「それがダチ」 (Sore ga Dachi)
Have you ever wondered why Dragon Ball Z spends like 5 episodes showing a character powering up for a massive attack while the villain stands by idling and watching? First of all, if you haven’t spent a good chunk of your anime-watching years (yes, I spent years! watching this show) then you’re missing out. Second of all, boy does Blood Lad make me reminiscent of it. I remember watching “new” episodes of DBZ every week, but each week probably spent more time dedicated to powering up or transforming than it did fighting. What might take an average anime one episode to get done, takes DBZ ten times longer. Nonetheless, it is still enjoyable and funny and I highly recommend it! Especially with all these references that Blood Lad spits out. I love the spoofs that they put in and it does make you think…” That could’ve never happened IRL (even in an anime).” I’m also not sure if it’s intentional, but it goes to show that Staz is actually reading/watching very old anime/manga. This makes sense since Staz did mention that demons don’t wander in and out of the human world often anymore (and it’s expensive).
Papladon Akimu (Yusa Kouji) proved to be… a not so interesting adversary. I thought he was more annoying and resembled a bug that you keep stepping on but can never kill. Poor Wolf, I thought he’d have more screen time than that. Staz on the other hand had no issues using his unlocked magic. He was already overpowered before, but now he’s indestructible! Obviously not without a cost and Braz probably has something up his sleeve for helping Staz. The fight was fun to watch and I loved seeing Staz’s attempt to mimic other anime characters (DBZ and FMA references here).
Although it was short, I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of Akimu. He’s given a name and a preservation tank (courtesy of Bell), so maybe we’ll get to hear where he came from. The fact that his attacks are so similar to Bell’s either means one of two things to me: (a) he can mimic attacks and Akimu picked it up somewhere (probably from the person who sent a package to Franken and that same person stole it from Bell) or (b) there’s another demon out there that holds spatial abilities like Bell. Either way, Bell is off to find this person. Throughout this whole time, did anyone else wonder why Franken even started “making his own demon”? What was the point? He’s the real mastermind that should be punished if you ask me so I’m glad that Liz has him in custody.
The morale of the story is really about friendship and keeping those long-term relationships. I thought the title of the episode was very fitting for all of Wolf and Staz’s moments. Their first meeting was unexpected and confirms that Staz did run away from home when he was young; all because he wanted to go to Japan. While Wolf’s attitude has remained unchanged throughout the years, I think Staz has gradually opened up to embrace his otaku-ness. His childhood was filled with gloom and doom and even his expressions were deadpan. Nowadays, he’s much livelier and especially with Fuyumi as his motivation, I can’t see how anyone can stop him. I think seeing glimpses into everyone’s past is quite interesting and leaves a little bit to be desired each week. The more interesting characters (especially the females) have yet to reveal much about themselves. Seeing as Fuyumi is such a “unique” case, I’d be hoping to see more of her family and life as a human (if she is all human).