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This week in Blood Lad: how to revive a human at long last! Oh wait. Nevermind. Staz and the gang have a few more hurdles to jump through first. Tehe~
Not so bad after all?
This time we finally get to meet big bro Braz in person. He wasn’t as stuck-up as I imagined he would be, but the guy certainly does look down on others as though he’s always in control. And to be fair, he did have complete control over the situation. What’s surprising though, is the revelation of the truth behind his attempts to “kill” Staz. Turns out he wasn’t trying to do his little brother in. On the contrary, he was actually thinking about Staz’s well-being. Apparently Staz’s body couldn’t withstand the usage of his powers when he was young, so Braz had no choice but to seal them away to prevent him from killing himself unconsciously. This, and the initial friendly exchange between the two brothers almost had me thinking that the relationship between them wasn’t so bad after all. At least Braz isn’t trying to imprison Staz or have him repeatedly beat up by zombies. And here I thought Liz would be the more temperate one.
Nevermind, he’s still an a-hole.
But then Braz reveals his true colors once negotiations break down. While he does care for his brother’s health, it seems he’s more interested in Staz’s powers in the end. Remember all that talk about unlocking Staz’s full potential that we thought was a lie? Yeah, that turned out to be the truth, ironically. And in that vein, the whole situation with Staz’s body being unable to handle his powers was in fact a direct result of Braz’s meddling in the first place. So really, Staz’s well-being isn’t so much a concern to Braz as it is a necessity for him to see these powers in action. Put this way, Braz doesn’t look too good of a brother after all. Especially when he then resorts to having Liz threaten Staz with death to get what he wants.
Liz throws the cutest tantrum ever.
And speaking of Liz, there’s even more evidence that Braz is just a self-centered prick deep down. He talks about how much he cares for his siblings, but in the end he’s so narrow-minded that he doesn’t even realize he’s been neglicting his little sister. Oh, you’re upset I forgot how you hate coffee? You’re also upset because I never visit you? Well, I apologized, didn’t I? As if a simple “I’m sorry” fixes everything, assuming he’s even being sincere with his apologies. Honestly, I was starting to dislike Liz a little since she appeared to be the one hung-up on reputation and appearances. But now we see that all of it is just a front for her jealousy of Staz. A rather extreme tantrum, if you will. And if it were all in her mind and Braz treats her equally badly well, she would get no sympathy from me. But that’s not the case. As much as Staz doesn’t appreciate the twisted attention he gets from his big bro, it’s even more torture for Liz to be cast aside completely.
RPG Quest Continued
With the Blood family affairs out of the way, it’s back to the usual wild goose chase again. The disappearance of Fuyumi1 is only the beginning of the tangent, as now Wolf has been roped into dealing with Frankenstein’s monster. Similar to The Creeper of Jeepers Creepers, this monster is intent on assimilating superior body parts from its victims. And you’re not going to like it when it sets its eyes on you. I’m not sure how Wolf would fare against such a formidable foe on his own, but at least it looks like Braz also wants Staz to take care of this problem. So perhaps we might get to see some double-teaming from them next episode once Staz gets out of Liz’s prison. In the meantime though, Fuyumi is being sustained by MAGIC in a bottle conveniently provided by none other than Frankenstein.
Mmm, delicious demons.
Speaking of which, we get some interesting details on the root of the disappearing act. Apparently Staz’s emergency magic transfusion in the human world is backfiring now that they are back in the demon world. While his magic allowed Fuyumi to survive in the harsh conditions of the human world, apparently the demon world doesn’t allow the existence of multiple types of magic in one being. So Fuyumi has two choices to survive: she can either fully assimilate Staz’s magic (supposedly leaving him dead) and become a complete ghost-vampire hybrid,2 or Staz’s magic can be removed completely from her and she will revert to just being a plain ghost. Obviously Staz isn’t dying any time soon (not if Braz has anything to say about it), so the only choice here is for the vampire magic to be extracted. Which brings us back to Wolf’s deal with Frankenstein.
I wonder how much longer it will take before the thought of resurrecting Fuyumi is completely forgotten. Here it’s mentioned during Braz and Staz’s conversation (which went by more smoothly than I expected), but the show seems to be directing us towards the new problem of preventing Fuyumi from disappearing in the first place. Add in a few more layers of complications, and perhaps soon we’ll lose sight of the original point of the quest. But who knows. Maybe Blood Lad will surprise us by making it relatively straight forward now that Staz has made contact with his know-it-all brother. Ah, who am I kidding. It’ll never be that easy.