A welcome change.
Just when we thought the only plot around here was Fuyumi, we suddenly get new developments unrelated to her! Hurray!
Braz in Trouble
Come to daddy.
Looks like even Braz, with all his scheming, gets into trouble himself after all. Last time I jokingly referred to him and Liz as the demon world police. Appropriately enough, we meet the real demon world police this episode. And they’re out to get Braz. The official criminal charge is for leaving and entering the Acropolis without proper permission.1 But obviously there’s something more at work; especially so when the king himself wants to have a chat without Braz. Speaking of the king, it is revealed that he is called “Wolf-Daddy”. An awfully suggestive name, don’t you think? Gee, I wonder if he has some relation to Wolf. Hmm… Seemingly obviously telegraphed developments aside, I’m really digging the new focus on the upper echelon of the demon world.
You’ve got something on your face.
As mentioned, we meet the real demon world police, whose only task it seems is to serve as the king’s obedient dogs. They may be set up as some sort of organization to keep law and order in the demon world, but it’s so obviously nonsense considering they tell you at the end of every episode that there are only bad kids in the demon world. Either the prisons are constantly bursting, or no one cares about rules. And from what we’ve seen of the demon world so far, I’m going to have to go with the latter. Anyway, we meet Beros, a snappy officer who likes to chew gum and has a stylish snake tail.2 She arrests Braz without incident, which surprised me. So the natural thing to assume is that the crafty guy has something up his sleeve like usual. But then the preview has him in a rather bad way, suggesting otherwise. This might simply be a case of misleading preview though, so as always we should take it with a grain of salt.
I laughed at the sheer ridiculousness of this moment.
Back down in the demon world, Bell and Staz track down Fuyumi’s location almost simultaneously thanks to our kidnapper Knell slipping up when he tries to be nice to his hostage. Knell, by the way, is revealed to in fact be Bell’s little brother. As such he naturally possesses spatial magic and can easily kidnap and hide our hapless ghost. His brand of magic is a little less potent than Bell’s though, as it seems the only thing he can do is hide things in his magic cloth. Meanwhile Bell can open a portal using any frame; even frames she forms herself like she does so frequently with her fingers. What’s more interesting, however, is the fact that Knell is acting on orders from his and Bell’s mother. Who, I might add, also tried to get Bell to bring Fuyumi to her except our spatial mage was too busy fantasizing about Staz. At this point I have absolutely no idea what the mother of all spatial mages might want to do with the ghost of a human, but if Bell is willing to let it go it can’t be so bad. In the meantime, however, we definitely see where Bell got her two goods.
It was worth it.
Anyway, enough about Fuyumi and her PLOT. Despite my previous reservations about Bell’s character, I’m really liking her depiction here. No, I’m not saying all girls should be moe and dere, but this is by far better compared to Bell being insufferable. Her peaking the love meter might be a little forced and abrupt here, but at least she isn’t being a massive troll any more. Watching her get so flustered about Staz potentially reading her rabu diary was absolutely hilarious, especially when the sharp guy manipulates her into revealing this weak spot herself. And that bit where Staz apologizes to her while admitting he doesn’t understand why she’s mad struck me as highly reminiscent of the SxS scene where Ichimiya similarly apologized to Chihaya. Except Staz takes it one step further by shouldering the blame for all future grievances by accepting that he is an antihero. Of course, in the end the only girl for Staz is still Fuyumi though, but I have to say I’m much more open to the idea of some attempt at romance between Bell and the vampire now. Her feelings may be completely misguided and hopelessly one-sided, but I’ll take it without issue if it mellows her out a bit. Not to mention, a bottomless Bell is a good sight any day of the week, even if it might be the last thing you ever see in your life.
So yeah, this episode felt very different compared to everything since passed. And I say this in a good way. For once, things are happening that aren’t actually directly related to Fuyumi. There’s Braz being taken to Wolf-Daddy, and more importantly the revelation that he has Frankenstien tinkering with good ‘ol Akimu for him. Most likely this has something to do with Staz’s powers. Maybe he intends on giving them to the monster? Although I have no idea what that would accomplish besides giving us an idea of what Bell and Staz’s child might be capable of if those two ever got it on. Moreover, I don’t know how he will deal with the demon world king now that his magic has been sealed on penalty of death. Seems the guy is in a bit of a pickle, eh? And of course, there’s also the question of momma Hydra’s motives. But now we’re getting into Fuyumi territory again. Welp.