Blood Lad Episode 01 – She’s A Skeleton Now

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Overview:

Staz is a vampire who prefers video games and manga over tiresome things like sucking the blood of human women. He loves things from the human world, especially Japan, and is in short a dedicated otaku who’s also powerful enough to be a territory boss in the demon world.

A human girl somehow wanders into his territory and is caught by Staz’s underlings. Excited at the prospect of drilling her about her home world, he brings her up to his room and has an enlightening chat while his underlings believe he’s drinking her blood. Meanwhile, said underlings are challenged by a guy who controls weird monster plants who wants to fight Staz for his position. Though Staz is not keen to break their riveting conversation about Final Fantasy, the girl says that he should go help his friends. A combination of bloodlust and good old lust convinces Staz to comply and he throws himself out a window.

Cue curstomp battle.

But while Staz is going down, a plant monster goes up and gobbles up the girl. By the time he finishes his one-hit wonder fight and some nice self-reflection, all that’s left of her are undigested clothes, some bleached bones and…

…a very naked ghost. Apparently, humans who die in the demon world become part of it as ghosts.

B

Staz is dismayed to find that his attraction to her has died a sad death along with her pulse but resolves to bring her back to life. After all, he’s got a soul and the bones, how hard would it be to get some flesh back? Unfortunately, his idea of research seems to involve manga and the solution he comes up with is dragon balls.

The girl-turned-ghost, Yanagi Fuyumi, knows better and when she finally remembers how she got there, she and Staz use that as a hint. They find a Black Curtain, which essentially acts as an inter-world portal. Fuyumi is cleared to leave for the human world as long as she doesn’t stay there for too long but Staz leaving with her is more complicated since that would leave his territory unprotected.

A very convenient new member of his gang has the ability to mimic appearances and that solves that problem. All is well except Fuyumi’s doubts about Staz’s competence. They’re justified since he acts like a ditz. But one of Staz’s men reassures her that once he’s set his mind on something, he never gives up.

The two head to the portal but someone else may already have passed through.

 

Thoughts:

This was a nice episode, entertaining and even a little humorous.

The introduction to the characters and the setting functions well enough and isn’t heavy on exposition. Staz is the one who gets most of the focus. He’s supposed to be this all-powerful vampire but eschews all expectations in that regard. Can’t blame the guy – playing games sound more fun than terrorizing people in a cape. His moment of self-reflection while fighting the plant guy, about being an individual before a vampire and defining his wants and needs as part of that individuality, is a nice touch to his character.

A

Not much is known about Fuyumi at this point but she’s coping with her situation quite well. She hasn’t freaked out (much) yet which makes me wonder if something along the lines is coming up soon or if the creators are just going to ignore the trauma of being eaten by a fricking plant while in an alien world.

Anyway, that’s one down and nine to go.

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9 Responses to Blood Lad Episode 01 – She’s A Skeleton Now

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Okay, I have honestly got to say, that this is one of the most original storylines that I have read in quite a while. Even having not seen it, I was already smiling. This sounds like a truly funny series and ofcourse by reading this review, I have yet another series I have to put in my “to watch encyclopedia”. Yep…I don’t think I will ever complete that encyclopedia either. Seriously though…great writing on this post, I could tell you have had a lot of fun watching this one 😊

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    • D says:

      Neither will I if this keeps up. For each show I finish, I add 10. Some of them are monster series. Welp.

      But yes, this one was a lot of fun and a much needed respite after the torment of Diabolik Lovers. Staz and Fuyumi should be a good duo.

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  2. It is such a shame that the series and OVA doesn’t cover the whole manga because there are really fun idea in there in the later episodes too. If you enjoyed this first episode though, then you’ll likely enjoy the rest too. It’s a consistent series, if nothing else.

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  3. Karandi says:

    I don’t think this show is very interested in dealing with trauma. There’s a few moments throughout where it just ignores what the normal reaction to the situation would be and it keeps kind of plowing along. Then again, I get the feeling we aren’t supposed to be taking this overly seriously. Interested to see how you take to the rest of this.

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    • D says:

      Mm fair enough. I guess they’re focusing on the comedy rather than making it realistic. I’ve already watched the second episode and it keeps the quality of the first. If it goes on like this, I’ll be happy enough.

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  4. Remy Fool says:

    It’s definitely a comedy at the end of the day. I found myself comparing it to Hataraku Maou-Sama, which I know you didn’t really care for but which I enjoyed. Hopefully Blood Lad keeps up the quality until the end.

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