Hey guys, this week’s episode was a good one. Things started off strong right from the get-go. We meet a new character, Blood Blackston, who has borrowed Seigi from Bluesy Fruesy to visit the Kingdom’s tattoo research center. Blood is a former Brahmin that has betrayed the Kingdom and he bears the same tattoo, Void Maker, as Seigi. He tells Seigi that there are four copies of every tattoo that come from four ruins across the world. One ruin is in the Grand Canyon of America, the other two belong to the Kingdom, and the final is in an unknown location in Japan. Both the Kingdom and America are scrambling to find the last ruins in Japan.
Blood informs Seigi that the center has been researching tattoo noise cancellation technology. The two make their own front door as Seigi blasts through the wall using Void Maker and ends up cutting through some wires that trip the security alarm. Upon their break-in, they are met by the head of research, Mr. Genius, and Manisha. Mr. Genius has been conducting experiments to make copies of tattoo seals in humans that are almost as strong as the original seals. He has done so by using the power of a tattoo’s source, also known as its nucleus. By tapping into the source, the tattoo’s true potential can be unlocked. If the tattoo clones are knocked unconscious, they will explode from a bomb that has been planted in their stomachs. Blood challenges Seigi by asking him if he knows what it truly means to be a hero. A hero, of course, would save everyone’s life.
The battle begins with our heroes walking on eggshells as they try to avoid harming their opponents. Blood is able to demonstrate to Seigi how to be a hero by showing him exactly how to handle the situation. He teleports the bombs out of their opponents’ stomachs by concentrating his Void Maker inside their organs. Once all of the experiments have been subdued, Blood and Seigi go for the researchers. Blood tells Seigi that to be a hero is to be an egoist. Heroes must have the resolve to carry out their own justice. His version of justice was to take out Mr. Genius and Manisha. Just before taking them out, Manisha jumps in front of Mr. Genius to save him and then Mr. Genius says to take him instead. Blood knocks them both out to show Seigi that heroes must be forceful with their ideals if they are what they believe in.
While the boys are fighting, Princess Aryabhata is on her way to discover the final tattoo ruins. She enters a portal to an unknown dimension. We later find out that Mr. Genius was the Wise Man that gave Seigi his tattoo in episode one. Mr. Genius set up the entire attack on Blood and Seigi under Bloods orders in return for Blood retrieving lab data. Mr. Genius lets Blood in on the fact that once all of the tattoo ruins are united under one power, they have the potential to re-write the whole world. Under this pretense, we as viewers know that Princess Aryabhata has found the third ruin. It’s up to Team Blue Moon to protect the final ruin in America.
Justice- Blood teaches Seigi what it means to be a true hero that carries out their ideals of justice during their battle. A hero saves the day and even the bad guys. They never needlessly kill, but they do not hesitate to crush those who stand in the way of their beliefs.
Teamwork- Blood has to teach Seigi how to work in a team and how to utilize his powers in new ways that he has yet to understand as a fellow void user.
Comedy- Mr. Genius appears on the scene in extreme comedic and grotesque exaggeration as he tries to play up the mad scientist role.
Sexuality- Princess Aryabhata gropes Iltutmish for a Yuri comedic fan service, Touko jumps onto Seigi while he’s sleeping and he wakes up to a nice surprise..
Betrayal- Blood was initially part of America’s tattoo retrieval unit before leaving them for the Kingdom. He then betrayed the Kingdom because he claims to be a man on his own path.
This episode was very exciting and offered a lot of plot development, although it was a bit jumpy and jarring from last week’s episode. There were some plot holes like when Blood took Seigi when he was unconscious in the beginning but they were already in a car on the way to a lab that Seigi willingly breaks into. For the most part however, Seigi learns some awesome new tricks, like how to cripple his opponents by obliterating their nerves or organs by concentrating his Void Maker to the size of a strand of hair. It will be interesting to see how Seigi uses this new power next week.
Overall Rating: 4/6