My f@%!ing heart.
This week in Blood Lad, Fuyumi is not yet resurrected! What else is new? Oh, and also Liz gets a much needed big sis in the form of Fuyumi. Cue adorable reactions possible only from a kawaii imouto. Hurrah! Or should I say HNNNNNNGG
This omurice tastes a little salty.
As we might expect from the episode title, this episode is all about Liz. Well I guess technically Fuyumi is plastered on as well, but we’ll get to her later; it’s cute loli vampire time. So after being abandoned again stationed by Braz in Staz’s territory, Liz gets all homesick and stuff. Which is understandable, considering she’s just a little girl. We also get some info on the Blood parents: they’re not around any more. Combine these and now you have a crying imouto vampire. Luckily for her however, Staz is a much better brother than Braz could ever be. Instead of “stay out because you’ll get in the way”, Staz welcomes her into his crib and even starts indoctrinating her with a love of animanga. You gotta start ’em on it early, y’know. And boy does she drink it up, with Staz starting her on the good ‘ol Castle in the Sky, confirming yet again that he is a fan of Hayao Miyazaki.1
Almost like real sisters.
But as great as it is to see Staz and Liz together, it is the bond between Liz and Fuyumi that really steals the spotlight. I have a feeling if these two were actual siblings, Liz’s life would have been much better than it has been up till now. Being the younger sister of the maverick Braz, Liz has seen her fair share of suck-ups acting “nice” to her to get in her brother’s good graces. But for once she’s actually met someone genuinely kind and caring, which is further punctuated by the lack of such qualities from her own family: Braz is just an ass, Staz wasn’t even present for most of her life, and her parents have been dead since who knows how long. If you think about it, she’s had quite a stunted childhood. The only thing she had was her position as the Acropolis’s jailer, so I’m very glad that Fuyumi stepped into her life as an older sister figure. This one day with a friendly ghost (and an estranged brother) might have been the most eye-opening day in her life so far.
Surprise oral secks
With Liz gaining some life points taken care of, Blood Lad goes on to more plot development. Or should I say Fuyumi development, because she’s pretty much become synonymous with the word by now. Staz isn’t preoccupied with fighting zombies or monsters now, so out goes the shady magic drink and we’re back to sexually suggestive thumb sucking. SLURRRRRRP. *Ahem* excuse me. So apparently Braz needs to do some tinkering to get Fuyumi back in human form, but that’s not surprising, now is it? To that end, he extracts some of her magic using his all-purpose revolver (strategically positioned in her cleavage for some fanservice) and is on his way to whipping up a human. OR NOT. Because obviously what he’s more interested in is Staz’s now fully unleashed magic, which is mixed in thanks to aforementioned thumb sucking shenanigans. Yeah, we’re not going to see anything for Fuyumi from the sneaky bastard, I’m sure. His talk of keeping promises isn’t convincing me.
Bishie kidnapper strikes!
We’re not quite done with our favorite ghost though, because something has to happen to her to get things moving. After a night of snuggling with a crying Liz, Fuyumi mysteriously goes missing. So now Staz and his crew have to hunt down whoever kidnapped her and give the damsel in destress her dose of vampire blood before she starts disappearing again. See how Blood Lad has conveniently moved on to the next arc while injecting a sense of urgency? Yeah, the show isn’t remotely shy about abusing Fuyumi’s status as the plot driver. Anyway, we catch several glimpses of a man hinted to be the culprit. And he’s headed to South Demon World, so that’s where the gang is going next.
I enjoyed it immensely, so I will again state how much I like Liz’s portion of this episode. Watching her have probably the best day in her life and open up to Staz (she’s still a little tsundere, but at least she isn’t trying to kill him) was both heart warming and hilarious at times. Not to mention the little vampire is absolutely adorable. I should also mention Braz’s “casual” statement to Bell about how important Fuyumi is to her, but who knows what that means. Knowing the tricky guy, it could mean any number of things or perhaps even nothing. The only thing I have right now is that perhaps Fuyumi has the key to solving the mystery of who stole and used Bell’s magic frame.
1I wonder if that’s the reason he keeps falling from the sky?