Blood-C 10 ~ you eat as well
September 15, 2011
Blood-C continues to march towards its conclusion. In episode 10 the presence of a conspiracy becomes inescapable, and yet Saya still hasn’t found have the answers to the many questions that have been raised.
Picking up where we were last week, Saya had just made some interesting realizations in her talk with Tokizane, when her father interrupted. Saya was pressing her father on why she doesn’t know her own mother, but an Elder Bairn attacks before she can get any answers.
This latest Elder Bairn calls Saya a “puppet of those who have broken the covenant”. Intriguingly it says that she “eats as well”, and “a far more forbidden fruit” at that. This seems to support suspicions that Fumito and Saya’s father, Tadayoshi, have been drugging Saya, or at leasing feeding her something “special”.
Saya’s classmate, Tokizane, returns to the temple after hearing the battle. Unfortunately for him, the Elder Bairn consumes him. At least I’m pretty sure he really died. The Elder Bairn mentions that he, like everything they eat these days, “tastes bad”. Is this a suggestion that the people of the village have somehow been substituted? Yeah, that sounds crazy. At any rate, seeing Tokizane eaten snaps Saya, and her eyes turn red, which is the precondition for killing these creatures.
Before she has even had a chance to crawl out from beneath the covers, Saya is handed a cup of that special coffee. Fumito seems awfully insistent that she drink it.
Saya drinks two cups of coffee, and eats some guimauve. In her memories this time the voice remarks that she is hungry while we see all of those ampules of blood. My suspicion is that Saya’s true identity requires her to feed on human blood, but Fumito and Tadeyoshi are keeping that a secret from her, by feeding her human blood disguised in the guimauve. I still think the coffee contains some kind of drug that is being used to keep her confused and docile. When we next see Saya, she is back to her earlier self: singing about what a beautiful day it is.
I don’t see why Fumito would feel the need to report that Saya drank coffee and ate guimauve if they weren’t concealing something in them. In the shot that follows the above screen grab, Tadeyoshi stares at the coffee thermos that is in Fumito’s hand. Fumito remarks to Tadayoshi that he had better have something to eat and “get ready”, and later Saya remarks that her father is missing. When we next see Fumito, his arm is bandaged. I’m really unsure what to make of this. One theory would be that Tadeyoshi is also a vampire of sorts, and that he fed on Fumito (via the arm). Another would be that Tadayoshi is having second thoughts about the way they are using Saya, and he and Fumito fought.
Saya’s teacher, Tsutsutori drops by the Guimauve café, where she meets Saya. She asks Saya to let her see the old books of legends that are stored at the temple.
While looking over the old books, Tstsutori pushes Saya into acknowledging something uncomfortable. The “old” books at the temple that supposedly contain the arcane lore her father draws on for knowledge about the Elder Bairns are actually new. In fact some of the “books” are really just bound sheets of blank paper. The library is a fake.
What the!?! Either the twins weren’t really killed, or these aren’t really the twins. If the twins weren’t really killed, then maybe Tokizane wasn’t really killed? This is why I made that remark above. I’m open to the idea that Tsutsutori is “good”, and that she is revealing the truth to Saya. I guess that would mean she is being tricked into thinking her friends died so that she will get angry enough to kill the Elder Bairn. But if these twins aren’t the real twins, Tsutsutori-sensei must be trying to deceive her, yes? Maybe everybody is against her, and they just like messing with her head?
This was definitely a one step forward, two steps back type of episode. Although I feel things were revealed, it still isn’t quite making sense. I certainly feel for Saya, as she has to make sense of all of this with the added influence of the drugs (still unproven, but less and less easy to deny).