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Black Blood Brothers episode 9: Eleventh Yard

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So, this episode throws a lot at you. It shook up the status quo, I'll give it that much. Beyond that, I'm not sure how to process all of it.

Kelly Wong makes a heel turn that really comes out of nowhere. It's hinted at before when she starts acting weird around Mimiko and starts cackling when she sees Kotaro off in the distance.

I'm not sure what the deal with that was. She reacts as if she saw Alice, but beyond the fact that they both have blond hair, there's no resemblance. I'm starting to get the feeling that we have a bizarro "Sleepaway Camp" situation going on here. I'd like to think that it will be disproved, but Jiro's actions seem to support the idea that there's more to his brother than it seems.

Kotaro, for his part, joins up with Zelman to bring the group back together. I do enjoy the dynamic between the two. I would have liked to see Kotaro actually fight for himself when he was accosted by those thugs, but oh well.

Meanwhile, Cain and a suppression team try to hunt down Yafuri. It's actually not a bad fight. While Yafuri gets the upper hand, Cain still taunts the boy with criticism on how to be a better fighter. I got a kick out of it.

The resolution of the fight is a mixed bag. It was a spectacle, but it comes out of nowhere. I could buy that he was a potent mystic but having him suddenly turn into a werewolf is really pushing it. This show needs to do a better job of establishing things because there's not a whole lot of consistency here.

The cliffhanger is an oldie, but it was still effectively done. As Wong and Mimiko come across a stash of illegally imported blood to be provided for the vampires, Mimiko calls the company for reinforcements, only to be transferred to Kelly Wong.

While Mimiko tries to keep her composure, the woman's smirk at the end hints that she knows that her ruse has been uncovered. Not that she seems to care, but the possibility of Mimiko playing along doesn't seem like a viable one.

Like I said, this episode throws a lot at you. On the one hand, it's nice to see the story move, but it's a little late in the game. Hinting at some nefarious conspiracy is all well and good, but with only three episodes left, it doesn't leave a lot of time to build up tension as to what their motives are. I'm open to being proven wrong, but I have a feeling that the ending is going to be more than a little rushed.

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