「なげけとて」 (Negeke tote)
“Even If I Lament”
Well, four episodes later, we finally got the craaazy development we’ve been waiting for — is it a dog… or a cat!? I actually thought it looked like a small fox the first time I saw it, so I was always under the impression that it was a puppy. The only thing is, dogs don’t climb trees the last time I checked, nor do they vanish into thin air. I honestly question how much of a role our furry friend has in the story though, because Nono and Nene’s reaction about a supposed dog that Saya was chasing had me wondering if only she can see it. For now, I think I’m simply reading into the dialogue too much; however, keep this in mind if the puppy ends up talking (or transforming) later on. In hindsight, I may look like a genius. And if it doesn’t, I’ll just conveniently pretend like I never said anything. You guys won’t remember anyway… >_>
So… I originally had this image that Shinichirou was going to be the mysterious figure who takes this remake of the Blood concept to the next gear (i.e. the first gear), but it’s quickly fallen on Fumito after Shinichirou desperately saved Saya, blushed in front of her, and was rather curious about exactly how she “loves” Cafe Guimauve’s owner. He’s sort of degenerated from a cool and quiet classmate to one who simply has a crush on her. Fumito on the other hand does all the narration in the show and talked about having to replacing hatred with an equally powerful emotion — such as the desire to protect people — suggesting he knows all about Saya’s true nature. I’m not entirely convinced that he’s as benevolent as he seems either. Assuming that Saya comes from a bloodline akin to the monsters she’s fighting, I can even picture him “nurturing” Saya for some personal cause. That suspicion comes partly from the belief that they didn’t get this seiyuu, Nojima Kenji, to do the narration for no apparent reason, and because there really isn’t anyone else to suspect anymore. Talking Furukimono are the next best thing, except they get killed all the same every episode.
On that note, it’s probably worth reading into the idea that the Furukimono see Saya as one of them and that her generally cheerful and innocent personality is concealing a deadly blood-feasting Saya underneath. All this talk about feeding and only attacking Saya if she intends to get in their way sounds more like something one would say to their own kind rather than what they perceive as food. Unfortunately, Saya is just as lost as we are, particularly by this contract — or “covenant” — to the “Shrovetide” that they speak of, which she only has some vague memories of. It’s almost like that was a Saya from a previous life, which may be used to loosely tie in Blood-C with the first film, Blood: The Last Vampire. In any case, there’s little doubt in my mind that she’s no a mere human, and if her red eyes weren’t indicative enough, the ability to recover quickly after getting her skin melted off should be.
Unlike the baker last time, Saya did make an attempt to save the human victims this time around. The fact that she wasn’t able to left a somewhat ominous feel at the very end when Kanako made it sound like everything’s perfectly peaceful in their small town. The irony was a nice contrast to the killings we just saw, which were apparently gruesome enough to warrant some censoring. It looks like they’ll draw the line on someone getting picked apart. (Eaten whole is always okay it seems.) In combination with all the added foreshadowing, the series is slowly getting better while still adhering to the same formula.