There were quite a bit of teasers in this episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront. Shizuyoshi brings in a new pupil and claims that he is the true successor of the Big Dipper Blood Combat style. In addition, the King of Despair uses Black as bait in order to make a deal with White.
“Z’s Longest Day” starts when the large airplane mentioned in the last episode is headed straight for Hellsalem’s Lot. It’s also bringing the second half of the vampire with it. Crowds of people have come out to watch the tentacles attack the plane; Libra is there to help minimize the damage. Deldro and Hummer work to stop the plane from damaging the city too badly. Leonardo, Klaus, and Zapp stop the beams from hurting anyone.
The episode then cuts to an image of White falling to the ground in pain. There have been hints that everything is all a part of the King of Despair’s plan.
While Zapp is looking through the plane wreckage, he meets the pupil that Shizuyoshi was talking about earlier. The contrast between the two is obvious. Zapp is completely rude and even goes so far as to insult the newcomer’s appearance. Zed was deeply offended. Despite his anger, he had the manners and the language use of a gentleman. It is no surprise Shizuyoshi speaks so highly of Zed. Even though they got off on the wrong foot, when it came time to fight the vampire they had no problems working together as a team. Shizuyoshi does not do anything to help Libra and Zed take down the vampire. It was a test to see how well everyone could work together to take down a common enemy. As it turns out, there is an amazing fight scene that ended all too easily. This shows us the true power of having everyone work together as a team. It never seemed like anyone was in any real danger. Let’s face it – nearly everyone in Libra is a complete badass. Shizuyoshi agrees for the most part. He gives them an insulting compliment and leaves Zed with the team. At least he said everyone had potential.
The big part of this episode is the pair of bifocals that Black obtained from Aligura. These bifocals will be used to take Leo’s God Eyes. Black then makes a deal with White; if she takes Leo’s eyes, he will return her brother to her. This is a morally challenging decision for White. She does not want to hurt Leo because he is her friend. However, the King of Despair has used Black to get her to do what he wants. He has made it perfectly clear that if she doesn’t take Leo’s eyes, her brother will die.
We are given two flashbacks that give us a deeper connection to Black and White. We see a flashback of White talking with her father. We learn where the nicknames came from. In addition, her father tells her to look after her brother if he ever strayed. We also get a flashback of the exact moment the King of Despair took over Black’s body. It is the exact same circumstance as Leo’s situation with his sister. His sister lost her eyesight in order to protect her brother; Black gave up his body and his life in order to protect his sister. Leo and White are only doing what they have to do in order to reverse the consequences of these encounters.
The King of Despair definitely has a lot planned for Hellsalem’s Lot. There was a lot of teasing in this episode that leaves us with a lot of questions. The preview for the next episode leaves me with the feeling that it will have just as many questions since it seems to be a comedic episode about Zapp and Zed.