Yay! I finally got a desk in my room! Now I have a place to put my figma and nendoroids laptop! Also, I feel Hime’s pain because I too have a cold….
Remember how last episode, Saya couldn’t remember her own mother’s name? Well we still don’t get any answers about that because as Saya and her father stand in the middle of the shrine, a Bairn made of hair swoops in. Both of them dodge and Tadayoshi throws Saya the sword he conveniently had with him.
Saya just stares at the sword after catching it though, giving the Bairn enough time to send her flying. After getting up, Saya unsheathes the sword and attacks the Bairn while it says that despite the fact that it’s almost time for something (damn everyone and their vagueness), this is still entertaining. Also, it has a spine. Saya cuts the thing more, but the hair just keeps regenerating.
Scratch hairdresser off of Saya’s list of possible careers.
The Bairn tells Saya that she is not free (and doesn’t know how to control herself properly) and turns into a hair-saw blade thing. The two battle for a while while the Bairn keeps talking about how Saya must be hungry and how they (whoever ‘they’ are; I assume they’re talking about humans) don’t even keep the covenant. Suddenly, the Bairn flies upwards and Tokizane runs up asking what happens. The Bairn attacks him.
Saya’s eyes turn red and she reverts to ‘SAYA ANGRY. SAYA SMASH.’ mode. She runs and slices the Bairn, but all that’s left is a VERY UNFORTUNATE puddle of blood and school uniform. Plus the Bairn is still alive and says that it’s still hungry. It asks why Saya is so angry, because apparently she feeds on something more forbidden than what the Bairn feed on.
Flashbacks begin and there’s a full scene of pre-glasses Saya cutting through what kind of looks like a Blood: The Last Vampire chiropteran. Then the scene changes to the narrator and Saya, who talks about what Saya should win (also, Saya has some strange wires or something coming out of her back). He notes that’s she’s hungry and so he’ll give her something to eat. Back to the present, the Bairn calls Saya a puppet of humans.
Saya’s eyes start glowing and she cuts right through the Bairn in one swing. After it’s dead, Saya remembers how the samurai Bairn told her to ask Tadayoshi about who she really is. She almost goes through the whole list about herself again, but after stating her name, she asks who she is. Before any answers are revealed though, she faints.
In her sleep, Saya dreams/remembers the room with the thermometers again and she wakes up to Fumito sitting by her bed. He pours her some coffee and she says she feels better after drinking it. Fumito pours her another cup and asks if there’s something she wants to eat. Saya says she wants guimauve.
Luckily, Fumito just ‘happens’ to have some. Saya asks about the reddish colour (though it looks more pink to me) and Fumito says that the colour depends on what’s mixed in and he thought the contents suited her. After, Fumito visits Tadayoshi and talks about how Saya felt better after the coffee and requested guimauve. He also says that Tadayoshi must be hungry too.
Saya leaves the shrine (which is completely devoid of any Tokizane stains) in her school uniform and starts singing. However, she stops after a couple of lines and wonders about where her father went because he didn’t leave a note.
She goes over to Fumito’s place and walks in on him washing dishes. Noticing the bandages on his wrist, Saya asks him if he’s okay. He just says that he thought he was experienced, but let down his guard and then Kanako walks in. She acts normally though despite all of her students dying in a bloody massacre and Fumito takes Saya’s and her orders. Saya wants more coffee and Kanako passes on it.
He got that injury wrestling bears in the mountains.
After ordering, Kanako asks about the scrolls and books at Saya’s shrine and asks to see them. Saya says that she’d have to ask her father, but she still doesn’t know where he is. Kanako explains that she’s interested in myths, but there aren’t many original books around, so she wants to see the real thing and that’s why she came to the town in the first place.
Saya takes her over to the shrine’s library despite her father not being around and Kanako speed reads until she comes across a piece of writing like the story she told in class. She asks Saya what she thinks and Saya remembers about how her father once told her that the sacred blade is the only thing that can kill the Elder Bairns. Kanako asks Saya if she’s okay and Saya apologises.
Suddenly, Kanako asks how long Saya will continue playing this game and tells her to look at the books closely. Saya realises that they’re all written on new paper despite them being ‘old books’ and when she opens one near the bottom of the many bookshelves, it’s completely blank. Voices suddenly tell Saya that it’s all fake. Saya looks outside and the twins are there alive. Both of the twins confirm that they’re real and Kanako says that they should end this now.
Lol, awkward reunion.
End Thoughts: HOLY CRAP. What?! How??? The twins are alive???? Major plot twist! Wait wait wait. Does this mean that everything is fake? This explains a ton actually. Or at least it explains the fact that people die and then all traces of their death vanish. Also, it might explain why everything revolves around Saya. Hell, if all of her friends are fake, technically they were created FOR Saya. Anyways, I realised the flaw in Tadayoshi saying that the sacred blade was the only thing that can defeat the Bairns after the eyeball fight where Saya killed it with her bare hands. I don’t know if this has anything to do with her realisation, but I thought it was important to point out. Has she actually been protecting fake people all along or what? How much of this whole thing has been staged? Why was it suddenly okay to leave a cut open brain uncensored? WHEN WILL WE FINALLY GET ANSWERS??? The whole Saya almost asks something that will forward the plot and then faints instead stuff is getting really old really fast.
Tokizane’s death was… really fast. I had a sinking feeling when I saw him running up to the shrine. Saya didn’t even really have any feeling towards his death other than getting angry. Seriously, Yuka who had all of maybe 20 lines of dialogue merits tears, but one of Saya’s many potential love interests doesn’t? What was even the point of having those semi-romantic moments in there anyways? This might explain why the romantic moments were sudden and halfassed though if they were planning on killing him from the start. Lol, I imagine CLAMP just throwing it in there because they’re CLAMP and all of their stories have romance in them. Though I guess if the twins are coming back now, then the rest of the dead people may come back as well. This seriously puts a damper on the chance of them getting together though.
So the show finally reveals something about Saya’s feeding habits (finally vampires?). I don’t know about any of you, but I kind of think that the ‘forbidden’ stuff Saya might be eating is Bairn or something. That’s the only thing I can think of that might be worse than eating people. Also, Fumito asking Tadayoshi if he wants something to eat+the injury on his wrist later+blood on Tadayoshi’s mouth the last time Fumito made him something to eat= Tadayoshi possibly being a vampire-type thing? Or at least that’s a possibility that crossed my mind. Or maybe Fumito was injured while fighting Tadayoshi? It might explain why he’s missing. I don’t know. I think it’s important to also point out that the Bairn went straight for Tokizane when he arrived, but ignored Tadayoshi completely right from the start. Congrats to everyone who realised before this episode that the guimauve had people/something similar in it. I’m pretty convinced that they have them in there now. A thought randomly crossed my mind this episode that the narrator could be Clow Reed. Why? Because CLAMP has him everywhere. EVERYWHERE. However, I seriously doubt that it is him. I just wanted to share how ridiculously funny it would be if it was.
Preview: Apparently someone thought that this show lacked ecchi. Inappropriate touching, go!