“Meeting By Chance”
Well it sure looked like the “dog” was going to talk to Saya this time around, so maybe my hunch last time wasn’t too far-fetched after all. Even without the “dog” talking, the unsettling feeling that’s take hold of the small town is starting to show promise. Saya’s visions seem to be causing her some distress, and it’s pretty clear now that somebody is cleaning up the bloody messes she leaves behind at night. Plus, the suspicions I had about Kanako in episode three may be more valid than even I believed at the time. Based on her ghost story that’s obviously meant to be more truth than fiction, my guess is that select adults know all about the Elder Bairns and the attempts to reach an understanding with them in the past. The question is whether this contract is actually between the entire village and the Elder Bairns, and entails something twisted, such as how they’re allowed to feast on certain villagers at night. Some people are obviously in the know, whereas the guys with catching nets last time clearly weren’t.
As for Saya herself, I still get the feeling that she’s half human/half Elder Bairn. The creepy big eyeball demon (Kawasumi Ayako) that she fought with could have killed her several times over, yet chose not to each and every time. It was almost as if it was testing Saya and perceived her as one of them instead of food. It’s probably only a matter of time before Saya comes across the truth about both herself and her town, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that both her father and Fumito know all about it and are purposely keeping her in the dark. At the same time, they need Saya’s powers to keep the Elder Bairns in check, so they continue sending her out at night while showering her with affection during the day so that she doesn’t lose herself and go on a rampage. The idea behind this is Fumito’s monologue, which talked about replacing hatred with an equally powerful emotion. Deep-down inside, Saya probably knows the truth, hence why she collapsed when bit and pieces of it started coming back to her in a jumbled mess.
Of course, this all merely speculation on my part, but the fact that the story is finally dropping enough hints to make me to do so is a good sign. Even Yuuka had me reading heavily into things when she told Saya, “That’s what I’m here for.” Be that as it may, I still can’t help but wonder how much more better Blood-C would’ve been it got to this point two episodes earlier, instead of digging itself in a rut and trying to turn things around now. The next episode looks like things are going to be blown wide open with the Elder Bairns attacking during the day too, which should get all the other characters involved. If Nene was any indication, that should be more than enough to break from the usual formula. Hopefully Shinichirou will surprise us as well. My expectations are pretty low at this point, so any glimpses of story development will be much appreciated.
* Note: MBS and TBS won’t be airing Blood-C next week because of the Bon Festival. It looks like Chiba TV will be the first station to air because of this, with episode six slated for Wednesday, August 17th (one day before MBS/TBS because they were a week behind to begin with).
* Full-length shot of Saya here.