「ひとはいさ」 (Hito wa Isa)
I’m not too sure how to take Nene and Nono’s complaints about how boring their small town is, because it felt like CLAMP was trying to tell us that Blood-C’s been purposely uneventful so far. It was as if they were mocking us by saying they’re going to tell this story their way and that they could care less about any bandwagoners who have already hopped off. Or at least, that’s the way I sarcastically interpreted the in-show complaints, making the once again laid-back first half of the episode slightly more enjoyable.
For a moment, I thought Kanako was going to turn out to be someone other than she seems, but that was nothing more than a tease. The delicious cafe that Itsuki had in mind turned out to be Guimauve too, further shattering my hopes that something interesting would happen in the first half. I don’t really mind the format that the show is sticking to, but I am curious about the direction that Production I.G and CLAMP have in mind. Three episodes in, I’m still having a hard time figuring out what the overarching plot is, so I do wish they’d give me a little bit more to go on to get me excited about something. The most interesting parts have been the rhetoric-like monologues heard at the beginning of the premiere and the end of this episode, which sound like Fumito is talking about Saya’s true nature. Since there hasn’t been any mention of Saya’s powers, I gather those red eyes of hers are related to what he’s referring to.
It could very well be that the big twist in the series will involve Saya herself and that her good-willed nature shown thus far is intended to heavily contrast some upcoming change in her character. This latest furukimono hunt was the first time I recall seeing a very different side of her — one that was enjoying the bloodbath — so I’m even starting to wonder if she has some vampiric blood flowing through her veins. After all, we haven’t seen any chiropterans (i.e. bat-like creatures) yet, and this is supposed to be a remake of the Blood concept. Luckily, while the direction of the series leaves something to be desired, the bloodier side of the series continues to elevate itself — this time with an ancient monster that disguises itself as a train and hypnotizes its victims into boarding it. I didn’t find the setting overly creepy, but I did appreciate the stark shift in atmosphere. Once the story does pick up, those scenes should play out even better.
I’m still optimistic that the story will pick up at some point, which will hopefully begin with Shinichirou getting more screen time. It may come at Itsuki’s expensive because of how dense Saya is, but it’s well worth it considering he’s the only person I can see shaking things up at the moment.
* For the record, yes I also found it odd that Saya didn’t try to save the bread store owner.