「未確認魔人物体」 (Mikakunin Majin Buttai)
“Unidentified Demon Object”
There’s nothing like a family reunion.
And Staz’s family is no exception. Whereas Staz’s sister wants him to suffer in jail forever, Staz’s brother isn’t as heartless as he appears in the flashbacks. This paints a different picture of Braz and his intentions for shooting Staz. Last week, I would’ve thought it was because Braz was jealous or even trying to kill Staz. This week, Braz doesn’t seem like such a bad guy – in fact, he’s actually trying to save Staz from himself which in hindsight, seems like a very brotherly thing to do. I’m starting to grow some respect for the guy, if not for his reluctance to help Staz. If my siblings asked for help, I would undoubtedly help them – unless we had a bad relationship of course. This just seems like ploy to get Staz to do the dirty work because Braz rather not. All in all though, I don’t think their relationship with one another is as bad as Staz remembers it to be.
Then there’s Liz who’s more adorable than she came off in the previous episode. I don’t drink coffee either, we can drink hot chocolate together! Unfortunately her grudge against Staz seems to be rooted quite deep. I would understand that she wants attention from Braz, but what about Staz? Would it not suffice to have attention from Staz? Or perhaps it’s because both her brothers never gave her attention, which is why she resents Staz for it. Usually it’s the middle child in a family of 3 that feels isolated and neglected, but I could definitely sympathize with Liz for feeling left out.
What quite freaked me out this episode was the abomination that Franken created. I’m not sure if his motive is even an issue in this case because it seems like the bigger question is what this monster plans to do with his newly acquired body parts. Worse yet, he seems to be quite overpowered now and it would make sense that the only person that could stop him is Staz. He even killed the leader of the North – who is no more than a giant raging boar (no need for further character introductions there…). I don’t think Wolf is going anywhere, but it’d be awesome to see the werewolf in action!
After 5 episodes of Blood Lad I’ve realized that every week has ended in a cliffhanger that’s resolved in the next episode but leads to another wild goose chase. To me, it feels like there’s just one objective so far that’s led Staz down this trail of acquaintances and traps. Where does it end…? I hope the end destination is one worth waiting for because so far it feels like Fuyumi has everything working against her. Of course, there’s always Wolf to save her 😉 (we all know who I’m rooting for!) I just hope that future episodes aren’t simply just about meeting new characters and there’s actually a purpose to send Staz after Franken’s new “creation”. Blood Lad has a lot of potential for a bigger picture at play and I’m hoping to see it sooner rather than later.