Blood Lad – 08, 09
「ふたりはトレジャー」 (Futari wa Torejaa)
“Two is a Treasure”
If there’s one thing that I noticed while watching Blood Lad, it’s that everyone seems to be interconnected. It used to bother me that everyone just seemed to know everyone else and one thing led to another… but somehow it really works for this show. As more characters are revealed overtime, it’s almost like a guessing game to see who they’re going to introduce next. The next episode really dives into that and it no longer makes me feel like the author is just pulling random plot strings to tie everything together. It feels much more like a story that’s very intertwined and I like complex story plots like that. The only unfortunate part of that is… the finale is on Sunday!
I also liked the abundance of screen time dedicated to Bell and Staz, even if they were mainly arguing and bickering. I had my doubts that Bell even liked Staz, but not after this episode. It’s crystal clear that it’s a unrequited love – that feeling is oh so familiar.. I feel rather bad for Bell because she’s crushing on someone who is so wrapped around someone else and Staz is never going to look at her “that way”(I shouldn’t say never, but very unlikely). It would be nice, but I don’t see it as a possibility given the direction of the show and the emphasis that it puts on Staz and Fuyumi. Breaks my heart to say it, but it looks like the ending won’t be very romantic anyway.
The story also takes a bit of a tangent and starts focusing on Braz. I wrote him off as a side character but I shouldn’t be so quick to judge (Liz on the other hand doesn’t get any more screen time which makes me sad). He really has plans up his sleeves… but nothing to prevent him from being arrested by Constable Beros (Asano Masumi). The mysterious blonde also ends up being none other than Bell’s brother, Hydra Knell (Kaji Yuuki). Whowouldathunk? He’s no longer as hot and cunning as I initially gave him credit for. He’s also quite thoughtful to his hostages so my impression of him feels almost like a mama’s boy. What interested me the most though was seeing the family dynamics between Bell and her family, but more on that next episode.
「メガネの罪」 (Megane no Tsumi)
“Sins of the Eye Glasses”
If the story wasn’t complicated enough, we open up with the murder of Braz/Staz’s father with the new King of Acropolis ( Wakamoto Norio) holding his heart. I guess there are very few ways you can kill an overpowered vampire these days and ripping out his heart seems to be the key. The King of the Demon World, named Wolf Daddy is a werewolf and (although not directly mentioned) Wolf’s father. Wolf did mention that he was not a “purebreed” though, so it is likely that his mother was just a weaker demon or one of them wh*res (ouch! That hurt… =X). For a grand villain like that, I would have expected him to be introduced much later or earlier, but seeing as the finale is next week, I’m not sure how big of an impact he can have (unless it’s cliffhanger…).
Speaking of further introductions, there’s also Chief Goyle (Kishio Daisuke) who was entertaining to watch, but didn’t add any value to the show in my opinion. I feel as though all these newly added predicaments and issues are coming up just to tease the audience for a second season. This includes the side stories featuring Braz and Franken (and their newly built monster). I wasn’t too surprised to find out the origins of Akim, but it just further confirms that Braz is challenging Wolf Daddy to the throne.
The biggest cliffhanger this series is likely to leave unresolved is – what is going to happen to Fuyumi? Her “mother”, Nyen (Mitsuishi Kotono) doesn’t want Staz to turn her back into a human, so does that mean she’s expecting Fuyumi to stay dead in the demon world? The use of doppelgangers is also a new twist that I don’t see often in vampire stories (the only one that comes to mind is Vampire Diaries and Buffy). The unique spin about Nyen was something I wasn’t predicting because I initially thought that Bell was Fuyumi’s mother instead or they were somehow related, but I wouldn’t have guessed half-sisters. Her mother is definitely not one to take lightly and seeing as she is a “demon” (more so than human), I’d like to see her powers and why she holds so much authority.
Next week is our finale and to be honest, this whole season feels almost like a long teaser trailer to what Blood Lad is about. There’s a rich cast of characters that all have their own motives and stories and it’s hard to condense that all into one season (let alone, only 10 eps). I thought the speed of the episodes was consistent though and nothing was sped up just to jump to certain events. I’m anxious how they’re going to end this season given that there’s so much more to tell… let’s hope the finale isn’t too much of a cliffhanger.
TL;DR – @RCCherrie: Finale coming up this Sunday but there’s so much left unsaid. Hope it’s not a cliffhanger! #BellxStaz
Note: I’ve been extremely busy and off the radar recently, sorry folks! Summer does that to people. I’ve also made my twitter public for those that didn’t know – I post a lot of photos and talk about random shows.