If there are two phrases that describe Blood-C thus far above all others, they’re ‘half baked’ and ‘waste of time’, preferably in the same sentence. Yes, Blood-C is a half baked waste of time with some redeeming qualities, but not enough to be worth watching above anything else so far. While this episode was a pretty good watch toward the end in spite of some holes in the show’s logic. It seems that most of what goes on is done to stretch what could easily fit into a 5-10 minute timeframe to a standard 22 minute length.
For once, the father seems to show concern for Saya battling the Elder Bairns that leave her on the edge of death each night. Quell your rampant excitement though, because from here it degenerates into standard humdrum Blood-C slice of life fare: Saya singing, interactions with classmates that would actually be more likeable if they taunted orphaned burn victims for fun, and the same café dialogue that’s pretty much a slight variation of the following:
Barkeep: Hey, Saya! Want coffee?
Barkeep: Here you go. And take these pink cubes of undetermined origin too, my treat!
Saya: Thanks! I love your coffee.
Barkeep: Thanks! You’re my favorite customer.
Oh, and the puppy that Saya keeps fawning over can climb trees.
Finally, with absolutely no transition into it, Saya runs to confront some monsters harassing fishermen, finding the location using her amazing Spidey Sense. A griffon and two floating dinosaur things make short work of the men, with Saya barely making a dent in their lines. However, before things can end on a note with Saya dead, her vampire powers suddenly activate and she finishes off the monsters in thirty seconds after almost nine minutes of running around playing tag.
She returns home, her father sees her wounds and uses his amazing intuition to detect that she’s injured, and the next day she’s fine as can be. Nothing is gained through this episode, nothing is added to the story, just Saya dancing around with a griffon and floating dinosaurs.
There were only two things learned from this episode, amidst all the faffing about and fisherman murder:
- The owner of the café seems a little desperate to push his pink cubes onto Saya. A signal, perhaps?
- Saya has the most inconsistent abilities in the universe.
Seriously, her power fluctuates anywhere between that of a protozoan and a gamma ray burst. One minute, she’s nimbly ascending a tree by jumping branch to branch, the next she remembers that she’s supposed to be clumsy so she comes tumbling down, almost crushing somebody’s stomach with her knees.
When she fights, she seems to have trouble remembering that she’s supposed to slice the monsters to bits, rather than dance around with them. She doesn’t even activate her vampire powers until she’s on the verge of death, and for what reason? I mean we saw her activate them in the first episode before the fight against the living hunk of clay, so why couldn’t she do so now?
This also eliminates what sense of urgency there was in the earlier fights, since Saya did activate her abilities and have trouble taking down those foes. Each fight was a match between equals, both intent on killing the other without mercy. Knowing that she was somehow holding back during this fight only to unleash her power and rip the enemies to shreds took away what little suspense there was.
The content of the episode had to be stretched to double the length that it could accommodate, and it suffers for this offense. What’s worse is nothing that would progress the story happens, and that’s inexcusable with a series of such a short length. If they wouldn’t keep dropping hints that something big is going on behind the scenes, it’d be tolerable, maybe even likable. But right now, it’s just dicking around with the audience, an exercise in unchecked self indulgence that reeks more of laziness than of lack of potential.
As hard to believe, Blood-C does have potential. If it would halve the length of Saya’s school segments or eliminate them altogether, the decent action scenes would be given more room to shine, and the story would actually be allowed to develop. Of course as this episode proved, they could barely fit ten minutes of Saya sparring with supernatural creatures, so maybe what I said was wrong earlier.
In short, this episode is nothing that you haven’t seen before. If you liked earlier episodes of Blood-C, you’ll be all over this. If not, then I doubt you’re still following it.