「よのなかよ」 (Yo no Naka Yo)
“A World Within The World”
Blood-C is still a ways off from redeeming itself from the sluggish start, but it’s finally giving me something to go on. The action picked up with Elder Bairns’ attacks in broad daylight, and most importantly, there’s enough of a story for me to anticipate where things might be headed. One of my biggest gripes with the earlier episodes was the lack of the latter; things happened but nothing seemed to have any relevance in the grand scheme of things. Well that’s finally changed with the subtle implication that Tadayoshi drinks blood. That was more or less reaffirmed by Saya’s belief that some of her blood came off on her father, when it was pretty clear he already had some on him as she went to pick him up. I gather it’s no coincidence that he likes Fumito’s sweets either, seeing as the pink guimauve are probably made with blood. What’s interesting about this revelation is that it ties into the suspicion I had that Saya is half Elder Bairn/half human. I figured that Tadayoshi wasn’t truly Saya’s father, but if he’s actually a chiropteran in disguise then it all make sense.
As for the experiment that’s been alluded to, I get the feeling that Saya may have requested to have her memories erased so that she can try to live as a human. It’s a bit of a stab in the dark at this point, but fits the notion that other Elder Bairn are aware of who she and Tadoyashi are, plus the way that Fumito closely watches over her to make sure that her memories don’t resurface. Part of me also thinks that Saya may have wanted to do this herself, perhaps as a last ditch effort toward a peaceful coexistence between humans and “more refined” Elder Bairns like Tadayoshi and Fumito (presumably). It could very well be that Saya’s mother was human and that Tadayoshi came around after falling in love with her, as suggested by his reaction when Saya brought her mother up. Together with Fumito, he deals with Elder Bairns who only care to feast on humans. Assuming that’s the case, it still raises the question as to who asked the dog to look after Saya and help her remember who she is. The only person I can think of is her mother, but there really isn’t much to go on about her at this point. Heck, I don’t even know if she’s still alive or not.
I could be completely off, but at least the story’s giving me some possibilities to juggle around and making me want to see how it turns out. I also like the grueling depiction of the killings as of late (even with the censoring), simply because it’s visual indication that things have passed the point of no return. The town can’t really cover things up any longer if support characters are front and center of it all. With Saya caught among them, it was a defining moment to see her reluctantly reveal what she’s been doing all this time. It doesn’t look like she’ll be able to save everyone that’s left, but it’ll still be an improvement if she can save Itsuki and Yuuka. What I can’t quite make heads or tails of is Shinichirou’s role in all this. He’s made it very clear that he’s in love with Saya both with his words and his actions, but other than that, he looks like an ordinary human being with no idea as to what’s going on. I said last episode that he’d likely be killed if that were the case, so I’m just waiting for any death flags to be waved now.
* It’s been hinted that Kanako is likely in on everything, so we may learn to what extent next time if the preview was any indication.
* Dog or not, he’s clearly male judging from that tail wag. I guess Saya wouldn’t suspect anything from a dog though, seeing as she’s completely clueless about Shinichirou’s feelings for her.