Liz reaches the Acropolis but is stopped by their police. A high-ranking member, Beros, volunteers to escort her home because Beros wants to arrest Braz at the behest of Wolf Daddy (now that is a truly unfortunate name), the King of the Demon World.
Yeah, the demon king has a name like a furry porn star. Go figure.
Liz makes a comment about how that guy took the Blood siblings’ parents away from them. I smell an interesting story there but we hear no more of it as we move on to Braz, who’s taken into custody by Beros who collars him. Literally. Kinky and it’s not helped by Braz offering to be her pet. Though to be fair, I can see where he’s coming from.
Ahem. Moving on, Liz is crying but still diligently searching for Fuyumi who’s in a pocket dimension similar to that of Bell’s which makes sense when it turns out that her kidnapper is Bell’s younger brother Knell. Bell confronts him with a kick to the groin – ow – and it seems like she’ll retrieve Fuyumi but then he reveals that he’s doing it for their mother. That’s when Staz shows up, having found out about Knell via Liz, and Bell volunteers to take on Staz while Knell escapes.
It’s initially unclear whether Bell is doing it because it’s her mother that wants Fuyumi or because she’s jealous of Staz’s focus on Fuyumi. The former might be the real reason but the latter is certainly her main motivation. She even asks why he’s so intent on Fuyumi to which he replies that she’s like a super rare one-of-a-kind collector’s item.
I’ve said his before and I’ll say it again: What the actual hell, Staz?
Anyway, Bell is pissed off by the response and they fight in her dimension. She dominates early on but Staz rallies soon enough. And then the semi-serious fight takes a turn for the ridiculous when Bell loses her bag and all the clothes in her lower half. That means she’s unwilling to come out of her portal. Staz grows suspicious of why she doesn’t just pop up in her room and change, and comes to the conclusion that it’s because her panties are special. The real reason is that Bell has gushed about Staz and winning his love in her diary and can’t risk him seeing it.
Staz figures out from her reactions that the diary as the object of interest and so Bell forfeits the fight to stop him from reading it.
As she takes him to where her brother has gone – their home dimension from the looks of it – Bell thinks about how Staz is so focused on Fuyumi that he doesn’t even see Bell or her feelings. She’s sad and angry about it but Staz interrupts her musings with the offer that she can blame everything on him since he’s more of a bad guy than a hero and willing to shoulder the blame for her upset.
To no one’s surprise, Bell falls even further upon hearing this.
Almost forgot but as the fight is going on, Knell and Fuyumi are headed to the Hydra siblings’ mother.
This was the funniest episode of Blood Lad in my eyes, which is odd since it’s full of situations that could easily get weird.
Take the fight between Staz and Bell for instance. Most of the humor there comes from Bell having lost the clothes in her lower half and while the exact way she lost them seems a bit odd, the shenanigans that follow feel genuinely humorous rather than tacky or exploitative. A lot of it has to do with how they both react. Staz is not interested in taking a peek – he just wants to win the fight and is willing to hold her panties hostage for it. Bell prioritizes keeping her feelings secret over covering up and acts accordingly. Something that always pisses me off is how female nudity is often treated as being more shameful than male nudity but we see very little of that here and that’s pretty great.
On a less positive note, Fuyumi continues to be the dullest character in this series which makes the way Staz fixates so much on her seem baseless at best. What exactly does he see in her other than her ‘collector’s item’ humanity? Bell is certainly the more interesting of the two.
And sorry I couldn’t visit any blogs today. One of my babies (dog baby, not baby baby) broke her leg and I ended up spending 6 hours in the hospital with her. Fun times. I’m dead.