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Call of the Night Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

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Call of the Night Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary

In Call of the Night episode 2, “Do You Do LINE?”, Kou spent a lot of time searching for Nazuna. So much so that by the time she finally found him, he had gotten angry and frustrated. Seeing her helped him get over it, but he had to confront the question: why was he acting that way? What was Nazuna to him? He hadn’t fallen in love with her yet, after all! Could they come up with a way for him to find her more quickly? Or does she not want to be found?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Call of the Night Episode 2

Call of the Night Episode 2: Kou did not like her comment about a rando.

He was pretty harsh – but she was more than able to defend herself. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

I liked how this episode explored Kou’s developing feelings for Nazuna. It captured the flushed and excited awkwardness that comes with young love. Which is much the same as the flushed and excited awkwardness that comes with older love. So I guess the generations have that in common.

Anyway. Kou had spent most of the night trying to track down Nazuna. He felt angry, but he didn’t quite know why. That made him irritable. So when he demanded where Nazuna had been, he didn’t like it when she answered, “I was wandering around looking for some rando to suck blood from.”

“You slutty she-devil,” he exclaimed (06:23).

It was cruel because he was angry with himself. Fortunately, she could not only take it – she could dish it out! So, maybe no harm no foul?

Best in Show Moment for Call of the Night Episode 2

Call of the Night Episode 2: Kou felt relieved that he wasn't the only one feeling this way

Kou realized they had more in common than he had realized – or even hoped. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Setup: Kou’s Confusion

I’m glad I looked up LINE. Apparently, it’s a social network/communications platform in Japan. As someone who graduated high-school and college in the 1980s, I at first thought they meant a line of cocaine, because that was quite the rage in the movies I used to watch! I couldn’t figure out why they were so casual about it!

There are two broad ways I could interpret the tension between Kou and Nazuna. I could look at it as a literary representation of sexual tension, or I could look at it as literal. What’s interesting to me is how well it works either way! I’m going to take the literal approach here. That appeals to the world-builder in me. After all, Nazuna is a vampire, and Kou wants to fall in love with her so he can become a vampire. That’s emotional territory that’s only partially charted. I’m really digging how the show’s exploring it!

Call of the Night Episode 2: Nazuna didn't seem to think finding another blood source would be a problem

Nazuna didn’t seem to think there was anything wrong with trying to such some “rando’s” blood. Kou disagreed. Loudly. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Kou felt angry that he had such a hard time finding Nazuna. Then he became more angry when she said she was looking for some “rando.” That was the basis for my favorite quote (above). What’s cool about that is that not only was it a funny quote. It showed how he was feeling. He was angry in part because he couldn’t figure himself out.

The came to a head when they went back to her place. She invited him to bed, like she had before. Whereas last time the sheer novelty of her request shocked him enough that he didn’t think about what he was doing, this time, he hesitated. His feelings of embarrassment were obvious from his blush.

Delivery: Kou and Nazuna’s Shared Feelings

Even with the lights off, you could still see the dude was super uncomfortable. He rolled away from her. “I really dunno,” he thought, trying to figure out his own feelings (09:23). “I mean, I’m not in love yet or anything… Isn’t it normal that I don’t want her doing this with other people?”

It was in that state of mind that she excitedly asked if she could suck his blood. She acted outraged when he said no. She accused him of lying to her; she seemed really angry. He didn’t seem able of mustering much heat in his reply. Instead, he suggested she just go find someone else’s blood to drink.

That silenced her. She seemed taken aback and unsure of herself. Then, with a fascinating combination of grace and awkwardness, she leaned closer to him and said (10:20), “Listen, Kou Yamori. I was looking for you. I was just embarrassed to say so. I’m sorry, okay? Besides, it’d be tough finding someone with blood as tasty as yours.”

Call of the Night Episode 2: Kou's words made Nazuna reevaluate her position.

Nazuna seemed to understand Kou’s anger. His confusion, too. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.

Two things came together in this moment. First, all of the clues about her potentially feeling awkward about any kind of real emotional ties came to fruition. Second, and most importantly, Kou learned that she felt about the way he did: excited at the potential, confused and painfully shy about how to get there. They shared common ground.

I knew what he meant later when he thought, her nestled by his side, “I realized I felt relieved.” It felt like they made a real connection. And it made me want to see where it goes! Man, I’m glad I’m reviewing this show.

What did you think of Kou and Nazuna playing with the transmitters? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Call of the Night Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

  1. I’m liking the show so far. Great opening and ending themes (and the ending in general is pretty nice even aside from the music), great style, and what looks like a nice romantic comedy in the middle. I enjoy the concept of discovering the “world of the night”, even (or especially) if Nazuna turns out to be the only supernatural aspect of that we see.

    I also like how weirdly empty the streets are and how everything’s lit up in purple, pink, and blue. I guess that’s something you wouldn’t get in the manga aside from maybe a few color pages.

    1. That scene in the OP, when the cast seems to be watching whatever the anime equivalent of dailies, brings a smile to my face every time!

      You’re right about the nighttime shots. They’re gorgeous. The art, especially of the nighscapes, is so evocative!

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