「こころにも」 (Kokoro ni mo)
“The Heart Too”
Sometimes it really feels like CLAMP is mocking us, like when the dog says “some pretty big things happened today”. I couldn’t help but laugh at that line while thinking, “Well thank you Captain Obvious, we just saw Yuuka added to the long list of casualties along with the rest all of Saya’s classmates after all.” The cynic in me took it as a message from the writers as well — an inside joke of sorts telling dissatisfied viewers that they got their interesting developments this week so they can shut up now.
With last week’s episode, I was already on board with the idea that Blood-C had moved well beyond the random Elder Bairn of the week. Still, all the graphic killings aren’t enough to make me overlook how we as the viewers could’ve been better strung along by the story — a sentiment that carried applied to this episode as well. While I really liked the intense atmosphere at the school when Saya was desperately trying to save her classmates yet watching them die one-by-one before her very eyes, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the indiscriminate slaughter was an attempt to try and make me forget about the earlier episodes. However, to the series’ credit, those episodes did work well in establishing the unassuming nature of not only the town, but of the series altogether.
For me, the dog’s rhetorical questions continue to be driving aspect of the story, pushing Saya to uncover the truth behind her very existence. The inference that Fumito and Tadayoshi have been meddling with her memories is stronger than ever, and the questions I had about Saya’s mother are now front and center too. Then there are the Elder Bairns themselves, who continue to confuse Saya further because they’re aware of who she truly is. My prevailing hunch is that everything Saya’s been led to believe is a lie, so I kind of get the feeling that she may not even have a mother — not a human one anyway. The more I see the memories she’s on the verge of remembering, the more they seem to be about herself rather than her mother — possibly from a past life in Blood: Last Vampire — with the way they keep coming up during fights. i.e. Her mind may have forgotten who she really is, but her body has not.
Now that the support cast has dwindled down to only Itsuki, Shinichirou, and Kanako, I think it’s only natural to start suspecting everyone. Kanako is a given, but Shinichirou’s fallen back under the radar after being conveniently missing during the classroom massacre. However, I’m still inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt given his tendency to arrive fashionably late. The same goes for Itsuki, who hasn’t really set off any flags except maybe how he miraculously survived the Elder Bairn’s attack. He looked genuinely scared though, even when he risked his life to help Saya, so I doubt he’s in on things. If anything, they probably only spared him this episode to kill him off later on.
Action-wise, things were very reminiscent of the first episode where the music really helped set the tone. The key difference here was the sense of urgency was much higher with people dying left and right, even by falling shards of glass. As per the above, the intensity made the entire episode unsettling yet exciting to watch, which includes Saya losing it and hacking away at the Elder Bairn’s corpse. Now all I need are some answers to the conspiracies in this messed up town.
* Full-length images: 08, 20, 28.
* ANN recently interviewed director Mizushima Tsutomu and screenwriter Fujisaku Junichi regarding Blood-C. Worth a read if you’re like me and questioned the series’ direction early on.