And what an ending it was.
There’s massive awkwardness right at the start of Blood C while all of the characters that told Saya the truth last episode are stunned that Fumito showed up. Fumito says that it’s okay if he shows up now because even if Saya dank coffee now, it wouldn’t make any difference. The twins immediately say that the whole ordeal was a mistake and Tokizane just goes on demanding money again. Kanako starts talking about how she’ll never be able to publish her research before time is up again but is stopped by Fumito, who asks her to release Saya. She does and Saya just kind of falls onto the floor.
Flashback time and back in the room, Fumito (who has actually been the narrator the entire time even though this wasn’t much of a surprise thanks to last episode’s preview) says that Saya eats things like herself. He talks about how since humanity couldn’t survive against such a powerful enemy, they made a deal called Shrovetide.
He explains that Shrovetide was a deal that the enemy could eat humans but only at a certain time and while people fear the Elder Bairns (I believe Fumito was the one who gave them this name), people want their power. Fumito says that he was asked to find a way to control them and says that ‘he’ and Saya are pieces of this plan because the Bairns fear her (because she feeds on them and not humans).
Placed in an out of the way area that easy to manage, Fumito says that people change, but something about them remains fundamentally the same. What he wants to know is that if someone’s memories are completely replaced, will the person’s fundamental core change as well? Saya is convinced that she won’t change though.
So in the present Saya asks Fumito if the whole thing was just a stage. Also, her voice has dropped an octave, proving that her memories have returned. So the real test here was to see if Saya would change who she was or not with Saya saying that she won’t and Fumito wanting her to. The twins cut in asking if they can leave now since it’s the finale and Fumito says that actors that can’t act anymore should leave the stage.
Cue the lion Bairn killing Tokizane in a censor worthy fashion. Fumito says that the talismans given to them after their first deaths were fake and so they won’t repel the Bairns anymore. The twins scream and run away and twin #1 pushes twin #2 out of the way (I’m not even going to bother trying to tell who’s who at this point). Twin #2 is killed by the Bairn and twin #1 is also killed shortly after. I give CLAMP points here for the rather creative deaths.
Fumito then turns to Kanako and says that he expected her betrayal, so her talisman was fake all along. Kanako screams and runs away, but before she can die, Saya actually saves her. Saya fights with the Bairn for a bit and finally ends up inside the Bairn while saving Kanako.
So what have her glowing red eyes been doing this entire time? FINDING THE ENEMY’S WEAK POINT. Saya stabs the Bairn in the spot that glows blue and it flails about. Yuko mentions that the weapon Saya uses doesn’t seem to matter and Fumito responds that the whole shrine maiden sacred sword thing was all BS. The Bairn dies and Kanako runs off screaming when Saya comes back.
Oh yeah, there are panty shots this episode too
She runs into Tadayoshi, who then proceeds to bite her neck off. Fumito says that he’s back to his normal self since he drank too much of Saya’s blood that morning (also, this apparently erased his pupils in the process).It turns out that Tadayoshi is actually a half Bairn with a human parent, which is why he looks like a human being. Also, that’s the reason Saya accepted his orders without asking questions because Bairns can be controlled with her blood. With her blood, Fumito has been manipulating where and when the Bairns show up the entire time.
Tadayoshi picks up Saya’s sword and starts attacking her with it. Saya asks why Fumito let all of those other people die and Fumito replies that she shouldn’t care about humans because she can’t eat them. This is because she’s under another compulsion apparently, but Fumito wasn’t the one who set that up. He only used it to create her fake memories, which is why Saya thought she had to protect them. Since Saya is unable to kill humans, her prize if she won was for Fumito to somehow enable her to. Before he can explain what his prize would be if he won, Saya lands a blow to Tadayoshi after regaining her sword and so Fumito tells Tadayoshi to change into his Bairn form.
Commence epic sword battle as Tadayoshi picks up another sword laying around the shrine. With Tadayoshi like that, Saya actually starts losing the battle. Finally, she gets cornered and tells him that he’s only being controlled by her blood and to go back to normal. Tadayoshi almost regains his senses, but Fumito stops him. He goes to kill Saya, but then the sword-light thing appears in Saya’s head again and she grabs it, causing her arm to glow. Suddenly, Saya moves extremely fast and cuts off both of Tadayoshi’s arms before he can even react.
Fumito walks away and suddenly Tadayoshi is back in his human form again. He tells Saya that she was the first person he had ever met that was like him and that the fact that he enjoyed being with her wasn’t a lie. Saya actually starts crying while calling him Father and Tadayoshi dies.
Saya runs after Fumito, but he breaks a mirror and a rabbit Bairn appears, Saya cuts it down quickly and continues to pursue Fumito, but a soldier with a gun starts shooting at her. Saya gets injured and Itsuki saves Saya, only to be shot multiple times. Before he dies, Itsuki says that at first it was just an act, but his feelings for Saya were real. He even says that while it wasn’t the real Saya, he’s sure that who she was without her memories is a part of her somewhere deep down.
The rabbit Bairn gets up and multiplies (lol, clever). Suddenly, there’s a ton of Bairns and the humans all start dying extremely gruesome deaths. All of them scream about this not being in the contract (so the whole town was in on this), but Fumito doesn’t care and even runs over a few of them.
This is terrible, but I imagine the one on the right going “OM NOM NOM”
Inside the car, he and Yuka sit stoically and we learn that Yuka’s wish was to be a politician. She’s also the only main cast survivor and apparently she’s way older than schoolgirl age. Saya kills the main Bairn at this point, causing the rest to disappear. They make it to a helicopter with Saya in pursuit. Saya goes to attack them with her newly discovered glowing arm attack, but before she can reach Fumito, he shoots her in the face.
She should have seen this coming (I’m sorry, couldn’t resist)
As Saya falls into the river, he says that the secret ingredient in the guimauve were Bairn parts, which apparently taste like human organs. His parting words are that if she’s ever able to kill humans, she’ll be able to taste the real thing someday.
Saya sits on the riverbank for an extremely long amount of time before she gets up and starts ripping up her uniform. Watainu makes one last appearance and says that before all of this giant troll started, Saya came to his shop and that her wish was to remain as herself (even before Fumito started screwing with her head). He also says that it’s time for Saya to find a new wish. Saya finally gets up and is now sporting a CLAMPtastic eye patch made from her skirt. Blood C ends with Saya ditching her sword and running towards the distance.
ITSUKI NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I cried. No joke. Who knew they could pull off such a sad death in such a short time? His reason for being there was never explained, but it’s probably for the best anyways. In the end, he really did care about Saya and that’s what matters. I was hoping they’d play more on the Kanako’s side vs. Fumito’s side, but watching them die brutal deaths is good too. But damn, if I didn’t like Fumito before, I definitely love him now. We all knew he was manipulating things from behind the scenes, but who knew that he was such an ass? Lol, he clearly didn’t care about all of the people dying (well to be fair, neither did Yuka) and even had his men kill a few more. And he totally just shot Saya in the face (though we all know that that’s just CLAMP filling in their eye patch fetish again) while smiling like he normally does. Love it.
Lololol that ending though. CLAMP does it again. It came out of nowhere. All I can say is THANK GOD there’s a movie coming out in 2012 (next year can’t come fast enough now) or I would be raging REALLY HARD right now at that rather incomplete ending. At least we know what the movie will vaguely be about now. And hopefully it will explain who or what made Saya unable to eat humans too (though it might have been Saya herself as the price for her request). I can imagine some people are pissed off now though since the ending was obviously made to coerce people into watching the movie.
So a slow start ends in a HOLY CRAP WHAT JUST HAPPENED manner. I can’t say that I’m pleased that they decided to shove everything into the last 2 episodes, but the ending was worth it. They really did give hints of what was happening throughout the whole thing and watching it now, it was pretty obvious that something was NOT RIGHT about the whole thing. It feels pretty complete overall minus the ending, but it’s more like a “end of chapter one” because there’s definitely more to come and there’s no way to ever revert back to how things were in the first couple episodes. Besides, who would have been satisfied if Fumito just died and Saya moved on with her life after all of that? With a movie, there’s at least an hour for things to work themselves out. Assuming that the movie is even a continuation of this Blood-C storyline. They have pretty much complete freedom for adding in new characters and plot thanks to this this rather open ended finale. Though I would assume that it would be about Saya’s revenge.
Overall, Blood-C was excellent. Things just went from falling apart to completely shattered. As a big fan of tragedy (and blood), having Fumito turn into a complete asshole and watching pretty much everyone die was fun. CLAMP gets full points for the deaths in this episode. Tadayoshi and Itsuki’s deaths were definitely moving and even I had to cringe when twin # whatever got torn apart and the rabbit Bairn things basically made a human smoothie.
Okay, so I’m glad that they resolved pretty much everything in the end. The entire thing was extremely well planned. I guess the Bairns WERE evil human eating monsters after all (…or were they? We never did get an explanation for Saya defending them that one time). The whole Shrovetide thing makes sense too if you think about sustainability. They would run out of food pretty quick if they ate humans all the time. Though I don’t know why they couldn’t just mass produce the talismans that the main cast had. I’m also thankful for the explanation about Saya’s eyes finding the weak point. Now Saya kicking ass whenever her eyes glow in battle makes SO MUCH SENSE NOW.
So the unresolved issues:
-Who is Fumito’s employer?
-What is Fumito’s ‘prize’?
-Why did he want to see if Saya would change or not?
-Just how exactly did Fumito manage to change her memories like that? (Though this one isn’t that important since this is CLAMP world and magic happens just beacause)
-What was Saya’s price for her wish granted?
-Who made it so that Saya can’t eat humans?
-What exactly is Saya?
-How the hell do those talisman things work?
-Why did Fumito bother changing Saya’s outfit/give her glasses/ convince her that she’s a shrine maiden? (Though this is probably just a fetish)
-How the hell did a Bairn and a human manage to have sex and make a kid?
-Does CLAMP even know anything about genetics?
-Just how scarring will the uncensored version of this be?
Hopefully most (if not all) of these are resolved in the movie. If not, oh well. This was actually a really good series (thus far) and had a pretty good mystery going on that completely drew people (well me at least) into it and ended in a completely tragic bloody massacre. Now everything is riding on the movie. I hope they pull it off. I really do.