Blood Lad: Episode 7 – “Liz, for the First Time”

Blood Lad is an anime that features a powerful vampire named Staz who is the boss of his territory and doesn’t really like being a vampire. When a human girl named Fuyumi manages to wander into his territory and dies in the Demon World, her bare soul was left behind. Staz promises Fuyumi that he will find a way to bring her back to life. They are joined by Hydra-Bella, a girl who is a top-level spatial magic user who is looking for the person who stole her black curtain and cast it; it was this curtain that allowed Fuyumi to wander into the Demon World. In the third episode, an old friend of Staz’s named Wolf joins the cast, and he develops an interest in Fuyumi. Staz’s siblings, Braz and Liz, are now also part of the cast.

Episode seven begins with Staz, Braz, and Liz arriving at Frankenstein’s place, so Braz can meet Fuyumi. After Braz takes a sample of Fuyumi’s magic, he says that he needs to head home to work on the resurrection; however, he also says that Liz wants to stay and asks Staz to show her around. Later in the episode, it’s revealed in a flashback that Braz ordered Liz to stay in order to keep an eye on Staz in order to make sure that he doesn’t interfere.

During the episode, we get to see Liz interacting with Staz and Fuyumi. Liz ends up having fun, and she develops a bond with Fuyumi. The next morning, Fuyumi is missing and a note that’s supposedly from Fuyumi is found on her pillow. Of course, Staz doesn’t believe that Fuyumi left of her own volition, and that she was abducted. Staz sends his cronies out to investigate; after one of his cronies receives a tip, the episode ends with Staz heading in the direction that they think the abductor is heading in.

To me, the best thing about this episode is how much it focuses on the character of Liz. The episode allows the viewer to learn that there’s more to Liz than the one-dimensional character that she appeared to be when she was first introduced in the series. It was also nice to see a bond form between Liz and Fuyumi, and I think the bond between these two characters could end up being important later in the series. It’ll be interesting to see if I’m right about this or not.

At this point, Blood Lad is still an enjoyable series, and it’s one I look forward to watching each week. I can’t wait to see episode eight and I’m hoping to learn what has happened to Fuyumi.

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