Though still predictable with some very stupid moments here and there, episode 9 of Bem was tolerable to watch and even moderately entertaining. There hasn’t been an episode this relatively “good” since episode 2.
As much as the villains fought most of the time are episodic, the good-guy characters in most episodes are also single-episode characters. That hasn’t changed, and it’s getting a little old. This episode’s character overflowing with good intentions was Gavin Briggs, another politician. About half of the episode was spent with him telling his story to Bem as they talked in a bar. Telling his story and being so perfectly upstanding were Briggs’ death flags. It was obvious he was going to die by the end of the episode, and he did. Anyway, here is a brief recap of the episode and I’m sorry if it sucks but I’m not in a good mood.
Daryl is still trying to find out more about Belo so he can kill him. Nin, a youkai servant of the Unseen Council, forces Darly to tell him where Belo might be. Meanwhile, Bem is in a bar talking with Gavin Briggs. He is a super nice and charitable and idealistic politician who has done things like help orphans in war zones and distribute medical supplies and whatnot. Now he’s saying he wants to help humanoid youkai because he thinks they sort of have a disease and they can be cured and made human.
Being immortal, Bem has watched many humans over the course of his long life. Lately, he’s watched Briggs, hoping he really can change things and provide help toward becoming human. Bem also reveals that being immortal is his main reason for wanting to turn into a human; he thinks a lifespan is a beautiful thing that gives existence its true meaning.
While those two are chatting away, Belo is attacked by Nin. It seems like Nin is a really tough opponent who doesn’t go down easily. Bela arrives to help fight and Bem appears on the scene coincidentally with Briggs still with him. Bem and company keep fighting Nin, but of course, Gavin Briggs get killed. Bem is furious and almost succeeds in killing Nin, but then he uses ninja-youkai magic to vanish. Arriving on the scene next is that special agent from the Unseen Council (I don’t remember his name) with a force of armored fighters. They try to catch Bela and Belo. Sonia helps Bem hide somewhere.
At the end of the episode, Daryl goes to the Unseen Council, apparently having been invited. We finally see the form and appearance of the head of the council, a female humanoid youkai. She looks monstrous of course, but she sounds sexy as fuck because she’s voiced by Maaya Sakamoto. That’s where the episode leaves off.
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(Images from: Bem. Dir. Y Odaka. Production I.G. and LandQ Studios. 2019.)