Continuing the scene from last episode, we have Staz who’s terrified of returning to the Demon World Acropolis to ask his brother about the book on human resurrection. And yet, he’s the only one among who can go there since the Acropolis is off limits to commoners. Staz is a vampire of noble blood who originally ran away from there and can enter if he were so inclined.
Wolf is having none of it and gives Staz a nice…pep talk that absolutely does not involve choking him and Staz agrees to go. He then does the same to Bell to convince her to help him. Wolf is actually pretty cool in this scene, as the characters themselves point out.
However, Wolf takes his enthusiasm a bit too far and kicks Staz into Bell’s portal before it’s ready which finds him stuck in her room. It’s very bright. And cute. Hurt my eyes a bit but to each their own. Staz picks up on her ‘testing’ him and Bell reveals that she discovered the unnatural flow of his magic during his match with Wolf. She wants to see it unlocked.
But it turns out that his magic is sealed and only Braz, the evil(?) older brother, can unseal it. This is where we find out Staz’s tragic backstory.
No, really, it’s tragic.
Turns out that Braz conducted a lot of deadly experiments on little Staz under the pretense of unleashing his full potential but the truth was that he was trying to kill Staz. In the end, he perfects a potion and shoots a bullet of it into Staz’s heart, sealing his magic and eliminating the need to kill Staz.
Why did he want to kill and/or seal Staz in the first place? We don’t know. Staz doesn’t either.
This is followed by a fun face-off with Bell because she wants him to get Braz to unseal the magic but Staz just wants to resurrect Fuyumi. Bell manages to piss him off enough to make him swear to get back his magic and kick her ass. Bell seems very pleased by it. I can’t tell if she’s flattered or turned on or both but we know that Bell has a thing for men stronger than her so her blooming crush seems reasonable enough.
Back with Wolf and the others, Fuyumi is once again starting to disappear. I thought that’d only happen in the human world but apparently not? He rushes her to the demon world’s resident mad doctor – Frankenstein.
Back with Staz, Bell drops him neat Acropolis and he tries to sneak in but is apprehended by his younger sister Liz who is far from happy to see her runaway sibling. Actually, she yells at him a lot and sends him to prison. What a nice reunion.
In his prison cell in some kind of wacky dimension, Staz presses the big-red-button-that-must-not-be-pressed and finds himself facing Liz. She says anyone can get out there so long as he beats two other guys but that no one ever has. Such shock.
I guess we’ll have more of Liz and Frankenstein next episode.
I admit that Blood Lad is starting to bore me a little. There’s nothing wrong with it, not really, but none of its developments are really holding my attention. They’re vaguely entertaining at best and even the passive aggressiveness with which I watch Diabolik Assholes seems better. Still, I don’t dislike this show so I won’t drop it. It’s just that I don’t think it’s ever going to impress me.
That said, it was nice to get some information on Staz’s past. I am curious to know why his brother went to such lengths to seal his magic. If killing Staz was the goal, I’m sure he could have just done it himself. None of that makes what he did to Staz any less awful but at this point, Braz is the most interesting character this show has offered.
I’m also curious to find out why Fuyumi started disappearing even in the demon world.