This episode begins with Natsuno standing in the road, and looking off toward the city. At his foot is a dying cicada. We get more reports of people dying, and there is a brief interlude with Kaori and Akira Tanaka. Akira is talking about all the deaths that occurred, and Kaori breaks down and cries, telling Akira angrily to not talk about it. This is followed by reports of more deaths. Seishin looks worried, and much stressed by the increasing death toll.
In the next scene, its night time and we see Natsuno in his room. He is still awake due to Megumi-caused insomnia. He thinks he sees her shadow on the window screen, but when he turns and looks, Megumi is gone.
The next scenes show that the town seems nearly empty and dead quiet except for the sound of cicadas. We discover that people are moving out of town late at night as more people succumb to the mysterious disease. People in the town are all talking about the strange goings on, but since they are reasonable, mostly non-superstitious people, they are still just talking.
The horror here is that you the watcher know what is going on, but the characters do not. In the face of such passive characters who aren’t reacting “correctly” to a threat, it would be easy to swing sympathy toward the vampires, because the humans are being “stupid,” but the sympathy wavers between both humans and vampires during the series, even though it is clear that humans and vampires are completely unable to interact with each other.
Seishin goes wandering in the forest to visit an abandoned church, where he meets up with Sunako Kirishiki, his mysterious young fan. Seishin expresses concern that Sunako is wandering around at night. Sunako in turn claims to have SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus), and therefore, can only go out at night. They mostly talk about death, and then Sunako leaves, asking Seishin if he would be willing to sign one of his books for her.
The focus turns back to Natsuno, who is even more sleep deprived, and is having hallucinations. Toru finds him, and is very concerned for him. Natsuno asks if he can sleep at Toru’s house, and Toru agrees. Unfortunately, Megumi knows where he is, and is able to enter Toru’s house. (She has been invited to enter Toru’s house by proxy, thanks to Tatsumi’s invitation to visit from Toru in the previous episode.) This scene is very effectively terrifying, and reveals that vampires are able to fit themselves into very tight, narrow places with minimal difficulty. Megumi does not attack Natsuno this time around; she would rather hurt him by way of his friends, so she starts to bite Toru instead. Just as she is about to, we go to the ending credits.
There is a lot that I like about this show so far. It is a little slow paced, but this is not a vampire show like the traditional “slay the vampire” show, and it is not a “get along with the creatures of the night” show. It is a slow and sinister invasion with only a few becoming aware of what’s going on–with no certain idea of how to stop it. The horror here is very effective. The only thing that stops it from being completely depressing are the engaging characters–on both sides of the conflict. For instance, I kind of like Sunako, even though she’s a creepy little Claudia (as in the child-vampire from Interview with a Vampire). I also like Tatsumi, the changes in personality from friendly dork to malevolent bad guy are intriguing, and give the character a lot of depth.