Tired of battles in a forest? Have one in a cave.
It’s so nice out today~ No, actually it’s disgustingly humid here and I wish it would just give up and rain like it was supposed to 2 days ago. Anyways, if I had any doubts that CLAMP had a hand in writing this before, I have none now thanks to this episode. We’ll see how it goes from here.
Saya begins fighting some mysterious monster thing. There’s nothing much to note here besides that she cut half of the thing’s face off in a totally badass way and also got a cut on her cheek in the process of killing it.
Unfortunately, Saya does not take kindly to interpretive dancing of any sort
The scene changes to the next day and just when you think the horror is over, Saya starts singing again. However, she stops quickly because Fumito is outside and he hears her. Inside the café, he starts singing too and Saya is all embarrassed that he heard her. They start talking about how Saya likes her coffee black and he gives her a guimauve, the namesake of the café.
They also talk about how Saya has a lot of admiration for her father and he likes sweets but he’s too cool to eat them in front of Saya. Fumito give Saya some more guimauve to take home and on the way to school, Saya sings. There is then a random flashback to Fumito saying that guimauve feels like a ‘certain something’.
Real men wash dishes.
However, this is no longer important because Saya sees the dog from the last episode again and then spends an abnormally long time attempting to move close enough to pet it. It runs away and Saya realises that she’s late for school.
The waste of screencaps here is representative of the amount time this scene wasted
During school is pretty much Saya being naïve and clumsy, Itsuki (class president) not so subtly hitting on Saya, and the twins making it even more obvious, yet somehow Saya still doesn’t get it. Lunchtime, they all admire Saya’s Fumito-made bento and talk about how small the town is. We also learn that guimauve is supposed to feel like a kiss (oh, CLAMP).
Tokizane (the guy who always arrives late) is seen wandering around by Saya and she runs up to him. She forces part of her bento onto him because ‘people get sad if they don’t eat’ and he notices the wound on her face and says he hopes it doesn’t scar. As he walks away, Saya sees the light again and the colours dilute, but her friends interrupt any possible plot development.
After another round of Saya singing (with her father hearing it this time), it’s then explained that Saya’s enemy are called the Elder Bairn (or at least that’s what the subs called them. Yes, let’s throw more random languages around to confuse the viewer.) and that they feed on humans. Sounds pretty vampire-like to me. The only thing that can kill them is the scared blade they have and Saya’s mother died while fighting them, so Saya now has to for whatever reason.
My question is how they manage to tell the books apart from one another
Later, Saya fights an Elder Bairn on a mountain and they end up falling into a cave filled with water. Saya swims up and looks pretty wounded, but the Bairn is nowhere in sight. There’s a change in view and we see it attached to the cave wall and slowly creeping up on her from behind. Just as it gets close enough to strike, Saya shoves a rock down its throat and slashes at it with her sword. There’s even more blood here and more of her eyes turning red. It ends with Saya staring up at the moon and saying something about protecting.
For those of you keeping track:
Tree: 1 Saya:0
Floor: 3 Saya:0
They are definitely getting their money’s worth with Nana Mizuki. I mean, they had her sing every 5 minutes or so in this episode. Isn’t there anything else they can do to fill for time? They focused a bit more on the characters this episode, (which was better than having Saya run everywhere) but they still haven’t really gone in depth with anyone. Saya’s father is pretty awesome (not as awesome as the tsundere father from Ore wa Imouto, but it’s close) and the twins are now somewhat amusing but that’s about it. I didn’t mind the whole guimauve part so much, because I actually knew what it was. I was more surprised/happy that the couple years of French I took in jr. high finally paid off as opposed to disappointed in the lack of substance (lol).
The whole ‘guimauve feels like a kiss’ thing is such a typical CLAMP thing and now I’m wondering what other typical CLAMP things they’ll put in here. A potential BL paring? A character with an eye patch and/or vision problems? The Tsubasa characters again? (Oh god, I hope not.) CLAMP is usually pretty good with making their storylines interesting (minus the unsatisfying endings they’ve had lately) so hopefully that will kick in here soon. Blood C is moving pretty slowly so far and they still haven’t explained much. I like the double persona thing they have going on, but they seem to be focusing more on the clumsy Saya and I’m not finding her that interesting because it just doesn’t seem to be connecting to the storyline. I just hope the next episode has less singing and more plot.
Saya is late for school, wields a knife and goes places with her friends. Also, the family secret is revealed. PLOT! Hopefully. Please?