「たれをかも」 (Tare wo Kamo)
“Who Might You Be”
I really don’t like all the negativity I exude when I talk about Blood-C, but sometimes it feels like CLAMP is purposely messing with me. I mean come on, the TWINS are getting sick and tired of this crap? That sure came off as CLAMP’s way of saying, bend over, take whatever we’re going to give you, and enjoy it. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a memo with “orz <-” on it to summarize the feeling viewers should get after watching this episode.
I kid of course, as I’m sure Ookawa Nanase and co. are really nice people. (No sarcasm intended.) It’s just not a good sign when a line like that is funny simply because I’m not expecting anything from this series anymore. I wouldn’t go as far as callling Blood-C a complete joke though, as the story clearly had this U.S. military/Japanese government conspiracy in mind to begin with. The problem lied in the execution. When the time came to pull the covers off this town-wide charade, there was such a sour taste in my mouth from all the “deaths” that it completely lost its intended effect. It didn’t help that Shinichirou, Nono, Nene, and Yuuka (or whatever their real names are) were protected by some charm that not only saved their lives but also faked their deaths somehow. That was rather convenient to say the least, and made me feel more cheated by their supposed deaths. Had they only killed off half the cast and left them dead like all the unnamed extras, I probably would’ve been more okay with this surprise turn of events. Instead, it felt like insult to injury when Kanako and the others went on and on about what they were promised for taking part in this twisted experiment without a care in the world for how Saya was going to have a panic attack. I was in no better position as Saya, learning of the truth for the very first time, so all their forms of mockery toward her may as well have been directed to me as the viewer too.
On a positive note, I was happy to see the change in personality in all the characters since it added to the messed-up nature of everything that’s going on. (It also reaffirmed my thoughts last time that Saya should just hack them all up.) The Motoe twins turned out to be some convicts, Tokizane a money-grubbing fool, and Kanako a Hyakunin Isshu fanatic. Kanako is particularly interesting because her interest sheds some light on the unusual episode titles, which I personally find hard to translate since they come from those hundred poems. The idea that Saya is an Elder Bairn in the form of a beautiful girl also works for me, because it confirms my suspicions that Fumito is interested in harnessing her powers for his own gain. At the same time, it takes that idea a step further by suggesting he’s taking her blood and experimenting with it to create a super soldier, as seen in the flashbacks where his men looked far from human. I presume the “contract” or “covenant” that the other Elder Bairns have been referring to is some sort of agreement between their monster-like kind to not attack one another. Saya was accused of being more repulsive than them, likely because she eats other Elder Bairns — a form of cannibalism if you will. All in all, these were climax-worthy revelations, so it’s just too bad that the series stumbled along the way to get to this point.
I can’t say I care too much about how things end at this point, but I am wondering if the Dog is the Elder Bairn that’s currently attacking them. It’s possible that he was one of Saya’s Elder Bairn friends from before. If he were to kill Fumito and co., we’d have a pretty dismal ending but an ending nonetheless. With only one episode to go, I don’t see many possibilities for a “fulfilling” ending. I say we just do this Higurashi style and have them all kill one another.
* Black and red uniforms so that blood doesn’t show so easily — that’s a good one.
* Shinichirou finally reminded me of Sakamoto Yuuji from Bakatest when he flipped out. Sometimes it’s easy to forget he’s voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki.
* The Motoe twins are also the bitchiest characters I’ve ever heard Fukuen Misato play.