Attention all he’s, she’s, and them’s! Welcome and thank you for choosing Anime Rants today. Now, it’s time to rant about the third episode of Bem!
As expected, this episode focused on Belo. His story struck me as much more predictable than Bela’s. On the other hand, I still enjoyed it a lot, since Belo is a skeptical sort of character, and I like those. Plus, he has a very cute character design (for his human form. His youkai form is really fuckin’ creepy!)
Still, Belo’s story was quite sad. It broke my heart just a little when he smiled after being invited back to the house by Daryl- –because I already knew what would happen. Of course he’d get caught in another fight, get seen in his youkai form, and be rejected. It was even worse that Daryl blamed Belo for the death of his father. 😦
Sonia appeared just a little in this episode. She never struck me as someone “important” in the city (Upper or Outside), but apparently she was very close friends with Representative Carver, who wanted to make the Outside a better place with less crime. There was also a mention having something to do with why she was sent to the Outside, but I didn’t really get whatever it was Carver was trying to say.
It seems that an “unseen council” secretly rules the Outside. Daryl’s father wanted to shut down the unseen council and drag them out into the public, but he was killed before he could. But I’m not sure who the man was that was giving orders to Shadow to conduct the assassinations. Maybe we’re not supposed to know yet.
There is apparently a group of youkai working together, or at least they all know each other. They are seen in some kind of bar toward the end of the episode, talking about how Bowling, Water, and Shadow— all evil youkai— had died. One of the youkai there was a cat-girl! That’s so overused, and yet why do I never get tired of it? Good or evil, I love most cat-eared, cat-tailed anime girls.
Other random note: it’s still hard for me to take seriously most of the lines of Bem, Bela, and Belo when they’re on the bridge. For example. Bela asks, “Can you sense the stench of evil?” Bem answers, “It grows stronger by the day. The winds only carry malice here from the other side.” I almost laughed. I couldn’t stop thinking of those scenes in Daily Lives of Highschool Boys where Hidenori keeps saying stupid lines about the wind to the literature girl, trying to sound cool.
That’s the end of today’s rant about Bem! Thank you so much for reading and have a great day! Or if not a great day, then just do your best and try to hang in there! Best wishes from Anime Rants. Ja, nee!
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(Images from: Bem. Dir. Y Odaka. Production I.G. and LandQ Studios. 2019.)