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Black Blood Brothers episode 4: Old Blood

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Oddly enough, while it's been a while since I sat down to watch the last episode, this episode was the easiest to follow. There is little in the way of convoluted mythos, and instead, the episode puts the focus on Jiro's attempt to rescue his brother from Johan.

Initially, he is too weak to do anything, but Mimiko offers up her blood. The scene is in no way suggestive. Between her moans and the way her back arches, there is no way this is meant to parallel another action, nope, no possible way you could make that connection. Actually, what really got me was her line about being inside him and him following it by saying that she wouldn't be able to walk straight at first. I joke, but really, this has been an element of vampires for a while. Sure, it's not exactly subtle, but it isn't like it is without precedent.

One interesting element this show does bring is the idea of "resonance" a sort of psychic link between vampire and drinkee. It's temporary, but it does give Mimiko the sense that she is in flight when Jiro is. If you think about it too hard, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but in a vague, quasi-mystical sense, it's an interesting concept.

After a strong outing last episode, Johan is shown to be rather pathetic. He hardly puts up a fight against Jiro and is really nothing more than a lot of talk. He does put Kotaro through some abuse though, swinging the boy by his feet into a concrete pillar. Kotaro gets some back though, when he headbutts Johan later during the big confrontation.

I'm not sure how a silver sword can deflect a steel girder, but that was an unusual duel, if for no other reason than the fact that it just looks weird. I did like Jiro's sword throw at the end. It was impressive and he just made it look cool.

Chan, the little girl, ends up getting killed over the course of the fight. It's actually a fairly poignant scene as all the characters mourn. Considering she wasn't in the show for very long, it's a testament to the scene that you are able to feel the sadness that the other characters do.

While Johan wasn't the "big bad" of the series, we are given hints as to the true culprits. We see a group of people playing a game in a dark, shadowy room. One of them is a young boy who wields a sword and has the ability to teleport. I'm guessing he's some sort of vampire? I guess we'll have to see. That final shot of him from behind before seeing him teleport was nicely ominous.

With everything going on, there wasn't a whole lot of time for character interaction, but Jiro and Mimiko have a rather amusing scene at the end. I think it was clear that Jiro meant no offense and what he said was hardly "sexual harassment", but nevertheless, it's funny to watch the two go after each other.

All in all, this was a fairly strong episode. It was more plot driven than it was character, admittedly, but I was never lost or confused as to what the characters were talking about. I have no idea where the show is going to go from here, so that adds a level of interest as well. We'll see how things play out in the next episode.

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