「きみがため」 (Kimi ga Tame)
“For Your Sake”
After a relatively unimpressive first showing for the next big series in the Blood franchise, Blood-C doesn’t waver from that trend and continues on in a similar manner with its second episode. The pacing is still a tad slow for my liking and reminds me of the adaptation of another CLAMP series, Kobato, which I’ve left unfinished at the halfway point with no real desire to get back to. I don’t mind the extra high school-related developments to help familiarize us with the characters, but I am wary of the additional time spent on them when this series is only slated for twelve episodes. It’s sometimes hard to give the laid-back progression the benefit of the doubt when the remaining episode count is quickly ticking away. At only two episodes in, it’s too early to start fretting over though, so here’s what I’ve taken away (and liked) so far.
Fumito of Guimauve Cafe (i.e. Marshmallow Cafe) is almost too kind of a character, so I can already picture the story taking a drastic turn at some point if something were to happen to him. The other possibility is of course Saya’s father Tadayoshi, who kind of has a bulls-eye on his back simply because he’s voiced by Fujiwara Keiji. Keiji has quite the track record for playing fatherly figures who wind up biting the dust and affecting the overall story in a big way (see Fullmetal Alchemist and Ao no Exorcist for examples). If anything happens to either of them, it’s a surefire way of causing a severe shift in the current mood of the series and in Saya herself. You can be sure I’ll be reading heavily into any potential death flags that are waved their way.
On the high school side of things, I’m somewhat enjoying Itsuki’s optimism about his feelings toward Saya. It says a lot about how clueless Saya is when Nono and Nene can be rooting for him right in front of her and she doesn’t have the slightest idea what they’re referring to. Poor Itsuki. He deserves extra credit for remaining undeterred even when Saya gave him an inadvertent blow by sharing her lunch with Shinichirou, who by the way is looking more and more like he’s aware of the existence of the Furukimono, a.k.a. “Elder Bairns (Children)” — the translation that Niconico’s simulcast is going with. There’s definitely some interesting developments going on between the characters, even though nothing appears to be particularly relevant to the main storyline about slaying demons.
So far, the only thing saving Blood-C from being a completely uneventful affair are the battles tacked onto each episode (both at the beginning and end of this one). Much like in the premiere, they still lack a sense of purpose to the overall story and come off a bit too much like a weekly occurrence, but I’m not complaining when they provide regular glimpses the other aspect of this series that will likely pick up as we go on. For the time being, it looks like we need to be a little patient with this series and give it a chance to impress us. After all, it hasn’t done anything poorly thus far; it just hasn’t shown us anything amazing… yet.