Blood-C 5 ~ a spooky story
August 5, 2011
Episode 5 continues the deterioration between the night and day worlds Blood-C has depicted. While the earliest episodes stressed normalcy (to a suspicious extent) during the day, and stressed bloody supernatural battles at night, the two worlds are colliding in unexpected ways.
The people in town seem to really enjoy touching Saya. Well, there is one woman who runs away screaming rather than touch her, but in addition to Fumito, and her dad, and Shinichirou Tokizane, and Nono and Nene, even Yuuka was putting the moves on her — and that is just from this episode. Seriously, I considered Yuuka as pretty harmless, but in this episode she becomes yet another person who tells Saya that if anything happens she should tell her about it. I don’t know if this is just masterful misdirection, but every named character that we have met seems suspicious.
Anyways, Saya is having some problems. She isn’t acting like her normal daytime self (she doesn’t sing at all this episode). She is having headaches, strange visions, and even blacking out. Fumito acts even more suspicious than usual, because he gives her some of his special coffee, and she “falls asleep”. It is difficult to believe he isn’t doping that stuff with something.
I mentioned above that the distinction between the day and night are breaking down. One of the first examples is that, at the end of the fight with the eyeball creature you can see in the screenshot at the top of the page, Saya notices that the puppy she has been trying to cuddle with during daytime scenes, is watching her. In another example, Kanako Tsutsutori, Saya’s teacher, tells a ghost story about the town in which they live, describing it as being inhabited by monsters that feast on humans, and saying that the humans were able to talk to some of them. This story strikes so close to Saya’s nighttime activities that she blacks out.
Later Saya looks at some texts in her father’s library. She remarks that something isn’t right. I completely approve of her doing independent research, and YES, she is right, that something strange is going on. For one thing, most of us don’t have to protect the town they live in by fighting monsters every night. I’m guessing, however, that she is bothered because the Elder Bairns claim there is a covenant that has been broken. Neither the story that Tsutsutori-sensei, nor anything her father has described, includes any mention of a covenant.
Nene visits the temple to apologize for getting the teacher to tell a scary story, and jokes that if something bad were to happen, it should happen to her. With impeccable timing a monster erupts from the ground behind her. This is a really interesting development for a couple of reasons. First, this is the first time that a monster has appeared in the daytime. Also, keeping Nene safe from it, will mean Saya has to fight in front of one of her classmates. The wall that separated Saya’s daytime personality and her nighttime personality has finally been shaken. This is also the first true cliff-hanger, so we’ll have to wait until next week to find out how Saya handles the appearance of this monster.