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「はじめてのリズ」 (Hajimete no Rizu)
“Liz, For The First Time”

Liz is one adorable imouto! I want to nuzzle her in my bosom o_o…
My initial impressions of her were kind of creepy, but now she resembles a poor lost puppy. That adorable look in her eyes and the attempt to hold back tears, makes me want to just cuddle her and tell her that everything is going to okay. Her backstory isn’t a tragic one, but it does define her character a little more and pushes all the right sympathy buttons. Growing up alone (with no parents) and neglected by your older brothers might do that to you. Liz is still a child at heart and I feel bad that she hasn’t been treated as one until now. I never saw Staz as a role model for his sister, but he has a soft spot for her and gives her the attention that she deserves. It was so heartwarming to see Staz purchase a stuffed dinosaur for her or introduce her to his world of otaku-ness. As an offside, Castle in the Sky is actually one of my favorite films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki Hayao. Well… top four favorites probably. This show makes me grin stupidly at my monitor every time I can relate to Staz (or others). I don’t think Liz is as obsessed about anime as her brother is, but it’s nice to see that the two can spend some quality time together (and Fuyumi). I don’t think Staz is a perfect brother by all means, but definitely more attentive to Liz’s needs and feelings than Braz.

It helps that Staz has Fuyumi to look after Liz as well. Fuyumi acted like a motherly figure this episode by bathing Liz, feeding her and sleeping with her too. As much as it was a Liz-centric episode, I thought it gave Fuyumi some character screen time too. Fuyumi still feels like a blank canvas to me and she’s almost too perfect and innocent. I wish her role consisted of more than being a damsel in distress and the love interest. Her disappearance didn’t end up surprising me all too much as a result. My thoughts were kind of like, “Go figure…” but maybe the next episode will prove me wrong. It bothers me that so much of the fanservice is focused on her. Not that fanservice in general bothers me (because it doesn’t), but it’s more like the situations that Fuyumi is thrown into. I get it – she has big boobs (not to mention no nipples…). The more I see of her and the less I see of Bell, the more I miss Bell and the more annoyed I am of Fuyumi. It’s like my ship has flipped and I’m definitely a Bell fan now. Sailing on that Bell x Staz ship ~

Enough about the girls, let’s talk about the guys. Braz is a bit of a pervert isn’t he? He has that sly, sneaky attitude that he carries around like he always has a hidden agenda. I have to give a thumb up for his seiyuu performance though, he acts and sounds exactly like how I would expect a vampire would act and sound like. The only downside is I still can’t work out if he’s for or against Staz… right now I’m leaning towards the latter. Blood Lad isn’t necessarily all that original in terms of plot twists, so I’m willing to bet that Braz isn’t working on how to return Fuyumi to her human body, but rather how to use Staz’s unleashed powers for evil (or for his own selfish gains). Given that Braz wrote a book on how to revive humans, I would assume he already knows how to save Fuyumi but he’s unwilling to because he has Staz wrapped around his finger. What a prick. A mysterious blonde stranger also appeared this episode… no name yet but it can be inferred that he kidnapped Fuyumi. This leads us to the next episode which seems to be focused on Staz and Bell (finally!). Not sure if they’ll manage to find Fuyumi, but Bell will sure suffice for enough entertainment. Also, Fuyumi has that bell for emergencies so I’m sure she won’t be hard to track.

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August 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm
28 comments »
  • August 19, 2013 at 1:28 pmBlackStealth1989

    let the love triangle begin! I wish the manga would hurry up though :/

  • August 19, 2013 at 1:32 pmKurama

    Fuyumi is far from the most interesting character ever, but damn it, she’s so cute!

  • August 19, 2013 at 1:42 pmdytianquin

    Kirino, please, take notes from Liz, one of the cutest imoutos in anime (Kobato from Hanagai being one of the few others.)

    Cherrie you finally converted to the awesome ship that is BellxStaz. It would be interesting to see how Bell develops her feelings for Staz, but what I really want to know is why she’s falling for our otaku vampire? Is it because of his power, or is it one of those feelings where you can’t explain until you’re totally immersed? It seems like she does like Staz, but hasn’t completely fallen for him quite yet. Plus, I think Bell is much more attractive if she just ties her hair up normally, but I think that might just be the biased side of me speaking.

  • August 19, 2013 at 2:34 pmKyosuke

    Liz is cute and all.. but Bell is bestttttt!!!! Glad to see we’ve got the same taste Cherrie! :P

    • August 19, 2013 at 4:40 pmtsukioniisan

      Staz’s little sister can’t be this cute!

    • August 20, 2013 at 7:14 amCherrie

      LOL! I thought you had the same taste as Stilts… does that mean I have the same taste as him!? X___X

  • August 19, 2013 at 2:40 pmgawrshness

    Like a patron said a few weeks ago: “There’s no way my bratty little sister can be this cute!”

  • August 19, 2013 at 3:02 pmP Ko

    Awww Liz is so cute…

  • August 19, 2013 at 3:39 pmTez

    I’m calling it now… Bell is Fuyumi’s long lost mother!

    She get it from her mama, if you get my meaning ;)

    • August 20, 2013 at 1:06 amCrook

      Bell’s the same age, though.

      • August 20, 2013 at 4:37 amTez

        That’s just what they want you to think, these are magical beings we’re talking about.

        Braz said Fuyumi was important to Bell. Bell’s dimensional just happened to be in Fuyumi’s closet.

        I know it’s out there!

      • August 20, 2013 at 6:56 amCherrie

        Are they really the same age? Demons might age slower… although I think Bell being a mother is a stretch o_o she doesn’t act like a motherly figure at all lol

      • August 20, 2013 at 11:02 amagr0n

        @Cherrie Neither did Medusa ;)

      • August 21, 2013 at 2:07 amKoroshiyaKi

        Okay so if they are the same age then lets go with long lost sister.

  • August 19, 2013 at 8:52 pmKF

    Those perverted brothers…

    TQ

  • August 20, 2013 at 2:01 ambaseone

    • August 20, 2013 at 6:50 amCherrie

      Lol… I tried, but the shot is too fast and quite blurry =S

      • August 21, 2013 at 2:44 ambaseone

        me am sad panda :( and I-It’s not that I’m that perverted!

  • August 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm†Croos†

    I’m so tempted to watch this anime because of this “CUTE and KINDA NSFW, PICTURE”

    • August 22, 2013 at 2:16 ambaseone

      there it is! thanks man duhuhu… but If my memory serves me right there wasn’t any blinding light(censor) in it?

      • August 22, 2013 at 3:12 am†Croos†

        I just got that somewhere.
        I don’t have a PC/laptop right now and I haven’t watch Blood Lad yet so I don’t know.
        I want to make a Full length of that though.

      • August 22, 2013 at 4:18 ambaseone

        I see… well thanks anyway for sharing.

      • August 22, 2013 at 10:59 am†Croos†

        @baseone this is what Cherrie wanted to say:
        http://puu.sh/48daO.jpg
        Blurry

      • August 22, 2013 at 12:59 pmMgMaster

        Lol,she does lack nipples!

      • August 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm†Croos†

        The image is saying “Buy the blu-ray to see n*pples”

      • August 23, 2013 at 12:52 ambaseone

        now that I saw it yes it is blurry what a shame and about the blinding light, what I watched was the horriblesubs.

  • August 23, 2013 at 4:49 amuchkaz

    so staz & family arrive give fuyumi some blood & meet staz’s brother & sister now to staz’s base have lunch give both staz & bell don’t trust staz’s brother give a mini ring only fuyumi can do 3 times call liz.

    then staz & his brother grab fuyumi get some dna give seem “hmm” cause staz still bother by his brother & that after he left tell liz keep watch.

    during which liz got stuff animal from staz, fuyumi’s cooking, anime watch, & even bath time with fuyumi got all fine til fuyumi gone missing.

    so staz go like tell everyone find fuyumi doing all type of searching or staz go wild to smash the demon world & have liz find fuyumi as well cause their older brother put tracker on fuyumi & suspect is assume is blonde guy.