Jan 28, 2009
Dracula shows up, and he’s not quite as Bram Stoker imagined him.
His bat assistant Koomori has found him a new victim in Tomobiki, namely Lum. However when he tries to get in the house he is thwarted by the garlic laced meal the Moroboshi family had for dinner.
So instead he writes, in incredibly poor Japanese, a love letter to lead Lum to where he is waiting. On the Moroboshi’s roof. When he moves in for the bite however, Ten gets in the way and he bites Ten’s bottom. Naturally this leads to a incineration from Ten and he falls off the roof.
The next day, Dracula tries again to ask Lum out “on a date and drink her fresh blood”. Of course Lum refuses and so Koomori asks Ataru to find Dracula a different victim, in return for introducing Ataru to a girl. The girl in question turns out to be Koomori himself who transforms himself into a girl, much to his own disgust.
After exhausting all the names in Ataru’s “little black book”, they run into Ran. Ataru tries to discourage it, but Koomori presses ahead. Ran agrees to date Dracula if Ataru will chaperone.
They then go to Dracula’s underground mansion (entered via a doghouse). Once there Ataru leaves Ran with Dracula’s coffin so he can make his move on the “girl” Koomori has set him up with. Dracula tries to impress Ran, but as an alien she is unaware of his legend. Before Dracula can drink her blood Ran kisses him, trying to drain his youth. Much to her disappointment he has none to drain.
Ataru manages to kiss the “girl” who promptly turns into a very disgusted bat, much to Lum’s amusement. Ran meanwhile takes Dracula to a blood bank, where he expects to be able to get a drink of blood, but instead we leave him being manhandled by nurses attempting to draw his blood.
Nothing super special, but a good example of the one-shot weirdo episode style that UY relies on a lot. Dracula and Koomori are fun characters and there’s plenty of nice lines in the script. The device of weirdos congregating on the Moroboshi’s roof is one that we’ll see plenty of in later episodes, I don’t think we’ve seen it as a regular piece of the set until now.
Another Shiyou Hisakazu (sp?) and Kazunori Ito scripted episode.
Keiji Hayakawa directs, storyboards are from Kazufumi Nomura (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OAV) in another one-shot deal.
Noboru Furuse (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure OAV, New Dominion Tank Police, lots of Lupin III character designs) is the animation director. They’d be back on episode 62 and throughout the remaining Oshii episodes.