「かぜをいたみ」 (Kaze wo Itami)
“Dashed by Fierce Winds”
Plot development has suddenly arrived in full force, and the parallels to Madoka Magica are difficult to ignore. Both series feature a girl who must fight monsters to protect the people around them. Both proceed in a fairly straightforward fashion with bits of light-hearted slice of life. Both hint at something deeper and more sinister behind the scenes. Then, both feature a very dark and drastic turn of events. Granted, this premise is not particularly unique and actually seems to be a fairly good model for thriller/supernatural stories, and I don’t feel that comfortable talking about two series side-by-side so closely. However, it is impossible not to mention a comparison here between the two initial protagonist death scenes in Madoka and Blood-C, as both kids are decapitated, they both die unexpectedly, and both their killers are defeated moments too late.
I initially did not catch Nene’s death flags even with the cliffhanger in the last episode, and so her sudden demise was quite a shock. The brutality of her death combined with how the BGM abruptly stopped didn’t ease that feeling either, and it was evidently violent enough to warrant black censor bars across half the screen. The fact that Saya has never succeeded in saving a human (at least on screen) and that Nene pretty much announced her own demise beforehand definitely did not bode well for her. I’m not sure what other people thought about the twins and opinions probably vary, but I personally loved watching Nene and Nono’s interactions and they had provided a good bulk of the humor in the past few episodes.
Nono has no more luck than her sister either as she gets possessed by some sort of shadow demon, killing people left and right, and using her as a shield. Ever true to the title, copious amounts of blood are spilled, with white censor bars needed every few seconds. There’s no joy here as Saya is again unable to save anyone, and that battle ends with nothing left of Nono besides a pool of blood, tattered clothing, and a few unidentifiable body parts. The twins’ bitter deaths left me in a bit of a daze, and I truly wish they didn’t have to be the ones to go. The more vicious the death and the more attachment to characters, the more heartrending it feels, and Production I.G/CLAMP clearly knew that. A high-impact character death certainly makes a series much more gripping and gloomy though, and there is no way I can drop this show now.
The mood in general has become very ominous with almost all of the slice-of-life elements gone, and for one, I don’t think Saya will be singing anytime soon. There are hints that Fumiko is not as friendly as he seems, especially with that
roofie coffee. I’m not sure what to make of Tokizane, Saya’s father or her teacher either, since it’s implied that they know more than they are letting off. Someone’s covering up all the deaths too, so that the large majority of the townspeople are oblivious to what really happened to their friends and family, but that may change now the Furukimonos are attacking people in broad daylight. And finally, the cat (dog?) speaks as well; his voice makes me think he’s actually one of the characters we already know, in another form. With the developments in this episode, the pacing of the show has been accelerated, and hopefully things will continue to pick up. Things are definitely not what they seem, and as the plot unfolds and the direction becomes more clear, it will be seen whether Blood-C will really manage to shine.