Well this is awkward.
This week in Blood Lad: everything important happens. Don’t worry Fuyumi. I also thought that was a lot to take in at once.
To Depose the King
It’s good to be the king.
So basically everything is still keikaku doori for Braz. As some of you had speculated last time, Wolf-Daddy did in fact kill the Blood siblings’ father, who was the previous demon king. And of course, when you kill the king, you take his place as the new one. This revelation pretty much affirms that Braz and Liz have good reason to hate Wolf-Daddy, and though it’s never explained what happened to their mother, I can only imagine she shared a similar fate. That, or she died even before then due to other reasons. Anyway, Braz is plotting to overthrow Wolf-Daddy, and has purposefully allowed himself to be brought before the king so that he can formally announce his declaration of war. A rather bold move, but I would expect no less from the always confident and composed vampire. This is a guy out on a mission, and I have a feeling Wolf-Daddy should be worried about being the one doing the underestimating here.
Wolf-Daddy defeats Blood-Daddy.
Who Braz has intended for the new king isn’t explicitly revealed, and I honestly have no idea. We see that he has prepared a new vessel for Akimu, and that vessel is shown on screen when he mentions Wolf-Daddy’s replacement. But just who does the body belong to? Also, what role does Staz’s power play in all this? On the surface, it looks like Braz is just beefing up Akimu for a showdown with Wolf-Daddy, but surely there’s more to it than that. What’s in it for Braz if a freakish monster gets put on the throne? Given the rivalry between the Bloods and the Wolves, I would imagine that even if Braz doesn’t intend to put himself on the throne, he is setting up a fellow vampire for the position. Yet there’s all this hinting at Akimu’s involvement. Perhap’s there’s something about him that we haven’t been told yet?
A present for Akimu.
There’s still a lot about the guy that we don’t know after all. What we do know is that the “core” of his body is Pantomime, a former agent of Wolf-Daddy’s. This Pantomime guy supposedly is the originator of Akimu’s spatial magic. But his name suggests to me that rather than having an inherent knowledge of the magic, he only has it due to some ability to copy others’ abilities. Which seems to me a rather impressive skill to have. Yet Braz intends to move Akimu from that body to another? What could possibly top being able to copy other abilities? Although I suppose it’s entirely possible that Akimu has never been able to utilize this power since we’ve never seen him copy abilities himself. And again, we still don’t know why Pantomime or Akimu are involved in the first place. Surely Braz didn’t turn the latter into the former simply to piss off Wolf-Daddy.
She sure is shocked to see her own powers at work.
Speaking of powers, we get to see a few new ones at work after a brief lull for exposition. Last episode we were introduced to Beros and her “power-sealing” ability. Here we see it in action. And true to her word, it’s a pretty bloody affair as her magic manifests itself as a ravenous dog that chomps enthusiastically away at Braz’s arm. Technically speaking, Beros isn’t explicitly preventing her targets from using their magic. But clearly she can provide a pretty strong deterrent nonetheless. I would like to remark at this point however, that this display of her magic is also another impressive display of Braz’s cunning as he puts her to sleep after being freed. We know that he’s always at least two steps ahead of the game and Beros clearly has an arguably soft spot for him, but seeing him manipulate her so easily was still strangely satisfying.
It’s hunting time!
Moving on, we have Chief Goyle, who is Beros’s direct superior. As his name suggests, he is related to gargoyles, and we see that his power is to summon one that can hunt down the object of his hatred without fail. Also, his little hunting buddy can merge with his arm to form a deadly claw, which is apparently strong enough to break through a vampire’s defensive barrier. Personally I’m not too famliar with gargoyle lore so I don’t know how appropriate his abilities are for his name, but perhaps those of you more knowledgeable readers can shed some light on this matter.
A fitting ability.
Last but not least, we are at long last introduced to Braz’s powers. Yes, the guy can do more than shoot revolvers and be a sly sunovabitch. And as it turns out, what he’s able to do is control his blood at any distance. So all he has to do is bleed a little and now he has a convenient and unexpected trap. This, of course, comes in handy when he’s cornered by Goyle and doesn’t want to deal with the guy. So instead of duking it out with the Chief, he threatens to really kill the blissfully sleeping Beros using the pool of his blood he left by her. Goyle, being a stand-up guy who cares about his subordinates, relents after (mistakenly) trying to call Braz’s bluff. So yeah, we have another gratuitous example of Braz’s cunning at work.
That was unexpected.
That said, it’s now time for Fuyumi’s part of the show again. We last saw her being taken to a magical castle riding a fluffball. Now she’s arrived, and conveniently so have Bell and Staz. After a brief reunion the group is taken to see Neyn, Bell’s mom. And here the show takes off. Apparently Bell’s mom is also Fuyumi’s mom because the two are doppelgangers who somehow merged when they coincidentally met in the human world. Yeah. That makes Bell and Fuyumi sisters of some sort. But clearly they have different fathers. Because Fuyumi recognizes the Hydra family’s butler as the doppelganger of her father. And when Bell refers to her father, we see a shot of the dragon (technically a Hydra, if the family name is any indication) that we’ve previously seen lurking about the castle. I guess that makes her half dragon? I don’t even know.
Hot milf action.
Anyway, Neyn’s motive for taking custody of Fuyumi is thus revealed to be her form of motherly love. She hasn’t seen her human daughter for many years now after the merging business, so I can understand her wanting to get Fuyumi back. Accordingly, she refuses to let Staz have her girl and instead offers her own neck for his biting pleasure. Staz is briefly tempted (they share the same blood after all), but then he realizes that Fuyumi has something her mother doesn’t: her virginity. Cue angry Bell warping him to a Castle in the Sky reference. And then it’s hinted papa Hydra finds him. This’ll be good.
So it looks like things are finally drawing to a close. And that’s only appropriate enough, considering Blood Lad is unfortunately only 10 episodes in total. There’s a final bit of drama introduced when Bell reveals that Fuyumi will forget everything once she’s resurrected as a human. But as before I highly doubt we’ll ever see a human Fuyumi again, even though next episode really will be the finale. I’m sure she’ll reject her humanity in favor of living with Staz and the crew. Plus, there’s also the showdown with Wolf-Daddy, which will suck time away from any conclusion on Fuyumi’s end. Unless of course things will be purposefully left unresolved in anticipation of a second season. But this kind of tactic doesn’t really work well unless such a continuation is essentially guaranteed. So I really hope Blood Lad isn’t taking this route, especially since things are looking a little cramped at this point.