「ふくからに」 (Fuku kara ni)
“By Its Breath”
I don’t know if CLAMP was anticipating the sight of the Motoe twins inexplicably alive again to be a series-defining moment, but it sure didn’t come off as one after they went ahead and killed one of the few remaining characters in the opening parts of the episode. When I saw Shinichirou rush up the stairs and get killed by the female Elder Bairn (Satou Rina) in a matter of seconds, I was left thinking, “Wow, really? Him too?” I more or less stopped caring about everything that happened afterward, because it really felt like the support cast was only here to be killed off for some easy shock value. After seeing just about everyone die one after another in the past four episodes, I’ve become completely desensitized to it all. Shinichirou was the last straw. I thought if he could show his “worth” in the series now that everyone but him and Itsuki are dead, then there’s a chance Blood-C could redeem itself in some way. When he showed up out of nowhere just to die, I almost lost it in complete disbelief.
It was little reconciliation to learn in the preview that he’s probably still alive as well, because even if it turns out that all of Saya’s friends are actually Elder Bairns (or were reborn as Elder Bairns), their deaths still come off as a very cheap plot device to build suspense. To put it bluntly, I really don’t care if they live or die now because they’re already dead to me. Actually, I take that back, I’d be happier to learn that they are Elder Bairns so that Saya gets to hack them up like a psychopath. After all, they’ve been dicking around with both her and us all this time and it only seems appropriate for Saya to be driven to insanity. The Elder Bairns also keep talking about the “contract” like she’s supposed to remember when they know she’s not her former self, so I’ll completely understand if Saya ends up killing everyone. I will gladly take the “bad end” option when I’ve become so detached from the characters. If Itsuki is killed in the remaining episodes, I’ll make a point of laughing about it even if he truly is a victim in this twisted village.
I wouldn’t say Blood-C is on the verge of driving me insane, but it sure does wear on me when it keeps beating around the bush with the same stuff over and over again. Even now, they haven’t completely spelled out how the coffee and guimauve that Fumito has been feeding Saya is soaked in blood, but they’re okay with making it more apparent for anyone who hasn’t caught on by now. All the rhetorical questions the dog poses don’t help either, except maybe the idea that he was asked by Saya’s original self, who wanted someone to make sure that this so-called “experiment” is being carried out properly since she’ll have no recollection of it. In connection, this is first time that it’s been revealed that Saya did receive blood transfusions of some kind, and that we’re given a better glimpse of the Saya before her. If anything was truly a surprise, it would be that Kanako might actually be on Saya’s side, given how she slowly helped her realize that everything’s she’s been led to believe is a lie. I’m not even going to speculate on what’s coming up, but I will take the fan-service since that can always be appreciated at face value. 😛