“It’s the perfect chance to escape, but I’m going to sit here and stare at a picture instead.”
|Something’s wrong with me. I’m suddenly feeling extreme nostalgia for the Brothers Conflict anime (which if you missed my posts about it, was pretty bad and not something to feel nostalgia over). I haven’t even started Brilliant Blue yet (…I haven’t even unwrapped it), but maybe this is a sign to finally finish the second half of that game post.|
OH LOOK, MORE KANATO. Yep. This scene is pretty much how I remember it, minus the fact that I vaguely remember Yui actually kissing him (and the stuff that came afterwards, which was loosely based on a completely different event). Ayato came back this episode too, but there seems to be something off about him for whatever reason. I hope they go into that, since I can’t remember any instance of Ayato acting like this ever. It certainly seems like they’re favouring Kanato over the other characters. Maybe it’s because Kanato is one of the more complex characters, due to his mood swings and such. He has the mentality of a child (since he carries around Teddy, and does things like ask Yui if she hates him), but at the same time, doesn’t. It’s hard to tell when he’s showing genuine affection due to his personality, and even more so with his unhealthy fascination with death. Though taking what Laito said about death being the highest form of declaring your love (in the vampire world), maybe it isn’t so confusing. Kanato’s a bit worse than the others with his “let’s kill you, it will be the best thing ever” way of thinking though.
Subaru finally had interaction with Yui, and right away, you can see why he’s the ‘best’ brother of them all. There was no blood drinking or anything. Just a warning and providing an opportunity to escape. And even when Yui was too stubborn to run away, he left her a knife. Though maybe a lot of that has to do with his mother, who Yui apparently reminds him of. His mother seems to have been rather miserable as well, and even desperate enough to shove the task on Subaru when he was a child (though if I remember correctly, he didn’t actually do kill her). Why she didn’t just kill herself with said knife is definitely questionable though. Maybe, it has to do with murdering each other being an expression of love again.
All of the vampires have a screwy opinion on life and death in the first place, since they’re all immortal (in the sense that they stop aging eventually; they can still be killed, as explained in the episode). While they have a sense of loss when someone dies, there’s also a sense of romanticism (I guess). I can’t say that I really understand the philosophy myself, but this just seems like another place for people to take a step back and realize just how screwed up these characters are.
Come on, Yui. Stab him. You know you want to.
Yui’s uh, poor life choices are becoming more and more apparent. After seeing that some of the brides before her (and look at how many there are) have all been killed/ turned into wax dolls, and she STILL refuses to leave the household. Sure, the story couldn’t really progress with her going “screw this, I’m out of here”, leaving and forgetting everything she went through here, but come on. Her whole goal here seems to be to find out the truth behind her father abandoning her at this terrible place, but…to state the obvious: what’s happened has already happened. He pretty much abandoned you there, Yui. Forget about him and the church already. Her unwavering faith makes her interesting to the brothers (or at least, definitely to Laito), but this is kind of painful to watch.
I finally noticed the soundtrack this episode. I really liked the one from the game, and even though the composers are different, I rather like the anime’s OST as well. As for Yui, she seems to be resisting the do-M path as hard as she can. She didn’t run away when given the perfect opportunity, but she’s still resisting pretty hard with all of the brothers. I have to wonder if she’s going to go do-M at all, after that speech with Laito. Though maybe once she finally realizes that she was indeed abandoned and her faith is misplaced, maybe something will change with her character. It’s interesting how they’ve managed to make a plot out of what the game provided. I wasn’t convinced that they could really do it at the beginning, but it’s working out rather well here.
The preview looks surprisingly free of the Sakamaki brothers, so I guess the plot will be moving somewhere .