The main cast is finally revealed
!!!!!!!! THIS EPISODE.
In case you forgot from last time, THE TWINS ARE ALIVE AGAIN. Saya is pretty damn confused and the twins and Kanako talk about how they keep doing things to make her remember, but Saya keeps forgetting again. Also, apparently this has only been going on since the beginning of summer because the school they go to doesn’t have a winter uniform and Saya can’t remember any other classmates she’s ever had.
Kanako gropes Saya for a bit while saying that Kasaragi means ‘to change one’s robes’ and that it fits Saya since her head’s been messed with. She explains further that her bet was that if Saya’s memories changed, her heart would change as well. Saya is shocked and the twins say that they just want to get back to their normal lives.
ENTER TOKIZANE. It turns out that he’s participating in this whole thing for money and the twins did this to get a job. They call themselves the main cast and explain that Yuka and Itsuki are in on this too. Also, the main cast are the only ones still alive because they have some special bell things and that all the other ‘extras’ died for real.The twins further explain that they were criminals wanted by the police and they participated because they were told that the whole thing would be taken care of so they could get a job. All of the slice of life stuff from before was a lie.
Kanako isn’t actually a teacher either. She asks Tokizane if he brought something and Tokizane reveals a vial with bright red liquid inside. The twins are impressed and Tokizane explains that he pretended to be attacked and then ran. He also calls Saya a monster and says that he wants nothing more to do with her after this is over.
Kanako says that things will start to move after this and forces Saya to drink the liquid, which is actually the blood of an Elder Bairn. Saya starts having spasms and her eyes turn red.
Flashbacks start and Saya is fighting an army or something in wintertime. The familiar voice of the narrator calls out saying that that she’s unbelievably strong and that the American and Japanese governments don’t want anyone to know about her because of it. Also, the voice calls her inhuman and asks her if her strength comes from being inhuman or because of her past. He tells her he wants to find out, but needs her to ‘take a nap’ first. We miss seeing who he actually is again though because a person beside him morphs into… something and runs towards her.
Back to the present, the Twins comment on how Saya remembers things after drinking the blood and turning her eyes red. It turns out that Saya’s been drinking the blood of the Elder Bairns after every battle, but she never remembered any of it. Tokizane asks what exactly the Bairns are, but Kanako says that they’re irrelevant and she starts going on about poetry and the myths hidden inside them.
A lovely reminder that the Blood franchise is actually based on vampires
It turns out that the focus of Kanako’s research is actually Saya (because that’s not creepy at all) and that Saya is different from the Bairns because she’s like a god or something similar. The twins call Saya a star without a script and wonder why Saya never remembered anything. Kanako explains that it was a rule set by the conductor of the experiment.
The whole thing was to give Saya false memories and then see if she’d stay as Kisaragi Saya or revert back to being just Saya. However, Kanako broke the rules and told Saya everything. The twins are worried about the rule breaking, but Kanako says that it’s okay because she shut off all of the cameras in the storeroom.
Tokizane asks what Kanako (which isn’t even her real name apparently. All of their names are fake.) what she wished for and she says that she’s always been interested in legends. Her whole goal here was to see a real Shrovetide- a time before a fast where it’s okay for humans to be eaten. She rambles on about how she thought this would have ended sooner, but ‘that man’ kept Saya under control using drugs and hypnosis (gosh, I wonder who that could be). Kanako suddenly gains creepy bags under her eyes and tells Saya to show her a real Shrovetide while forcing more blood down her throat.
More flashbacks! Saya wakes up in the same room we’ve been seeing her in for the past 12 episodes and the narrator says that tranquilizers don’t last long, but without them, ‘he’ wouldn’t have been able to catch Saya. Thus, this explains why Saya is in handcuffs. Also, the tubes out of her back are actually stealing her blood. The narrator says the he’ll put her blood to good use and will give some to ‘him’. He also says that he has something for Saya to eat. I’d also like to point out here that when she was captured, Saya was wearing a totally different school uniform than what she wakes up in. He also gave her glasses. The narrator is a creeper.
Back to the present, the twins start talking again about how this whole ordeal will all be over soon and they get on the topic of the uniforms. They point out how out of place they are and Tokizane says that the red and black colours are probably so the blood won’t be so obvious (still doesn’t explain the chain though…). The twins talk about what they’d do with the uniform afterwards since anything is okay if no one finds out and Kanako gets frustrated over how long it’s taking for Saya’s memory to return.
Suddenly, a giant pair of hands (attached to a lion Bairn) burst out of the storehouse, forcing them all to flee. Kanako has to drag Saya away because she’s still in a trance. The twins are shocked since no one mentioned an Elder Bairn attack before and they run into Itsuki and Yuka.
Itsuki asks if they’re okay (though he looks like he’s directing this more at Saya) and Yuka says that they were supposed to report if anything changed with ‘the star’, yet they’ve been gathering in secret. The twins argue that they’re only under supervision when they’re with Saya, but Itsuki points out that the project is still underway since he’s still technically alive in the project. Also, they’ve weakened Saya, which is forbidden in the project.
The twins blame the entire thing on Kanako, who says that she thought nobody would notice. However, they point out how stupid that is because the entire town and all of its inhabitants were created solely for the project. Also, it isn’t the main cast’s role to tell Saya the truth. With this out in the open, everyone decides to start yelling. Tokizane wants his money, the twins want out and Kanako wants to tell the world about Saya, but she needs to hurry or else she’ll lose the chance to forever for some reason.
She starts ranting about how it’s all ‘his’ fault and that she’ll do something, but is interrupted mid-rant. Suddenly, Fumito appears and HOLY CRAP HE’S NOT WEARING HIS APRON WHAT IS THIS everyone is super surprised.
End Thoughts: Holy crap, that plot development! I don’t know about any of you, but I love this new turn of events. The term ‘The main cast’ is a pretty great way of describing who they are actually since they’re important characters, but not the one the plot revolves around. The twins are so much more likeable as self-centered criminal bitches (ironically). Also, the money driven Tokizane is hilarious. Though I guess any Saya x Tokizane pairings are now null and void now. So that just leaves Fumito and Itsuki as love interests? Lol, is there even any romance in this anymore? Speaking of, the plot development with Yuka and Itsuki vs(?) the rest of the main cast, who have all proven to extremely selfish (though they could still pull something like I need the money for my younger sibling in the hospital, etc) was pretty intriguing. It just adds so much more depth everyone’s characters. I’d much rather see complicated relationships like this than watch everyone go out for cake. This entire thing makes me wonder what Yuka and Itsuki got out of this and if their reasons are just as selfish. I’m wondering about Saya’s friends ‘deaths’ too. Were those fake bodies or something? Also, how do Tadayoshi and Fumito fit into all of this? They only mentioned the people present as the main cast, yet those two know everything. Could the two from the winter flashback be them?
Okay, enough about everyone else, plot time. Oh wow I was right about some of my predictions, but was completely off about others. First of all, I guess they’re not in a dream and this is all happening in a town specifically made for the project. Second, I thought that the narrator (I’m tired of calling him ‘the narrator’ since he doesn’t really narrate) and Saya had some previously established relationship, but I guess they just met the time of the flashback. Also, why the heck did he have her change uniforms and give her glasses? Though I had to laugh at the fact that they said that it’s probably to hide the blood. CLAMP just have to have a reason behind everything. And we’ve established that Saya drinks the blood of Bairns, but why does it restore her memories? Also, they have yet to explain what the Bairns actually are. From Kanako’s whole Shrovetide explanation, they’re sounding less and less like the actual antagonists here since they only can only feed on humans at a specific time.
So Kanako has turned into a character who’s obsessed with research. Lol, it’s like Higurashi all over again! I do hope that they give her an actual reason behind her obsession other than ‘Nobody believed me so I’ll prove them all wrong! Mwahahahaha’. Other than that, Fumito’s intentions behind drugging Saya are still pretty ambiguous. Is he helping her or not? It’s pretty interesting that the people who rebelled against the project looked scared when he showed up. Anyways, this was a really fast paced episode with a LOT of information to process. Though most of it was just confirming stuff they’ve already hinted about. Overall, this episode was pretty fulfilling despite the fact that they only moved a couple feet the entire episode.
Preview: STUFF HAPPENS.