「はじめてのリズ」 (Hajimete no Rizu)
“Liz, For The First Time”
Liz is one adorable imouto! I want to nuzzle her in my bosom o_o…
My initial impressions of her were kind of creepy, but now she resembles a poor lost puppy. That adorable look in her eyes and the attempt to hold back tears, makes me want to just cuddle her and tell her that everything is going to okay. Her backstory isn’t a tragic one, but it does define her character a little more and pushes all the right sympathy buttons. Growing up alone (with no parents) and neglected by your older brothers might do that to you. Liz is still a child at heart and I feel bad that she hasn’t been treated as one until now. I never saw Staz as a role model for his sister, but he has a soft spot for her and gives her the attention that she deserves. It was so heartwarming to see Staz purchase a stuffed dinosaur for her or introduce her to his world of otaku-ness. As an offside, Castle in the Sky is actually one of my favorite films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki Hayao. Well… top four favorites probably. This show makes me grin stupidly at my monitor every time I can relate to Staz (or others). I don’t think Liz is as obsessed about anime as her brother is, but it’s nice to see that the two can spend some quality time together (and Fuyumi). I don’t think Staz is a perfect brother by all means, but definitely more attentive to Liz’s needs and feelings than Braz.
It helps that Staz has Fuyumi to look after Liz as well. Fuyumi acted like a motherly figure this episode by bathing Liz, feeding her and sleeping with her too. As much as it was a Liz-centric episode, I thought it gave Fuyumi some character screen time too. Fuyumi still feels like a blank canvas to me and she’s almost too perfect and innocent. I wish her role consisted of more than being a damsel in distress and the love interest. Her disappearance didn’t end up surprising me all too much as a result. My thoughts were kind of like, “Go figure…” but maybe the next episode will prove me wrong. It bothers me that so much of the fanservice is focused on her. Not that fanservice in general bothers me (because it doesn’t), but it’s more like the situations that Fuyumi is thrown into. I get it – she has big boobs (not to mention no nipples…). The more I see of her and the less I see of Bell, the more I miss Bell and the more annoyed I am of Fuyumi. It’s like my ship has flipped and I’m definitely a Bell fan now. Sailing on that Bell x Staz ship ~
Enough about the girls, let’s talk about the guys. Braz is a bit of a pervert isn’t he? He has that sly, sneaky attitude that he carries around like he always has a hidden agenda. I have to give a thumb up for his seiyuu performance though, he acts and sounds exactly like how I would expect a vampire would act and sound like. The only downside is I still can’t work out if he’s for or against Staz… right now I’m leaning towards the latter. Blood Lad isn’t necessarily all that original in terms of plot twists, so I’m willing to bet that Braz isn’t working on how to return Fuyumi to her human body, but rather how to use Staz’s unleashed powers for evil (or for his own selfish gains). Given that Braz wrote a book on how to revive humans, I would assume he already knows how to save Fuyumi but he’s unwilling to because he has Staz wrapped around his finger. What a prick. A mysterious blonde stranger also appeared this episode… no name yet but it can be inferred that he kidnapped Fuyumi. This leads us to the next episode which seems to be focused on Staz and Bell (finally!). Not sure if they’ll manage to find Fuyumi, but Bell will sure suffice for enough entertainment. Also, Fuyumi has that bell for emergencies so I’m sure she won’t be hard to track.