Blood-C – 05 Review
Oh no! More than 1 day passes in this episode! What am I to do? =p
The episode actually presents some progress and back story, or at least attempted to do so. Even though more days as passed, and the pacing is definitely not as slow as the first 3 episodes of nothingness, this episode is still a step backward in the method of execution with regards to the information they try to deliver as compared to last episode. But I shall explain more later. Here is a short summary of this week’s episode.
Saya is making her way back from school (I assume it from school and not towards school) and due to the recent flashes of information she has been getting, she has a headache and falls asleep at Guimauve. That night, she goes to fight another Elder Bairns (looks like a giant eyeball, quite disturbing), the Elder Bairns then tells her that there is a promise between humans and the monsters and that Saya should honor the agreement. During the fight scene, Saya also saves a girl who was being attacked by tiny monsters minions, and instead of being grateful, that girl is afriad of Saya.
The scene then goes to the classroom and the second half of the episode is about ghost stories. After some convincing on Nene’s part, their teacher finally decides to telling them a ghost story about the village that is meant to be true. But before she could finish her story, Saya collapses after seeing flashes of images again. The episode ends with Nene visiting Saya at her home to apologize thinking that Saya’s fainting spell was due to the story. As Nene is apologising, an Elder Bairns comes out from underground behind Nene and attacks them in broad daylight.
As I said above, the execution method in which they choose to deliver the information to the viewer was really boring to me. If you love Blood-C, I would advise you not to read what I have to say about it…
Information 1: Honoring the Covenant and the fact they had created a monster to come and look for Saya just to deliver to the audience more hints/questions about the covenant. It was a really draggy fight scene that honestly is just like the rest of the fight scenes, a lot of blood, nothing much to the animation quality and Saya not being in “activated” mode from the start for no reason at all. Also, why use her hands to kill the Elder? If she could use her hands to kill the Elder from the start then why bother with the sword?
Information 2: Saya saving the girl and the girl running away in fear. That integration into the fight scene was alright, we kinda got the point from the first time she ran away from Saya, but just like the first 3 episodes of Blood-C, the writers felt a need to reiterate the point to the viewers and have her run away from Saya again after getting her assed saved. Also, who the girl ran away, why was she still there at the playground anyway?
Information 3: Flashback scenes. This was probably the only method of delivery that was done nicely. Not spelling out too much in verbal terms and just letting the audience think about it themselves.
Information 4: Back story of the town. Why did they have to spend so much time in having the twins try to convince the teacher to let the class tell ghost stories? Sure they ghost story telling led to the eventual hint that there *is* a story of sorts behind the village and that the issue is an old one. Was the twin’s scene there just so that we will feel some sort of attachment to the character if something were to happen to them? (i.e. end of episode attack) Also, as usual with the teasing, argh, the anyone every told the story writers that a story is interesting and worth dragging and milking if there is some sort of substance to it? Everytime we think we are finally going to learn something, boom, sorry, something else happens and we are not going to let you know anything at all.
Information 5: Nene having to deliver the message of ‘if you don’t have anything to compare to, then how would you know you are right?’ by actually saying something so straight up to Saya felt really boring. But then again, that is Saya’s character, boring and dense, and maybe that is why they had to make a character actually say it out loud to Saya’s face instead of letting Saya think about stuff, because we all know that Saya does not actually get anything accomplished when she thinks. except fainting. =p
The episode may have ended with a cliff hanger but am I horrible for not actually caring what happens to them? I don’t think that enough time was placed into the character of the twins or the other cast members for that fact that I would actually care if something were to happen to them. Most of the time they are just there as extras doing nothing much at all, worse of all, their personalities are all so bleah.
And OMG, it feels like BLOOD-C is trying to make up for all of the censored blood scenes that we have in anime these days ever since the days of Higurashi when they were blaming the brutality of crimes teens are committing on the brutality in anime. If it were to turn into a live action, the studio would have to buy gallons of red dye.
My favourite part of the show has got to be narrated scenes on random tips on life, and it is not like they are insights into anything new, but it is probably the only CLAMP aspect that I do like in this series currently. Overall, it is not a bad episode, but I had expected more out of it, or maybe it is just the fever talking when I say that I was disappointed by this episode.
@Morgoth: I know what you mean by the flashback looking like scenes from Blood: The Last Vampire. Maybe that Saya is the same Saya as this.
My speculation of the week is that the village is a feeding ground for those monsters and that the original village actually is outside of this village.
I apologize if I am not coherent but I think I might be running a high fever and I feel like collapsing. Hope you guys enjoyed this cynical review though.
=) ra out!