This dog just became 90% more awesome
I just realized that the credits in the opening spread out to look like bloodstains. That’s actually pretty cool. I love random small details like that. I also noticed how creative they’ve been with the blood gushing sound effects this episode. Lololol I don’t even want to know how they make that sound in the first place. That aside, back to Saya and her dead friends.
With two of her friends dead thanks to Saya’s great skills at saving people, she’s pretty depressed. While she just stares at her sword, her father talks to a police officer about the disappearance of the twins. Apparently the police think that MAYBE something MIGHT have happened to them, proving once again that anime police are useless. After the VERY HELPFUL officer leaves, Saya’s father goes over to where Saya is.
“We’ve also received reports about a schoolgirl running around with a sword, but we have NO IDEA who the she might be”
Saya interrupts her staring contest with the sword and asks her father if she’s really qualified for her job because she couldn’t protect the twins (or the 20 other people who have died so far, but she doesn’t seem to care about them as much). Also, she asks her father who she made the promise to protect everyone with. After mentioning that her mother also fought Elder Bairns as per orders of the gods, there’s a brief image of blood cells and Saya has a flashback headache thing again. Her father tells her that losing her friends might have been hard, but she is the only one who can fight the Elder Bairns.
That night, Saya has a dream about thermometers again and a voice (the narrator’s) talks about Saya and him conducting an experiment to see which one of them is right. Said experiment will apparently involve other people. Saya wakes up in the middle of the night and wanders outside.
The dog thing asks if she can’t sleep and Saya realizes that her hearing it talk the other day wasn’t just a hallucination. Seeing Saya act normally around talking animals, the dogs asks her about it. Saya replies that the Elder Bairns talk, so she’s not that surprised. Also, she says that she doesn’t believe the dog is a Bairn because she doesn’t feel evil from it (though to this, the dog says that some evil things are extremely skilled at hiding it *coughHINTcough*) and that she feels a power different from the Bairns coming from the dog.
The two go sit down and the dog explains that he came to Saya to fulfill a wish because he owns a shop that grants wishes (W-Watanuki, is that you?). Saya asks some stupid questions, like if all the customers are dogs, but when she asks who made the wish, Watainu (name non-canon) says he can’t answer that. Same goes for what the wish actually was.
He’s here to screw with the storyline and make up for the previous moe
Saya wonders if he has the right person, because she’s never been to such a shop and doesn’t know anyone who went there but Watainu asks if that’s really true. He also mentions that having wishes granted costs a price and the dearer the wish, the greater the price (and that’s why he’s in dog form, though we all know CLAMP has him in dog form just so they can throw him in there for the lols). He says that he’ll stay by Saya until the wish is granted and Saya suddenly wakes up in the morning.
She leaves early for school and her father tells her to bring the sword with her everywhere from now on. On the way, she stops at Guimauve and manages to eat Fumito’s food without any suspicious headaches. They also bring back the whole ‘guimauve’ thing when Saya asks Fumito what it feels like. He points to her face and when she asks if it’s supposed to be lips, he says it’s something like that. (I could have sworn we’ve been over this already.)
Saya wanders around town for a bit, but nothing significant happens so she eventually heads towards the school only to find it deserted except for Kanako. Kanako says that school is closed because the police are useless the missing people haven’t been found yet. Also she mentions that they probably shouldn’t be found because they might have been eaten by things like the story she told a couple episodes ago. Screw teaching, this woman would be a great help to this town’s law enforcement.
On her way home, she’s stopped by a policeman who says she should hurry home because school is closed. As he says this though, he’s stabbed by a Bairn and dies before Saya even knows what’s going on. She’s attacked by a samurai Bairn (yes, you read that right.) that would look like a comic relief character if he hadn’t just sliced a man in half.
The two trade blows for a while and the samurai comments that she’s already this weak. As the battle continues on, the samurai comments that before she would have been fine and keeps bringing up how weak she is. He stops destroying things after he collapses a bridge and Saya says that she might be weak compared to her mother (who she assumes fought him before), but she declares that she will defeat the Elder Bairns.
To this, the Bairn just laughs, asks if that’s what Tadayoshi (her father) told her and calls both of them fools. Saya gets angry and attacks him, but the samurai just grows more arms and forces her back. She yells at the samurai that her father isn’t a fool (denies nothing about herself though, lol) because he supported her after her mother’s death, but the samurai just asks wtf she’s going on about. At least her comeback wasn’t “No, YOU’RE the fool!”.
Life lesson: No one can accidentally see your underwear if you aren’t wearing any
Saya doesn’t believe him, so she figures ‘IT MUST BE LYING TO CONFUSE ME! Derp’. However, the samurai says that humans are the ones who lie and don’t keep covenants while he makes ribbons out of her back. Saya collapses and the samurai says that after he kills her, he’s going to go kill Tadayoshi, which pisses off Saya, causing her eyes to turn red. The samurai says that he can finally feel her old self again and with little effort, Saya kills him (gaining two shoulder injuries in the process). Before he dies, the samurai says she should go ask her father who she really is. She just gives him a death glare and slices him in half.
In the lovely blood puddle at her feet, Saya sees her reflection and the light sword appears again. Either collapsing or moving to take a closer look at her reflection (it was pretty vague), Saya falls to the ground. Just then, a surprised Tokizane appears behind her asking what she’s doing. Meanwhile, Watainu is watching from atop a nearby pole asking who Saya make a promise with and who asked him to grant a wish.
“They were right! My hair DOES look ridiculous!”
It was then that Tokizane realized that Saya wasn’t wearing a bra
Ending Thoughts: Well I now know why the dog has a drop dead sexy voice. It’s freaking Jun Fukuyama (Hime, are you reading this?). Oh, CLAMP. You and your crossovers. Yes, I’m just going to assume that the dog is indeed Watanuki because: A.) He said directly that he owns a shop that grants wishes (as if that isn’t an obvious enough hint), B.) They have the same seiyuu and C.) CLAMP loves shit like this. I assume this is within the time period that Watanuki wasn’t allowed to leave the shop, so that’s just another explanation as to why he’s a dog. So yeah, I guess Blood-C happens in the main CLAMP universe along with Gouhou Drug and Kobato (and wouldn’t that be an awkward crossover). Glad we cleared that one up.
Moving on, since we now know that the narrator has some kind of contest going on with Saya, I rewatched the narrator’s parts to try and figure out what it might be. The first episode, he talks about what defines a person, the second, he says that the other person (who I assume is Saya) thinks that time defines a person, but he thinks that there’s more to it than that. Third episode, he asks “if what makes up the person changes, will the core of the person change as well?” and the part in the fourth episode talks about changing a person’s strong emotions (like hate) by overriding them with equally strong ones (like love). The fifth is thoughts getting in the way of instinct and the sixth is about the two of them trying something, which leads into the whole contest thing here. SO, from that, I assume the whole contest thing is why Saya seems to be missing memories. The way that works is if she was on the Bairn side, made a bet, lost her memories to see if her ‘core’ would change and joined the humans. Or something like that, my guess isn’t necessarily correct (she was in her uniform during the flashback so lord knows when it actuallyhappened). I don’t even want to start guessing how the covenant and all that other stuff fits in here. Either that or this is one big troll. Well in any case, they’ll tell us what this all means eventually.
We all knew Saya’s father was keeping secrets, but this episode just confirms it. Also, it’s one thing to say that Saya and her mother are supposed to kill Bairns, but it’s another to say that the gods told them to do it. I know that they’re part of a shrine and all, but they’ve never mentioned the gods before, so it just makes this whole story sound like a load of bs. Speaking of her mother, from the sounds of it, Saya might be her. Not in some weird time paradox incest thing, but maybe thinking her mother used to hunt the Elder Bairn’s is caused by her father’s (if that’s who he really is) lying and making use of the gap in her memory or something? From the samurai’s comments this episode, it sounds like Saya was always the one fighting the Bairns. Anyways, this episode was super interesting and they didn’t censor anything, so yeah. I’m content (even though I have a million questions now).
Preview: Well, now Tokizane knows about Saya if he didn’t already. THIS SHALL BE INTERESTING.
Very very interesting.