty thrilling episode; kept me on the edge of my seat. Diva may just be my new favorite character. She’s a very fun, carefree, and selfish character – evil, but not so much that you hate her. And she’s already proven herself to be much more powerful than Saya, having mastered both the phasing movement and the force-push (that’s what I call them anyway). Saya needs to awaken more of her powers (I assume she has more) in order to compete. Still, I had a feeling that she wouldn’t get stabbed and kept thinking “When’s Hagi coming, when’s Hagi coming” during that scene. Of course the ever-invincible Hagi arrives at the last moment to save Saya.
So Riku is now a Chevalier, forever stuck at that young age. It was apparent that he was special before, but now even more so. The question is how whatever-was-effecting-him-before-that-allowed-him-to-hear-Diva’s-song will interact with him becoming a Chevalier. I hope he becomes more than just a mini-Hagi. And Diva is indeed voiced by the same seiyuu as Riku (Yajima Akiko)! I wonder if that’s actually going to play into the series somehow, or if she’s simply just voicing two major roles (which seems weird).
So after the big things that occurred this episode, next week looks relatively slow with Mao and Okamura arriving at the estate after everyone’s left and the rest of the episode focused on Red Shield.