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.
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.
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.
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.